Friday, December 10, 2010
and here is a nice video of Bernie on the floor the other day....
you go Bernie!!!!!!
and i loved how he explained how the cutting of the social security tax is the first step toward the privatization, looting and final destruction of the social security. the same corporatists have fought social security from day one. at the very least, if this tax is to be cut, the cap should be significantly raised.
the greedy, selfish among us continue to want welfare and safety nets(tax breaks and bailouts) for themselves but no responsibility to pay their fair share. ENOUGH!!!!!
oh and i'm not impressed with President Obama's meeting with President Clinton that is grabbing the 24 hour news cycle at this moment. the trianglulating, free trading, media consolidating, unregulated casino capitalism orgy policies of the corporate democrats have taken us down the wrong path.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
It really bothers me when I hear people calling Obama a socialist. There's
only 8 of them left, and he's never been to one of our meetings.
and just for fun, a few moments with, Lewis Black, who always fails to bring hope to the table.....
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
MoveOn.org has a message for you.
Voting is important. But somehow this year it doesn't feel as important as it did in 2008, right?
Here's a message from the future about what will happen if you and your friends don't vote on November 2 (hint: it's not pretty).
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I can already hear the Republican whining about "MoveOn"; but, the folks in this ad are local and it really is us (WA-02 voters) against the corporate front groups and oil billionaires.
This ad is NOT paid for by the corporate front groups and oil billionaires that are trying to buy this election.
This is OUR ad made by hardworking Americans who live right here in Washington and we have one simple message: John Koster is being backed by one of those front groups, and if he's on their side, he's sure not on ours.
Vote Rick Larsen!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Oh and we are celebrating the coming solar panels.!! Net Metering by years end.
Last year I had my son paint a very large 350.org on my roof and my frequent air traffic has been enjoying it all year. Before this year's end 350.org will be covered by solar panels and net metering. This is happening on the heels of our Transition Ferndale group inviting Dana Brandt from Ecotech Energy Systems LLC to come and give his excellent presentation to our group. We will be on the roof today with signs and enthusiasm to be part of the important work of getting our CO2 in the atmosphere back to levels that give future living things a chance to enjoy life on our beautiful planet Earth.
10/10/10: The Global Work Party On 10/10/10, people at 7347 events in 188 countries got to work on the climate crisis.
here we are, from our corner of this earth, participating with over 7000 groups around the world......
Friday, October 08, 2010
I read the article about the League of Women Voters candidate forum in the B'ham Herald and wondered what happened to the 42nd LD Senate candidates.
Pat Jerns (D) and Doug Ericksen (R) are running for the State Senate but they weren't mentioned at all in the article. I looked at the Politics Blog on Twitter and Sam's last tweet from the forum was at 9:06 PM.
So, I'm guessing that since the Senate candidates didn't finish before the Herald's deadline, for the Herald it's as though the debate never happened.
Fortunately, I did get a note from someone who did attended the forum all the way to the end. And what they had to say was quite interesting.
It was interesting to read Sam Taylor's blog comments concerning the face off's between Al Jensen and Jason Overstreet and Kelli linville and Vince Buys at the League of Women Voters forum. Unfortunately Sam missed some of the best comments of the evening between Pat Jerns and Doug Ericksen.
In Jerns opening statement, he clearly challenged Ericksen on several points, namely his lack of business experience and his habit of telling voters he supports programs and then voting against funding the programs.
In the questioning between the candidates, Jerns asked Ericksen to justify his co-sponsoring a bill to add a bed tax on seniors. Ericksen reply was basically, 'it's a complicated issue'.
In spite of his years in office, Ericksen became upset, red-faced and had difficulty responding to the challenging questions presented by Jerns.
Unfortunately, Sam missed a great opportunity to keep the readers informed on an interesting and informative exchange.
It sounds like poor ol' Doug-E has spent so many years working more as a Republican Party operative than a representative of his constituents in the 42nd District, that he doesn't know what to do outside of the hothouse environment of a political rally.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Everett Herald has an article about an attack ad, entitled "Fork in the Road", being run against Congressman Rick Larsen: "GOP group slams Larsen in TV ad and he slams them back ".
The ad is produced and paid for by a group called American Future Fund of Iowa (AFF), they've bought $607,720 worth of air time to run the attack ad.
