Will Trump Cut Social Security And Medicaid? Bernie Sanders …

Senator Bernie Sanders wants President Donald Trump to know that he reads Trump’s tweets—especially those with promises the president is breaking.

On Tuesday, Sanders took to the Senate floor to remind Trump about his tweeted vow to not cut social welfare programs—something that’s set to happen under the Republican tax reform plan.

Read More… http://www.newsweek.com/trump-tweets-social-security-medicare-bernie-sanders-736082

Immersion in Basque country: Part I – Sonoma Index

I’m on a quest to find the world’s oldest fishermen, catch some fish, and eat some good food.

France has caves with evidence of prehistoric human habitation that dates back tens of thousands of years. Most of those caves have drawings of mammals, such as deer, bison and horses, but in the caves of Basque country, scientists found drawings of fish, presumably caught by prehistoric anglers.

Javier Manjarres posts bail, returns to blogging

Conservative blogger Javier Manjarres has evidently returned from a stint in jail and returned to blogging about Florida politics on his site, the The Shark Tank.

The blog was on hiatus over the weekend, with no posts published between Friday and Monday. Manjarres was processed and released from the Palm Beach County jail after his arrest Saturday on attempted murder charges.


A graphene patch that monitors and possibly treats diabetes

Diabetes is growing into a global public health crisis, one that places enormous economic burdens on many nations. Once thought of as a disease that typically strikes affluent adults, type 2 diabetes has quickly spread all over the world, indifferent to socioeconomic status or age.

Treatment of type 2 diabetes requires patients to control their blood sugar levels through a mix of dietary restrictions and medication. Unfortunately, following the progress of these efforts is not as easy as it sounds. Glucose-monitoring devices available on the market typically require the user to obtain a small blood sample that can be read to quantify the level of the sugar. A minimally or non-invasive alternative would probably help many patients stay on top of their health.


#BernieMadeMeWhite: No, Bernie Sanders Isn’t Just Winning With White People

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders listens to concerns about contaminated water during a community forum at Woodside Church in Flint, Mich.

On Sunday, after Bernie Sanders’ commanding wins in the Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state Democratic presidential caucuses, Leslie Lee III, an American freelance writer living in Japan, tweeted, “I knew it. I knew if Bernie won Hawaii it would magically become a white state.”


Register your team for Walkerz Against Diabetes

Pictured are the walk committee, from left, Eloy Cuevas, Watermill Express; Stacy Morgan Mora, Tamez and Ortegon Law Office; Nancy Garcia, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and RGVDA Board Member; Alma Cortez, Walmart.; Melissa Martinez, Navy Army Community Credit Union. Not shown; AJ Garcia and Sofia Hernandez, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Pictured are the walk committee, from left, Eloy Cuevas, Watermill Express; Stacy Morgan Mora, Tamez and Ortegon Law Office; Nancy Garcia, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and RGVDA Board Member; Alma Cortez, Walmart.; Melissa Martinez, Navy Army Community Credit Union. Not shown; AJ Garcia and So…

Pictured are the walk committee, from left, Eloy Cuevas, Watermill Express; Stacy Morgan Mora, Tamez and Ortegon Law Office; Nancy Garcia, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and RGVDA Board Member; Alma Cortez, Walmart.; Melissa Martinez, Navy Army Community Credit Union. Not shown; AJ Garcia and Sofia Hernandez, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 3:00 pm

Register your team for Walkerz Against Diabetes

Special to the Monitor

The Monitor

The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association “Walkerz Against Diabetes” committee member are busy signing up teams of the upcoming 5k walk/run. This fun filled event will be held Saturday, April 30, at Edinburg Municipal Park in Edinburg.

Registration for the 5k walk/run begins at 7:30 a.m. Along with our awareness walk/run, the RGVDA is hosting health screenings, such as blood glucose check, foot screening, eye screening, as well as general diabetes information.

If you are interested in supporting the RGVDA and its cause we are in need of teams and/or individual walkers as well. Teams consist of 10 individuals or more, each team member or individual participate are asked to donate $25, with will include the official Walkerz Against Diabetes T-shirt. All proceeds will go to maintain the free services RGVDA offers for the residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

We encourage all walkers and runners to support the RGVDA while we promote the importance of physical activity as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle; whether it is to manage your diabetes or to prevent the onset of diabetes. If you are just starting an exercise regime or are an experienced runner we ask that you come out and show your support as well as bring awareness to a health epidemic that is growing in the Rio Grande Valley at unprecedented rates. One out of every four individuals has diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley, and many more are at risk. Exercise along with a healthy diet is vital in the prevention of Type 2 iabetes.

