Trump’s Twitter Trashtalk.

By Jerry Alatalo

re exclamation points (!) “presidential”? Do those exclamation points in shallow-minded, adolescent and immature Tweets substitute for serious, lengthy talks or debate necessary to adequately address the important issues facing humanity? The answer to both questions is “no”.

The unprecedented use of Twitter as a primary means for conveyance of messages to humanity by the president of the United States – generally perceived as the American elected because best suited to carry out the duties of the high office while adhering to the gold standards of statesmanship and diplomacy – is arguably, well … frankly pathetic.

Such a form of primitive communication practice, particularly when chosen by the elected leader of perhaps the most powerful nation on Earth, is regressive and debilitating from every conceivable perspective.

While giant global social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others have taken steps designed to censor and/or silence voices critical of U.S. foreign policies, the “Tweeter-in-Chief” Donald Trump rolls on, unmolested and seemingly unstoppable as a loose cannon, with what those familiar with loud-mouthed rudeness, impoliteness and unsportsmanlike behavior on fields of athletics know as “trashtalk”.

We are unaware whether Donald Trump participated in organized team sports in his life or not, but if in his younger days he was a member of the baseball, football or basketball team(s) he forgot how “trash-talkers” are perceived by all other athletes as bad actors, those “hot dogs” whose actions contradict the reason people become involved in team sports to begin with. Players who talk trash are “buzzkills” who fail to understand, and rob others from achieving, the game’s best aspect – the simple enjoyment of friendly physical competition.

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Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t the trash-talking basketball player ruining the fun for everyone at the weekly local YMCA pick-up games, but the man holding the most powerful executive political position on Earth. In the former situation talking trash isn’t that big a deal besides the unenlightened, offensive rudeness and spoiling of others’ sporting enjoyment, and involves just a handful of 10 or more guys looking for some fun style of exercise.

However … trashtalk on a world level where millions of people’s lives hang in the balance is a far different, much more important and serious story.

One becomes both puzzled and disappointed that Trump’s circle hasn’t convinced him to suspend his utterly negative “trashtalk diplomacy” via Twitter, while others have expressed their serious opinion that Twitter’s user policy requires some initiatory disciplinary action occur, or even the closing of Donald Trump’s account, over “failure to meet our standards of conduct” or similarly categorized violations.

Mr. Trump unilaterally announced four weeks ago that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (notable for the missing “West” before Jerusalem), in a move that is near impossible to interpret as other than an intentional provocation to violence. In the weeks subsequent to the announcement, Trump has declined to publish any Twitter postings sympathetic to Palestinians “…fighting for freedom!” or such, but jumped immediately on Twitter when Iranians held protests recently, writing “Time for a change!”

Now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is reportedly ready to call for an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the protests in Iran, while choosing to ignore the legitimate protests of Palestinians. Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley’s feigned concern for the people of Iran suggests covert destabilization efforts (not conspiracy theory, but historically proven fact – see Iran 1953, etc.) may have become triggered to deflect attention away from the devastating-to-Trump United Nations General Assembly vote of 128-9 rejecting his Jerusalem decision, with the added envisaged “benefit” of manufacturing  a reason or pretext for scrapping the Iran-P5+1 nuclear agreement.

In the six days since protests began in Iran the number of those who’ve unfortunately perished is reportedly twenty-one. One wonders what Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley’s response would be if China, France, Russia or the United Kingdom (the other four permanent Security Council member states) were to call for an emergency meeting of the Council over the recent controversial events in Las Vegas, Nevada – where allegedly a mass-murdering lone gunman shot and killed more than fifty people and wounded over five hundred more.

The alleged gunman Stephen Paddock committed suicide, questions over the mass shooting about the possibility it was a false flag staged event remain unanswered, while mainstream media has abruptly stopped reporting altogether on the Las Vegas event. … But that’s another story for another day.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter trashtalk becomes especially dangerous when it comes to nuclear-armed North Korea (DPRK), highlighted by his playground bully, back-and-forth messaging with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. The juvenile nature of the exchange between the leaders of the two nations has devolved and descended to the point of focusing on who has the bigger nuclear button, or over “bragging rights” to possession of the more destructive nuclear arsenal.

