The Sunday Times.

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This week’s podcast features Bill Iacullo, president the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143 in conversation about privatization at CPS and progressive political strategists Joanna Klonsky and Brian Sleet. Next week our guests will be Diane Ravitch and Kevin Coval.

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It was 1964 and we were walking home from Fairfax High School down Melrose and on a pole was a flyer for Chuck Berry performing at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Chuck Berry!

Man, we had to go. We could afford only the cheapest seats in the 3,000 seat theater, but when we got there the place was nearly empty. A few hundred at most. We all moved down to the front and Chuck Berry put on a show with as much energy as if he were playing a full house at the Hollywood Bowl.

And we danced in the aisles. 

-Fred Klonsky

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Is anyone left at Goldman Sachs?

President Donald Trump has selected yet another Goldman Sachs executive to fill a senior role in his administration, naming the firm’s current managing director, James Donovan, to serve as deputy Treasury secretary.

Donovan would be the sixth member of Trump’s team with ties to Goldman, which was once described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

Donovan’s now-boss, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also worked at the investment bank. National Economic Council director Gary Cohn; White House senior counselor for economic initiatives Dina Powell; and chief strategist Steve Bannon also formerly held positions within the very institution that Trump pointed to on the campaign trail as a symbol of Wall Street corruption and greed. Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was a Goldman Sachs attorney. Common Dreams

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But eliminating the NEA would also have a very real cost. Its grants are bestowed to all 50 states in the nation, in all congressional districts. Forty percent of the NEA’s budget goes directly to states to spend for themselves, with the proviso that they match the funds dollar for dollar via their own arts agencies—encouraging a further investment in the arts at the state level. Just as significantly, 65 percent of the NEA’s direct grants go to small and medium-sized arts groups, keeping the arts alive in rural and underserved communities. It’s here where the agency’s elimination would be most keenly felt, at organizations largely ignored by private donors, but which bring the arts to audiences including veterans and schoolchildren, often in impoverished neighborhoods. The Atlantic

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They insisted Williams sign a pledge that he would no longer solicit listings in North Beverly. He refused.

“The beliefs about us was that I was some kind of animal,” said Williams, who said some families feared for their safety when black homeowners moved in. Others worried home values would plummet.

The result was broken windows at Williams’ office and home in Beverly. An anonymous complaint was even filed with the U.S. Justice Department, which Williams believes was meant to tie up his business affairs for months.

In 1975, someone even detonated a bomb outside his front door. The Defender reported that the bomb exploded between 11 and 11:30 p.m., breaking windows and causing “several hundred dollars’ worth of damage.”

Joanne Williams and their three children were asleep when the bomb went off. Williams’ eldest son, Mike, arrived home five minutes after the blast. A few minutes earlier and his “head might have been blown off,” Williams said at the time.

“At that point, I decided to fight back,” Williams said. “I was kind of a little, short fella, where if you slap me, I’m going to slap you back.” DNAinfo

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6 thoughts on “The Sunday Times.

  1. Saw this in the Daily Kos and thought it was worth mentioning. Access is not a problem to get health care only if you are immensely wealthy. Why don’t the Repubs see that?
    ………
    Another Trumpian monster: Tom Price blows off a cancer patient’s concern about losing Medicaid

    By Joan McCarter  
    Thursday Mar 16, 2017 

    …Brian Kline, a working-class guy who has cancer, and who’s life is being saved by Medicaid expansion.

    Kline tells Price he’s working at a retail job, $11.66/hour, and is being kept alive because he has Medicaid. “Medicaid expansion gives me the economic security in knowing that funding is always going to be there for my cancer care,” he told Price. “So my question for you Secretary Price is pretty straightforward—why do you want to take away my Medicaid expansion?”

    “We don’t want to take care away from anybody,” he tells Kline. “What we want to make certain, though, is that every single American has access to the kind of coverage and care that they want for themselves.”

    Right because access to cancer doctors will always be there for everyone. It’s just that issue with affording it that Price glosses over.

    “You look at the Medicaid program right now, we have one third of the physicians in this nation, Brian, who are not seeing Medicaid patients. […] Let me just suggest it’s because the Medicaid program itself has real problem in it.” … and Price tells him the system that saved him is broken.

    Then this: “So what we want to do is, one, reform the Medicaid system, make certain that individuals who are currently on Medicaid or are on the expansion are either able to retain that or move to a system that might be much more responsive to them through a series of advanceable, refundable credits—a way to get coverage that they choose for themselves and for their family, not that the government forces on them.”

    Seems like Mr. Kline doesn’t feel that his choice or his liberty has been curtailed by having Medicaid doctors save his life.

      • Fred, I (Anonymous aka Jacek) was just messing’ with you. Troy Andrews and Trombone Shorty are one and the same. The Andrews family has a long historical lineage of producing great New Orleans musicians. BTW Troy recently received a $250,000 grant (can’t remember the source). So glad to hear that he was the recipient of this grant. Of course, if the Trump team has their way there will be fewer grants issued like the one he received.

  2. LOOKING FORWARD TO DIANE RAVITCH, ONE OF MY HEROS!

    SOS
    3-20-17
    51 years teaching in public schools, and starting with first grade, going to school many days even in post Doctorate classes!!
    Gotta love school days!
    Dr. Charles W.Birch, public school teacher
    “School Days”
    Up in the mornin’ and out to school
    The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule
    American history and practical math
    You study’ em hard and hopin’ to pass
    Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone
    And the guy behind you won’t leave you alone
    Ring ring goes the bell
    The cook in the lunchroom’s ready to sell
    You’re lucky if you can find a seat
    You’re fortunate if you have time to eat
    Back in the classroom open you books
    Gee but the teacher don’t know
    How mean she looks
    Soon as three o’clock rolls around
    You finally lay your burden down
    Close up your books, get out of your seat
    Down the halls and into the street
    Up to the corner and ’round the bend
    Right to the juke joint you go in
    Drop the coin right into the slot
    You gotta hear something that’s really hot
    With the one you love you’re makin’ romance
    All day long you been
    Wantin’ to dance
    Feelin’ the music from head to toe
    ‘Round and ’round and ’round you go
    Drop the coin right into the slot
    You gotta hear something that’s really hot
    Hail, hail rock’n’roll
    Deliver me from the days of old
    Long live rock’n’roll
    The beat of the drum is loud and bold
    Rock rock rock’n’roll
    The feelin’ is there body and soul

    • Thank you, Dr. Birch!
      And thank Chuck Berry–man, we were lucky enough to see Chuck Berry in one of his last tours, at the Empress Casino, Joliet–think he was 80 or so, it was an outdoor concert in July or August–really hot, & what a show he gave, despite his age & the heat!
      Rock in Peace, Chuck, Rock in Peace.

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