Brooke Davis, Larsen's campaign manager, issued this statement in response to the ad:The right-wing multi-millionaire and billionaire donors behind this out-of-state group might be a secret, but we do know something about some of the low-life's inside AFF. Remember the "Willie Horton" ads and the "Swiftboating" of John Kerry?
“Shadowy, out-of-state special interests like the American Future Fund are not interested in Northwest Washington. They're interested in using anonymous political donations from multi-millionaires and billionaires to promote their own right-wing agenda – and candidates like John Koster that support it.
“Nothing could more clearly demonstrate the choice facing Washington voters than the contrast between Rick Larsen and the mysterious right-wing group backing his opponent.” (Everett Herald 9/24/10)
That's right, the people inside AFF are the scumbags responsible for those lowest of low smear tactics: "Secrets of the American Future Fund ". And now they're trying to use their filthy tactics on Rick Larsen and other Democratic incumbents.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Fiesta Patrias in Ferndale was a little scaled back this year, but, as in previous years, Democrats were there to celebrate a vital part of our America heritage.
42nd Legislative District Democrats had a booth and Representative Kelli Linville, candidates Al Jensen & Pat Jerns and Congressman Rick Larsen, all came to the Fiesta.
Although Whatcom Republicans had a booth featuring their candidates at the Ferndale Street Festival, there was no sign of them at the Fiesta.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wake up america....
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Glenn Beck University Ad
You've probably heard Glenn Beck is starting his own university. The TV ad for it
explains it a little further.
Starring Brendan Collins. Written by Claudia Castillo and Eric Cunningham. Edited by Jared Bloom and Eric Cunningham - TheFullGinsburg
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tomorrow is Primary Day. If you haven't filled out your ballot yet, here's a cute reminder from FUSE:
My personal recommendations are:
U.S. Senate - Patty Murray
2nd Congressional District - Rick Larsen (sorry Larry)
42nd Legislative District Senate - Pat Jerns
42nd Legislative District House of Rep, Position 1 - Al Jensen
42nd Legislative District House of Rep, Position 2 - Kelli Linville
40th Legislative District House of Rep, Position 1 - Tom Pasma
40th Legislative District House of Rep, Position 2 - Jeff Morris
Whatcom County Council District 1, Position B - Jean Melious
Washington State Supreme Court, Position 1 - Stan Rumbaugh
Washington State Supreme Court, Position 6 - Charles Wiggins
Monday, August 09, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Rick Larsen's campaign has a new informational video
Quote: “The Tea Party Movement, the Patriot Movement to me is one of the most exciting things to happen to this country for a long time.” -John Koster
The local Tea Party has been trying to clean up their image, but their extremist idea's haven't changed.
Goldy writes:"Just as disturbing is Koster’s praise of “the Patriot Movement,” long known for its white supremacist and anti-semitic rhetoric, and its close ties to the right-wing militia movement. Either Koster doesn’t really know what the Patriot Movement is, or more frightening… he does."
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Rand Paul: Controversial Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Isn't So Bad -- It Enhances The Land!
Evan McMorris-Santoro July 29, 2010, 9:38AM709
In a wide-ranging profile due out in next month's issue of Details, Kentucky's Republican nominee for Senate, Rand Paul, stands up for all the good things the controversial practice of mountain top-removal mining can do for the environment. Despite warnings from conservationists that blowing the tops off of mountains to get the precious, precious coal underneath can have a seriously negative impact on the surrounding land, Paul says that when you really stop to think about it, losing those mountain tops is actually a net positive.
From the lengthy article, which was reported before Paul shunned the national press:Paul believes mountaintop removal just needs a little rebranding. "I think they should name it something better," he says. "The top ends up flatter, but we're not talking about Mount Everest. We're talking about these little knobby hills that are everywhere out here. And I've seen the reclaimed lands. One of them is 800 acres, with a sports complex on it, elk roaming, covered in grass." Most people, he continues, "would say the land is of enhanced value, because now you can build on it."
i have a suggestion for dr. paul...call it "creative disruption".....i think it's already been fuc_us grouped and it's free...you don't even have to hire james carville to greenwash it.....
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I read today on the Bellingham Herald's Politic Blog about how Republican candidate Jason Overstreet and Whatcom County Republican Party chairwoman Luanne Van Werven think that a reporter making a public records request is somehow an attack on the candidate. And then I ran across this video (thanks John Amato) which explains it all. Republicans have gone just plain crazy.