The RGVDA is a local non-profit organization, founded in 2006 by area professionals in order to bring awareness on this a growing health epidemic to one of the hardest hits areas in the country-Hidalgo County. All the funds generated by the RGVDA stay in the Rio Grande Valley to be used exclusively for educational purposes providing not only awareness but also, diabetic management classes, in school presentations, support groups among other services for adults and children.

The RGVDA would like to thank all its sponsors of Walkerz Against Diabetes; Walmart, Channel 5, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Rudy’s Country Store BBQ, Taco Palenque, Watermill Express.

For more information on Walkerz Against Diabetes or the RGVDA, call the RGVDA office at (956) 782-1900.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016 3:00 pm.

Why Bernie Sanders’ West Coast Blowouts Matter

Bernie Sanders did not just win all three states that voted this weekend — Washington, Alaska and Hawaii — he won them by overwhelming, impressive margins. The presidential hopeful won every county in Washington, and some of his biggest victory margins came from the state’s most rural and traditionally conservative areas.

The win will likely mean a fundraising boost for the small-donor driven campaign. Sanders does not have a super PAC and instead has enjoyed injections of cash from his fans after big wins or important nights in the election calendar. According to the campaign, supporters from Washington State already give to his cause at disproportionately high rates, so these wins will likely produce another windfall.

The wins also validate Sanders’ commitment to an extended primary. Despite the fact that he is trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a significant number of delegates needed for the nomination, Sanders has pledged to stay in the race until all 50 states get their say.

Since all delegates on the Democratic side are awarded proportionally, Sanders will receive a sizeable number of delegates from Saturday’s blowouts and dent Clinton’s delegate lead. Likewise, by winning so handily, he makes it harder for the super delegates from those states to stay committed to Clinton. The elected officials and party elites who hold these posts can swap their vote at any point until voting takes place at the party convention and will face grassroots pressure -– and pressure from the campaign –- to back the will of their hometown voters.

Sanders told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Sunday morning that he remains the “underdog” but that the campaign believes they “do have a path to victory.”

“What we showed yesterday is in fact the momentum is with us,” Sanders said. “We think we’re going to do well in Wisconsin. We think we got a real shot in New York. And then we go out to California. You go out to Oregon. That’s the most progressive part of America.”

Still Clinton is already leading by a greater margin than President Obama ever had during the campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Sanders’ landslide victories not only mean that the Clinton campaign will have to continue to run primary races in Western states, but also that they still have a significant amount of work to do to bring progressives on board for a general election, should she win the nomination.

Washington in particular has been a bellwether of change for the Democratic Party and progressive policies: The state has legalized marijuana for recreational use and in Seattle the process has begun to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time. By overwhelmingly backing Sanders, who says he would pave the way for these models to extend nationwide, Washington voters were offering a second thumbs up to these trends.

However, his support among left-leaning voters from these Western states only paint part of the picture, as Sanders also enjoyed large crowds and enthusiastic backing in redder parts of Washington and Alaska.

Despite a strong GDP and strong average wages, the economy in Washington has changed rapidly in the last eight years, leaving a lot of people in its wake. The state’s unemployment is fairly high, in contrast to the positive indicators in the state economy, and blue collar jobs such in the mining and logging industry have taken a serious hit, falling 6 percent to 8 percent in the last four years, while technology and information industry jobs have soared almost that much in the same time. There is a feeling of income inequality in the state.

In addition, these states are known for their counter-culture. Ken Miller, a Clinton supporter and well-known party organizer from Tacoma, Washington, told ABC News, “The party is fairly irrelevant in people’s lives.”

Sanders fans celebrating in Seattle’s Safeco Field Friday night before voting the next morning said they were inspired by the senator’s unwavering commitment to stay in the race.

Kimberly Mayhle from the city’s Capital Hill neighborhood said she was with Sanders “until the end,” and that friends and neighbors of hers were “100 percent more excited” for this election than they had been in the past. Her friend, law student Andy McClenahan, said he was glad Sanders was continuing discussion on key issues he supported like reforming the criminal justice system and higher wages.