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NC Democratic Party Officer Elections


      So...I just got through an incredible midterm election...six months of pure craziness, as I was elected mid term to my own position as a Precinct Chair...in a Precinct that was radically underdeveloped, with very limited resources in terms of money and people power. I had a Vice Chair in name only, to this day I have never met or spoken with him.

      I had a District Coordinator who, while her heart was there, she had way too many other things on her plate, and she stepped down. Our new DC seems to be starting off on the right foot and I am actually impressed with her ideas for organizing East Wake...and now that the elections are over, I think...great, I can NOW finally dedicate myself to working on growing and strengthening this Precinct!!

      I kept telling the Vice Chair of the Wake County Party...that people were expecting some kind of miracle out of me...they wanted me, as I put it, "to build Noah's Ark...and all they gave me were popsicle sticks, Elmer's glue, and two rubber bands!"

      Now..in the middle of all of this, I was, as many know, also elected, again mid term...to the NC Dem Party's State Executive Committee. Both of my elections, which I won...were to fill the unexpired terms of my predecessors, I have yet to win an election for a full term...that will come in March of 2019.

      However, the SEC meets in January to elect new Party officials, or in some cases, re-elect the old ones. And as an elected SEC member from Wake County in good standing, yes I DO get a vote and voice in this process. One of many voices, to be sure, but nonetheless a voice...and being one of only two transgender members of the SEC...in a state where trans issues have been front and center...my voice can tend to be a little louder, and carry a bit more weight than it otherwise would.

      And so the fun and the wild rumpus begins...I am being lobbied from every direction by candidates wishing to secure my vote - as all other SEC members are currently being lobbied, wooed, swayed, etc. Typical election stuff. Except this is no typical election, and I made that clear in my public response, in the SEC Forum, for all to see and hear...a general message to all who will try to woo, sway or lobby me.

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      Uh Oh.......... I Have No Idea What Comes Next? But I Want To See!!!!


          Wow, Donald Rumsfeld looked like a total douche nozzle when he was young. That's one serious backpfeifengesicht. pic.twitter.com/7WaVMmOZ7z

          — jolly ol st zombie (@ZombieCheney) July 7, 2016

          What unholy hell am I about to get myself into this time???


          I love how you've been using this account solely to troll Donald Rumsfeld for about 5 years now.
          Keep it up.

          — jolly ol st zombie (@ZombieCheney) June 9, 2016

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          Trump Says.... I Say...


              Trump says that he has been treated poorly as President. He says that no future President should be required to stand for being so treated in the future.

              I have to say that I do agree with him. It's just our reasoning that differs.

              I say we should never allow such a person to be President ever again. Trump is not the hapless victim of the uninformed. He is the victim of himself, and those whom he has, for his entire life, chosen to surround himself with. He is not the victim of the actions of those with nefarious intent. He is the victim of the actions he himself has chosen to make his trademark. WE are the victims of Donald J. Trump every single day we allow him to rape our Treasury, bill us for his golf time, feel the humiliation he would wed to anything identifiable as the United States of America, degrade our people, our institutions, and our ideals.

              I have two words of simple advice to Donald J. Trump; so simple that even he cannot possibly misunderstand them:

              The second one is "YOU!"

              I will not comment further. I could not possibly, except to say that I do believe there is one, and only one victim of Donald J. Trump which time will never heal. His name is Barron.

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              Medicare For All And The Insurance Companies


                  What happens in practice vis a vis National Health systems and the Insurance companies is that the private sector offers plans that supplement the services that National Health does not offer. The cost has to be competitive with the Government services otherwise people will not subscribe. In Israel, once the HMOs that provided medical services were taken over by the government, they "added" features that were not covered. Complimentary Alternative Medicine, Dental Care, and other services are offered at a rate that is within the budget of most people.

                  Often enough private services, and providers have contracts with National Health so that they offer discounts to the public, in order to "increase their volume"--does it matter where the money originates? It becomes a matter of "enlightened self-interest" to charge less than what they would ordinarily take and get more "customers".

