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Things To Do- Week of 02/11

Greetings. Its a great list this week, plenty of things to do for Valentines Day whether with a special someone or single. I'll probably throw in a list to do for Monday February 18 since that is Presidents Day and a lot of people are off work.

Top picks from do 214
Editor's Pick from Guide Live
D Magazine Critics Pick
Concerts happening in Dallas


Rainbow Vomit until Feb 17 at Rainbow Vomit
Dinosaurs Live until Feb 17 at Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
Incognito until Feb 23 at Bryant Hall
Ella Enchanted: The Musical until Feb 24 at Dallas Children's Theater / Rosewood Center for Family Arts
Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil until Mar 3 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
Bless Me, Ultima until Mar 3 at Latino Cultural Center

North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show from Saturday Feb 16 to Sunday Feb 17 at Arlington Convention Center
Falsettos from Tuesday Feb 12 to Sunday Feb 17 at Winspear Opera House
Jersey Boys from Tuesday Feb 12 to Sunday Feb 17 at Bass Performance Hall
Put Your Love On Top from Wednesday Feb 13 until Sunday Feb 17 at Reunion Tower at Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dark Hour presents Fever from Thursday Feb 14 until Saturday Feb 16 at Dark Hour Haunted House
Moxley Manor Valentine's Day Haunted House from Friday Feb 15 until Saturday Feb 16 at Moxley Manor Haunted House
50 Shades of Fear from Friday Feb 15 until Saturday Feb 16 at Hangman's House of Horrors
The Flame Foundation: 88 Keys Unlock Joan Miro's Flamenco Dancer's Heart from Thursday Feb 14 until Saturday Feb 16 at Winspear Opera House
ConDFW 18 from Friday Feb 15 until Sunday Feb 17 at Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
Dallas AutoRama from Friday Feb 15 until Sunday Feb 17 at Dallas Market Hall
I Do! I Do! from Friday Feb 15 until Sunday Feb 17 at Majestic Theatre
My Funny Valentine from Friday Feb 15 until Saturday Feb 16 at Eisemann Center

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (High 61 Low 39, Showers)
Eagle Mountain - Saginaw ISD Fine Arts Showcase at Bass Performance Hall
Bachelor Nation Watching Party at Steam Theory Brewing Company
Arts & Letters Live: Ida O'Keefe Letters at Dallas Museum of Art
Cursive at Trees
DaniLeigh at House of Blues

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 (High 58 Low 36, Sunny)
The Singapore Slingers' Sweethearts Revue at Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Cupid's Corner at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (High 62 Low 51, Mostly Cloudy)
Cannoli Pop-Up at Ginger Man (Uptown)
Anti-Valentine's Event for Singles at Dallas Fish Market
Movie Night: 10 Things I Hate About You at Box Garden at Legacy Hall
Mason Adams Project at Sundown at Granada

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (High 74 Low 44, Mostly Cloudy/Windy)
Be Our Valentine at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Second Thursdays with a Twist: Bad Romance at Dallas Museum of Art
Love is in the Air at Texas Discovery Gardens
Singles Awareness Day party at Rustic
Downtown Plano Single's Awareness Day at Urban Rio
Valentine's Day Stoplight Party at Bishop Cidercade
Singles Awareness Day: Shred Your Ex at Bowl and Barrel
Valentine's Day Cupcake and Beer Pairing Flight at LUCK
Casablanca at Angelika Film Center (Plano)
Beer Dinner No. 3 at White Rock Alehouse and Brewery
Beyonce Ballet and Rose: All the Single Ladies Night at Arts Mission Oak Cliff
Champagne, Chocolates and Comedy Valentine's Day Celebration at Backdoor Comedy
Vegan Valentines Dinner at Mudhen Meat and Greens
BJ Barham at Kessler Theater
Brent Cobb and Them at Trees
Marc Anthony at American Airlines Center
Ricki Derek at Granada Theater
The Kooks at House of Blues
Valentine's Day Simon and Garfunkel Tribute at Opening Bell Coffee
Golden Girls Party at Industry Alley

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (High 52 Low 34, Partly Cloudy)
Disco Kids at It'll Do Dallas
'til Midnight at the Nasher at Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas Fuel Official Watch Party - OWL2019 Season Opener at Esports Stadium Arlington
Slothrust at Club Dada
BJ Thomas at Arlington Music Hall
Shelley Carrol Quartet at Allen Public Library
Gilby Clarke at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Justin Nozuka at House of Blues
Dallas Burlesque Festival at Don't Tell Supper Club
Cody Bryan Band at Sundown at Granada

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (High 53 Low 36, Partly Cloudy)
Taste of Deep Ellum Walking Tour at Pecan Lodge
DevFest DFW at Capital One Conference Center
Monster Energy AMA Supercross at AT&T Stadium
World's Largest Daytona 500 Watch Party at Texas Motor Speedway
DFW-Siingapore CNY Dinner at Kirin Court Restaurant
Dollar Chili Day at Traders Village
Space Jam + Air Jordan After Party at Texas Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family at The Bomb Factory
Petty Theft - The Music of Tom Petty at Lava Cantina
Dead Presidents Party at Longhorn Harley-Davidson
Blaze of Glory at The Reservoir Frisco
Mardi Gras & Crawfish Boil at Oak Highlands Brewing
Assassination City Roller Derby: Season Opener at Thunderbird Roller Rink
Kid Fishing Day at Mike Lewis Park
2Cellos at Toyota Music Factory
Poetry in the Park at Klyde Warren Park
Gaybingo at Station 4
Texas A&M Singing Cadets Concert at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
Jazz Series: Love, Jazz and Romance at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
CRUSH Dallas at South Side Ballroom
Cirque du Burlesque at Viva's Lounge
Dallas Burlesque Festival at House of Blues

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (High 54 Low 44, Cloudy)
Keep Denton Thrashing 2019 at Oak St. Drafthouse
Armadillo & Friends Pizza Palooza at Armadillo Ale Works
Dallas Tweed Ride 2019 at Dallas Farmers Market
Black History Month Festival at Southeast Arlington Branch Library
Opus 100: Organ Recital Series at Meyerson Symphony Center
Plano Art Fair at Celebration Event Center
Lunar New Year Performance at Eisemann Center
An Evening with George Winston at Kessler Theater
Courtney Barnett at Bomb Factory

I do realize that I sometimes use Facebook event links and some Redditors do not use Facebook. If there's any events you'd like more details on that's a Facebook link I'll be happy to help out. I try and avoid using Facebook links and go straight to the source but some venues strictly use Facebook for their events.
If I missed anything or would like to showcase an event, feel free to comment below.
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46 Reasons Not to Vote For Bernie - Debunked by /u/Godzoozles