If you're as offended by Overstreet's attempt to raise campaign funds by falsely claiming that he's being attacked by the media, then go give some money to his opponent, Democrat Al Jensen . Al is a stand up guy and a grade A Democrat running for the WA State Legislature, 42nd Legislative District, position 1.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The bad news is we may not survive our fossil fuel orgy. The good news is, if we do, we will all have jobs cuz we will be the cheap labor.
Wake up America! The greedy, selfish, multinational corporatists, enriching themselves in the cancerous phase of unregulated, crony, casino capitalism, are stealing our descendents future.
stop the greedy in Washington State
move to amend corporations are not persons with unlimited ability to fund the buying or destroying candidates.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Washington Toxics Coalition has a new call for legislative action and a video to go with it.
EXCLUSIVE: Leaked footage of chemical industry strategy meeting.
Tell Congress it's time to get tough on chemicals!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Hydralic fracturing is to the land, air, and water what deep water drilling is to the ocean. No bees or ocean=no humans.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Mountaintop Removal mining is barbaric extraction and it must end!!!!
Dave's expose of Rand Paul and Randie exposes himself on the video.....
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Donna works with the California Nurses Association and can be read at American Patients United as she works to get real healthcare reform.
United for National Healthcare
Organizing for a National Single-Payer Healthcare System
Jobs with Justice of Whatcom County
Social Justice/Action Committee of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
Aileen Satushek Jason Heck Dr. Chris Covert-Bowlds
the Prawns, John Flancher, Lou Lippman, and Warren I. Palken
Friday, June 11, 2010
I imagine we will very soon give away the last choosing we have, the presidential nominating process, the caucus, in favor of the taxpayer funded primary election. Many in my party buy the line that this is "real democracy" I would even embrace the taxpayer funded primary election if we were a closed primary state and for primary purposes you must be a declared Democrat to be involved in selecting the Democratic candidate to advance to the general election for anybody and everybody to vote on....the more the merrier.
This is a great post discussing the open primary .......
Why Open Primaries Are A Really Bad Ideaand here is my rant and rational when this heated up during the last presidential election...
Posted in Liberaland by James Frye • June 9, 2010, 7:31 PMET
Pundits and commentators were “stunned” that South Carolina’s Democrats nominated Alvin Greene to run against Senator Jim DeMint in November, a man who never raised a penny for his campaign or even campaigned at all in Tuesday’s state primary. Seemingly, they passed on a former judge and four-term state legislator for the unemployed Greene.
Now it appears that the South Carolina Democratic Party is having buyer’s regret:
............How could Democrats do this to themselves? Well, don’t blame Democratic voters in SC for this — blame their primary system that allowed this to happen.
First, some definitions of terms: States who hold party primaries do so under basically two types of methods. Most states hold closed primaries which means that only voters who are registered in a political party may vote on selecting their party’s candidates for November. Others have open primaries which can vary from state to state but basically allows anyone in any party or none to vote to select the general election candidate of any party. The open primary system is a leftover from the bad old days of the Solid Dixie–er–Democratic South where, at the time, the Republicans had so small a chance of being elected to anything that the primary was essentially the November election.
What the open primary does now is offer an open invitation to mischief. Remember “Operation Chaos” during the 2008 primaries where right wing radio talkers were calling for Republican voters to switch over to vote for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama so the Democratic primaries would be extended and hurt the Dem nominee? That was meant for open primary states mainly – for that to work in closed primary states those Republicans would have had to re-register to vote to change their party affiliation for the primary then register again to change back afterward.
The open primary is also an invitation for one party to see to it that the weakest possible candidate of the other party wins to ensure that their real candidate has a better chance in the general election. This appears to have been what happened in the case of Mr. Greene’s Democratic nomination ‘victory’ in South Carolina. Sneaky? Yes, but totally legal and the SC Democrats would have done the same to the Republicans if they could.
The arguments for open primaries tend to go for the “it allows more voters to participate” line. That’s fine for November when everybody can vote for anybody. Primaries are (or should be) an internal function of the political parties. No one outside of nonpartisan offices are elected to anything on primary day: this is the chance for party members to decide who they think would be the best candidate for their party for the general election. If you want to participate, register to vote with a party affiliation. Doing that doesn’t mean that you have to vote for the candidates of the party exclusively and forever, it just allows you to help pick their candidates.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
We must end barbaric extraction now!