                  I am sure that there is a similar pattern in the EU, and the insurance companies, and private servers don't seem to mind. What is interesting that some medical procedures in National Health actually benefit the doctors, the ones that may not be as critical that per force bring extra income for them.

                  In any case, a National Health system that is based on Single Payers works big time, and the silly questions that people ask the quality of the service disappear as soon people "get used to it". Zev Davis

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                      While this story may not be well known nationally, I wanted to put it out here for Yabberz readers as a story that points to good old American ingenuity (along with the human giving spirit.)

                      Hundreds of breweries have forged an alliance to create "Resilience IPA" as a way to help the victims of the devastating Camp Fire in California. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Sierra Nevada Fund which has been set up to assist Fire Victims.

                      (For non beer drinkers like me, IPA stands for India Pale Ale, a hoppy beer in the category of pale ales.)

                      Sierra Nevada created a beer - Resiliance IPA - which promised to put every dime from its sales back to the Camp Fire . Ken Grossman, the brewery founder then asked in a letter for every brewery to do the same, and hundreds of breweries responded saying "we're in!"

                      Tuesday, November 27, 2018 07:38PM
                      CHICO, Calif.


                      This Giving Tuesday breweries across the country are making the same "one" beer in an effort to help the victims of the Butte County fire.

                      It all started when Sierra Nevada Brewery, based in Chico, created a special brew and asked others to make the "Resilience IPA" today.

                      The full name of the beer is Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

                      Anchor Brewing in San Francisco is one of hundreds of breweries that is making the Resilience

                      For Josh Leavy, helping the survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County came as a sense of duty. The owner of the San Francisco Brewing company attended Chico State.

                      "Great that Sierra Nevada started this whole kick off on Giving Tuesday and brewing Tuesday, essentially that we're all going to be brewing around the United States," said Leavy.


                      Image result for pictures of Resilience Breweries

                      Teaming up to help victims of the Camp Fire, 100's of Breweries pledge to hep


                      Every brewery has to have the same ingredients. San Francisco Brewing Company will make the beer this evening during a fundraising event.

                      "We're actually going to be brewing it tonight during the fundraiser so people get excited, can smell and feel the energy of us brewing the beer, that 100 percent of the proceeds will be going back to the Sierra Nevada Fund," explained Leavy.

                      Drake's Brewing Company in San Leandro is also helping to produce the same beer.

                      "Two weeks later after fermentation, we should have a wonderful beer on draft," said Brian Stechschulte of Drake's.

                      They hope to generate a lot of money for the community devastated by the wildfires.

                      "So some breweries are making just seven barrels, one barrel of beer is equal to 33 gallons. We're making 15 barrels, that's a lot of pints when you break it down into 5-dollar pints," said Stechschulte.

                      That's what many call strength in numbers and dollars.

                      The beer will only be sold on tap mainly at the breweries.

                      Drake's will sell their beer on tap at their Barrel House in San Leandro, Drake's Dealership in Oakland and The Barn in West Sacramento.

                      By the way, the name of the beer is appropriately called "Resilience," soon to be a remarkable IPA.https://abc7news.com/society/hundreds-of-breweries...


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                      Maureen Dowd--Opinion | Of Monuments, Arguments, Vampires And Thanksgiving


                          Maureen Dowd's Thanksgiving message (yes, I know T-day has already passed) is political (as usual) and poignant (as she sometimes is, even when she's gruff) and, for everyone obsessed with the Mango Mussolini, worth reading:


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                          Perceptions: Looming White Minority Makes Academics Nervous


                              A mixed race nation isn't the same as a post race nation.


                              Perceptions are everything when it comes to beliefs that motivate actions. The way people perceive race is a case in point.

                              In the 21st Century, demographers have told Americans that people of color will become the majority and white people will become a minority. That announcement has caused different reactions as people's perceptions come into play.

                              For White Nationalists like Donald Trump and his followers, that shift becomes a fearful thing, one that arouses dread, since group size is a marker of dominance in White Supremacists' perceptions. For Progressives, it is perceived as a time of retribution.