From Godzoozles
Hi everyone, I came across a Medium post titled 46 Reasons to Not Vote for Bernie Sanders. This digs up a lot of weird, rare stuff. It's mostly all easily debunkable but I want to save everyone time by compiling all the resources into one place, so here's the original piece I'm replying to. A number of these claims came up in 2015 and you can believe that they'll come up again this time. Don't let gullible friends fall for it! I'll copy the original points, but not the URLs in the original points from the Medium post. (archived, in case this disingenuous person decides to take it down)
1) He’s not the most progressive — Kamala, Warren, Booker, and Gillibrand are all more progressive than him on crucial votes.
What on earth is this page the guy links? Sherrod Brown is more progressive than Bernie, but leans Republican? Look, Bernie's campaign shifted the overton window towards the left when it has been on full retreat towards the right for decades with his last presidential campaign. Universal single-payer healthcare was not even a talking point until he pushed it forward. Beto O'Rourke adopted Sanders' model of not taking PAC money because Sanders proved he could rake in donations this way and fund a real, viable campaign. It worked for Beto, too.
Sanders champions working class issues, hasn't fallen for the total BS line that "politics is downstream from culture," understands that too big to fail means too big to exist, helped push Amazon to a $15 min wage, supports the Fight for 15 more broadly, wants to end money bail, and doesn't take corporate money. Quick summary of Sanders' positions:
And I know Sanders won't retreat on these issues, he won't dilute Medicare for All with "access to healthcare" or some other cheap qualifier, he won't compromise Green New Deal, and he certainly won't promise something if he cannot fight for it.
He's not like Kamala Harris whose aides have to go backpedal on her Medicare for All stance (
He's not like Cory Booker who worked with none other than Betsy DeVos on eliminting public school and promoting school choice, a favorite right-wing point (
He's not like Amy Klobuchar who just thinks GND and M4A are "unrealistic" and offers up nothing in return. "Pragmatic" is not a policy.
He's not like Joe Biden who was paid $200k to give a speech on the behalf of a Republican, who then went on to win (
He's the Bernie Sanders who is rightfully proud that he's not friends with that ghoul Henry Kissinger (
2) He’s not a guaranteed win against Trump — Kamala and Booker are far more likely to take NV, FL, and NC than Bernie. And Klobuchar is more likely to take the Midwest.
Is anybody guaranteed to win an election two years before it takes place? These are amazingly bold predictions for someone who didn't bother citing even a single poll, and it's so premature, so why even bother making the claim?
3) Bernie is the second richest person running (google candidate names followed by “net worth”)
No. Straight lie. Do in fact as the original Medium author says and google the term to find nothing like he suggests. Consider:
4) He’s the only one who won’t release his taxes (well and Trump).
No. (note the time stamp on the Politifact check and the time stamp on the Politico article. It's a completely dishonest claim to make in retrospect in 2019)
5) He’s the establishment — he’s been a politician for 39 years (longer than anyone else running). A vote for Bernie is emphasizing that we shouldn’t ever have “new blood” or term limits.
The independent senator from Vermont is the establishment? Also why does his time as an independent tiny town mayor in Vermont count against him being a political insider?
6) He’s not accomplished. In 29 years (the house and senate) Bernie has only gotten 220 bills/amendments passed into law and most weren’t big deals — like renaming a post office. Whereas Elizabeth Warren has passed 45 bills/amendments into law in 6 years, Gillibrand has passed 92 in 12 years, and Klobuchar 125 in 12 years. So, he’s the least accomplished running.
I guess they call him the roll call amendment king for nothing. Let's pretend that "bills/amendments passed" without any consideration of their content is a good metric of anything. Let's do some math. First of all, Bernie's been in the House and Senate for 28 years, not 29, so that's already misleading (I'll take the other numbers as given).
Sanders: 220/28 = 7.86 Bills&Amendments per year Warren: 45/6 = 7.5 Gillibrand 92/12 = 7.66 Klobuchar 125/12 = 10.41 
What does this information tell us? Well the author sets up Warren and Gillibrand as if they do so much more than Bernie, which they don't. But the real answer to this question is it tells us absolutely nothing, other than these Congresspeople do work. So again, this is a complete non-point.
(slightly dated) List of significant bills Bernie brought forward
7) He doesn’t have a progressive voting history on the most important issues such as voting against the brady bill and other anti gun legislation multiple times.
He literally does have a progressive voting history. To focus on a single aspect where he's more ambivalent than on other issues (guns) and to then take that and make it out like he's not progressive is just false. The NRA has often rated Bernie as an F on guns (a ringing endorsement!) But as I mentioned, Sanders has shifted the overton window back toward the left. We owe him for a renewed national dialogue!
An alternative view on this is that Bernie is being even more progressive and left than this viewpoint would let on.
Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary
8) He voted for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act in 2000 (easing regulations on Wall Street) which caused the Great Recession.
Super disingenuous to bring that up but not bring up his vote against Gramm–Leach–Bliley, which repealed Glass Steagall and deregulated investment vs commercial banking. Bernie voted against TARP, and he is against banks as institutions that can become too big to fail.
9) He voted to end the 3–10 year ban on immigrants who overstayed their Visa by supporting the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
Look at this 750 page omnibus bill. Anyway, following the house vote link from here it actually says he voted against it, so...
10) He’s a war hawk: Sanders supported the war on Serbia in the 90’s, and voted for the 2001 Authorization Unilateral Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), allowing Bush to wage war wherever he wanted.
Yes, Bernie Sanders the war hawk who voted against the Iraq War. More recently he was a sponsor of a bill to end US support for war in Yemen, which passed the Senate. I am not in full support of Bernie's foreign policy stances, strong criticisms of him can be made here, but the term "war hawk" has meaning, and it does not apply to Bernie Sanders.
Also, good point, when literally everyone else voted in reaction to Sept. 11 to go to endless war, Rep. Barbara Lee did the most courageous thing to do in that immediate fury reaction and alone voted NO. So to blame Bernie specifically for something that literally any of the other leading Dems would've done is to not indict Bernie, but to indict the whole country (a very important point to think about!) Bless Barbara Lee, though. She had true courage far above anybody else in Congress, and her nay vote was heroic.
11) He voted in favor of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. The bill stated: “It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.”
Good criticism, finally. This one is new to me, and I find this vote regrettable. Though it's time to take note that all these things from the 90s were mostly signed in by Bill Clinton and supported by Dems broadly.
12) “Later that same year, he backed a resolution that stated: ‘Congress reaffirms that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic. government to replace that regime.’ These measures gave congressional backing for the CIA’s covert plan to overthrow the Hussein regime in Baghdad, as well as the tightening of an economic sanctions regime that may have killed as many as 500,000 Iraqi children. The resolution also gave the green light to Operation Desert Fox, a four-day long bombing campaign striking 100 targets throughout Iraq.”
This guy really has to pad out points, 10, 11, and 12 should go together under one point. FP was a weak point for Bernie overall, I agree. BTW, Sanders didn't vote to authorize the Iraq War. Then-senator Clinton did, though!
13) He voted for the crime bill in the 90’s he blamed Hillary for — even though she wasn’t a senator.
Very misleading. Sanders was not for the tough-on-crime parts of the bill, but he said "I have a number of serious problems with the crime bill, but one part of it that I vigorously support is the Violence Against Women Act. We urgently need the $1.8 billion in this bill to combat the epidemic of violence against women on the streets and in the homes of America." Read this for much more. Also, gotta love that the Clintons used prison slave labor in the Arkansas governor's mansion, and she casually just talks about it in her book and sees no problem with that. But I digress.
14) He said Trump voters aren’t “racist, sexist, or homophobes” essentially defending trump and his bigotry.
Sanders knows that Trump tapped into genuine anger and resentment of the status quo, because you know what? Productivity has massively increased but wages haven't matched it. We live in deeply unequal times, economically, and Trump used that to his advantage by using proto-fascist talking points of blaming minorities and others, scapegoating those who are most vulnerable. But that doesn't mean Bernie Sanders defends Trump, or thinks Trump is anything but a racist, misogynist liar.
15) He voted against Russia sanctions twice.
Good. We've really overblown Russian meddling in our society. They influenced our elections, our country, our beliefs? Hardly. Let me give you a more salient example of foreign influence in our country. What about when Republicans secretly worked with Israelis to bring Netanyahu to speak to Congress in 2015, without informing the White House? They literally invited foreign influence.
Also consider what u/Textor44 added to this point
16) He voted against the amber alert.
Really grasping here. The article the Medium author linked says Sanders voted against the bill because he thought this part of the bill was too much and unconstitutional: "Among the add-ons placed on the bill by House Republicans was one restricting the discretion of federal judges in crafting sentences for a range of crimes."
Basically the bill had a tacked-on provision to auto define sentencing, Sanders opposed this provision in particular.
17) He first got elected to Congress because of NRA support and money.
Don't be misled, the NRA is no fan of Bernie Sanders, though in my view I'd prefer him to have a tougher stance on guns. Other lefties disagree with me on this, but let's deal with the claim. Pretending the NRA and Sanders are bedfellows is wrong. The only reason the NRA initially (but never again) supported Sanders is because Sanders' opponent explicitly flipped on the NRA. Consider this:
18) He didn’t condemn his supporters for throwing chairs in Nevada or sending out super delegate “hit lists.” In fact, he supported them.
Just a perpetrating a lie. Consider: Consider:
19) He voted to dump nuclear waste from several states on LatinX communities.
Here is some abbreviated remarks, it really is worth paying attention to what he is saying so this is my longest response to the Medium post. (I quote at length from:
Let me address it from the perspective of someone who is an opponent of nuclear power, who opposes the construction of power plants and, if he had his way, would shut down the existing nuclear power plants as quickly and as safely as we could.
One of the reasons that many of us oppose nuclear power plants is that when this technology was developed, there was not a lot of thought given as to how we dispose of the nuclear waste. Neither the industry nor the Government, in my view, did the right thing by allowing the construction of the plants and not figuring out how we get rid of the waste.
But the issue we are debating here today is not that issue. The reality, as others have already pointed out, is that the waste is here. We cannot wish it away. It exists in power plants in Maine and Vermont, it exists in hospitals, it is here.
No reputable scientist or environmentalist believes that the geology of Vermont or Maine would be a good place for this waste. In the humid climate of Vermont and Maine, it is more likely that groundwater will come in contact with that waste and carry off radioactive elements to the accessible environment.
There is widespread scientific evidence to suggest, on the other hand, that locations in Texas, some of which receive less than 12 inches of rainfall a year, a region where the groundwater table is more than 700 feet below the surface, is a far better location for this waste.
This is not a political assertion, it is a geological and environmental reality. Furthermore, even if this compact is not approved, it is likely that Texas, which has a great deal of low-level radioactive waste, and we should make the point that 80 percent of the waste is coming from Texas, 10 percent from Vermont, 10 percent from Maine, the reality is that Texas will go forward with or without this compact in building a facility to dispose of their low-level radioactive waste.
20) He praised trump the day after the election and said he looked forward to working with him.
This is what Sanders said right after the election: "To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him, to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
It's a completely banal statement that you make about trying to work toward solutions. I'm certain most top politicians made statements of the sort after the election. Note how the author of the Medium piece neglected to include the second half of this quote.
Also, this is what Sanders said in his announce video about Trump on Youtube for 2020: "We are living in a pivotal and dangerous moment in American history. We are running against a president who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, and someone who was undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction." Some praise!
21) He had an absurd amount of FEC violations (639 pages worth).
This largely stems from supporters donating more than they're legally allowed, not from Sanders being a serious bad-faith actor. He paid the FEC fines, too. Overblown issue.
22) He voted against rapists having to reveal their HIV status to their victims.
I can't find much on this other than which I'll quote: "...or on a measure giving rape victims the right to find out if their attackers had HIV/AIDS. Yes, Sanders voted against those bills, in some cases because they were attached to other provisions he opposed, in some cases because he voted for other measures that accomplished similar goals, and perhaps in some cases because, as Tarrant told me, "he too often takes the side of criminals' rights."
To that very last part, I take issue with Tarrant, Sanders' then political opponent, on claiming that Sanders takes the side of criminals. Sanders is on the side of the American people, and he's as principled as he is honest. Moving along.
23) He said identity politics shouldn’t matter.
He literally did not. He essentially said gender is not a sufficient reason to vote, your politics matter as well as your identity. Read more here.
24) He saw a bunch of very qualified women, people of color, and a gay man running and decided he’s better for the job than any of them.
Ok, what the fuck? By this rationale is it also simply anti-Semitic to not vote for Sanders? The votes reside with the people who will decide who is right for the job (ignoring for a moment that superdelegates exist). Total non-point.
25) He campaigned against several marginalized progressive candidates in the midterm elections who are women in favor of white men, like Sharice Davids for example.
This is the kind of statement made by the people who derided Taylor Swift for not supporting Marsha Blackburn. "Oh, a woman isn't supporting a woman!? L O L!" That isn't insightful, that's just dumb.
AOC also supported Brent Welder over Sharice Davids. So what? I had to do some investigation into this one.
Welder's positions: Fight for 15, M4A full-stop, equality for women & LGBTQ.
Davids supports "access" to care, and "access" to higher education.
You can compare their stances here:
It really is no surprise that Sanders supported Brent Welder. It's about the policies, not just the person. Refer to my link in 23)
26) His campaign hacked DNC data.
Is this just a flat, unsubstantiated lie? This appears to be just a flat, unsubstantiated lie.
27) His wife is under FBI investigation.
Sorry, try again.
28) He didn’t pay his female staffers equally.
Pay gap claims are new to me for the Sanders campaign. So just another lie made up, I guess.
29) He did nothing about the rampant sexual harassment that occurred within his campaign in 2016.
Sexual harassment from men is not unique to the staffers on Bernie's campaign payroll. And at least he didn't didn't personally intervene like Hillary Clinton did on the behalf of Burns Strider, who KNEW about the harassment ( This is such an overreach of a claim. We can read more here:
I should also take a moment to note that the night Bernie announced he interviewed on TYT. He agreed that his campaign was overall too white, too male. He wants to fix these problems. He met with former campaign staffers about sexism ( He promises that his new campaign will have better safeguards as lessons learned from last time. He's certainly not idle or deaf to the problems.
30) He wrote an essay that says women fantasize about being raped.
Okay, this one's really been pulled outta the archives. The essay does not say women fantasize about being raped, it's really not the point of the essay at all. Some backdrop per MotherJones:
"In 1963, as a junior, he waged a crusade for sexual freedom, assailing the school’s leaders for forcing their puritan views on undergraduates—and ruining their students’ sex lives.
In doing so, Sanders made national news. This crusade was emblematic of the way Sanders conducted himself in Hyde Park and throughout his political career—firm in his beliefs, fiery in his rhetoric, and unafraid of confrontation.
It began with a 2,000-word, ALL-CAPS-laced manifesto in the Maroon, the daily student newspaper, outlining the intellectual case for sexual freedom. Titled “Sex and the Single Girl—Part Two” (a nod to Helen Gurley Brown’s feminist treatise), Sanders attacked the university’s strict student housing guidelines—which prohibited women from living off-campus and restricted visiting access for persons of the opposite sex—with the kind of fire he’d later reserve for capitalists and war hawks."
So read the "rape" essay for yourself, see how it doesn't comport with Bernie saying that women fantasize about rape.
Totally misleading claim.
31) He called Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign the establishment.
Because they are. Take for example that PP's union-busting efforts last year ( and
These organizations are political.
32) He used the anniversary of MLK’s assassination to take jabs at Obama.
Knighted and Sainted Obama is above reproach and criticism. More at 10:00PM. Just kidding! This claim is just overblown. It's deceptive to pretend Sanders took the whole day to exclusively jab at Obama, but while we're on the topic of Obama:
33) His campaign was incredibly hurtful to HIV/AIDS activists and refused to apologize.
It is disappointing that that happened, this is a good point. One counterpoint I'll offer is this was truly in the major swing of things during primary season, so if the scheduling was tight it's not a great surprise. But does this mean he literally doesn't give a shit about HIV/AIDS? (tip: answer's no. Side note: Medicare for All would help people avoid contracting HIV, and those who need antivirals would not go bankrupt trying to afford them!)
34) Two words: “democratic whore.”
Sanders did not say these words. He condemned them, however.
35) Instead of supporting the LGBTQ march on Washington, he held the People’s Summit in Chicago — giving no mention to the lgbtq and having no lgbtq speakers.
Not much to say about this, it's just not a strong or interesting point. He was at another conference at the time.
36) He called Hillary unqualified — someone who has served for decades, was SOS and a New York Senator. So actually he was saying women are not qualified.
To paraphrase the Medium post author, "Bernie Sanders didn't say this thing, so instead I'll offer up a strawman and claim that he did in fact say and mean this thing I just made up." Don't let people make claims like this and deceive you. Ok, next.
37) He didn’t condemn his supporters for attacking Dolores Huerta.
I'm not sure what this is specifically referring to, and "attacked" is such a strong word for me to not be able to find good context for this. I did find this:
Also refer back to my point 18.
38) He’s old. Really old. Yes this could be called ageism but men’s life expectancy is younger than women’s. They don’t live as long. Bernie is past the average age for men. We elect people with hopes of 8 years, making Bernie 85 by the time he’s done. In all honesty, do you know a single 85 year old who could handle the job as well as someone 10, 20, or 30 years younger? No. No you don’t.
Bernie's old, yeah. I, too, wish he were younger. At least he's younger than Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, RBG, and is only one year older than Joe Biden. And Bernie can still ball (for an old guy:
39) He generally only employs straight white men for high up positions.
Faiz Shakir. Analilia Mejia. Carmen Yulin Cruz. Ro Khanna. Sarah Badawi. Nina Turner. The claim he only employs straight white men for high up positions is thoroughly false.
This claim wasn't even true in 2016.
40) He praised Castro
Presented as if this is ipso facto a bad thing. Doesn't cite what Bernie actually said. Anyway, yeah Castro successfully resisted US imperial efforts. They have great healthcare, great education. Think about Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala and how US intervention has horribly damaged those nations. Cuba would just be another victim of US imperial might. Elliott Abrams being brought back out from his crypt to is a perfect reminder of this.
41) He praised Daniel Ortega.
Presented as if this is ipso facto a bad thing. Doesn't cite what Bernie actually said. Anyway, Reagan was basically funding right-wing death squads at this time, so...
42) He praised Hugo Chavez and Venezuela, even though his policies are literally starving people to death.
Sanders did call Chavez a "dead communist dictator." So this point is just wrong, and I could stop writing here, but I'll take a moment to mention Chavez was democratically elected (and survived a US-backed coup). Poverty was significantly reduced in Venezuela under Chavez's presidency. So Bernie is poor on this point, but not for the reason described.
Also consider:
43) He supported getting discount oil from Venezuela — capitalizing on their poverty and not chastising their government for their treatment of their people.
The linked article is from when Chavez was alive and president. During this time Venezuela was successfully reducing its poverty rates. I'm trying to imagine how we could reframe this issue in other ways, like... "He did not support getting a good price on oil from Venezuela, wasting US dollars." "Bernie Sanders topples OPEC with his oil negotiating tactics." Come off it, already. (Just in case you missed it the first time from point 42, this was during a time when poverty was significantly decreasing in Venezuela:
44) His support of military actions in the 1999 Kosovo War was so bad it caused one of his advisers to quit.
Identical to point from #10 (original author even linked the specific letter of resignation in 10). So this point's redundant.
45) In 1999 anti war activists stormed Sanders office because his pro war policies were so bad… you know how he preaches against overpolicing and giving people a right to vote? He had all of the protestors arrested. Will Miller wrote about his experiences with this in 1999.
Yes, Sanders needed to clarify his FP. Perhaps he'll be stronger on the point this election than last time. But this doesn't condemn everything Bernie stands for, so it's just again a really flaccid point.
46) There’s a difference between supporting equality and fighting for equality. The truth is, Bernie has never focused on passing legislation to help marginalized groups. It’s not his focus.
Just plainly not true. Look at him protest segregation.
He voted against DOMA.
Check out more here: (which includes that great video of Sanders not allowing another rep to insult gay troops on the basis of their sexual orientation
Here is a bonus smear that is brought up on Twitter often:
Bernie Sanders does not poll well with women and minorities
Alright, so what's Bernie's "Favoribility" among Americans? If everyone hates him so much, why did he clobber Kamala Harris's first 24 hours of fundraising, pulling in 4x as much?
Sorry, but the polling data does not hold on this claim.
Among women Bernie is 58% favorable. African Americans polled him at 73% favorable.
Another look at the polls. Seems like minorities favor Sanders more.
If you need more we can defer yet again to the excellent Katie Halper:
And just in case someone tries to claim that Bernie's supports are all rich white bros, and that's how he earned his record first round fundraising, ask them why the average donation was $27 with 223,000 donors. Yeah, all these rich guys just dropping $27, because they're so rich they cannot afford more.
Second bonus: Bernie Sanders will be vetted this time! We will really get him!
Just read this while keeping in the back of your mind that it was written almost three years ago:
I guess the myth really won't go away!
Okay, since you've made it this far, here's some good reading in support of Bernie.
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Saturday | 5th of October | Street Battles

