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My Message to CNN this Morning

I am sick and tired of the horse race coverage of the 2016 elections from ALL news sources.

Instead of talking about the tactics, the hairdos, and “how it plays in Peoria”, how about providing some history and context to the ISSUES being raised?

For example, when Hillary Clinton talked about income inequality, you had a perfect opportunity to discuss the merits of what she said, instead of how it will be received.

Is it true? What is the history? What is the context? How does income inequality impact the country? What would happen if more Americans had more money (hint: the economy would BOOM)?

CNN could become the network of political information and context, instead of being like all the others.

Clinton’s Iowa game-changer

Clinton’s Iowa game-changer

By Brent Budowsky

In her opening remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa today, Hillary Clinton offered the game-changing idea that she will champion: taking corrupt money out of politics, even if it means promoting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. As Iowa voters, American voters and the political media focus on this over time, the notion of a grand national battle led by Clinton to reform our politics is the kind of futuristic reforming politics that is fervently desired by the Democratic base and mainstream America.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a huge game-changer, presaging a long overdue national debate about the corruptions of money in politics after the Citizens United decision, which essentially gave the super-wealthy the power to buy elections by destroying bipartisan congressional efforts to limit the corrupting power of political money.

This is big news: Clinton supporting a constitutional amendment will make the corruption caused by money in politics one of the major issues in the campaign, and align Clinton with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the large majority of Americans who have expressed their disapproval of Citizens United in polls.

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton’s support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

This site was hacked.

My WordPress database was deleted by someone who hacked my account. I was able to restore from a not-so-recent backup, but I suspect that the post below (reposted today) had something to do with the attack. How dare I expose the hatefulness of the right?

ISIS in America

From “Art Vandelay”:

Get raped and killed, you cunt!

I wish you would die and get raped, you liberal cunt! Better yet, I would love to round up the liberals, communists, and socialists and Green Party people and give them the Holocaust treatment. Yes, that’s the right, I want a final solution to the Leftist Problem and see you and your type die!

Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Be Good for the Brain

New posts at Many Years Young 10/25/13

Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Be Good for the Brain

Major Alzheimer’s Risk Factor Reduced by Red Wine Ingredient

Blood Pressure Drugs Decrease Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Learning new skill beats puzzles for boosting seniors’ memory

Tip-of-the-tongue moments not tied to memory decline

Plus lots more.

Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

New posts at Many Years Young 10/23/13

Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

AHA: Focus On Prevention, Not Just Treatment, Of Heart Disease

How can you lower your heart attack risk?

5 Foods To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Plus lots more.

Measuring age by altered DNA, not birthday candles

New posts at Many Years Young 10/22/13

Measuring age by altered DNA, not birthday candles

Controlling Triggers of Age-Related Inflammation Could Extend ‘Healthspan’

How can eating well help you as you get older?

Eat Your Way To 100

Plus lots more.

American men: Dudes, you’re porky!

New posts at Many Years Young 10/21/13

American men: Dudes, you’re porky!

High-Fat Diet, Night Light Combo Puts on Pounds

Oreo Addiction

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies OKs junk food tax

Plus lots more.

4 Mindful Ways To Take Advantage Of Autumn

New posts at Many Years Young 10/20/13

4 Mindful Ways To Take Advantage Of Autumn

Meditation Beats Anxiety By Activating Certain Brain Regions, Study Finds

Enhance Your Well Being Through Breath Meditation

Yoga as Medicine

Plus lots more.

Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, and the Tea Party victory in the shutdown battle

 

Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, and the Tea Party victory in the shutdown battle

 

By Brent Budowsky

 

The recent fiasco increases the odds Democrats can win back control of the House and keep control of the Senate

 

[But] the Tea Party won a great economic victory in the shutdown battle by forcing President Obama and Democrats to accept more than $70 billion of spending cuts and forcing them to accept continuation of the budget cuts of the sequester

 

Who is the powerful voice of progressives in Washington, on matters of creating jobs and fighting poverty, comparable to the Tea Party’s passion of the right? The answer: There is none.

 

My advice to Hillary Clinton is to bring back two words that have been lost in American politics and lost in nations throughout the world, words that were once the public trust of progressives everywhere. Those words are: Full employment. I’d like to see Clinton start giving speeches, the sooner the better, using the words “full employment” and beginning the great and huge debate that this nation, and our world, urgently needs

 

As the next round of budget negotiations begins, we should not be debating how much austerity to impose and how much more pain to allocate to the impoverished and the poor. We should be discussing how many new jobs to create and how to bring about those two words that should reenter our national debate and be echoed around the world: full employment.

 

Read more.

Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says

New posts at Many Years Young 10/18/13

Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says

Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin

Exercise and cholesterol

Vigorous workouts lower risk of high blood pressure

Plus lots more.

Broccoli, Peanut Butter, Soy, Walnuts Are Cancer Fighters

New posts at Many Years Young 10/17/13

Broccoli, Peanut Butter, Soy, Walnuts Are Cancer Fighters

How to Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

Walking tied to fewer breast cancers in older women

The Stress and Cancer Link

Plus lots more.

Finding Health: Is It That Complicated?

New posts at Many Years Young 10/16/13

Finding Health: Is It That Complicated?

It’s Simple, Easy And Free — And It Will Improve Your Health

Even if quitting smoking leads to weight gain, it still helps

Food is often the best medicine

Plus lots more.

Treating Sleep Apnea to Address Dementia

New posts at Many Years Young 10/15/13

Treating Sleep Apnea to Address Dementia

COPD May Trigger Cognitive Decline

Potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Common Fungicide Induces Parkinson’s Symptoms in Mice

Plus lots more.

Polyphenols in Diet Associated With Longevity

New posts at Many Years Young 10/14/13

Polyphenols in Diet Associated With Longevity

What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

Why Switzerland Has Some Of The Happiest, Healthiest Citizens In The World

Death Rates Higher Among Middle Aged, Elderly When Economy Is Booming

Plus lots more.

We’ve Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

New posts at Many Years Young 10/13/13

We’ve Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

People, Not Things, Bring Happiness, Study Shows

Experts Say These Magic Words Will Change Your Life

The Simple Things You Should Be Doing Every Morning (But Aren’t)

Plus lots more.

Hillary Clinton could win all 50 states running against Banana Republicans in 2016

Hillary Clinton could win all 50 states running against Banana Republicans in 2016

By Brent Budowsky

I saw a recent poll suggesting that former first lady, United States senator and secretary of State Hillary Clinton would beat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a hypothetic presidential campaign, even in the reddest states.

This made me think of a happy thought for Democrats: it is within the realm of possibility that Clinton would win all 50 states in an epic, historic and realigning mega-landslide against the party that threatens a Republican default, a Republican economic crash and a Republican government shutdown.

Here’s why:

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Pot Is a Common Remedy to Ease Back Pain

New posts at Many Years Young 10/12/13

Pot Is a Common Remedy to Ease Back Pain

Exercise Eases Low Back Pain

Pill-Free Back Pain Treatment

Joint Health Benefits of Garlic and Onions

Plus lots more.

Forget dieting, just chew!

New posts at Many Years Young 10/11/13

Forget dieting, just chew!

Are You an Emotionally Intelligent Eater?

5 Tips to Help Curb Mindless Eating

6 Ways to Beat Emotional Eating

Plus lots more.

Another Reason to Get Enough Sleep

New posts at Many Years Young 10/9/13

Another Reason to Get Enough Sleep

Fatigue and FattyFoods

Treatment to improve sleep results in being more attractive

More Recent Research on Sleep and the Body Clock

Plus lots more.

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