Such a bizarre international relations phenomenon resembling a poorly produced TV reality show would be side-splitting laughable were it not in reality associated with an existential risk for millions living on the Korean peninsula and beyond.

Mr. Trump’s most recent Twitter “tirade” included trashtalk directed toward Pakistan, his threatening the cut-off of aid money, and alienating a country, like North Korea, armed with nuclear weapons. Pakistan government leaders and citizens of the nation have responded with strong criticism of Trump accusations that Pakistan is aiding terrorists.

The more Trump tweets the clearer it becomes his “Twitter strategy” as a marketing tool for “making America great again” is a bust, and makes obvious that continuance of offensive Twitter activity will only further dig a deepening hole of diminishing reputation for the Trump administration and, by extension, America’s 330 million people collectively.

Mr. Trump: You might want to stop digging, close your Twitter account and try returning to old-fashioned statesmanship, honest diplomacy and wise discretion. Surely, we realize Donald Trump will never heed this advice, and will continue offending others across the Earth on Twitter. Nobody can accuse us of not trying.

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In Chapter 16 of The Bhagavad Gita Sri Krishna tells Arjuna about “Divine and Demonic Tendencies”:

“A man who is born with tendencies toward the Divine is fearless and pure in heart. He perseveres in that path to union with Brahman which the scriptures and his teacher have taught him. He is charitable. He can control his passions. He studies the scriptures regularly, and obeys their directions. He practices spiritual disciplines. He is straightforward, truthful and of an even temper. He harms no one. He renounces the things of this world. He has a tranquil mind and an unmalicious tongue. He is compassionate toward all. He is not greedy. He is gentle and modest. He abstains from useless activity. He has faith in the strength of his higher nature. He can forgive and endure. He is clean is thought and act. He is free from hatred and pride. Such qualities are his birthright.”

“… In this world there are two kinds of beings: those whose nature tends toward the Divine, and those who have demonic tendencies. I have already described the divine nature to you in some detail. Now you shall learn more about the demonic nature.”

“Men of demonic nature know neither what they ought to do, nor what they should refrain from doing. There is no truth in them, or purity, or right conduct. They maintain that the scriptures are a lie, and that the universe is not based upon a moral law, but godless, conceived in lust and created by copulation, without any other cause. Because they believe this in the darkness of their little minds, these degraded creatures do horrible deeds, attempting to destroy the world. They are enemies of mankind.”

“Their lust can never be appeased. They are arrogant, and vain, and drunk with pride. They run blindly after what is evil. The ends they work for are unclean. They are sure that life has only one purpose: gratification of the senses. And so they are plagued by innumerable cares, from which death alone can release them. Anxiety binds them with a hundred chains, delivering them over to lust and wrath. They are ceaselessly busy, piling up dishonest gains to satisfy their cravings.”

“… They are addicts of sensual pleasure, made restless by their many desires, and caught in the net of delusion. They fall into the filthy hell of their own evil minds. Conceited, haughty, foolishly proud, and intoxicated by their wealth, they offer sacrifice to God in name only, for outward show, without following the sacred rituals. These malignant creatures are full of egoism, vanity, lust, wrath, and consciousness of power. They loathe me, and deny my presence both in themselves and in others. They are enemies of all men and of myself; cruel, despicable and vile. I cast them back, again and again, into the wombs of degraded parents, subjecting them to the wheel of birth and death. And so they are constantly reborn, in degradation and delusion. They do not reach me, but sink down to the lowest possible condition of the soul.”

“Hell has three doors; lust, rage and greed. These lead to man’s ruin. Therefore he must avoid them all. He who passes by these three dark doors has achieved his own salvation. He will reach the highest goal at last.”

“But he who flouts the commandments of the scriptures, and acts on the impulse of his desires, cannot reach perfection, or happiness, or the highest goal.”

“Let the scriptures be your guide, therefore, in deciding what you must do, and what you must abstain from. First learn the path of action, as the scriptures teach it. Then act accordingly.”

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Persons interested in reading a full text, modern prose version of “The Bhagavad Gita” can do so free of charge, by clicking the following link:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/agsgita.htm

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Binomo Declares Independence!