  1. U.S. unemployment dropped to a half-century low in September and job growth continued at a modest pace, signs the economy is holding up despite a broader global slowdown. The jobless rate dropped to 3.5% in September from 3.7% in August, marking the lowest rate since December 1969 when it also logged in at 3.5%. Employers added 136,000 jobs in September, and payrolls for August and July were revised up, the Labor Department reported Friday.
2. Imagine a world where wage growth was truly stagnant only for workers in high-wage industries, such as medicine and consulting. Imagine a labor market where earnings growth for low-wage workers, such as those who work in retail and restaurants, had doubled in the past five years. Imagine an economy where wages for the poorest Americans were rising twice as fast as hourly earnings for high-wage earners. It turns out that all three of those things are happening right now.
3. The U.S. trade gap widened in August as American consumers bought more cellphones and other goods from abroad while businesses exported more oil and autos, a sign of the economy’s resilience amid a global economic slowdown. The trade deficit in goods and services increased 1.6% from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted $54.9 billion in August, the Commerce Department said Friday. The report offered a reassuring sign about the overall health of the U.S. economy and the willingness of Americans to spend despite a spate of weak manufacturing data, cooling global growth and uncertainty around the U.S.-China trade war.
  1. The U.S. economy faces some risks to growth but remains in a good place overall, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Friday. “Our job is to keep it there as long as possible,” Mr. Powell said in opening remarks set for delivery Friday at a conference at the central bank’s headquarters in Washington. This year, the Fed has cut its benchmark rate twice—most recently last month to the current target range of 1.75% to 2%—to guard against the risk of a sharper-than-expected slowdown amid weaker global growth and rising trade and geopolitical uncertainty.
5. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will extend its intervention in the repo market into November, it said on Friday, soothing concerns about a re-emergence of the cash crunch that sent short-term interest rates soaring in September. The New York Fed first stepped into the repo market, where banks and investors borrow cash in exchange for Treasuries and other high-quality collateral, after the cost of borrowing money overnight quadrupled to 10 per cent last month.
​6. The Social Security debate has moved left. That shift, evidenced by presidential candidates’ plans and a bill backed by nearly 90% of House Democrats, departs from years of conversations about an elusive bipartisan compromise where Democrats agree to lower promised benefits and Republicans accept higher taxes.​ ​Instead, President Trump has ruled out cuts to future benefits. Democrats have lined up behind larger benefits and higher taxes.
  1. Social Security's costs are projected to exceed income next year for the first time since 1982, forcing the program to dip into its nearly $3 trillion trust fund, built up when payroll taxes exceeded benefits. Unless Congress acts, that trust fund will be depleted in 2034 and benefits would be automatically cut by more than 20%. Congress could fill the gap by raising payroll taxes or diverting general-fund revenue. Less disruptive changes now could close the shortfall, but lawmakers have little incentive to move. Make benefits richer, and the trust fund runs out sooner. Raise taxes, increase the retirement age or slow benefit increases, and the program stays solvent longer.
  2. The White House issued a presidential proclamation on Friday night requiring many future immigrant visa applicants to show they can afford health care, a move that could make it harder for poor migrants to enter the U.S. The action, which is set to take effect in 30 days, would require applicants, including people with ties to family members in the U.S., to show they have health insurance or prove their financial ability to pay for medical care before being issued a visa that could lead to a green card.
  3. Beijing flexed its muscles on Tuesday with one of the country's biggest-ever military parades to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic of China. The array of new weaponry showcased in the extravaganza reflects China's "war plan," which is aimed at realizing the military annexation of Taiwan by 2049 -- the centennial of Communist Party rule -- while preventing intervention by the U.S.
10​. Street battles raged across Hong Kong and the city’s subway operator suspended its entire network late Friday as the government’s move to invoke emergency measures and ban people from wearing masks at protests triggered a backlash. The city’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, invoked the British colonial-era law for the first time in 52 years, saying it was a deterrent to social unrest that posed a serious public danger. The ban on people wearing masks at public gatherings and unlawful assemblies would be punishable by as much as one year in prison.​ ​Chinese authorities have hit out at US, British and European Union officials, accusing them of siding with “black mobs” during one of the most violent days since Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty.
  1. Hunter Biden, the son of former United States vice-president Joe Biden, is listed as a director of a state-backed equity fund in China, but public records do not appear to support claims by US President Donald Trump that he used his father’s connections to secure Chinese capital for his investments. Trump on Thursday called on China to investigate Biden, now a leading Democratic presidential candidate, and his son, alleging the younger Biden used his position of influence to secure US$1.5 billion in funding from the government-owned Bank of China for a private equity firm he was involved in and made millions in the process.​ The best ​reported story I've seen on Hunter Biden was published by The New Yorker ​in its July 1st (2019) edition. You can access that article by clicking here.
  2. ​Democrats pursuing the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump have served the White House with a subpoena, in an effort to obtain documents related to the investigation that the Trump administration has refused to give to House panels leading the probe. “We deeply regret that President Trump has put us — and the nation — in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” said Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chair of the House oversight committee, explaining a move that was joined by the heads of both the intelligence and foreign affairs committees.
1​3. A second intelligence official who was alarmed by President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is weighing whether to file his own formal whistle-blower complaint and testify to Congress, according to two people briefed on the matter. The official has more direct information about the events than the first whistle-blower, whose complaint that Mr. Trump was using his power to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals touched off an impeachment inquiry. The second official is among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistle-blower, one of the people said.
1​4. A Republican senator said he was told by an American diplomat in August that the release of U.S. aid to Ukraine was contingent on an investigation desired by President Trump and his allies, but Mr. Trump denied pursuing any such proposal when the lawmaker pressed him on it. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, had described to him a quid pro quo involving a commitment by Kyiv to probe matters related to U.S. elections and the status of nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine that the president had ordered to be held up in July.
1​5. After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable turnaround, coming only a few weeks after a coordinated attack on Saudi oil installations led to bellicose threats in the Persian Gulf. Any reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have far-reaching consequences for conflicts across the region.​
1​6. Taliban officials have met in Pakistan with the top American diplomat who recently led peace negotiations with the insurgent group, current and former members of the Taliban said on Saturday, the first time representatives from both sides had met since President Trump called off the talks last month.
  1. Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans look to be falling apart as the European commission said there are no grounds to accept a request from the UK for intensive weekend negotiations two weeks before an EU summit. EU sources said there was no basis for such discussions, given the British prime minister’s insistence on there being a customs border on the island of Ireland.
  2. Mr. Johnson’s most senior adviser warned last night that Britain would leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refused to compromise, Dominic Cummings told government advisers that the prime minister would not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor and delay Brexit. “Next week we are going to know how things turn out,” he said. “If the EU says no then we are not going to do what the last lot did and change our negotiating position. If we don’t get anything next week, we are gone.”
Quick Links: Dr. Doom: Four collision courses for the global economy. We don't "need" a recession. PayPal ​drops ​out of Facebook’s Libra​ payments ​network​. ​Thomas Cook handed over millions to 30 advisers in dying days. Taboola and Outbrain, the two biggest chumbox providers, are merging to create a clickbait giant. Keep an eye out for a soon-to-be-released Netflix docu-series that examines the existential promise and peril of the gene-editing revolution. Physicists put 2,000 atoms in two places at once. The private funding pouring into quantum start-ups. Rick Perry’s most surprising legacy as energy secretary could be bigger science budget. Turmoil mounts at MIT Media Lab as scientist is ousted for sexual harassment. Volcanoes and Wine: Why a match made in hell tastes like heaven. Funding for sustainable concrete cemented for five more years.
Political Links: Is China a confident superpower or a brittle paranoid regime? Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad says Carrie Lam should resign over Hong Kong protests. Trump’s calls with foreign leaders have long worried aides.Trump has ordered a substantial reduction in the staff of the National Security Council. Treasury inspector general to review handling of Trump’s tax returns. Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted President Trump's re-election. campaign. Trump moves to placate swing state farmers over biofuels. Trump courts black voters in White House mini-rally. " Bernie Sanders, who is 78, suffered a heart attack earlier this week. For three days, he did not disclose "pertinent health details." Elizabeth Warren raised $24.6 million in 3Q. Biden's looming cash crunch. Why Kamala Harris is flailing with California voters. Impeachment prospect worries Senate Republicans from swing states, and could endanger GOP majority. Joseph Mifsud, international man of mystery. Rachel Maddow's moment.
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30 Teams in 30 Days: Phoenix Suns