                              But Demographers have noted that "mixed race" Americans were being counted mostly as within the minority, and that the announcement that people of color would become a majority was not a completely factual way to present census information, and so they talked about ways to make some adjustments in how the census is taken, and then how the data is presented, and how that might change perceptions." The census data is distorting the on-the-ground realities of ethnicity and race . . . There might never be a majority-minority society; it is unclear"

                              Negative reactions could be mitigated if Americans read the fact that America's multiracial group is becoming much larger due to intermarriage, which several experts believe began right after the 1965 Voting right act; But regardless of the turning point, there is no doubt that the actual facts need to be clear regardless of how people perceive the results. Perceptions might still vary even with more factual data collection and presentation, but experts believe that is not likely.

                              The following report examines facts, perceptions, racial/ethnic shifts, and how demographers are struggling with taking and presenting demographic data that speaks to racial and ethnic data. It is long, but has been reprinted in full, since I believe that all the information is relevant

                              Image result for images of census


                              By Sabrina Tavernise

                              WASHINGTON — The graphic was splashy by the Census Bureau’s standards and it showed an unmistakable moment in America’s future: the year 2044, when white Americans were projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status.

                              The presentation of the data disturbed Kenneth Prewitt, a former Census Bureau director, who saw it while looking through a government report. The graphic made demographic change look like a zero-sum game that white Americans were losing, he thought, and could provoke a political backlash.

                              So after the report’s release three years ago, he organized a meeting with Katherine Wallman, at the time the chief statistician for the United States.

                              “I said ‘I’m really worried about this,’” said Dr. Prewitt, now a professor of public affairs at Columbia University. He added, “Statistics are powerful. They are a description of who we are as a country. If you say majority-minority, that becomes a huge fact in the national discourse.”

                              In a nation preoccupied by race, the moment when white Americans will make up less than half the country’s population has become an object of fascination.

                              For white nationalists, it signifies a kind of doomsday clock counting down to the end of racial and cultural dominance. For progressives who seek an end to Republican power, the year points to inevitable political triumph, when they imagine voters of color will rise up and hand victories to the Democratic Party.

                              But many academics have grown increasingly uneasy with the public fixation. They point to recent research demonstrating the data’s power to shape perceptions. Some are questioning the assumptions the Census Bureau is making about race, and whether projecting the American population even makes sense at a time of rapid demographic change when the categories themselves seem to be shifting.

                              Jennifer Richeson, a social psychologist at Yale University, spotted the risk immediately. As an analyst of group behavior, she knew that group size was a marker of dominance and that a group getting smaller could feel threatened. At first she thought the topic of a declining white majority was too obvious to study.

                              But she did, together with a colleague, Maureen Craig, a social psychologist at New York University, and they have been talking about the results ever since. Their findings, first published in 2014, showed that white Americans who were randomly assigned to read about the racial shift were more likely to report negative feelings toward racial minorities than those who were not. They were also more likely to support restrictive immigration policies and to say that whites would likely lose status and face discrimination in the future.

                              Mary Waters, a sociologist at Harvard University, remembered being stunned when she saw the research.

                              “It was like, ‘Oh wow, these nerdy projections are scaring the hell out of people,” she said.

                              Beyond concerns about the data’s repercussions, some researchers are also questioning whether the Census Bureau’s projections provide a true picture. At issue, they say, is whom the government counts as white.

                              In the Census Bureau’s projections, people of mixed race or ethnicity have been counted mostly as minority, demographers say. This has had the effect of understating the size of the white population, they say, because many Americans with one white parent may identify as white or partly white. On their census forms, Americans can choose more than one race and whether they are of Hispanic origin.

                              Among Asians and Hispanics, more than a quarter marry outside their race, according to the Pew Research Center. For American-born Asians, the share is nearly double that. It means that mixed-race people may be a small group now — around 7 percent of the population, according toPew— but will steadily grow. Are those children white? Are they minority? Are they both? What about the grandchildren?

                              “The question really for us as a society is there are all these people who look white, act white, marry white and live white, so what does white even mean anymore?” Dr. Waters said. “We are in a really interesting time, an indeterminate time, when we are not policing the boundary very strongly.”