How George Bush, Joe Barton, Dick Cheney and Tom DeLay Caused the Gulf Oil Spill and Made Sure BP Will Never Be Held Accountable
By karoli Monday Jun 07, 2010 2:00pm
Act Three - It is finished
On August 8, 2005, George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law.
On October 22, 2007 Randall B. Luthi, Wyoming attorney, Cheney cohort and new director of MMS signed a "Finding of No New Significant Impact" (PDF) with regard to Lease Sale 206, also known as the Deepwater Horizon. This finding was the last barrier for BP to cross before plunging equipment 5000 feet under the ocean's surface, using Halliburton fracture techniques to open the well, and beginning the flow of oil which ends as an environmental and economic disaster to Gulf inhabitants. No significant impact, indeed.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Now that Glenn Beck has begun to promote the work of 1930's Nazi sympathizer Elizabeth Dilling, perhaps the media will begin to look at just how extreme Beck and the Tea Party leadership really are and exactly what it is that they are promoting.
And while they're looking, maybe they'll notice which politicians are giving aid and comfort to these far-right ideologues. For instance, (Republican State Senate candidate) Doug Ericksen is usually pretty careful to keep his far-right connects out of public view but the Bellingham Tea Party couldn't resist thanking him for hosting their extremist guest speaker, Earl Taylor.
From the Bellingham Tea Party website (emphasis added):
"Making of America" Seminar was Wonderful
It may sound crazy to some to spend a Saturday listening to someone talk about the Constitution and early American History, but for the 80+ people that attended, it was a great day filled with valuable information. We left with a better understanding of what our Founders intended for America and how much we have strayed. Earl Taylor, of the National Center for Constitutional Studies was an excellent speaker. Thanks to all who attended and to Ellen Baker for coordinating all of this. Special thanks to Doug and Tasha Ericksen for opening their home to Dr. Taylor's and acting as our host during his stay in Bellingham.
If you attended the "Making of America" seminar, you want more. If you missed it, you should consider signing up for classes sponsored by the Bellingham Tea Party. This class is produced by the National Center for Constitutional Studies and the DVDs teach the 28 principles of Liberty.
We want to thank Don Chadd and Hugh Foulke for volunteering to coordinate these classes.
From the SourceWatch entry on Glenn Beck (emphasis added):
Much of Beck's promotion of conspiracy theories and views on race can be attributed to his admitted ideological debt owed to Cleon Skousen, a controversial and discredited Mormon anti-communist "historian," far-right speaker, author and racist. Skousen authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy.
A former FBI clerk, fired chief of police, and Brigham Young University teacher, Skousen was disavowed or disowned by nearly every organization he was affiliated with, including the FBI, the city where he served as chief of police, the American Security Council, and the Mormon church. On the subject of Skousen's anti-communist scholarship a 1962 FBI memo said "During the past year or so, Skousen has affiliated himself with the extreme right-wing 'professional communists' who are promoting their own anticommunism for obvious financial purposes" and Skousen's "The Naked Communist, ... another example of why a sound, scholarly textbook on communism is urgently and badly needed."
In September 2007, a year after Skousen's death, Beck began touting Skousen's book "The 5,000 Year Leap" on his radio and television shows, through his websites and at his speaking engagements. The 5,000 Year Leap is Skousen's attempt to "explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology." Going beyond mere endorsement, Beck played a central role in seeing a new edition published, and wrote the foreward for the edition, writing "I beg you to read this book filled with words of wisdom which I can
only describe as divinely inspired." In Beck's announcement of introducing the 912 Project he called for all 912 members to buy the book, saying "The first thing you could do," he said, "is get 'The 5,000 Year Leap.' Over my book or anything else, get 'The 5,000 Year Leap.' You can probably find it in the book section of GlennBeck.com, but read that. It is the principle. Please, No. 1 thing: Inform yourself about who we are and what the other systems are all about. 'The 5,000 Year Leap' is the first part of that. Because it will help
you understand American free enterprise … Make that dedication of becoming a Sept. 12 person and I will help you do it next year." The result was that more than 250,000 copies have been sold in the first half of 2009. The book's publisher says Beck "has done more to bring the work of Dr. Skousen to light than any other individual in America today."
