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Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

Notice how ICE always goes after migrant workers for violating the laws about undocumented employment, but never imprisons their employers, or the corporate executives who buy the bulk food and dairy products produced with undocumented migrant labor. It is a farce of justice. The truth is our current food systems would collapse without migrant labor. Everyone wants food prices to stay low, while keeping the minimum wage at a non livable level, resulting in not enough American citizens being willing or able to do the hard work on farms for such low pay, poor working conditions, and lack of health care. Based on that reality, it is no wonder the US Dept. of Labor reports that 57% of the entire agricultural workforce in the US is undocumented.

ICE knows they cannot deport every single farm worker. The profiteers of Big Ag won't stand for it. So they will single out the activists, and some of the workers, as a warning shot to scare others into silence, while serving their other monied interests, the profiteers of the prison/detention industry.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Migrant Justice Cases Spark Protest at Boston Immigration Court

It is a sick irony that ICE has a division with the Orwellian name of "Criminal Exploitation Unit", given the fact that the past few centuries of American foreign policy in Central and South America has been nothing short of Criminal Exploitation. It is those policies of American Imperialism that has stolen land from the local and indigenous populations of those countries, giving it to American and multinational corporations like United Fruit and ITT, for massive plantations and mining operations, while kicking subsistence farmers off their land, paying them paltry wages to work for the corporation, poisoning their land with pesticides that are banned in the US, and oil and mining pollution, and installing and propping up dictatorships and corrupt governments who are sympathetic to the criminal exploitation of the foreign corporate interests. And added to the mix have been the numerous death squad police forces over the decades that have been armed and funded by the US, and trained at the School of the Americas, in the US.

So when the people of these countries we have exploited so criminally try to come here for a better and safer life, we send in the "Criminal Exploitation Unit" to round them up. A truly sick and cruel joke. 1984 was written as a warning for the future, not an instruction manual.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/27/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Vermont LG Becomes Part of Shen Yun's Massive Marketing Blitz

I was going to reimburse the theater, I promise. BUSTED, just like your March Madness bracket.

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 03/27/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

I must say I am grateful to have been a part of the meeting. The house was full and people do not give up hope, however it made me sad to hear how a couple questions were just not answered. I was hoping to hear the answer on what the thought of the panel was on colored equality on all fronts the same as what the plan, if there was one, could be to help the three individuals who were detained to be deported.
It really did not make me feel all that good to hear that those questions were rather dodged..and not answered.
I don't think anyone was expecting a miracle answer. Rather something more concrete that could show everyone really puts their weight behind these issues that are also present right here among us.

Posted by Melanie Reinhardt on 03/27/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

Thanks for pointing that out, @Jimshifty! It's now corrected.


Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 03/27/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

The entire event is just more proof that the Three Bald Guy's and anyone else with a D next to their name have no interest in helping real people. The entire democratic agenda is all smoke and mirrors in order to keep themselves in power. I bet if it were still election season the question raised by a black constituent would have been given a response but now they don't need your vote for a few years and they are hoping you forget this events before they come telling you how they are going to better your loves before the next election. It's events like this that prove the Democrats true intentions, and none of those intentionsites involve helping working class or poor people. It's time to wake the fuck up and vote these asses out.

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Posted by citizen on 03/27/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"Meanwhile, Sanders spends a full hour every week on the nationally syndicated "Thom Hartmann Program."'
Bernie stopped being on the Hartmann show regularly about two years ago.
Totally understandable, as he is operating on a national/international stage. And we should be glad that he is.

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Posted by Jimshifty on 03/27/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

I mean, yea, Gabriel Iglesias used the word fluffy in a few jokes and as the title of one of his specials. But he used it as an adjective meaning "fat", though, while Eric is using it as a proper noun evoking "cuteness" (ironically, in reference to a person who you obviously "wouldn't want to fuck with"). It's definitely a unique word that conjures Gabriel Iglesias, but he didn't invent it, and I think using the word "fluffy" as a pet name instead of a description of a person's weight is totally different enough for there not to be any issue of originality here (if that's what you were suggesting, The Oracle).

Also, the "about the joke" blurb here is damn awesome.

Posted by skeletor69 on 03/27/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I've enjoyed watching Shen Yun for years, almost from its very inception.

I think this performance does a great deal to heal the world. I am sure our world needs more of this beauty, purity, and inspiration presented by Shen Yun.

Every time upon leaving the theater after the performance, I was amazed by the theatergoers' reactions: their faces glowing with excitement, many had tears in their eyes -- all audience around me was overjoyed.

I want to give just one example of a sincere reaction to the performance given by The Honorable David Kilgour, a retired Member of the Parliament of Canada, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, renowned author and human rights advocate, who was happy to see Shen Yun Performing Arts again, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in CA on March 12, 2017.

"It's the best show I've ever seen, said Mr. Kilgour. "The costumes, the dancing, the singing, the technical things were simply the best I've seen."