By Jerry Alatalo

(BINOMO) The small island nation of Binomo located in the South China Sea close to Vietnam has gained its independence

ne almost feels sorry for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley. Emphasis on almost. Right after the UN General Assembly rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial Jerusalem action by a vote of 128-9 with 35 abstaining, where very small, mostly unheard of island nations like Togo and Palau sided with the Americans, Ms. Haley will have to endure even more embarrassment after becoming the victim of an ingenious phone prank.

Famous Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus may find it difficult to top their latest of Ms. Haley, the timing of which likely guarantees Nikki Haley and the Trump administration might experience a not-so-merry Christmas. Particularly embarrassing for the Trump administration as a result of this prank is the “discussion” about the fictional South China Sea island nation of Binomo.

You know … Binomo. That island country close to Vietnam, that just declared independence. Vovan and Lexus successfully pranked U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California a few months ago, similar to this one with Ms. Haley but they had Ms. Waters believing a coup took place in the fictional (land-locked) African nation of Limpopo. For those confused about how the UN representatives of Binomo and Limpopo voted at the General Assembly on the Jerusalem question – the nations don’t exist!

One can only imagine if Ms. Haley and Ms. Waters have contacted each other since the following video recording of the latest prank has gone viral. If they have, we could see how they might try to empathize with each other, saying things like …

NH: “With all these puny island nations, how is one to remember all of them? Binomo kind of rhymes with Togo, so it was just an honest mistake on my part. On your part, too, Maxine.”

MW: “Yes, Nikki … it’s that there’s so many little countries … Limpopo rhymes with Togo, too, a little bit, so we both just made innocent mistakes. Come to think of it, Nikki, my sista’, Putin probably came up with Limpopo … and he probably made up Binomo, too.”

NH: “Yes … that’s the ticket, that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it, right Maxine? Putin did it!”

MW: “That’s right sista’. Putin did it. Let’s call Mueller.”

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There’s plenty to chew on in Vovan and Lexus’ 20-minute prank of Nikki Haley, but the part about Binomo is the one which is drawing the most attention, and might not be forgotten for some considerable length of time. Some while listening to the prank call might find it difficult to decide whether laughter or sorrow is the appropriate response. The Binomo segment is found in the video starting at 11-minutes, 20-seconds and ending at 13-minutes, 35-seconds.

Prankster (PR): “… One more matter is island … Binomo. It’s not far from Vietnam in the South China Sea. Are you know Binomo?”

NH: “Yes.”

PR: “They declared independence.”

NH: “Right.”

PR: “They held elections, and, we suppose Russian had its intervention.”

NH: “Yes. Of course they did … Absolutely.”

PR: “And now this ‘Binomoland’ makes the situation in the South China Sea even more tense.”

NH: “And we’re aware of that … We’ve been watching that very closely, and I think we’ll continue to watch that as we deal with the issues that keep coming up about the South China Sea.”

PR: “Yes, that’s correct. What should be done because of this Binomo?’

NH: “Let me find out exactly what our stance is on that, and what if anything the U.S. is doing, or thinks should be done, and I will report to you on that as well.”

PR: “And what is your view?”

NH: “You know, I can’t speak without getting the administration’s view on it. Let me find out from them, and I’ll get back to you.”

PR: “What do you think about Binomo? It’s B-I-N-O-M-O … I mean, Binomo.

NH: “I think our concern is everything that’s going on in the South China Sea, and the influence that continues to push that way … Our goal is to make sure that it stays intact and that, um, you know, we don’t see intrusion or any sort of, um, bullying in terms of that. So I know that we have, we’re supposed to have White house meetings on all issues with the South China Sea  coming forward, and so I think we’ll have more answers at that time.”

PR: “… aware that you should be, you should keep in safety your consulates. I think …”

NH: “Yes.”

PR: “And just … I don’t know what Putin will make of that, because it’s really dangerous issue.”

NH: “And that’s what we’re watching carefully, … we’re very aware.”

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The citizens of Binomo must be a group of very, very nice people. That’s why Santa Claus brought them independence this year for Christmas.

Americans dependent on corporate media will never hear about Nikki Haley being pranked or her disturbing lack of worldly knowledge, making clear her being unqualified for the position of America’s ambassador to the United Nations. Corporate media will not touch this bizarre-yet-important story with a ten-foot pole, nor report on it in any manner whatsoever.