Shout out to ORANG_DRAGIC, Thugnotes, blablimblom, and AutoFrost for their help! Also thanks SwollenCornholio
Team Name: Phoenix Suns
Subreddit: /suns
Arena: US Airways Center aka The Purple Palace (and some of us still say AWA)
Attendance (Rank): 15,871- 86.2% capacity (24th)
Division: Pacific
Record: 48-34
Playoff Record: 0
This is a man who has been historically hated in his ten years as owner of the team. The reason for that was a combination of not being able to fill the legend Jerry Colangelo’s shoes, and making bone-head (rookie) personnel decisions.
He has since wised up, and has more or less stepped away from the basketball side of things after hiring the already beloved Ryan McDonough.
It’s been described to the public that McDonough’s job is to find talent and Babby’s job is to negotiate. McDonough has been dubbed “McMiracle” by /suns mostly because it was a miracle that we could trade Jared Dudley for Eric Bledsoe AND Caron Butler. He hasn’t let us down yet. (Len is young with a high ceiling)
Hornacek is coming off a very impressive first year as head coach. He fielded a squad that put effort on both sides of the floor, made very competent play calling, and had a team that even today, many feel had over-achieved. He has said that he has modeled his style after the two best coaches he’s had, Jerry Sloan and the late great Cotton Fitzsimmons. His offensive style is definitely Cotton: small ball, multiple ballhandlers, push the pace of the game. His structure and discipline is very Sloan; deliberate and consistent.
These guys are wizards. They can legitimately spot a physical problem before it’s a problem and solve it before there are any issues. They watch film and are observant. Any change in the way a player moves, they analyze it and determine what the cause might be. The Suns are always one of the first to adopt the new wave of sports medicine technology.