Another of Skousen's works, a slavery revisionist history titled "The Making of America" is the subject of daylong seminars to 912 chapters conducted by Dr. Earl Taylor Jr. president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, which was founded by Skousen. Salon described it as "filled with factual errors, Skousen's book characterized African-American children as "pickaninnies" and described American slave owners as the "worst victims" of the slavery system" and Skousen as "a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised."
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
what a way to start the day!!
end barbaric extraction! cheney's Chernobyl will be surfacing for decades, just look for things that go "boom" that he has had his hands on. Just ask the people of Iraq.
Monday, May 31, 2010
An Even Bigger Spill Looming?
Posted May 25, 2010 by Asher Miller
While the nation's eyes are turned towards the oil tipped waves and tar balls washing up on the shores of the Gulf Coast, an altogether different energy disaster looms in California—one that might be even more damaging for the environment and our economy in the long run.
For decades now California has led the country in environmental protection, passing legislation that's often set the benchmark for national policy. But this, like all tides, can flow in two directions. A pair of ballot measures—Props 16 & The California Jobs Initiative—could set California back immeasurably and by extension the entire country, at a time when we can least afford it.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
wake up america...the greedy, selfish people are winning and they are killing the planet as they loot it.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
previous t boone alerts ......and i will bring it up everytime this slips in under the radar.
previous barbaric extraction alerts
until we face where we are and change our ways, we are on course to destroy the planet.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
thanks so much to Dianne!!! and all organizations who helped and everyone who keeps suiting up and showing up.
and thanks First Congregational Church for your gracious hospitality.
here is the video playlist of the introduction and Dr. Simon Johnson's presentation, followed by a Q&A:
and Kristi Laguzza-Boosman here:
Organizations and co sponsors:
A New Way Forward
Americans for Financial Reform
Job with Justice
Whatcom Peace and Justice
Whatcom Human Rights Task Force
Veterans for Peace
Sign petitions here:
Move to Amend ...work with great folks like David Cobb to end corporate personhood
FREE SPEECH TV
and, of course, this brings me back to my question that almost caused my republican mother to hang up on me
"how's the cancerous phase of unregulated, croney, casino capitalism working for you???"
I want an economy that works for us humans, not the other way around.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
thanks Joe for a great program and I am sooooo glad to hear your voice on my radio!!!!
and here are some pictures of this form of barbaric extraction and the end result looks very similar to the other forms of barbaric destruction we see
mountaintop removal coal mining and a must see movie about this practice and the heroic people living where it's done
and then there is the contamination of our lands under the lands using hydralic fracturing and chemicals
and as we speak the "spill" in the Gulf of Mexico is playing out and promises to be catastrophic.
wake up humans, we must urgently change our ways so our descendent will have a home.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
By James Howard Kunstler for ClusterFuck Nation
......The feigned cluelessness among some the highest-profile figures in these rackets is something to behold. For instance Citibank was among the companies that helped Magnetar put together their CDOs-designed-to-fail. Citi's chairman at the time, former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, testifying before the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said, "Almost all of us, including me, who were involved in the financial system -- that is to say financial firms, regulators, rating agencies, analysts and commentators -- missed the powerful combination of factors that led to this crisis and the serious possibility of a massive crisis." Bank of America's CEO, Brian Moynihan, told a congressional hearing, "No one involved in the housing system -- lenders, rating agencies, investors, insurers, consumers, regulators, and policy-makers -- foresaw a dramatic and rapid depreciation in home prices" [and therefore in investment instruments based on mortgages].
Either they lie or they are profoundly stupid and incompetent. If the former, then they might be induced to spend some time talking to federal prosecutors; if the latter then the US financial system is too hopeless to survive and we will all soon be bartering hand tools and designer shoes for food. Evidence of the latter is ample, for instance, in Citigroup's loss of 70 percent share value during Robert Rubin's chairmanship -- for which, in the crash year of 2008 alone, he was paid $17 million plus $33 million in stock options.
It is amazing this place we find ourselves. The thieves in high places are still in place. The greedy, selfish are transferring the wealth of the planet to themselves at breakneck speed and we are shitting in our home as we cling to obsolete paradigms. Our symptoms are showing everywhere. Our desperation is evident as increasingly we embrace barbaric extraction of Earth's resources, even when it destroys other human's home, water supply, and health. How much is enough?
How's the cancerous phase of unregulated, crony, casino capitalism working for you? Wonder how it will work for our children and grandchildren? Will the debt come due? Will the thieves be stopped?