If that prediction turns out to be wrong and corporate media does report it, and the American people learn about Binomo  that would be a genuine Christmas miracle.

(Thank you to Vovan222prank at YouTube)

Headlines Study Reveals Christmas “Checking It Twice” Omission.

By Jerry Alatalo

“No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace. For in peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.” 

– HERODOTUS (485-425 B.C.) Greek historian, “father of history”

hey’re making their lists … and checking them twice. The familiar lyrics from the classic Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” came to mind when reading only headlines of posts published in the last 24 hours at  WordPress reader. What became apparent while engaged in reading the headlines was the remarkable absence of one single but ultimately vital word.

While not taking anything away from the men and women who published the many genuinely important articles, it might prove a positive action to consider or reflect upon what’s left out of the article titles, and what that omission – certainly unintentional and innocent – illustrates about the current state of world affairs.

It’s been the cardinal sin at Christmas to open presents early, so, follow the rules to avoid positioning yourself in the “naughty” category. Without “cheating” by scrolling to the bottom where we disclose the word remarkably absent considering the time of year – and its great significance for such a large segment of humanity – read through the following moderately extensive list of post titles, and during that education-in-itself process think on what’s missing.

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  1. The Information-Industrial Complex
  2. Israeli Soldiers Arrest 16-year Old Ahed Tamimi and Her Mother
  3. Macron Upset That Assad Claims France Has Supported Terrorists in Syria
  4. Analyst Dismisses White House Claims Pyongyang Behind WannaCry
  5. US War on ISIS the Biggest Lie Since 2003 Iraq Invasion: Here’s the Proof
  6. No Health Care for Migrant-Women Healthcare Givers
  7. Key Facts You Should Know About Global Migration Trends
  8. UN Rights Chief Calls for Independent Probe into Israel Forces ‘Shocking’ Shooting of Amputee
  9. US ‘Will Be Taking Names’ During UNGA Vote on Jerusalem Move, Envoy Haley Warns
  10. Almayadeen: 2017 Days
  11. Shadow Economy, Democracy and the Manipulation of Public Opinion
  12. Ansarullah Leader: You Bomb Sanaa, We’ll Bomb Riyadh, Abu Dhabi
  13. Veil Bans in the European Court of Human Rights
  14. PSI Spies – A Different Kind of Dark Web?
  15. Gaining Wisdom
  16. Will Nikki Haley Get Her Iran War?
  17. Saudi Blockade of Yemen Violates US Law: Trump Nominee
  18. Notes From Catalonia on the Eve of Tomorrow’s Elections
  19. The Power of Music and Emotions
  20. When Washington Cheered the Jihadists
  21. Child of Woe, Child of Wonder
  22. Ahed Tamimi … A Child Who Is Not
  23. ‘None of This Was Worth It’: Up To 11,000 Civilians Killed in Battle to Free Mosul, AP Probe Reveals
  24. The Multi-ring Spectacular
  25. Afghan Ghani Takes On the ‘King of the North’
  26. Record Renewables Growth in 2017 as New Global Solar, Wind Installations Are Projected to Hit Near 175 GW
  27. AEMO Plans for Future (Clean) Grid, With No Mention of Base-load
  28. Tesla Big Battery Outsmarts Lumbering Coal Units After Loy Yang Trips
  29. The Further Unraveling of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project
  30. NSW Coal Fleet Feels the Heat, With State at Risk of ‘System Black’
  31. Turnbull’s Big Climate Fail, and No Positive Change in Policy
  32. Dynamics of Nuclear Power Policy in the Post-Fukushima Era
  33. Fukushima Radioactive Contamination: Children Nosebleed While Asleep and In Daytime, Especially After Playing in Sand
  34. ARENA Says Renewables Could Be Australia’s Next Great Export
  35. Time to Unlock Solar and Storage for Everyone in NSW
  36. Victoria Regulator Proposes 29c/kWh Solar Export Tariff in Peak Period
  37. Another Mini-grid Breakthrough for AusNet in Suburban Melbourne Trial
  38. $30 Million for Farmers to Manage on Farm Energy
  39. BHP to Exit World Coal Association Over Differences in Climate and Energy Policy
  40. Anti-Adani Activists Set Their Sights on ALP
  41. Labor and Greens Slam Coalition Climate Review
  42. In Latin America the Pendulum Swings to the Right
  43. We Need to Change the Culture of Christmas
  44. Australian Government’s Hugely Disappointing Climate Policy Review
  45. How to Skip the Small Talk and Connect With Anyone
  46. Radium Girls
  47. America Recognize Terrorism Risk of Nuclear Research Reactors (Like the One at Lucas Heights)
  48. Paul Street: We Live in an Abject Authoritarian Plutocracy
