November 9th, 2016


Presidential election: Donald Trump would have lost if Bernie Sanders had been the candidate


“Right now in every major poll, national poll and statewide poll done in the last month, six weeks, we are defeating Trump often by big numbers, and always at a larger margin than Secretary Clinton is.”

So spoke Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rival in the primary, when he appeared on the May 29 2016 edition of NBC’s 'Meet the Press'.

It was not the first time the socialist former Mayor of Burlington had made the claim. And it was something that his supporters believed passionately.

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Whether you agree with this article or not, it's obvious that most of us "Bernbots" got fed up and either stayed home or put in a protest vote. I voted for her in the general, but a lot of us did not out of spite against certain pro-Hillary supporters attacking us at every turn and the DNC at large. We needed passion on our side in an anti-establishment political climate, not a "clear victory" according to the talking heads and elites we wanted to take down in the first place. What a fucking mess.

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"It's for the future": Scientists are cloning the world's ancient trees

Some of the world’s biggest and most ancient trees are in jeopardy.

Humans have cut down more than 90 percent of the planet’s oldest trees, and forces like pollution and climate change threaten those that are left.

In the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California — home to the giant sequoias — scientists are trying to reverse this trend by essentially cloning the trees. Sequoias can grow up to 250 feet tall, with trunks as big as 30 feet in diameter, and they’re known to live 3,000 years or more.

To preserve the species and create a thriving new generation of giant sequoias, the scientists are taking genetic material from the fresh growth of the top branches. For arborists like Jacob Milarch, that involves using rigging to climb into the branches up to 200 feet high.

They snip off small samples from the trees, which are then transported to a lab in Michigan. There, they are nurtured from sprouts until they’re large enough to be planted all over the world.

So far, the team has produced and planted at least a quarter million trees, Milarch told CBS News. Milarch is with the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the nonprofit group behind the tree cloning mission.

“It’s not for us, it’s for the future,” Milarch said. “So it’s a gift to the grandkids, to the kids.”

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At under $5 each, Trump's votes came cheap: about half of what Clinton paid

Donald Trump pulled off one of the biggest upsets in American political history when he toppled Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday - and he did it using far less cash than his rival.

Relying heavily on an unorthodox mix of social media, unfiltered rhetoric, and a knack for winning free TV time, the New York real estate businessman likely paid less than $5 per vote during his insurgent White House bid, about half what Clinton paid, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance records and voting data. Those figures assume the candidates spent all the funds they raised.

Trump's cost-effective win has upended prevailing concepts about the influence of money in American politics and raised the question of whether a lean, media-savvy campaign can become the new model for winning office in the United States.

Political strategists and academics tend to agree, however, that Trump's performance would be tough to repeat. A household name for his luxury brand resorts, reality TV stardom, and ability to surround himself with non-stop controversy, Trump held advantages that many political candidates lack.

"I think this is a case where Trump had unique characteristics as a candidate that allowed him to pursue a different type of strategy," said Tony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College in Maine.

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Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit

THE PARALLELS BETWEEN the U.K.’s shocking approval of the Brexit referendum in June and the U.S.’ even more shocking election of Donald Trump as president last night are overwhelming. Elites (outside of populist right-wing circles) aggressively unified across ideological lines in opposition to both. Supporters of Brexit and Trump were continually maligned by the dominant media narrative (validly or otherwise) as primitive, stupid, racist, xenophobic, and irrational. In each case, journalists who spend all day chatting with one another on Twitter and congregating in exclusive social circles in national capitals — constantly re-affirming their own wisdom in an endless feedback loop — were certain of victory. Afterward, the elites whose entitlement to prevail was crushed devoted their energies to blaming everyone they could find except for themselves, while doubling down on their unbridled contempt for those who defied them, steadfastly refusing to examine what drove their insubordination.

The indisputable fact is that prevailing institutions of authority in the West, for decades, have relentlessly and with complete indifference stomped on the economic welfare and social security of hundreds of millions of people. While elite circles gorged themselves on globalism, free trade, Wall Street casino gambling, and endless wars (wars that enriched the perpetrators and sent the poorest and most marginalized to bear all their burdens), they completely ignored the victims of their gluttony, except when those victims piped up a bit too much — when they caused a ruckus — and were then scornfully condemned as troglodytes who were the deserved losers in the glorious, global game of meritocracy.

That message was heard loud and clear. The institutions and elite factions that have spent years mocking, maligning, and pillaging large portions of the population — all while compiling their own long record of failure and corruption and destruction — are now shocked that their dictates and decrees go unheeded. But human beings are not going to follow and obey the exact people they most blame for their suffering. They’re going to do exactly the opposite: purposely defy them and try to impose punishment in retaliation. Their instruments for retaliation are Brexit and Trump. Those are their agents, dispatched on a mission of destruction: aimed at a system and culture they regard — not without reason — as rife with corruption and, above all else, contempt for them and their welfare.

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by Glenn Greenwald
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"America Elected A Man Who Said ‘Grab Them By The P***y’ Over The First Female President"

Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so.

He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion.

He believes that women he finds physically unattractive or overweight are lesser people.

He thinks that many Mexican immigrants are rapists.

He mocked people with disabilities.

He encouraged violence against protesters at his political rallies.

For years, he was the most notable person pushing the conspiracy theory that the first black president was illegitimate because he was supposedly not born in the United States.

And now, he will be America’s 45th president ― a position of power and prestige, meant to be the role model for children all over the country and offer the best of the best to the rest of the world.Collapse )


Mods and everyone: I hope we can all try to remember that this is a very deeply felt loss for at least some of us here. Some people in this comm are genuinely suffering, devastated, and worried sick about REAL SHIT like health care and deportations and people losing rights they've fought long and hard for (not to mention fucking WWIII). Among other things, it would be awesome if we could all please try to play nice for a while, so some of us can have a chance to fucking heal from this debacle, instead of plunging this comm back into Hillary v. Bernie hell. Thank you.
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DNA evidence helps free a service dog from death row

Jeb, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois with alert ears and a dark muzzle, was sentenced to death in September.

The Michigan judge who ordered the dog be euthanized said he had no choice. A neighbor had testified that he saw Jeb standing over the lifeless body of his Pomeranian, Vlad. And state law requires that dangerous dogs — ones that cause serious injury or death to people or other dogs — be destroyed.

But Jeb’s family did not believe he was capable of killing Vlad, said Kandie Morrison, who had given Jeb to her disabled father for use as a service animal. This was a dog whose body 80-year-old Kenneth Job relied on to hoist himself up when he fell, she said; a dog that ignored the rabbit he lived with.

“I knew in my heart from day one that he didn’t do it,” she said in an interview.

Armed with that confidence, Job and Morrison turned to the kind of evidence well known for exonerating human suspects and increasingly used to help animals: DNA. And last week, after a Florida lab determined samples collected from the frozen corpse of the Pomeranian did not come from Jeb, the big dog was sprung from jail.Collapse )

Source: WaPo