Representative Ro Khanna has the guts to oppose increases in Defense Spending

Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th District, the heart of the Silicon Valley. His progressive constituency supports his more extreme positions, like for example supporting a basic income. He won his House seat by challenging fellow California Democrat Rep. Mike Honda in 2016 and is also encouraging a progressive to run left of Diane Feinstein.

Just this week, Rep. Khanna is continuing to put himself out there as a Democrat who is brave enough to challenge the norms with this tweet — in which he aligns himself with the 6 in 10 Americans who oppose increases in Defense Spending:

The article that Senator Khanna compares the increases in defense to progressive proposals that Congress hasn’t moved forward on, making it clear how blindly voting to increasing our defense spending contradicts our progressive priorities:

… many Democrats agreed to boost defense spending by more than what Bernie Sanders estimates it would cost to make every four-year public college and university in America tuition-free and by more than what Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University, estimates it would cost to end the opioid crisis.

Rep. Khanna understands that blindly agreeing to increases in Defense Spending goes against American Progressive values. Especially when we are losing so much potential tax funds with the recent Trump Tax Cuts, we need to be vocal about how tax funds can be better used instead of Defense increases — such as making colleges & universities tuition free has the Representative proposes in his tweet.

Last year’s Wired Article on Basic Income above sums Khanna’s perspective well: “For Khanna, the Democrats lost in 2016 because they failed to lay out a clear vision.” Part of laying out a clear vision is sticking to it on every vote — and it seems that Rep. Khanna’s point is that is the responsibility of progressives in the Democrat party to take charge by leading efforts to paint that clear vision that the party can offer.

 

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Colorado Seniors at Poudre High School honor Parkland victims — #MeNext?

Change can come from any where — and any age. Two high school students in Fort Collins, Colorado decided that they were not waiting to become victims to speak out against how they doesn’t feel safe at school — or in their local movie theater. Poudre High School seniors Nina Shelanski and Asha Olick were interviewed by the Coloradoan for their work honoring victims of this month’s tragic Parkland shooting and advocating for change.

In addition to raising awareness, Nina and Asha collected signatures and messages to show support. The banner that students signed during lunch is being sent to Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“You all deserved so much better.”

“I hope we get this problem under control.”

“We need more than ‘thoughts and prayers.'”

“Change will happen. This shouldn’t have happened.”

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Nina’s message is clear: “What I’m trying to do is motivate people to become more involved.” It’s exciting to see the activation of open minded young people across the country who want to advocate for change that they believe will make them safer. If you are reading this and wish that somebody at your high school would advocate for change — choose to be that person.

Click through to the Coloradoan to watch her interview and read all of the quotes from both Nina & Asha: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2018/02/21/poudre-high-school-students-honor-florida-school-shooting-victims-but-ask-me-next/358919002/

Andre from GameXplain shares his Top 10 Hopes for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch

One of our favorite YouTube Channels which covers Nintendo is GameXplain. This weekend — In celebration of the approach one year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch release — Andre, who hosts the Channel, put up a video highlighting some of hopes for Super Smash Bros. for Switch.

Certainly, any Switch owner waiting for Super Smash Bros. has their own desires for the game — but today we thought we would run through some of Andre’s hopes.

Andre starts of the video by explaining that he expects a Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch soon — and that he expects it to serve as a “Deluxe” edition of the previous generation’s games, just like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Specifically, he highlights how the content from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Wii U can be brought together into this new edition.

Safe to say that this is the commonly accepted view of what Nintendo has cooking for the Switch version of Smash. Andre goes on to predict a few new characters and stages that Nintendo could add to the new version inspired by a few recent Switch titles (Splatoon 2, Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild). It’s unclear if Nintendo will take the time to include this additional content if they do intend to make a Deluxe edition. If they add new characters & stages, they might as well do new Assist Trophies & Pokemon… and at that point, the game might become the equivalent of Mario Kart 9, not Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

What is clear is that adding brand new content inspired by Switch games might ensure that we don’t get to play game for a few more years. So it might be best to wish for new content in the form of Downloadable Content. That being said — Andre goes on to suggest updated move-sets for the existing cast of characters. Perhaps that level of enhancement to the game would be worth the wait.