  49. Netherlands Waking Up to the Huge Cost of Running Research Reactor (Like the One at Lucas Heights)
  50. Syrian Aid Money: Did British Police Keep Charity Cash Seized From Convoys?
  51. Syrian Army Rolls Into Idlib With Weapons Captured From ISIS
  52. Taxpayer Crutches for the Nuclear Industry
  53. Malcolm Turnbull’s Silence on the Nobel Prize Win – He Is An International Embarrassment
  54. The House Just Stripped Medical Marijuana States of DEA Protection – Tell the Senate to Act!
  55. ISIS Raids Village Behind US-backed Forces Lines in East Syria, Slaughters Civilians
  56. Historic! Norway’s Parliament Votes to Decriminalize All Drugs
  57. Climate Refugees – This Humanitarian Disaster is Already Upon the World
  58. Musta’ribeen, Israel’s Agents Who Pose as Palestinians
  59. Leading Stanford Scientist Builds Incredible Net Zero Home, Complete With Tesla Powerwall
  60. ‘Terrorists Don’t Arm Themselves With Bananas’ – Busting the Nuclear Lobby’s Dishonest Spin
  61. 20 Companies Pledge to Phase Out Coal
  62. The Saga of Kim Dotcom, or How New Zealand is Merely America’s Lapdog
  63. Sighting. The Snowflake Photographer
  64. I Don’t Know How to Explain to You That You Should Care About Other People
  65. The Google-Facebook Duopoly Threatens Diversity of Thought
  66. Call to Action: Write New Zealand Politicians and Demand They #FreeBrendon O’Connell
  67. What Is the Guardian Afraid of When Attacking Honest Syria Reporters?
  68. White Helmets in Syria: Some Questions for Our Government
  69. Trump’s Grandstanding on National Security Could End in Tragedy
  70. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg: ‘The Tax Bill is an Economically Indefensible Blunder’
  71. Yes, America, There is a Class War, and You Just Lost it
  72. Canada’s National Sovereignty: America’s Plan to Annex and Invade Canada
  73. Ahed Tamimi Arrested After Slapping Israeli Soldier
  74. 76 UN Members Abstain & 26 Vote Against as Crimea Human Rights Resolution Passes
  75. The Other Side of the Post’s Katharine Graham
  76. For Each Child Who’s Born…
  77. The Pressure Towards Larger Societal Aggregates Controlling Smaller Nation-States
  78. Remembering Lockerbie (Dec 21, 1988) – The Saga of PanAm 103 Told by the People Themselves
  79. French Public Activists Demand RT France’s Broadcasting License Be Revoked
  80. To Be a Latin-American Migrant in Madrid
  81. The State of the Empire in the Age of Trumpism
  82. A Winter Night’s Vigil
  83. US Drone Strikes Double in Somalia, Triple in Yemen Under Trump Administration: Report
  84. People Who Caused the Violence in Venezuela Awarded Human Rights Prize
  85. UN Report Uncovers Israel’s Support for Terrorist Organizations in Syria
  86. Such an Idiot, Boris Johnson Attacks Russia Before Moscow Visit
  87. Conflict Causing Spikes in Food Insecurity in Near East and North Africa
  88. What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set to a Musical Soundtrack
  89. The Huffington Post: Americans Must Hear the Other, Hopeful Side of the Venezuelan Story
  90. Syrian-Iraqi War Report – December 20, 2017: Iran Deploys Reinforcements On Syria-Iraq Border
  91. 1,000 Days of Saudi War on Yemen
  92. Three Nobel Prize Winners Calculated the Genetic Damage of Nuclear Energy
  93. Republican Tax Plan Opens Backdoor to School Vouchers
  94. We’re Witnessing the Wholesale Looting of America, It’s Smash-and-Grab Time for the GOP
  95. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: At 84, Where Does She Get Her PEP (Progressive Except Palestine)?
  96. Family Farmers are Going Extinct, Parity Can Bring Them Back Via Living Wage
  97. Pyongyang Rejects Biological Weapons Rumors, Accuses US of Fabricating Pretext for Attack
  98. Suspected Cholera Cases in Yemen Reach 1 Million: ICRC
  99. Trump’s Approval of Lethal Arms to Ukraine Is Sideways Move to Nowhere
  100. The Recent Guardian Whitewash of the White Helmets is More Sinister Than We Realize
  101. Bullies of a Feather Play Together
  102. Trump to Delay Signing Tax Bill So Devastating Impacts Aren’t Felt Until After Midterms
  103. India Stands By Russia as US Crosses ‘Red Line’ in Ukraine
  104. Puerto Rican Governor Vows to Unseat House GOP in 14 States For Raising His Island’s Taxes
  105. Buyers Still Think Electric Cars Cost More Than Gas Cars: They’re Wrong
  106. Out of Control: Nikki Haley’s UN Rant
  107. What to Do, What to Do?
  108. White Helmets: The Guardian Protects UK FCO Destabilization Project in Syria
  109. 128 Countries Vote in Favor of UN Call for US to Withdraw Jerusalem Decision
  110. Al-Houthi to Saudi Civilians: Keep Away From Target Areas!
  111. UN Votes to Condemn Trump’s Jerusalem Decision
  112. The Case Against Iraqing Iran by David Swanson