                              The Census Bureau has long produced projections of the American population, but they were rarely the topic of talk shows or newspaper headlines.

                              Image result for mixed race groups picturesmixed race/ethnicity/multi ethnic group


                              Then, in August 2008 at the height of Barack Obama’s campaign for president, the bureau projected that non-Hispanic whites would drop below half the population by 2042, far earlier than expected. (The projections, which change with birth, death and migration rates, have also placed the shift in 2050 and in 2044.)

                              “That’s what really lit the fuse,” said Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California, referring to the 2008 projection. “People went crazy.”

                              It was not just white nationalists worried about losing racial dominance. Dr. Myers watched as progressives, envisioning political power, became enamored with the idea of a coming white minority. He said it was hard to interest them in his work on ways to make the change seem less threatening to fearful white Americans — for instance by emphasizing the good that could come from immigration.

                              “It was conquest, our day has come,” he said of their reaction. “They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny.”

                              Dr. Myers and a colleague later found that presenting the data differently could produce a much less anxious reaction. In work published this spring, they found that the negative effects that came from reading about a white decline were largely erased when the same people read about how the white category was in fact getting bigger by absorbing multiracial young people through intermarriage.

                              It is unclear exactly when the idea of a majority-minority crossover first appeared, but several experts said it may have surfaced in connection with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

                              Ms. Wallman, the chief statistician for the United States from 1992 to 2017, who helped develop the first governmentwide standard for data on race and ethnicity that came into use in the late 1970s, said she did not like having to categorize by race, but that the government had to for oversight.

                              “I wish we didn’t have to ask,” she said. “But to me, that’s the rock and the hard place.”

                              Race is difficult to count because, unlike income or employment, it is a social category that shifts with changes in culture, immigration, and ideas about genetics. So who counts as white has changed over time. In the 1910s and 1920s, the last time immigrants were such a large share of the American population, there were furious arguments over how to categorize newcomers from Europe.

                              But eventually, the immigrants from eastern and southern Europe came to be considered white.

                              That is because race is about power, not biology, said Charles King, a political science professor at Georgetown University.

                              “The closer you get to social power, the closer you get to whiteness,” said Dr. King, author of a coming book on Franz Boas, the early 20th-century anthropologist who argued against theories of racial difference. The one group that was never allowed to cross the line into whiteness was African-Americans, he said — the long-term legacy of slavery.

                              To Richard Alba, a sociologist at the City University of New York, the Census Bureau’s projections seemed stuck in an outdated classification system. The bureau assigns a nonwhite label to most people who are reported as having both white and minority ancestry, he said. He likened this to the one-drop rule, a 19th-century system of racial classification in which having even one African ancestor meant you were black.

                              “The census data is distorting the on-the-ground realities of ethnicity and race,” Dr. Alba said. “There might never be a majority-minority society; it’s unclear.”

                              Asked for a response to Dr. Alba’s critique, a Census Bureau spokesman said in an email that “we constantly consult with stakeholders, and scholars, including Richard Alba and other federal agencies to improve our techniques, methodologies, and testing of population projections.”

                              William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, argued that the Census Bureau was doing the best that it could at a time when society was changing quickly. He was skeptical that today’s Asians and Hispanics were analogous to the white ethnic Americans of the 20th century, and believed that a less conservative count would not do much to change the bigger picture. Besides, it is not the job of academics to protect people from demographic change, he said.

                              “Irrespective of the year, or the turning point, the message needs to come out about what the actual facts are,” Mr. Frey said. “We are becoming a much more racially diverse society among our young generation.”

                              Others say they are not sugarcoating statistics, but showing that the numbers have many interpretations, and that white-versus-everyone-else is only one. It not only reduces the American patchwork to a crude, divisive political formula, they say, but perhaps more important — with the categories in flux — it might not even be true.

                              The Census Bureau released new projections this year in March filled with data about the country’s future. In the coming decades, adults 65 and older will outnumber children for the first time in the country’s history. The share of mixed-race children is set to double.

                              But there was no mention of a year when white Americans would fall below half the population.

                              When asked about the change, a spokesman for the Bureau said: “It was just us getting back to sticking to data.”


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