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) is courageously calling for a criminal investigation into Goldman and other Wall Street companies that broke the law. Several others in Congress have joined her.
SIGN PETITION: NO "TOO BIG FOR JAIL"
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I hope this piece on NOW will begin to wake people up to the place we find ourselves. As the gas and oil interest sell people "friendly, green agreement" to use their property for hydralic fracturing gas extraction to people who are facing economic hard times, we must decide if this is the legacy we want to pass on to those who come after. It was telling to me when a landowner was asked, "what if the "fracking"ruins your water or land?" The person responded, "I will have enough money to move." Is this who we are? Are we really that selfish?
thanks TXsharon for this
and from the movie GASLAND
Attempts to make natural gas the new "green" is getting play on both sides of the isle as in a previous post I was horrified to hear t boone pickens featured. Until we face the fact that barbaric extraction is never going to be the answer to continuing our current consumption of Earth's resources, we are never going to move to live on the planet in a way that supports future human life. A short term energy fix at the expense of our water, air and land is suicidal. And it is just passing the bill for our continued overconsumption to our children and grandchildren. That seems to be the epitome of selfishness.
This post by Dave Ewoldt says it very well.... we have truly lost our way.
Alternative Energy Ignores the Problem
........Plus, the Industrial Growth Society is only possible with the embedded energy of fossil fuels, which are post-peak and what's left of them is so environmentally destructive to obtain that only a society that has completely lost its way would attempt doing so. Even 100% LEED building standards, hybrid vehicles (or any other proposal that thinks we can "green" consumption and continued growth) can't overcome that basic ecological fact.
How Many Natural Gas Wells Does Your State Have?
by Abrahm Lustgarten and Krista Kjellman, ProPublica - July 8, 2009
bills have been introduced, in the house and senate, to protect our drinking water
tell your representative to cosponsor the Frac Act
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Today I remember River, whose last post was October 22, 2007 from Syria, where her family had fled as out of country refugees, along with about 1,500,000 other Iraqi humans.
I wonder where she is today???
I heard her from Baghdad from the beginning of this immoral, illegal action by our country against hers. She amused me, told me stories that broke my heart and informed me about what a human goes through on the recieving end of our actions. She leaves us with .......
....I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...
Wake up humans in the United States of America, we can do sooooo much better. Our grandchildren's lives depend on it.
This piece by Dahr Jamail reminds us, if we can hear, of the horror of what the United States of Americas' policy aimed at Iraq, has meant for the Iraqi humans. Our blood and treasure continues to support one of the most corrupt regimes on planet Earth, as our Supreme Court rules that corporations are people and money is speech, making it exponentially possible for more blood and treasure to be funneled to continue this brand of looting the Earth's treasure. And the horror began to go on steroids in Afghanistan and surrounds last year. We must own this and stop it if our descendents are going to enjoy life on the planet.
I must also call attention to Dahr's previous post and this video. One of the horrors we visit on other humans come in the form of Depleted (not) Uranium and the humans in Iraq have recieved massive doses of our nuclear weapons.
The New ‘Forgotten’ War
by Dahr Jamail
March 15th, 2010 Extra! The Magazine of FAIR
Iraq occupation falls into media shadows
“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”
-Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst
As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has fallen into the media shadows.
But while U.S. forces have begun to slowly pull back in Iraq, approximately 130,000 American troops and 114,000 private contractors still remain in the country (Congressional Research Service, 12/14/09)-along with an embassy the size of Vatican City. Upwards of 400 Iraqi civilians still die in a typical month (Iraq Body Count, 12/31/09), and fallout from the occupation that is now responsible, by some estimates, for 1 million Iraqi deaths (Extra!, 1/2/08) continues to severely impact Iraqis in ways that go uncovered by the U.S. press.
this piece from Dave Ewoldt, who is a Tucson leader of the Transition movement and member of Transition Whatcom and Whatcom County ex-pat, is really important. We can turn toward a way of living on the planet that ensures our descendents have a home.
I was asked to be one of the speakers at Tucson's annual Peace Fair and Music Festival on February 27, 2010. Here are my prepared remarks.Again we must own this and change the way we live on planet Earth NOW!!!! I will apologize to the other humans in my life who do not want to hear the bad news, I will look for every opportunity to speak about the plight of all the humans and our responsibility to try in our own way to stop the bleeding. Whether it's barbaric extraction or waging wars it must be stopped.
