The Corrupt Democratic Party Could Give the 2020 Election to Trump

If the Democratic Party engages in the same sort of election-rigging and cheating as it did in 2016, it may very well throw the election to Trump.

In a 2017 lawsuit, the DNC said they have no obligation to be fair:

DNC attorneys claim Article V, Section 4 of the DNC Charter—stipulating that the DNC chair and their staff must ensure neutrality in the Democratic presidential primaries—is “a discretionary rule that it didn’t need to adopt to begin with.” Based on this assumption, DNC attorneys assert that the court cannot interpret, claim, or rule on anything associated with whether the DNC remains neutral in their presidential primaries.

Later in the hearing, attorneys representing the DNC claim that the Democratic National Committee would be well within their rights to “go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.” By pushing the argument throughout the proceedings of this class action lawsuit, the Democratic National Committee is telling voters in a court of law that they see no enforceable obligation in having to run a fair and impartial primary election.

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Like Trump, the Democratic Party has a loyalty oath. Has a candidate served the party’s interests? Raised money for the party? Served long enough in the party? Is it “their turn”?

Bernie Sanders is, IMHO, the best Democratic Party candidate. He has an unflinching track record. He represents the people (not bought by corporate interests). He’s the antidote we need to the malignant narcissist currently stinking up the White House and the country.

Yet I continue to see, on Twitter, vehement opposition to Bernie. But there’s also widespread support for Bernie, and those voters are the ones who will matter most if Bernie doesn’t win the Democrats’ nomination.

Some may hold their nose and vote for the Democratic nominee (“Vote blue no matter who”).

Others, as they did in 2016, may refuse to vote for a candidate proffered by a corrupt political party. Or they may decide to sit out this election and not vote.

Given Bernie’s increasing popularity, if the Democratic Party engages in it’s 2016-style corruption, it may be responsible for re-electing Trump (or some other corrupt Republican, if Trump is thrown from office).

The corrupt Democrats are perhaps one of the Republican Party’s greatest assets, and they may again be responsible for the election of a Republican president.

This country desperately needs viable third parties. The duopoly is destroying this country.

Dog People Live Longer.

[S]tudies, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, suggest that dog ownership is linked to a 21% reduction in the risk of death — over the 12-year period studied — for people with heart disease. Those studies complement a body of literature linking dogs to good health.

NPR

How to understand Trump now: Wounded child, drug addict or delusional gaslighter?

A clinical professor of psychiatry examines Trump’s batshit crazy letter to Nancy Pelosi.

“Trump’s letter to Pelosi is a clear example of how obsessive victims think about world because he blames everyone. Trump projects. Trump criticizes other people. Some of his projections are in fact delusional — and then he justifies how great he is with that long paragraph about all of his accomplishments, such as the economy, etc. “

Salon

Here is Trump’s letter to Pelosi

Trump admin shuts down pollution-tracking map

A federal database tracking pollution in the United States was retired earlier this month, drawing criticism from environmental advocates.

TOXMAP, an interactive map hosted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and accessible to the public, allowed users to track pollution-producing factories and other environmental concerns such as superfund cleanup sites.

However, on Dec. 16, all links to the application on the NLM’s website were deprecated, following an announcement from the agency in September notifying users that the site would be “retired.”

The Hill

Search Engines: Which to use?

People are becoming increasingly aware that Google is not your friend.

An article (below) seems to bash Bing for showing white supremacist links in searches, but I don’t know that’s a fair complaint:
Bing’s Top Search Results Contain an Alarming Amount of Disinformation

Non-Google options:
I prefer Qwant for search. It’s EU-based, meaning it’s subject to strict EU privacy rules.
I also use DuckDuckGo, which says it doesn’t retain information about you or track you. I’ve read that DuckDuckGo uses Bing’s framework for searches.
Also mentioned by others: StartPage (I’m personally unfamiliar with it).
And there’s Swisscows, which also says it’s privacy safe.