Monthly Archives: September 2017

Jared Kushner Was Warned by the NSA About Using Private Email for Official Business in January

So why did he create a private email account on a private domain for he and his wife, Ivanka Trump?

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Open thread for night owls. From the pages of The Baffler: Zucktown, USA—(Facebook’s company town)

Julianne Tveten at The Baffler writes—Zucktown, USA:

EARLIER THIS YEAR IN SILICON VALLEY, a phalanx of six-figure-earning Facebook engineers confronted Mark Zuckerberg about subsidizing their extortionate rents. Meanwhile, the contract laborers who serve them bacon kimchi dogs and duck confit found themselves cordoned off from the affordable housing market—where salaries approaching $74,000 qualify—and began converting their garages into homes. Still, if these events point to a dire situation, they’re but the latest stirrings of the hulking leviathan that is the region’s housing crisis—an issue that has peppered the headlines of news outlets great and small for nearly a decade.

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Thanks in part to this accretion of bad press, Zuckerberg and his fellow cyborgian billionaires have sprung into action as property developers. In July, Facebook announced plans to create “Willow Campus,” an aggressively rectilinear, Rem Koolhaas-designed rebrand of a Menlo Park office complex it purchased in 2015. The expansion of its headquarters will boast fifteen hundred units of housing, 15 percent of which it claims will be “offered at below-market rates.” If that isn’t sufficiently microcosmic, the company promises to dedicate 125,000 square feet to commercial space, promising a grocery store, pharmacy, and the cryptically worded “additional community-facing retail.”

Equally if not more responsible for crafting California’s bloodsucking geometric crapscape is Google, whose newfangled parent company Alphabet has vowed to provide temporary housing, in the form of modular dwellings, for three hundred of its employees in its home city of Mountain View. For years, Google has been seeking to wrest control of the city from its government; last year, it gained over 370,000 square feet of office space along with the right to develop 1.4 million square feet in the North Bayshore neighborhood after vying with LinkedIn to furnish the territory with a new police station, road improvements, and college scholarships. (The modular homes will be constructed on a former NASA air base, which the company signed an agreement to lease for sixty years.)

We’re witnessing, in these schemes, a revival of the company town. An oft-recurring feature of the Western capitalist imaginary, the company town’s American variety dates back to the nineteenth century; railroad industrialist George Pullman’s eponymous city in Illinois provides one of the more illustrative examples. Pullman characterized his town, completed in 1884, as a lucrative, pro-business utopia filled with satisfied participants, employee and investor alike. Its veneer was indeed shiny: the amenities it promised—yards, indoor plumbing, gas, trash removal—were rare for industrial workers of the time, and its ultra-formal gardens and shopping center, which equipped them with a barbershop, dentist’s offices, a bank, and a slew of overpriced retail, offered a vanguard capitalist’s dabbling in luxury.

There was a catch: paternalistic and omnipresent capitalism. Immaculately manicured trees were merely curtains obscuring a panopticon, one that kept workers behaviorally economized. (White workers, that is—the town expressly excluded black people.) “[Pullman] wanted to create a company town where everybody would be . . . content with their place in the capitalist system,” Jane Eva Baxter explained to Paleofuture. Workers were forced to rent—with no option to buy—the uniform row houses that corralled them, and from which they worried over persistent inspection and imminent eviction. Their employers likewise controlled which books filled their libraries and which performances took place in their theaters, and a ban precluded them from congregating at saloons or holding town meetings unless sanctioned by the Pullman Company, lest they entertain the notion of unionizing. [...]

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Journalism in the age of Trump, by Susan Grigsby
  • Will the media continue its gullibility and dereliction of duty, by Egberto Willies
  • Feeding Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Thirteen things the public sector does better than the ‘free’ market, by David Akadjian
  • ACLU launches ‘Let People Vote’ campaign, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • WWTP: What will Trump pay under the GOP tax bill, by Jon Perr
  • Initial coin offerings of new crypto-currencies are on a steep rise, by DarkSyde
  • Police have killed twice as many Americans since 9/11 than ISIS and al Qeada, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • Veterans and the national anthem, by Mark E Andersen
  • Daily Kos International Elections Digest: October edition, by Daily Kos Elections
  • Roy Moore win means GOP civil war? Please. Rich man’s tax cut shows what really unifies Republicans, by Ian Reifowitz

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Welcome to the culture war against teachers, coming to a theater near you

The campaign against teachers is special, and worth paying attention to. It’s not like workers in general get much respect in our culture, at least not beyond vague lip service that only ever applies to the individual, powerless worker not asking for anything. And janitors, hotel housekeepers, cashiers, and a host of others could fill books with the daily substance of working in low-status professions, I’m sure. But right now, teachers are the subject of a campaign heavily funded and driven from the top down to take a profession that has long been respected by the public at large and make the people in the profession villains and pariahs, en route to undercutting the prestige, the decision-making ability, the working conditions, and, of course, the wages and benefits of the profession as a whole. What we’re watching right now is a specific front in the war on workers, and one with immense reach through our culture—and coming soon to a movie theater near you if it’s not already there, in the form of the poorly reviewed parent trigger drama Won’t Back Down.

(That it’s a war not just on teachers but on the workers of the future and on the government just sweetens the pot for many of the people waging the war.)

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All Day Long: Trump Turns His Angst Back to the Moore-Strange Vote

It’s over! Let it go!

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San Juan Mayor Has Time for T-Shirts and Television but No Time for FEMA

Nothing at all political going on here

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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—candidate recruitment for activists

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide.

This year we are following activists as they work to build up their networks and promote their cause. The most significant way that our outside groups can influence the discussion is through the effective recruiting of candidates, from top to bottom. 

Candidate recruitment into races like local water boards, school boards, city councils, mayoral races, county offices and state houses can be a lot of work. Activists often look to help find good candidates they think can succeed, as well as members within their organization they can help get on the ballot and move toward a win. But, how, exactly, can you recruit candidates successfully?

The photo attached to this diary is an example of effective recruiting. In 2016, for the first time in decades, Kansas Democrats managed to recruit candidates into all 40 Senate races. This effort caused Republicans to spend in a lot more races, and divided their resources. While Kansas Senate Democratic members didn’t win more races, the expense to save the state Senate was helpful toward our state House members, who found that competitive races above and below them helped enable 14 pickups. Not bad!

Organizations who are looking to make an impact in races also have to remember that when you are recruiting candidates, part of your goal should be about building a candidate base that is supportive of one another, and one that creates a type of candidate pyramid built to succeed.

The more localized candidates you have, the better they can help support state candidates above them. The more state candidates, the better support for your district candidates. This is because the candidate at the lowest level is likely to walk more districts and direct contact more voters. While a candidate at the very top of the ticket is likely to spend more in ad campaigns a down ballot candidate cannot afford. Having both together can make a difference in how your campaigns succeed.

So, as you recruit, don’t just focus on one set of races, focus on building up a candidate network, top to bottom.

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Puerto Rico governor says relief arriving to storm-ravaged rural areas

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Nine Days After Maria and How Many Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard are on Duty?

Physician, heal thyself

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The Latest: Spanish police beat, kick people in Catalonia

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Price’s exit adds another hurdle to GOP health care push

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Trump criticizes media, San Juan mayor in Puerto Rico tweets

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