.....According to the thousands of scientists who study catastrophic anthropogenic climate destabilization, we're quickly running out of time. According to geophysicists and biologists, we're running out of natural resources and the biodiversity needed to keep the food chain from collapsing. No food chain, no food. It doesn't get much simpler than that. We have to quit being afraid to say this is exactly what's happening just because it might alarm or upset or challenge deeply cherished worldviews.
I mean, since America already ranks next to last out of 150 countries on the UN's happiness scale, when 50% of the American population requires at least one prescription drug per day, when our lifespans, our incomes and our sovereignty are steadily decreasing, what have we got to lose by being honest with people, with forthright truth telling? We actually are capable of handling it. The myth that insists otherwise does nothing but support the status quo, so be very wary of those who repeat it.
read this most excellent post here
And don't forget to sign on to Move to Amend if you haven't yet.
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is how we continue much of our happy motoring.....
Coal-Fired Power On the Way Out?
by Earth Policy Institute on February 25, 2010The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. There is also the effect of mercury emissions on health and the 23,600 U.S. deaths each year from power plant air pollution.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Imagine what $8,000,000,000.00 could do to help us in our descent from this orgy (the fossil fuel age of cheap, plentiful energy and more junk than more of us can fit in our homes) The finite nature of the resources currently used to produce energy, plastic, soil destroying pesticide and fertilizers and all the machinery of said enterprises, as well as the biggest export we now have....the military industrial complex, are going to ensure this descent .....
The question is ....will we prepare? or as Tina Turner says will we choose to have it "rough" not "nice and easy" It won't be easy in the best case scenario, but we must immediately stop over-comsuming, stop barbaric extraction and stop using earth's finite dwindling natural resources to fight over earth's finite dwindling natural resources.
This decision is so wrong, so shameful and, again, profoundly sad!!!!
WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!
Obama gives $8 billion to new nuke plants
By Steve Hargreaves, staff writerFebruary 16, 2010: 12:48 PM ET
Work under way to expand Southern Companies' Vogtle plant, the first to recieve new federal funding.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- President Obama announced Tuesday over $8 billion in federal support for two new nuclear power plants in Georgia, setting the stage for what could be the first completed reactor in this country in over three decades.
The money, coming in the form of loan guarantees, is going to build two new reactors at Southern Company's Vogtle plant facility, located some 170 miles east of Atlanta.
In announcing the grant at an electrical worker's union hall in Maryland, Obama used to occasion to tout the benefits of nuclear power.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
My heart breaks every time I think about the people who have so resourcefully lived and thrived in the appalachian mountains by living with nature and the resources provided by the second most diverse forest on planet earth. Many of us looked from the outside and considered them poor, but they knew how to get what they needed and passed their knowledge on to each new generation. They are currently undergoing an assault on their lives with the barbaric extraction of coal by blowing the tops off of their beloved mountains. And that is before we even talk about the myth of burning "clean coal".
The enormous input into a nuclear energy producing plant and the resources, including fresh water, to generate energy are just laughable at this point in time. And that is even before we talk about what the hell to do with the toxic waste. And just for the record, I do not think spreading it all over a foreign county (oh, start with Iraq,) in the form of depleted (not) uranium, is an option. And of course that sunny picture follows barbaric extraction.
We are at a crossroads.
Here is my comment on this open letter to President Obama from the Post Carbon Institute. These folks are doing some of the finest work in this area and I would hope their voices would be listened to by the leaders and policy makers of the world and those of my country.
We must face the truth. Continuing to squander Earth's dwindling natural resources fighting over Earth's dwindling natural resources ensures no future for anyone's grandchildren. We must begin to act as if our grandchildren's lives depended on it. They do! If we continue to over consume, barbarically extract and squander the resources of Earth, we are ensuring our extinction. I am in, what I call, the legacy phase of my life and I am ashamed and profoundly sad about how we are collectively acting. I will do everything I can in my life and community to ensure my grandchildren can have a healthy, happy life on this beautiful planet. Please lead, there are many of us out here who want to help save the planet.
sign on to this important message post carbon institute....
Open Letter to President Obama
Posted Feb 1, 2010 by Asher Miller
February 1, 2010
Dear President Obama,
Your State of the Union speech last week laudably referenced clean tech and renewable energy several times. We ask that you follow your words with action, by leading the transition to a post-carbon economy and a healthier world.