2013-14 Lineup Position State with the Team Twitter
Goran Dragic G signed until 2015 for ~$7.5m/yr Link
PJ Tucker G/F signed until 2018 for ~$5.5m/yr Link
Gerald Green G/F signed until 2015 for ~$3.5m/yr Link
Channing Frye F/C Went to DisneyWorld! Link
Markeiff Morris F/C Signed until 2019 for ~$8m/yr Link
Miles Plumlee C signed until 2017 for ~$1.1m/yr Link
Marcus Morris F Signed until 2019 for ~$5m/yr Link
Eric Bledsoe G Signed until 2019 for ~$14m/yr Link
Ish Smith PG Went to H-Town!
Archie Goodwin G signed until 2018 for ~$1m/yr Link
Leandro Barbosa G Warriors Link
Dionte Christmas G Signed with the Pelicans none
Alex Len C signed until 2017 for ~$3.5m/yr Link
Shavlik Randolph C signed until 2014 for minimum Twitter: none
Note: Bold are starters
General Team Stats Rank Stat
PTS/Game 7th 105.2
Pts Allowed 21st 102.6
Differential 11th 2.6
Rebound/Game 13th 43.3
Assists/Game 29th 19.1
Advanced Rank Stat
Ortg 8th 109.5
Drtg 15th 106.7
Pace 8th 95.8

2013-14 Regular Season Recap

The Phoenix Suns were the big surprise of the 2013-14 Season. Before the season began the team essentially traded Jared Dudley and Luis Scola for Eric Bledsoe, Gereald Green and Miles Plumlee. When they traded Marcin Gortat for nothing, that signaled an imminent tank to most of the NBA. After being projected to win just 19 games the Suns won 48. A number that would have been the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but ended up being the most wins a team has ever won without making the Playoffs. The team was able to put together this many wins by combining career years in points for 6 players with excellent coaching from another newcomer in Jeff Hornacek, whose style included a tougher defense that forced turnovers and one of the fastest paces in the league. A pace that led the Suns to the most fast break points on the year. This is all with our 2nd best player Eric Bledsoe for 39 games, who was out with a partially torn meniscus. The team was 28-15 with him in the lineup and just 20-19 without him. If healthy most Suns fans believe the team would have been 6-8 seed in the tough western conference. Pretty good for a team expected to win 19 games.

Playoff Results

2014 Draft Position Pick(College or Country) Twitter
T.J. Warren SF 14 (N.C. State) Link
Tyler Ennis PG 18 (Syracuse) Link
Bogdan Bogdanovic SG 27 (Partizan, Serbia) Link
Alec Brown C 50 (Green Bay) Link
2014-15 FA Additions Position Previously Played Team/Acquisition Details Twitter
Isaiah Thomas PG Sacramento Kings, Signed for 4 y$28m Link
Anthony Tolliver F Charlotte Bobcats, Signed for 2 y$6m Link
Zoran Dragic G/F Unicaja Malaga, Signed for 2 y$3m Link


Lost: Channing Frye, Ish Smith, Leandro Barbosa, Dionte Christmas Added: Isaiah Thomas, TJ Warren, Anthony Tolliver, Tyler Ennis, Zoran Dragic The biggest loss was Channing Frye. He spread the floor and helped make everyone’s shot just a little bit more open than when he is off the floor. Markieff Morris, who was 4th in 6th Man of the Year voting, will be likely taking his place in the starting lineup. Markieff is more versatile than Channing and will fit in nicely with the starting group. As Suns fans we hope there isn’t much growing pains in the time it takes to re-tool without Channing (although most of us feel pretty confident about it). The biggest addition was Isaiah Thomas, a player that averaged 20 points a game whose quickness, shooting, and ability to run the floor all feel like it was tailor-made to play in this Suns system. The Suns signed him to a 4 year $27 Million contract that declines every year. He is now arguably the best contract we have. The biggest moves we made in the off-season were actually re-signing players we had last season to new deals. Bledsoe, The Morrii’s, and PJ Tucker all signed deals that will keep them with the team for the next 4-5 years. Bledsoe’s highly publicized contract negotiations ended with him getting 5 years and $70 Million, a deal that will likely be debated for the next few seasons, but could easily turn into a steal with the new cap increases. The Morris Brothers had one of the best contract negotiations so far, when the Suns gave them both 4 years and $52 Million dollars to split however they felt was fair. Surprisingly, they did it about as fairly as it gets with $32 Million going to Markieff (widely considered the better twin) and $20 Million going to Marcus. Those deals are extensions that kick in for 2015-16. PJ Tucker also signed an extension of 3 years $16.5 Million. He was our best defender and has become a big leader on our team. TJ Warren and Tyler Ennis were our draft picks at 14 and 18 respectively. They both have shown some promise, but as with most draft picks, only time will tell how they will turn out. TJ can score, it seems obvious so Suns fans are very excited about his future. Not much has been seen of Ennis so far. Zoran was signed to a two year contract that everybody believes was a deal to show Goran that even though Bledsoe got the big money, Phoenix was also committed to Goran in the long term. He has not played much in the pre-season and may not play much in real games, but it’s cool to see two pairs of brothers on the bench. All in all, I (ORANG_DRAGIC) believe that our roster has improved over last year, and playoffs is more of a possibility with a healthy roster. The loss of Channing Frye does hurt, but we have the roster to make up for it. But one thing is for sure, this roster is not set in stone. We need frontcourt help, and will likely be active on the trade market over the next season/off-season. The Management was smart to avoid bad contracts and will hopefully have flexibility in the future.

