Sanders camp suspicious of Microsoft’s influence in Iowa Caucus

TheTaoistTroll Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:04

DES MOINES, Iowa – The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is raising questions about the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa Caucuses, now just days away, and has built a independent system to check the official results.

For the first time this year, Microsoft partnered with the Iowa Democratic and Republican Parties to provide a technology platform with which the parties will run their caucuses. The software giant created separate mobile apps for each party, which officials at hundreds of caucuses across the state will use to report out results from individual precincts to party headquarters for tabulation.

The arrangement has aroused the suspicions of aides to Sanders, whose regularly warns that corporate power and the billionaire class are trying to hijack democracy. Pete D’Alessandro, who is running the Iowa portion of Sanders’ campaign, questioned the motives of the major multinational corporation in an interview with MSNBC: “You’d have to ask yourself why they’d want to give something like that away for free.”

Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton posts tribute to LaVoy Finicum

ecard71 Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:31

In any given generation there are men who are willing to stand for what they believe. Most of the time they are demonized and the uninformed are made to believe they are criminals.

From Moses who killed an Egyptian for abusing his people, to Jesus who died on a cross as a condemned criminal, many of those who operate outside the box and promote love and justice over the current form of government are treated as outcasts and many times murdered.

Today we were reminded that the power of evil is still alive and well as LaVoy Finicum was gunned down and murdered in Oregon. LaVoy was a man who had documented the suffering to which he and his family had been subjected, via the heavy hand of the government, through his writings and his videos.

Unlike his executioners the value of his life didn't depend on the value of his salary or his pension. The value of his life came from his sacrifice for others. When he saw similar injustices imposed on the Bundy family he went to help. When he saw injustice towards the Hammonds in Oregon the value of his life was demonstrated daily as he promoted change to stop the injustice.

Kicking this forum into high gear.

johnbernard1984 Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:23

Some ideas to kick this forum into high gear. 

Does this forum have a facebook page? if not i recommend starting one and utilizing social media.  

I also recommend utilizing other social media platforms. 

I recommend that forum users share things they like here to their social media platforms.

Take back your power

Isabella sj Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:13


Smart meters. Interesting.


25% of Donald Trump’s Political Spending Goes to his Own Companies

DjPe5h Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:03

All told, his campaign has paid Trump-owned entities $1.4 million, a little more than a quarter of all its spending.

How important is immigration in the current race?

Zagabe Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:09
45% (9 votes)
40% (8 votes)
No big deal
15% (3 votes)
Total votes: 20

Holy crap! Just finished watching 'The Big Short'

crabacado Thu, 01/28/2016 - 00:57


It's the movie about the housing bubble collapse and the financial crisis in 2008.

What an epic movie!

They really didn't hold any punches...pretty much threw all of Wall Street under the bus....while educating watchers on how the scam went down

What an excellent movie with an all star cast...Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale and so pretty interesting cameos to boot.

Highly recommended watching

Will Oregon Standoff End Up Like Waco Siege?

TruthSeeker1982 Thu, 01/28/2016 - 00:37

The standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon reminds me of the 1993 federal siege in Waco, Texas.  Let's hope it doesn't end the same way.  The remaining protesters may be lucky if they get out of there alive.  This video is a documentary on the Waco siege and a good reminder that the federal government may kill those who challenge its authority.