Mr. Kilgour said he has seen most of Shen Yuns performances over the past seven or eight years, and that the show keeps exceeding his expectations.

I am really shocked that a reporter with a pile of rewords from a very respected newspaper could write a very negative article without even ONCE seeing a performance!

No wonder many people do not trust our media anymore!

I want to ask those who have never seen Shen Yun performance before to not rely on the article above.

If you want to see Shen Yun, please attend the performance and make a conclusion yourself, not based on a biased article with a very obvious agenda behind it.

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Posted by Nataly on 03/27/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

By the way... Gabriel Iglesias.

Posted by The Oracle on 03/27/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

"Don't quit your day job" (rimshot)

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Posted by The Oracle on 03/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

Is it so remarkable that the Democratic delegation said "no" to a possibly helpful solution to a problem they helped create?

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Posted by timothy price on 03/27/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I have seen Shen Yun 5-6 times and Shen Yun is entirely different from what the article seems to suggest. Its mission is to revive 5000 years of Chinese culture, and they do it with absolute elegance. The show exhibits different ethnic dance that are absolutely graceful and different Chinese stories from 5000 years of history. Many of my friends have seen Shen Yun and they absolutely love it. Dancing and music is a form of expression. Shen Yun is just using art as a form to express the real Chinese Culture, the traditional values, which includes contemporary stories. The show is beautiful and it always brings me to tears after watching it. I bought tickets for my grandma to watch this year. She really liked the show. It is so sad to hear that some people can't appreciate the art form that is unique to Shen Yun.

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Posted by Patrick Tai on 03/27/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

There are thousands of these sad stories. This one is poorly crafted and far too heavy handed on the sympathy ploy but all the same, Carrillo evidently had opportunity to become a citizen which he ignored. Deportation is a natural consequence of staying in a country too long. The same thing would happen to me if I overstayed a visa in France, for example.

Carrillo seems like a good person and hopefully he can get the citizenship thing worked out so he can rejoin his family in the United States. Because he didn't already take care of the citizenship thing, he put himself in this position, though.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/27/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I regularly see opera and theater in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. When I saw Shen Yun for the first time, I was blown away by the marvelous quality of the performers, the music, the costumes, and the 5000 years of ancient, divinely inspired culture that was magically brought to life in front of me. It was incredibly touching. It is obvious to me that the author has not seen Shen Yun, because his article entirely misses point of the performance, which is to revive and celebrate the higher, universal principles of truthfulness and compassion that exist throughout history, at the core of all societies, and in every human heart.

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Posted by John Perry on 03/26/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I totally disagree with this article. Every Shen Yun show I have seen exudes the need for us to be united in goodness and morals....something much needed today. It's a breath of fresh air for anyone who is into true entertainment. The people that I have talked to about it have said nothing but good things about it also. Mostly the beautiful colors and amazing music. But also that it's so uplifting and brings a sense of hope to the world. Nobody should miss it. The reviews (aside from this one) have been amazing. The people who walk away from this show are absolutely amazed by it, like I am. This article was in such stark contrast to what I saw and what so many people have experienced that it was almost odd. But at the least very shocking that they got such negative things from it....weird.

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Posted by Diana Foley Molovinsky on 03/26/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Scott, Welch Call Trump Executive Order Unconstitutional

Why is it inappropriate for a state law enforcement officer to assist federal agents in the apprehension of illegally present persons? And why shouldn't a governor sanction immigration enforcement which is a paramount responsibility of the federal government, i.e., protecting U.S. citizens? To my mind, it is possible that not all the people in this state belong here, and some of them may be criminals.

The responsibility of all our elected officials is to insure a safe, secure community for citizens. I fear that in their zeal to protect legal immigrants, and in concern for our state's independence, our governor and representatives are precluding effective law enforcement outcomes, and jeopardizing our personal and public safety.

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Posted by Rick Matthews on 03/26/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Hm, I don't agree with this article's stance--I've seen multiple Shen Yun shows, and I feel that the message is always about goodness, and the marketers and performers I've met have always been courteous and kind. I hope people are willing to see the show and make an informed decision for themselves.

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Posted by Carlen Zhang-D'Souza on 03/26/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Chinese communist party banned many things. I was very frustrated I couldn't use gmail while I toured in China. Looks like they banned facebook, youtube as well. I tend to say what Chinese communist party bans most likely to be good things or just normal. I don't understand why they have to ban so many things in China.

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Posted by Angela Vetanen on 03/26/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I saw Shen Yun in Boston. You get to see an amazing Tibetan performance, authentic Mongolian bowl dance and other stories that you cannot see due to Communist censorship of the arts. The local reporter quoted the Chinese government, the same government that is known for harvesting organs of living human beings. Everyone knows China lies to justify human rights abuses against Falun Gong. Shen Yun had no signs of homophobia or cult-like behavior. Further, Shen Yun demonstrated acts of kindness and forgiveness. This article has nothing to do with what Shen Yun is about.

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Posted by Kery on 03/26/2017 at 5:25 PM

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