Roster breakdown:

Goran Dragic The Dragon, coming off his best season yet, is ready to take it to the next level. He has a burning passion to succeed on the court, and not only has he showed it for the Suns last season, but he took no breaks and balled out with the Slovenian national team. He averaged 16 points on 55% shooting in limited minutes. His role on the court will change now that Frye is gone, but expect him to create just as much as he did before. Also after being snubbed for the 2014 All-Star Game he will have an extra chip on his shoulder.
Goran Dragic, the lovable fearless leader
Eric Bledsoe The man that the Planet Orange loved to hate this summer is back! ...And we love him again! (Fuck Rich Paul) This is kind of a make or break year for him, we are looking for him to play at least 65 games and really be mini-Lebron, otherwise Suns fans will be calling for his head. He is a pretty elite defender at his position and can pound his way to the hole. Also, he loves to have the ball in his hands when the team needs a bucket late in the game. Knocking on all the wood, if his knees hold up, he could have an all-star year.
He is the one who blocks
Miles Plumlee Out of every player on this roster, no one player holds the fate of this teams season in his hands like the Plumgod. He had a really impressive start to 13-14, but he regressed midway through the season. In the offseason, he has worked on his timing on defense, and he says that he has a better feel on when to attempt a block, and when to just hold his ground. We don't really need too much from him offensively, but if he can hold the paint down, the Suns are an amazing team.
Also, expect more of this
Markeiff Morris Every year has been a small progression for this guy. Last year he showed that he could score in the paint and even showed some sweet back-to-the-basket moves. This offseason he was told to work on his 3 point shooting. He has. He also studied Dennis Rodman. That means we should see Kevin Love-esque numbers? We shall see.
He also could have been a QB
PJ Tucker The heart of the team. Nobody busts his ass on the floor like Tuck. He's always the first guy on the ground for a loose ball and the last one to let go. He might be our best defender and rebounder. He also has developed this money shot from the corner. All I want from him is to take care of the ball better this year.
PJ puts a little Magic on it
Isaiah Thomas Kings fans, you know. Isaiah is just about a lock for 6th man of the year. Kings should have never gave him up. He will bring instant scoring off the bench with a 2nd unit that WILL get buckets.
Alex Len Glass Joe. Len has broken his pinky twice this summer. The same pinky. Twice. The Planet Orange grows impatient. We all are really wondering what we will see from him if his bones do not shatter. The biggest question mark on the team.
TJ Warren Tony Buckets looked great in Las Vegas Summer League. I've heard comparisons to Cedric Ceballos. I'm excited.
Gerald Green I'm worried that he might get lost in this rotation. But he worked on his ball handling this summer in an effort for the Suns to push the ball even harder. Small ball is about to be nuts.
Marcus Morris Mook might get lost in this rotation also. But he has bulked up in an effort to be more versatile by being able to defend bigs, while also drawing them out of the paint with his shooting ability.
Anthony Tolliver This signing was purely a hedge against losing Frye. If Keef's 3-ball is on point his year, Tolliver will be really great cheerleader.
Tyler Ennis, Archie Goodwin These guys will do well in Bakersfield. I'm excited about these guys but there are not enough minutes for them.
Shavlik Randolph An energy guy who will rebound and score near the hoop. Alex Len insurance, really.


Coach Hornacek putting in that work in the WCF
"Small Three"
Drinking Game:
-Eddie Johnson goes on a random tangent
-The Morrii as brothers, Dragics as brothers or Plumlees as brothers are mentioned (prepare your liver.)
-Morris to Morris pass
-Suns fast break
-Bledsoe blocks
-Gerald Green gets a monster dunk
-Miles Plumlee misses a dunk
-Isaiah Thomas' size is mentioned
-Dragic's all-star snub mentioned
-Archie Goodwin bricks a shot
-Green/Dragic hit a clutch 3
-Suns win!
Markieff Studies Rodman
Green Works on Ball Handling
Mook Bulks Up
Miles Works on Defense and Speaks on Time With Team USA
Writers & Blogs Twitter Accounts
Paul Coro, Suns beat writer for the Arizona Republic
Valley of The Suns
Bright Side of The Sun
Arizona Sports
Suns Bleacher Report
Greg Esposito, Web and Social Media guy for
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Removed comments from Economics subreddits - 07/07/18