You also spoke of our need to face hard truths.
Hard truth: Our continued, willful reliance on fossil fuels is making our planet uninhabitable. We are evicting ourselves from the only paradise we’ve ever known.
Hard truth: No combination of current and anticipated renewable sources can maintain our profligate energy usage as the global supply of fossil fuels heads for terminal decline.
For the recently released Searching for a Miracle, Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg conducted a “net energy” analysis of 18 different energy sources (including nuclear and “clean coal”). He concluded that the amount of energy available after accounting for the energy used in extraction and production of those sources is—at our current and anticipated rates of consumption—insufficient to get us “over the hump” to a post-carbon world.
Our 29 Post Carbon Institute Fellows—experts in the leading economic, energy, and environmental issues of the day—all agree that this "net energy" deficit is just one of many interrelated crises shaping the 21st century. Each crisis alone creates formidable challenges; in combination, their complexity admits no simple solution. But given their direness, inaction risks tragedy.
Mr. President, we respect you and your advisors and appreciate the enormity of the dilemmas you and all of us confront. When a great leader frames a great challenge, a resilient people will rise to meet the opportunity. And so we ask, Mr. President, that you tell the American people that we must:
1. Face reality. In a carbon-constrained world, true prosperity comes not from heedless growth, but from shared security, community, and liberty.
2. Prepare for the future. Conservation, with an emphasis on building a green economy and revitalizing struggling communities, offers cost-effective “found” energy, and the most immediate and long-term return on investment.
3. Lead the way. A substantial investment in renewable energy, with an emphasis on distributed solar and wind, offers the best hope for moving to a sustainable economy and environment.
Mr. President, lead us in creating a future worth inheriting. Post Carbon Institute and our Fellows will support you and your team in whatever capacity we can. We believe that the American people, and the world’s people, will support you as well.
Post Carbon Institute
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
here are a couple of places to find out more and find out what we can do.
Citizens United v. FEC: Supreme Court Sides with Corporations
Ruling Opens Floodgates to Corporate Spending and Strikes Another Nail in the Democracy Coffin
Are You Outraged Yet!?
Yet again the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the ruling elite against the interests of the American people. Today in Citizens United vs. FEC they overturned the flimsy federal campaign finance reform laws afforded by the McCain-Feingold law. Corporations can now to spend unlimited money in buying our elections. The Court has legalized corporate bribery of our elected officials.
So if you were already disgusted by the fact that over $5 billion dollars was spent in the 2008 election, watch out. Because the floodgates are now wide open!
sign the following petition at:
oh and then on Big Eddie
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again
Journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke in New York last night and addressed the crisis in Haiti: “We have to be absolutely clear that this tragedy—which is part natural, part unnatural—must, under no circumstances, be used to, one, further indebt Haiti and, two, to push through unpopular corporatist policies in the interest of our corporations. This is not conspiracy theory. They have done it again and again.”
this video and more at Democracy Now
and this advice from a piece published first on Common Dreams is the very best we could do.....i hope somebody in a position to make decisions is listening....
Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti
By Bill Quigley - January 14th, 2010
One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems.
Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which will militarize the humanitarian relief - but do not allow the victims to be cast as criminals. Do not demonize the people.
Three. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Haiti does not need any more debt. Make sure that the relief given helps Haiti rebuild its public sector so the country can provide its own citizens with basic public services.
Four. Prioritize humanitarian aid to help women, children and the elderly. They are always moved to the back of the line. If they are moved to the back of the line, start at the back.
Five. President Obama can enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians with the stroke of a pen. Do it. The US has already done it for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Somalia. President Obama should do it on Martin Luther King Day.
Six. Respect Human Rights from Day One. The UN has enacted Guiding Principles for Internally Displaced People. Make them required reading for every official and non-governmental person and organization. Non governmental organizations like charities and international aid groups are extremely powerful in Haiti - they too must respect the human dignity and human rights of all people.
Seven. Apologize to the Haitian people everywhere for Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh.
Eight. Release all Haitians in US jails who are not accused of any crimes. Thirty thousand people are facing deportations. No one will be deported to Haiti for years to come. Release them on Martin Luther King day.
Nine. Require that all the non-governmental organizations which raise money in the US be transparent about what they raise, where the money goes, and insist that they be legally accountable to the people of Haiti.
Ten. Treat all Haitians as we ourselves would want to be treated.