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Dear Mediun: I Want My 50 Bucks Back

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      I admit it. I signed up to Medium for a year, afraid of losing what I enjoy here on Yabberz.

      Yes, I knew the format would be very different, but I still thought there would be a little space for comment, discussion, back-and-forth-- the things I have enjoyed here.

      But it's a hinky site, in my experience so far, so I'm writing for advice from those who may have crossed over.

      Has anybody been able to comment on a post there?

      Below is a screen shot from this morning: a fascinating read posted last month by Medium author Cat Ladner. I would love to have commented on it, or to see comments from others. There is what looks like a "comment" icon below the article (a speech balloon like in the comics) with the numeral 7 beside it, but clicking on the thing produces no response, and of course there is no explanation as to what the icon really means. I assumed it might mean there had been 7 comments and I'd love to have seen them.


      Too much of the time, I can't even get into the Medium site and they ask me to try again later:

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      "Investigating The Investigators": Republicans Roll Out A Dangerous New Gambit

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          https://www.salon.com/2019/05/15/investigating-the...

          But, who will investigate the investigators of the investigators of the redacted summary of the report on the limited and narrowly focused investigation (sans data, evidence or intelligence) into lies told about lies planned at secret meetings on largely unknown subjects, that was tainted by the non-recusal of William Barr? Clearly, that is the question!

          Barr really is a fool. And he assumes that we are stupid. Looks like we may have lost our democracy; and I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of William Barr, more than anyone. He is our modern day Benedict Arnold. He lives to: "cover up the truth with lies." And to cover up the lies with cowardly denial.

          Barr would sacrifice the reputation of the F.B.I. and even jail policemen and women for doing their jobs. He long ago sold his soul to crooked politicians. He's one of them now. He isn't for us.

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          Elizabeth Warren Won’t Appear On Fox News

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              Courage and integrity are very important to me. That is why I am supporting Elizabeth Warren for president. I am sure I will not agree with everything Warren says and does. However, she has demonstrated that she cares about people, and she has courage and integrity. She is being criticized by some in the press, and some Democratic presidential candidates disagree with her for not going on Fox "News", because she loses an opportunity to speak to Fox viewers.

              My feeling is that the Fox viewers who don't know Elizabeth Warren are not going to vote for her, even after learning about her, and those who do know her won't NOT vote for her because she didn't go on Fox "News".

              I don't watch Fox "News" for any reason. I know they have Shephard Smith and Chris Wallace over there, both of whom are solid journalist. However, I won't go to Fox "News" to see Shep or Chris. Additionally, I don't support Democrats who appeal to Trump supporters. If Trump supporters believe in the same values that Democrats promote, they are more than welcome to join us, but I don't want my party to appeal to people who at the very least acquiesce to racism, bigotry and misogyny, and that is my impression of the republican party and its supporters.

              Btw, two of the greatest aids Democrats have to beat Trump and congressional republicans in 2020 are Trump and congressional republicans. Democrats should have the courage and integrity to run on their values, rather than appealing to racism, bigotry and misogyny for any reason, whether directly or indirectly.

              https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/14/elizabeth-warren-wont-appear-on-fox-news-other-democrats-have/

              Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed Fox News as “a hate-for-profit” operation that gives voice to “racists” in saying she wouldn’t participate in one of the network’s presidential town halls — a decision some of her Democratic rivals don’t share.


              “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — it’s designed to turn us against each other … to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” Warren said Tuesday, explaining why she turned down the televised event.


              Fox News balances “bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet,” Warren said. “I won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune in to an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates — especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers.”


              Some of her 2020 rivals disagreed. Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton made his second appearance on the network Tuesday morning. Spokesman Matt Corridoni said, “Seth is running a campaign focused on taking his message directly to voters — all voters, not just the ones who agree with us.”


              Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney’s spokesman, Michael Starr Hopkins, said, “Do we agree with everything Fox’s opinion side does, of course not. That doesn’t mean we can just ignore their viewers.”


              Republican consultant Patrick Griffin said Warren was “appealing to her base and letting them know she’s a principled person.” But, he added, both Democrats and Trump need to appeal to more than just their base to win.

