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There are several major critiques of Bernie Sanders coming from the (far) left. In social media, I've already discussed the first two.

The first major critique is that he is soft on gun control.

The second major critique is that he is "imperialist-lite"

The third major critique, which relates to the second, is that he is soft on Israel. There is some evidence that Sanders has gradually shifted increasingly pro-Israel. In 1988 he was very outspoken vocal critic of Israeli policies against Palestinians. In more recent times he seems more careful to balance criticism of Israel with criticism of Hamas, for example. Personally I'm okay with this. If you've read my social media for a long time you know I've been a pretty scathing critic of Israeli policy toward Palestinians and especially Gaza. But on the other hand I do also acknowledge there are some pretty viciously evil ppl on the Palestinian side of the conflict as well. The facts that Sanders is jewish and has lived in a kibbutz in Israel, and yet has also condemned Israeli government actions toward the Palestinians, and also condemned Netanyahu's lobbying of congress, and also supports the Iran peace deal is very interesting. I think Sanders has an interesting nuanced balanced view on Israel, I wish ppl on the left would give him a chance. Sanders has the potential, I think, of being an epic peacemaker in the Middle East.

#sanders #israel #palestine #gaza #middleeast #peace

http://www.alternet.org/1988-bernie-sanders-condemned-israeli-attacks-palestinians-reprehensible
Sanders was once a strong critic of the Israeli policies towards Palestinians.
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I got both my daughters interested in learning programming at https://www.codecademy.com/ Older daughter is continuing with python while younger daughter is going for javascript.

What a great resource for kids (and maybe beginner adults too). Highly recommended.

#programming #kids #education #javascript #python
Learn to code interactively, for free.
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“The politicians are a shadow cast by the willed the self-delusion of the people.” I like it! But fundamentally, I’m not so sure about his libertarian “who pays” thesis. It takes two to tango. I want to know who gave these bad loans to Greece? Shouldn’t the lenders face consequences for preying on greek society, even if it is the case the greece society made poor decisions also?

It seems to me that governments should not go into debt. That debt in itself a moral wrong. A nation that goes into debt is corrupt, and it takes two parties to be corrupt, those who take the money, and those who give it. 

#greece #libertarianism

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Kind of jarring to see such an evil man as Zuckerberg on this list, but otherwise big respect to these heroes in my field...

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-influential-programmers-2015-7
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Regardless of what you may think of ISIS, sending in Iranian backed Shia militias into a Sunni majority city- Shia militias with a known penchant for civilian massacres and scorched earth destruction tactics- this is almost certainly human tragedy waiting to unfold. One wonders: why is the west outsourcing to Iran the dirty work of occupation and propping up Iraq's puppet government? This could be a tactical victory, but a huge PR loss, and could harden the hearts of Sunnis against the West, and to embrace ISIS.

#iraq #fallujah #isis #shia #sunni

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-militia-operation-retake-fallujah-123932481.html
Iranian-backed Shia militias are preparing to launch an operation to retake Fallujah, a...
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Bernie Sanders is doing reasonably well with the libertarian-leaning millennial demographic. This is curious because libertarianism and socialism are often (mistakenly) seen as diametric opposites. In fact there are a wide range of common ground issues: civil liberties, peaceful foreign policy, staunch opposition to crony capitalism and corporate welfare, and so on.
One of the greatest bugaboos of the libertarians is the Federal Reserve system. And it looks like Sanders is, in his own way, on the same page. While not directly saying "End the Fed", in this video he seems to be merely arguing that the Fed should be audited. But he does it in an ingenious way that brings a lot of credible doubt whether the whole institution is completely rigged.

#sanders #libertarianism #federalreserve

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It's amazing how much traction he's got. Pretty interesting to watch.
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There have been endless, scathing critiques of Bernie Sanders coming from the far left. One such critique is that Bernie Sanders is imperialist-lite, that he is not strictly a pacifist, and indeed he supports bombing ("airstrikes") in some cases, including areas controlled by ISIS. Okay. I would encourage ppl who feel this way to watch this video and ask if these are the words of an "imperialist"?

#sanders #iraq #prophecy 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMuUBLaruTk
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The problem with that logic is that the two party system has a horrific built in corruption of democracy where voting for the party that you want aids the party that you want to lose.
. But its the complete opposite until plurality voting is reformed to at least give us the transferable vote.

My recommendation:  Use fusion endorsements between different 3rd parties where possible and concentrate on local politics within one state or city with the goal of passing a proportional representation law.

For example, there has been some interesting traction with the Independent Party in Oregon.
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/10/oregon-officially-three-party-state/23163109/

Nationally, voting for a 3rd party absolutely will not help.  In national politics you will not get a man like Bernie after this. Maybe Elizabeth Warren but after that its politics as usual. So don't squander your chance to get a real momentum going and tell your green party friends to vote for Bernie if they want to actually get something done.
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Hello WSJ! Meet one of my heroes: train-hopping, squatting, dreadlocked hacker named Moxie Marlinspike who pioneers end-to-end encryption security likely powerful enough to thwart the NSA. This kind of end-to-end encryption is a coveted product in this modern technodystopia of endemic governmental and corporate cracking-- proving hypocritical governments and megacorporations both oppose and desire uncrackable security.

#security #hacking #nsa #wsj

http://www.wsj.com/articles/moxie-marlinspike-the-coder-who-encrypted-your-texts-1436486274
Dreadlocked programmer has spooked the FBI by creating a tool that police can’t crack
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Lobbyists from megacorporations make sure secure that auditable free software is not used in voting machines. When it comes to making elections hackable on a national scale, only backdoored proprietary software will do.

#votingmachine #election #fraud #freesoftware 

http://techrights.org/2015/06/06/voting-systems/
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