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Some of Andre’s other ideas would be welcome too — A Tag Team mode inspired by the conclusion of Smash Tour on the Wii U is one stand out suggestion. The player would pick more than one This would give the next installment in the franchise a bit of traditional fighting game twist.

But Andre’s biggest hope was for a mode inspired by Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The added layer of narrative intertextuality achieved in this single-player, story mode on the Nintendo Wii was missing in the last generation of Super Smash Bros. A new narrative featuring would be a great addition to the next installment. Of course, this would delay the release of the game significantly — so we should be careful what we wish for.

If you don’t mind listening to Andre complain about menus, it’s a nice video get yourself excited for the next Smash game.

What do you want to see in the next Super Smash Bros. game from Nintendo? Do you think that they will bring the franchise to Nintendo Switch in the next few years? Let us know in the comments.

Which Black Panther character do you want to be for Halloween? Okoye? T’Challa? Erik?

Disney CEO Bob Iger told Wall Street analysts on Monday that Black Panther would be big this upcoming Halloween season:

“I pretty much guarantee that this coming Halloween and even Christmas, you know you’ll be seeing a lot of Black Panther merchandise.”

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There are so many great characters to dress up as from Black Panther. Marvel definitely has a lot of options when it comes to putting together halloween costumes from it’s new franchise, which Iger suggested might become Disney’s 12th billion-dollar franchise. There are countless great female costume options which feature beautiful looks — Nakia, Shuri, Ramanda — although I expect a lot of people will skip picking a specific character and just dress up as a member of the Dora Milaje led by Okoye.

T’Challa, T’Chaka, M’Baki, W’Kabi and Killmonger stand out as the Male choices of course. Although, it might be cool to dress up as Zuri — either in his Wakanda or Oakland outfit.

It’s these two Grace Jones-looking chicks.

Which Black Panther character do you want to be for Halloween? Sound off below.

More from the Hollywood Reporter — Including Bob Iger also discussing a Black Panther Theme Park Addition: hollywoodreporter.com/…/disney-ceo-hints-at-black-panther-theme-park-addition-1088522

The son of Bernie Sanders is running for Congress in New Hampshire — #VoteLeviSanders

Do you live in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District & wish that Senator Bernie Sanders represented you in Congress? Well, you might be getting the second best thing. Bernie’s son, Levi Sanders, has announced that he is running for the open House seat in New Hampshire. In 2018, the new #FeelTheBern is #VoteLeviSanders.

Never heard of Levi? He served as his father’s Senior Policy Strategist during his 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign. Why don’t we let Levi’s Official Campaign Statement serve as your introduction to the New Hampshire candidate:

“After much thought and consultation with my family, friends, and the people of New Hampshire, I am excited to announce today that I am running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them. 

“The majority of voters in New Hampshire, and around this country, agree that we need a Medicare For All healthcare system which guarantees healthcare to every man, women, and child without out of pocket expenses. We need an educational system which says that whether you are rich or poor, you have the ability to go to a public college and/or university tuition free. We need to demand that we have a minimum wage which allows people to work forty hours a week without being in poverty. It is urgent that we address the opioid problem which is at a crisis level in New Hampshire. We must demand that women finally earn the same pay as men. It is unacceptable that we haven’t found the political courage to pass sensible gun legislation. That time is up – we must be bold and unwavering in our fight for the people. 

“For 15 years, New Hampshire has been my family’s home. For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been beaten up by the system. It is time to demand that we have a system which represents the 99% and not the 1% who have never had it so good. 

“This campaign is about each and everyone of us, who strive each and everyday, to make this great state and country a better place in which to live.”

More about Levi Sanders here: https://sandersforcongress.com