I love how Canada and China are targeting their tarriffs to hurt Trump supporters most...
Comment removed from /Economics - UberPirate18E - Created on 07/07/18 00:00:01 UTC - permalink
Clueless mods.
Comment removed from /Economics - tendrloin_aristocrat - Created on 07/07/18 00:01:04 UTC - permalink
Comment removed from /Economics - europeanconsumer - Created on 07/07/18 00:03:26 UTC - permalink
Comment removed from /Economics - evangamer9000 - Created on 07/07/18 00:03:47 UTC - permalink
Not really. Historic empires were highly unequal. Just look at medieval China or Europe to confirm that.
Comment removed from /Economics - europeanconsumer - Created on 07/07/18 00:04:27 UTC - permalink
1) As usual, it seems like no one read the article.
2) Is /economics just a hangout for the Heritage Foundation or something?
Comment removed from /Economics - EmAreDubs - Created on 07/07/18 00:06:27 UTC - permalink
Good luck with that. Is Bernie going to take your guns before or after you commit mass acts of economic violence?
Comment removed from /Economics - Moimoi328 - Created on 07/07/18 00:10:33 UTC - permalink
I am a millionaire and acquired my wealth via my career and saving prudently. You are accusing me of being a thief and a criminal.
First of all, fuck you. Second of all, who did I steal from, specifically? Finally, what gives you the right to steal my wealth, which you did absolutely fuck-all to earn?
Comment removed from /Economics - Moimoi328 - Created on 07/07/18 00:16:24 UTC - permalink
Dial back the paranoia, narcissism and offensive language, Moimoi328. You’re not the only one who is financially independent in this debate. I couldn’t care less how much money you have. Wealth envy is not an affliction I suffer from in life. I’m also not a malignant narcissist. Contrary to what you tell yourself, you could have NEVER accumulated your wealth without the economic infrastructure which made it possible. So, spare us all your Randian bootstrap fantasies.
I pointed out that a massive income and wealth redistribution scheme took place in the country because it did. I watched that disgrace go down with an inside-the-beltway perspective on it. This is a FACT substantiated by U.S. metrics and long-term trends. Look it up since you don’t believe me.
Wealth is not an entitlement in this country. If you don’t like that harsh reality, that is your problem alone. This country doesn’t owe you what you think it does.
Comment removed from /Economics - FearlessTruth - Created on 07/07/18 00:31:19 UTC - permalink
Oh boy, here we go.
Dial back the paranoia, narcissism and offensive language, Moimoi328
You and your ilk accuse people like me of being scum, selfish, criminals, thieves, etc in order to dehumanize us. Then you make the claim that because we are these things, it’s ok to steal our wealth. You are the one pointing the gun at me asking for my money. Don’t be surprised when we fight back.
Contrary to what you tell yourself, you could have NEVER accumulated your wealth without the economic infrastructure which made it possible. So, spare us all your Randian bootstrap fantasies.
The economic infrastructure that made it possible has been bought and paid for by those before me. Those past economic transactions are IRRELEVANT to what is going on right now. Anybody can take advantage of them.
I pointed out that a massive income and wealth redistribution scheme took place in the country because it did. I watched that disgrace go down with an inside-the-beltway perspective on it. This is a FACT substantiated by U.S. metrics and long-term trends. Look it up since you don’t believe me.
Nope, absolutely disagree with your assessment. There is no large scale orchestrated redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich. It’s always been the other way around.
Wealth is not an entitlement in this country. If you don’t like that harsh reality, that is your problem alone. This country doesn’t owe you what you think it does.
This is so ironic it’s almost laughable. You’re the one proposing to steal my income, presumably, because the poor should be entitled to some wealth.
So, I ask you again. How much of my wealth, of which you did fuck-all to earn, do you want to steal from me?
Comment removed from /Economics - Moimoi328 - Created on 07/07/18 00:44:44 UTC - permalink
Compared to medieval Africa, South America, Russia? Haha.
Comment removed from /Economics - gamercer - Created on 07/07/18 00:48:44 UTC - permalink
As usual those that count on benefits without cost are bound to happen fail eventually and here we are.
A huge number of people are confused why were Union jobs so good in the past and so sucky if your a new worker?
Simple the reason Union's had such good benefits is they promised to steal it from the next generation.
Comment removed from /Economics - Joeblowme123 - Created on 07/07/18 00:58:46 UTC - permalink
Russia is in Europe.
The data I've read most about is from Europe and China.
Perhaps these continents not having scripture makes it hard to obtain data.
I don't know much about those continents, except that the South American folks distributed women based on social rank. Feel free to enlighten me sir good redditor.
Comment removed from /Economics - europeanconsumer - Created on 07/07/18 00:58:58 UTC - permalink
Yes, because pays and benefit in right to states like SC is much better, right? /s
Comment removed from /Economics - edwardkirk1231 - Created on 07/07/18 01:00:17 UTC - permalink
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Comment removed from /badeconomics - SnapshillBot - Created on 07/07/18 01:02:27 UTC - permalink
Medieval China and Europe being the most unequal, and yet the wealthiest is evidence for my point, not yours.
Comment removed from /Economics - gamercer - Created on 07/07/18 01:12:20 UTC - permalink
We aren't in disagreement Union's feasted in the next generation future and had a great ride running up a credit card to be paid for by their children.
What we are in disagreement over is stealing money from the next generation is immoral and really risky.
All it takes is for the supreme Court to rule against Union's again and those unfunded liabilities to get defaulted on and all those people will loose the ability to steal from their children.
Comment removed from /Economics - Joeblowme123 - Created on 07/07/18 01:20:21 UTC - permalink
Since I am first, may Warren Mosler bless us all with his knowledge of economics, and may MMT soothe us into sleep every night.
Comment removed from /badeconomics - PetarPYoutube - Created on 07/07/18 01:22:58 UTC - permalink
2) Is /economics just a hangout for the Heritage Foundation or something?
Sure seems that way. Economics here seems to mean the American definition: free market capitalism. Regulations are bad and alternatives (dare I say the word) are evil.
Comment removed from /Economics - phoenix2448 - Created on 07/07/18 01:24:53 UTC - permalink
So you are concluding that union must be the cause of pension crisis despite the fact that SC, a right to work State, has far worst problem in unfunded liabilities? Don't you think there are far many other factors at work?
I agree that Supreme Court need to forbid state govt from continue to underfund liabilities, if you make it hurt to fund those programs, you will think twice about doing the things that run up the debt.
What I disagree is the oversimplification of the pension crisis. In SC, we are seeing fewer hires relative to growth, stagnated wages, and of course, over generous benefit. But it seems you are focused on packaging a criticism of against union instead of trying to solve our pension crisis.
Comment removed from /Economics - edwardkirk1231 - Created on 07/07/18 01:26:26 UTC - permalink
Actually the pensions and retirement funds lost a shit ton on the MBS’s from 2007 and before
Comment removed from /Economics - unimployed - Created on 07/07/18 01:28:46 UTC - permalink
You just confirmed every observation I previously made and exposed/confirmed additional character flaws I never mentioned. As malignant narcissists go, you’re definitely an overachiever.
The economic infrastructure that made it possible has been bought and paid for by those before me. Those past economic transactions are IRRELEVANT to what is going on right now. Anybody can take advantage of them.
As someone who has caught and imprisoned scores of white collar criminals/bankers, you think and behave exactly as they do. You mistakenly assume this country and the world exist for your benefit alone. They don’t. Rest assured, the karma train and society will run you down in time. When they do, you’ll deserve your plight.
I told you before, but it obviously bears repeating...I don’t need to steal your money because I earned my money. I don’t concern myself with anyone stealing my money outside of crooked bankers/executives/politicians who think just like you do. They’re the only weasels who would try. They’re also the only weasels who feel entitled to embezzle from others.
One final point, switch to decaf, ease off the nose candy, stop watching Bullshit Mountain (aka Fox News) or all of thevabove. You’re bouncing-off-the-walls crazy here.
Comment removed from /Economics - FearlessTruth - Created on 07/07/18 01:36:20 UTC - permalink
This but ironically.
Comment removed from /badeconomics - SnoopBillTwinkle - Created on 07/07/18 01:37:04 UTC - permalink
You realize unions still exist in right to work states right? The fact that a state is right to work is not alone enough to prevent unions from forming corrupt deals that pass the burden of payment onto people that aren't even voting yet. The problem is government unions in general. They're fighting over other people's money. Nobody involved in these agreements has any skin in the game. Some of the states with the worst pension problems are conservative states - it's a fairly bipartisan problem, though it affects the blue states a little bit more.
Comment removed from /Economics - ksndjsosmwmtixnsn3 - Created on 07/07/18 01:41:44 UTC - permalink
You realize that unions in right to work States like SC have no power, right?
Comment removed from /Economics - edwardkirk1231 - Created on 07/07/18 01:42:50 UTC - permalink
I have no idea where the hell you're getting this idea. Police unions, fire department unions, there are plenty of unions in right to work states with significant power.
Comment removed from /Economics - ksndjsosmwmtixnsn3 - Created on 07/07/18 01:52:31 UTC - permalink
That's not true. They only have no power if they can't convince people to join their unions.
Comment removed from /Economics - way2lazy2care - Created on 07/07/18 01:53:16 UTC - permalink
At least they commented on the topic. You:
1) Complained about other people's comments without contributing yourself.
2) Took an ad hominem pot shot at the other end of the ideological spectrum.
Comment removed from /Economics - Dave1mo1 - Created on 07/07/18 01:54:46 UTC - permalink
Let me give you the rundown of economics in case your new here.
1) Researcher publishes marginally interesting data on a controversial subject.
2) Journalist from NYT, huffpo, CNN, etc. bastardizes research with clickbait headline to make it sound like god himself has just delivered his final judgement on said controversial topic.
3) Casual users from politics with some extra time in high school geometry, bored of trump articles and the mueller investigation shitsling said article to the top of the heap.
4) The commenters show up to demonstrate their Econ 101 knowledge.
Comment removed from /Economics - huge_clock - Created on 07/07/18 01:59:16 UTC - permalink
That's SC, 1.6% unionized workers here.
Frankly, without mandatory union membership, they simply will stay irrelevant. What is the point of hiring a union worker when we have someone else who is willing to work for less?
In my profession (teaching), it is easy for employers to exploit that.
And no, SC unions do not have any meaningful influence on any policies, the pension crisis is the state govt's own doing.
Comment removed from /Economics - edwardkirk1231 - Created on 07/07/18 01:59:45 UTC - permalink
In South Carolina?
I'm a public school teacher here for decades, don't see any union influence whatsoever.
Comment removed from /Economics - edwardkirk1231 - Created on 07/07/18 02:01:35 UTC - permalink
I cant speak for SC specifically. But texas has a decent pension problem due to corrupt deals with government unions. Kentucky if I remember right is #2 in the country, right between NJ and CA. It's a bipartisan problem. A lot of states exempt PD and FD departments from right to work laws apparently, so that's part of the reason why. But there are still other unions with power in maryland, where I live, which is a right to work state.
