Bernie Swag – A missed Opportunity

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I've donated a bunch of times to Bernie, and bought a couple mugs etc. but the apparel available on his website is pretty poor. The swag they have available isn't a problem in and of itself, but when you see some of the awesome Benrie-centric art on the internet, it feels like a big missed revenue opportunity to me? Along with a missed marketing opportunity. I'd love to buy a shirt with Skater-Bernie for example AND simultaneously donate to the campaign. I don't know the ins and outs of copyright etc. etc. but it's just something that has bothered me for the last while and maybe someone involved in the campaign would see this and look into it, I think there'd be a good demand for some funnier apparel.

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Suggestion to Campaign: Use New Hampshire poll as an opportunity

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Conducting a statewide poll costs around 10,000 – 20,000 USD depending on a polling method. I suggest considering sponsoring a New Hampshire poll in the following days, or at least asking questions in open setting as/and:

– Internal Midwest polls very efficient way to support the claim in blue-collar / Rust-belt electability of Sanders vs Trump.

– The two polls can immediately be contrasted to show the absurdity of 3% polling of <30 demographic.

– The most outspoken media pundit (about the previous NH) MUST be challenged by name (linking to their video segment of presenting the poll findings) in Twitter with questions:

a) Don't you think it is outrageous to under-poll <30 demographic around 600%!!! (19% in 2016, CNN exit polls) compared to previous elections? (can use as many previous elections as there is data for to nail the figure down further)

b) Can we call the previous poll an actual poll, or one that is simply used to build the narrative, CLEARLY knowing that it is in no way representing the voting demographics?

– Open letter to Nate Silver (i.e. Media's 'statistics guru') with these polls and questions:

a) Should polls devoid of objective reality be taken seriously?

b) Do you think there is journalistic responsibility for statistics journalists/experts to make open statements when such polls are released?

c) If some weather forecasters would suggest 600% change in average temperatures next year, wouldn't they (deservedly) be laughed off? (or similar example)

I would again stress the need to a) challenge a particular media member by name (as it will inevitably stir up controversy) & Nate Silver (regarding journalistic integrity on the topic); b) continue nailing just this 1 figure – 600% mismatch to show the absurdity and keep the message easy to understand.

Note. If poll would not be conducted, I'd suggest in the very least proposing these or similar questions to public figures in open setting.

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Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is the Political Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Article here.

The Sanders campaign is a political opportunity unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes. With profound purpose, it raises the stakes to fit the magnitude of what is at stake; it challenges in national electoral terms the kind of destructive domination that has ruled with dispiriting and deadly results. “We’re going to have to fight Wall Street, neoliberals, those who don’t want the change to come,” [Nina] Turner said.

A current media meme — ignoring the importance of Bernie’s longstanding record — assumes that he is likely to lose many votes to other candidates who’ve recently endorsed his 2016 campaign proposals. But it matters greatly that Bernie has unique credibility as someone who has been part of progressive social movements during the last several decades — and who hasn’t waited for opinions to become fashionable before expressing them. “It’s hard not to be a bit wary of people who know how the wind is blowing and now are blowing with it,” I told a San Francisco Chronicle reporter who quoted me in an article that appeared hours before the rally. “Bernie is part of movements that create the wind. Bernie is not a wind sock.”

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Bernie missed an opportunity last night

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Last nights, townhall was almost close to perfect for Senator Sanders. However, IMHO, he missed out a chance to put MSM in its place.

He was pretty aggressive about Fox especially in the first part of the townhall. MSNBC/CNN deserved the same courtesy and be called out by name.

"You would not hear pundits on MSNBC and CNN discuss drug prices. Is it because most of their sponsors are these companies?" Or "When is the last time you had a good debate about student debt problem on CNN/MSNBC? They rather talk about how presidential Trump looks bombing other nations. Does media care about an average American? Or do they server their corporate overlords?"

MSM can run from the truth but they can't hide. They are gonna criticize Bernie no matter what. I say be criticized while calling spade a spade.

Also, calling other organizations by name would have also made Bernie look impartial. Ironically, that is something the "liberal" media tries to project and fails miserably.

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Voter Registration Opportunity – Youth Climate Strike March 15th, 2019

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Young people across the country will be striking from school on Friday. Link to events is here. Here's a link to event information. If you're involved in voter registration efforts, this is a great demographic for Bernie.

https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/events/map

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Opportunity to get real estate flipping onto Dem agendas?

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I just read a 2012 Yahoo news article about Warren's house-flipping in the 90s (below) and I wonder if questions about that form an opportunity to get the Dems talking about the incredible damage done to communities across America from house flipping, renovictions, lack of rent control – the general fact that profits from buying and selling of real estate are directly linked to homelessness, housing insecurity, inequality, and general poor quality of life for working people. If Warren is made to speak to these choices, other Dems might be forced to weigh in on developers, their influence on policy, etc etc. I'd love to see some tangible promises around housing added to all Dem platforms.

"Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures, took part in about a dozen Oklahoma real estate deals that netted her and her family hefty profits through maneuvers such as “flipping” properties, records show.

A Herald review has found that the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate rapidly bought and sold homes herself, loaned money at high interest rates to relatives and purchased foreclosed properties at bargain prices.

Land records from Warren’s native Oklahoma City show the Harvard professor was active in the often topsy-turvy real estate market in the 1990s, including:

• Purchasing a foreclosed home at 2725 West Wilshire Boulevard from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for $ 61,000 in June 1993, then selling it in December 1994 for $ 95,000 — a 56 percent mark-up in just 18 months.

• Buying a house at 200 NW 16th St. for $ 30,000 in August 1993, then flipping it for $ 145,000 — a 383 percent gain after just five months.

• Lending one of her brothers money at 9.5 percent interest to buy a home at 1425 Classen Drive for $ 35,000 in August 2000. He sold the place three months later for $ 38,500 — a 10 percent gain in 75 days.

• Providing her brother with financing to buy a $ 25,000 house at 4301 NW 16th St. in 1994. He sold the property four years later for $ 42,000, a 68 percent increase.

• Giving her sister-in-law a mortgage in 1996 to buy a $ 31,000 home at 2621 NW 13th St. Three years later, the sister-in-law sold the place for $ 45,000 — a 45 percent boost in three years."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/harsh-foreclosure-critic-elizabeth-warren-reportedly-made-fortune-050708111.html

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