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The word “peace” is nowhere to be found. What does this simple observation offer by way of instruction, deeper meaning or teaching, particularly with regard to collective goals, thinking on solutions and/or vision(s) for the future? Were they asked if peace was #1, top-of-the-list and their greatest wish for humanity, undoubtedly each man and woman who created these post titles and their contents would immediately answer “yes” or “most certainly”.

It’s safe to say that virtually every man, woman and child on Earth wants an end to unnecessary and profoundly harmful wars and violence. So what explains the phenomenon of reluctance to focus intensely to the maximum extent possible, to speak and write in ways directly referring to “peace”?

Would it be perhaps perceived as out-of-line, too critical or overly bold, or the inverse – conducive for facilitation of increased energy, positivity and uplift – to suggest another, closer, Christmas-metaphorical look at “the list”? Perhaps doing so will result in rediscovery of what is the most truly important potential gift of them all, and the remembering that efforts in the cause of peace represent the highest noble aspiration in this world.

Blessed are the peacemakers. May we take the opportunity to convey our best wishes for a Merry – and peaceful – Christmas to all.

Prediction: Sanders Wins Wisconsin, Another Record Turnout.

By Jerry Alatalo

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Alphabet If the trend of record numbers of voters over the campaign fueled by enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders continues in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Sanders should easily win the state’s Democratic primary. He has a large lead over Clinton among independents in Wisconsin and the nation, independents can vote in Wisconsin, so one can predict a Sanders win. The only question that remains is by how large a margin.

Because the people of Wisconsin, of America for that matter, have felt the pain of lost manufacturing firms and jobs to Mexico, China and other low wage countries due to “disastrous trade deals” beginning with NAFTA, voters in the state will not forget that Hillary Clinton’s husband signed NAFTA into law instead of stopping it with the presidential veto. They know, and will remember, that Ms. Clinton’s State Department helped push and create the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), her calling it the “Gold Standard” of trade deals, then her “opposition” to TPP when it became politically advantageous in her race with Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

During the following interview with long-time Bernie supporter and media personality Ed Schultz at a United Auto Worker’s center in Jaynesville, Wisconsin, Sanders pointed out the Clinton campaign seriously proposed their New York State debate be held tonight – at the same time the NCAA men’s college basketball championship game is being decided. Clinton’s team might as well have asked the debate be held on a weekday at 3:00 AM. Everyone in America is watching the NCAA championship game.

Whether, to borrow a sports term, Ms. Clinton’s strategy at this crucial point in the election – playing to not lose, running out the clock – backfires in a big and historic way is yet to become known, but might just become a lot clearer after the last votes get counted Tuesday night in Wisconsin.

(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)