Comment removed from /Economics - ksndjsosmwmtixnsn3 - Created on 07/07/18 02:06:16 UTC - permalink
The world is mostly neoclassicalists because in the US, people who critiqued neoclassicalism were red-baited out of universities in the 60s.
I used to attend post-graduate economic discussion groups at UCLA. Most of the people had either Masters or PhDs in economics and over 90% had never actually read Marx. Only a handful had even heard of Bakunin. I didn't even get to things like Georgism. It's an extremely narrow focus these days.
Comment removed from /Economics - kristopolous - Created on 07/07/18 02:10:33 UTC - permalink
What is the point of hiring a union worker when we have someone else who is willing to work for less?
What's the point of joining a union if they can't provide enough benefit to attract members?
Comment removed from /Economics - way2lazy2care - Created on 07/07/18 02:19:44 UTC - permalink
Dear God, what happened to your balls man.
Comment removed from /Economics - neuteruric - Created on 07/07/18 02:32:11 UTC - permalink
Thanks for the point. I don't got the data, though.
Comment removed from /Economics - europeanconsumer - Created on 07/07/18 02:33:24 UTC - permalink
Simple the reason Union's had such good benefits is they promised to steal it from the next generation.
By that logic older generations are using social security to steal from younger ones. Do you think that we should eliminate social security so that old people die in poverty?
Comment removed from /Economics - Mr__Mojo - Created on 07/07/18 02:33:32 UTC - permalink
Warren Mosler, mmt
Comment removed from /badeconomics - lorentz65 - Created on 07/07/18 02:45:42 UTC - permalink
It's a hangout for leftists from /politics
Comment removed from /Economics - Chris_Pacia - Created on 07/07/18 03:02:38 UTC - permalink
This is an embarrassingly illiterate analysis.
Comment removed from /Economics - ParanoydAndroid - Created on 07/07/18 03:03:09 UTC - permalink
The author of the article is a prominent economist and researcher.
Comment removed from /Economics - austinsible - Created on 07/07/18 03:03:23 UTC - permalink
That's the dumbest shit I've heard all day.
You really would have made a great slave ..
Comment removed from /Economics - UberPirate18E - Created on 07/07/18 03:13:00 UTC - permalink
And here ladies and gentleman we can observe the strawman fallacy in perfect form. A textbook example.
Comment removed from /Economics - DollarSignsGoFirst - Created on 07/07/18 03:13:14 UTC - permalink
You’re making generalizations that aren’t true though. Unions play a critical role in free markets. Saying that regulations are bad doesn’t mean unions shouldn’t exist. I’d much prefer workers banding together for negotiations than a government enforcing it.
Also just for anyone else, just because I support the right to unionize doesn’t mean I don’t think they have flaws and can cause serious problems.
Comment removed from /Economics - DollarSignsGoFirst - Created on 07/07/18 03:17:07 UTC - permalink
If you're going to accuse someone of making a fallacious argument you should at least make an effort to justify that claim.
Comment removed from /Economics - Mr__Mojo - Created on 07/07/18 03:24:54 UTC - permalink
It's a joke, you may relax my son.
Comment removed from /badeconomics - PetarPYoutube - Created on 07/07/18 03:26:47 UTC - permalink
Peter Schiff would want us to convert 100% of our assets into Gold in his honour.
Comment removed from /badeconomics - PetarPYoutube - Created on 07/07/18 03:28:00 UTC - permalink
It isn’t obvious? Really? You said if someone wants to eliminate social security that means they want old people to die in poverty.
Comment removed from /Economics - DollarSignsGoFirst - Created on 07/07/18 03:36:49 UTC - permalink
The alternatives are not considered evil, they are denounced as nonsense.
Comment removed from /Economics - hishose_56 - Created on 07/07/18 03:37:39 UTC - permalink
America is mostly neoclassicalist because it does the best job of explaining the economy. Marxism is absolute quackery.
But rest assured, with the spread of left-wing Marxist dogma in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Economics is slowly starting to be broken down and succumbing to the anti-scientific left-wing ideologies.
Comment removed from /Economics - aminok - Created on 07/07/18 03:38:14 UTC - permalink
I wasn’t speaking about unions specifically but about the sub as a whole.
Comment removed from /Economics - phoenix2448 - Created on 07/07/18 03:39:09 UTC - permalink
Yes social security is a Ponzi scheme and should be abolished asap.
The generation before me falling for a Ponzi scheme isn't a reason to destroy the future generation so irresponsible people can retire by theft.
It's harsh but generational theft is immoral.
Comment removed from /Economics - Joeblowme123 - Created on 07/07/18 03:45:55 UTC - permalink
You never read Marx and have no idea what you're talking about, at all
Comment removed from /Economics - kristopolous - Created on 07/07/18 03:55:03 UTC - permalink
Comment removed from /Economics - atxProgramming - Created on 07/07/18 04:00:48 UTC - permalink
Lol and economics is as rigorous as the laws of physics! Pull the other one.
Comment removed from /Economics - JimmyTango - Created on 07/07/18 04:11:11 UTC - permalink
Rarely do I have to say something like this but: I call bullshit on this post. I'm 34 now but my bachelor's was in Finance and Master's in International Econ and you weren't getting past even entry level Finance and Econ classes just as part of the business school as a whole without having a fairly solid understanding of these concepts. And like I said I'm referring to the business school as a whole: these were required entry level classes even for marketing majors.
I don't discount that you met a lot of statisticians and mathematicians studying Econ. Some more interested in the math than the theory, some like me that could study theory for the rest of my life, and all sorts in between but that is one of the beautiful parts of The Dismal Science. For every mathematician now we also have famous names like Dan Ariely approaching from a totally different background and mindset completely outside the realm of math and it's turned out beautiful!
I highly highly doubt you were sitting with a lot of people who earned PhD's in Econ (this is no small nor easy task by ANY measure) that look like a deer in headlights mentioning Bretton Woods and monetary policy. Unless, no offense but it is a possibility, you said something so baseless or outlandish they didn't know how to respond except stare at you like a deer in headlights.
Comment removed from /Economics - Matt-Mesa - Created on 07/07/18 04:22:36 UTC - permalink
I'm talking about a non classical analysis of the monetary policy. There's different proseminars. I mostly attended the economic theory ones and a bit of economic history for about 2 years about once a week. I made friends with a number of the people there.
It's a large department and generally the same people attended so maybe there were people I didn't come in contact with.
Business school and economic departments are certainly different places. I've never been to a business school. My background is engineering and math.
Comment removed from /Economics - kristopolous - Created on 07/07/18 04:30:18 UTC - permalink
My favorite part is the length of time people spend typing on their cell phones for a couple different reasons.
1) To each make sure they make the next most obscure reference or theory. In a few more posts someone will be quoting parchment paper found to be 10,000 years older than current known civilizations that formed the basis for all modern Econ/Finance
2) Making sure there is at least one 10 letter word in each sentence.
I wonder how many of these people actually work in the private sector in Econ or Finance? I LOVE the theory that makes up Finance and Econ - more than any other part of it all as a whole. I am quite proud of the position I've managed to attain at the largest company of its type in the world working on the largest account in the world especially being a non-ivy like all my colleagues. If I spoke as people do on here to our Executive Leadership with such obscure references and such a condescending tone that would be the last time I spoke to them in a formal setting.
Comment removed from /Economics - Matt-Mesa - Created on 07/07/18 04:33:50 UTC - permalink
I've read enough Marx to know he's a quack. The theory of surplus value is the economic equivalent of alchemy. Turn an innocent person into a villain, without any crime at all!
Comment removed from /Economics - aminok - Created on 07/07/18 04:34:07 UTC - permalink
The difficulty of economics doesn't justify fully abandoning the principles of science and embracing pseudo-economical ideologies like socialism.
Comment removed from /Economics - aminok - Created on 07/07/18 04:35:10 UTC - permalink
Read my other post on this thread
Comment removed from /Economics - Matt-Mesa - Created on 07/07/18 04:35:45 UTC - permalink
No one's telling you to abandon academic or scientific rigor in your field, but somehow elevating your field above other social sciences because numbers is faulty logic. You're studying human behavior just like the rest of them.
Comment removed from /Economics - JimmyTango - Created on 07/07/18 04:37:29 UTC - permalink
You've got nothing but sheer emotional sensationalism to add to this. The stronger the opinion, the weaker the knowledge
Comment removed from /Economics - kristopolous - Created on 07/07/18 04:39:11 UTC - permalink
Here I'll just post it again for you
Proseminars - 11 characters. I can't help but to be an ass on this thread today. There are different proseminars? You mean there is more than one graduate level course or more than one graduate level course that allows undergrads at a university?? Lol. Good lord. See item two on my list below.
My favorite part of these threads are the length of time people spend typing on their cell phones for a couple different reasons.
1) To each make sure they make the next most obscure reference or theory. In a few more posts someone will be quoting parchment paper found to be 10,000 years older than current known civilizations that formed the basis for all modern Econ/Finance
2) Making sure there is at least one 10 letter word in each sentence.
I wonder how many of these people actually work in the private sector in Econ or Finance? I LOVE the theory that makes up Finance and Econ - more than any other part of it all as a whole. I am quite proud of the position I've managed to attain at the largest company of its type in the world working on the largest account in the world especially being a non-ivy like all my colleagues at 34. BUT If I spoke as people do on here to our Executive Leadership, the Client, whether in proposals, analysis, or even just making a point with such obscure references or the constant condescending tone used it would be the one and only time.
Comment removed from /Economics - Matt-Mesa - Created on 07/07/18 04:49:37 UTC - permalink
On Monday I will start my first internship, at a development projects consultant. Right now anxiety has begun to creep in. How were your first internships?
Comment removed from /badeconomics - ZaratustraElJarkor - Created on 07/07/18 04:54:29 UTC - permalink
If someone wants to eliminate social security then the consequence of that will be old people dying in poverty. If you go to the Wikipedia page for "History of Social Security within the United States" the first paragraph literally reads
A limited form of the Social Security program began as a measure to implement "social insurance" during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when poverty rates among senior citizens exceeded 50 percent.
Social security exists as a measure to reduce poverty rates among senior citizens.
Comment removed from /Economics - Mr__Mojo - Created on 07/07/18 05:10:54 UTC - permalink
The seminars are open to the general public and each subdepartment generally ran their own. I was 8 years out of graduate school before going to my first one in economics.
As far as the private sector goes, it's a different pursuit and a different set of values. I've worked at a number of for profit startups and in a number of research labs. They are doing different things and have different goals. I don't think a good businessman would necessarily make a good researcher or that a good researcher would necessarily be good at business. They are quite different
Comment removed from /Economics - kristopolous - Created on 07/07/18 05:11:44 UTC - permalink
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