              “If Elizabeth Warren doesn’t care to go on the No. 1 cable news channel and not talk to a bunch of people she thinks are beneath her message, that’s fine. That’s the kind of elitist foolishness that keeps people like Elizabeth Warren from winning national elections,” Griffin said.

              Warren said Fox News is welcome at her events. Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

              But Warren needs to draw progressive voters away from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — whom she continually trails in polls — so forgoing Fox is “a wise move,” said University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala.

              “Sanders did go on Fox. But there are an awful lot of progressive Democrats who clearly see Fox as their political enemy, so Warren’s rationale for not going on Fox, I think, will resonate well with those voters,” Scala said.

              Sanders and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar both participated in Fox News town halls. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., has one Sunday in New Hampshire. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has one set for June.


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              Pull Back And Reflect On ...

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                  Sometimes we need to pull back and reflect on the really broad and important things:

                  In a ranch kitchen sat a wood range for cooking and, as well, a second, older stove, rusting and decrepit, no longer useful except as a table. On top of the second appliance was a squat refrigerator to keep the melon and milk cool during the hot summer. It also held some beer.

                  The door opened and in came Cactus, one of the hands. He reached into the old refrigerator for a beer and held it down on the top to uncap it. The froth bubbled up and flowed down the cold bottle, and from there it dripped on to the old stove. The mess that resulted was foam, foam on the range, where the beer and the cantaloupe stay.

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                  Yarat

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                      I for one am sick of the BS on the news about Trump and his ilk. We all know he is guilty, guilty, guilty and should be put in prison or better yet before a firing squad. We have talked enough it is time for doing! Let justice be done tho the heavens fall.

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                      Rashida Tlaib's Lies Remind Us Why Israel Must Exist

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                          Among other distortions the article posted by Ed Buckner contains paragraph.

                          "First it was academic Marc Lamont Hill, who was fired by CNN for espousing a position that Jews have held for longer than the state of Israel: there should be one, democratic, multiethnic state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River."

                          That original idea had been killed by Arabs 80 years ago. To bring it up now is like demanding Poland to restore The Free City of Danzig. Today "democratic Palestine" are code words for the destruction of Israel. Did Arabs created democratic secular state anywhere?

                          Rashida Tlaib’s Lies Remind Us Why Israel Must Exist

                          The Zionist movement long predated Hitler, even if Palestinian leadership had aligned itself with the Nazis during the war. By the time the Holocaust was over, Jews had already gained enough power to defend themselves, and Arabs had already been launching pogroms, terrorism, and political attacks for decades.

                          Although some Arabs initially welcomed Jewish migration in the 1900s, they would become victim to Palestinian leadership—a number of Arab mayors, landowners, and others were assassinated for conspiring with Jews, just as they are today.

                          After the Balfour Declaration of 1917, a British government document that endorsed “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and pledged to “use its best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” there was immediate and violent anti-Semitic reaction.

                          This, despite the fact that Jewish migration had been exceptionally beneficial for the Arabs living in the area. Rarely mentioned in the Israeli-Palestinian debate, in fact, is that significant Arab migration into a largely empty land was spurred by Jewish economic development. Jews were not displacing Arabs, they were attracting them.

                          Not that it mattered. As the Peel Commission Report, a British paper recommending partition in 1936, noted, “the Arabs have benefited by the development of the country owing to Jewish immigration, this has had no conciliatory effect. On the contrary… with almost mathematical precision the betterment of the economic situation in Palestine meant the deterioration of the political situation.”

                          Even Palestinian “moderates” like Musa Alami told Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion “he would prefer the land to remain poor and desolate even for another hundred years” if the alternative was collaboration with Jews. Neither Alami nor Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem and leader of the Palestinian cause, nor the father of modern terrorism, Yasser Arafat, nor his protégé, Mahmoud Abbas, ever shared in their deprivations of their people. It was the opposite, in fact. Palestinian leaders have always enriched themselves on this conflict.

                          https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/13/rashida-tlaib...

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