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Beacon Food Forest is a community food forest being grown on 7 acres of public land in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle. This project shows it can be done and that people are answering the call for food justice and climate solutions. More about Beacon Food Forest at the link: http://beaconfoodforest.weebly.com/Beacon Food Forest is a community food forest being grown on 7 acres of public land in... more
So here’s what we have to do. Let’s forget separation of Church and State and accept that we are One Nation Under God, In God We damned sure Do Trust, and that we are a Christian Nation® (this part is crucial). Let’s get past all that soulless secular humanism and By God establish a state religion. Better yet, let’s charge Congress with the job, since so many of the members of that august body have thought long and hard on the subject already.
Here’s how it works. The U.S. will adopt as our national religion that which Congress can agree on sufficiently to pass by a two-thirds majority, and by this I mean they must pass each plank of the resolution by that margin. Understand, “God” is way too vague, and you can’t very well build a moral society around vagaries. We have to insist that Congress agree on what God is and how He (She) should be worshiped.
For instance, we’ll need Congress to decide whether the Bible is intended as a metaphorical guide or as literal, journalistic fact. Was Mary literally a virgin? Did Abraham literally live 900 years? Did Moses literally tie his ass to a tree and walk 40 miles? These are not small issues, and if they are not settled by legislative fiat we risk another millennium of sectarian strife.
Other issues we’ll need Congress to rule on:
Should baptism be by sprinkling as an infant or by immersion once one is born again? And, how quickly can we set in place an emergency re-baptism program for all those people that had it done wrong the first time?
.....So here’s what we have to do. Let’s forget separation of Church and State... more
A long hard struggle for the basic principle of Democracy.
The struggle continues. The GOP's philosophy, if you can't win legitimately... CHEAT! They have had too much success with this ideology, especially when SCOTUS helped them take the White House in 2000. Why, they say to themselves, should we become honest now?
There is only one word that can describe such actions and that is tyranny. thinkingblue
More here: http://www.kqed.org/assets/pdf/education/digitalmedia/us-voting-rights-timeline.pdfA long hard struggle for the basic principle of Democracy.
The struggle continues.... more
The Bush Family Dynasty and co-conspirators must be arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned, executed or exiled from America for Treason, sedition, fraud ,the 9-11 pre-meditated mass murder and global war crimes. Prescott Bush, the grandaddy of "W" started it all as a Nazi financeer.
We need a new political party, one with no ties to the existing power structure.
As it stands there is only one party, the party of entrenched corporate-congressional-media-military industrial conspiracy and corruption.
It is time to free America of despotic plutocracy which fuels the tyranny of corporate crime and to destroy the globalist plots for the New World Empire's hegemony over all mankind.
A false flag flies over America, and it has only one star. Only America can save the world, but we must free ourselves first. The two party system is a hoax, they are the same.
Watch out BUSH 3 is foaming at the mouth, the chubby little sissy. Wah Wah" it's my turn" This is what he says, and how in God's name we can allow the Bush Empire even to continue to exist on American soil, I cannot understand. We must call upon the American people to form a National Posse Comiatus and to arrest and prosecute the too big to jail bankers, war criminals and their corporate puppet masters for treason. Wake up America, form a new democratic reform party.Hillary is no better, both Rethuglicans and Democrats drink from the same toilet.
A coalition of leaders such as Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Robert Andrews, Robert Reich,Dennis Kuchinich, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Gov. Eliot Spitzer,Gov.Jesse Ventura, Gen. Stanley McCrystal, Gen. Tom Beardsley, Gen. Colin Powell and a wide spectrum of proven honest, fearless and reform minded independent leaders at the state and local community level, is needed to purge the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the cancer of secret society infiltration and subversion of American freedom, justice and sovereignity.
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few…. The hand entrusted with power becomes … the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity."
-- Wendell Phillips, speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852
President Dwight David Eisenhower warned us specifically of the plot to destroy America:
Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc_large_image.php?flash=true&doc=90The Bush Family Dynasty and co-conspirators must be arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned,... more
The two US lawmakers responsible for last year’s failed cybersecurity bill known as CISPA are reintroducing the act, and renewed interest from Washington means it might have a fighting chance this time at being signed into law.
Less than ten months after the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act stalled on Capitol Hill after being overwhelmingly approved in the House of Representatives, the architects of bill that’s been called “Worse than SOPA” are once more pitching their effort to politicians.
If approved, CISPA could reshape the way American businesses interact with the federal government by setting up a system for private sector entities to share cyberthreat information with any agency administered by Uncle Sam, a notion being called a national security necessity by an increasing number of figures in Washington. Critics of the act condemn the bill’s vague verbiage, though, and less than one year ago orchestrated an online opposition movement with hopes of snuffing CISPA for good. But while the bill — the brainchild of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Sen. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Calif.) — failed to garner the support needed within Washington to make it become a law last year, urging from both Congress and the commander-in-chief — and coupled with a new slew of alleged cyber intrusions — could help CISPA be added to the books in no time.
CISPA, a bill “to provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities,” was approved by the House by a 248-168 vote last April, but ended in political purgatory after lawmakers in the Senate failed to see eye-to-eye with their congressional counterparts. Even had CISPA made it that far, though, aides for US President Barack Obama insisted problems with the bill would make it the subject of an executive veto. During just a few short months, however, the White House has rallied support for cybersecurity legislation, and just this week Pres. Obama signed an executive order to establish the framework needed to protect the country’s critical and wired infrastructure in lieu of Congress’ inability to do so on their own part, whether through CISPA or by other means. Pres. Obama announced the order during his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, and added a plea to the politicians in his audience to work towards a Legislative Branch solution.
“Earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks,” Pres. Obama said.
An executive order from Pres. Obama isn’t exactly a rare occurrence, and a laundry list of directives signed in the wake of last year’s Sandy Hook massacre aimed to establish gun reform was faced with furious opposition on the Hill. Either way, though, the orders he’s made from the Oval Office have led some lawmakers to suggest that the commander-in-chief is bypassing both Congress and the Constitution.
“Obama's increasing reliance on executive orders to push policy and skirt congressional deliberation is worrisome,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted this week.
But in a joint statement issued by the officers of Rep. Rogers and Sen. Ruppersberger on the day of the annual address, the CISPA co-authors said they were “pleased” with the president’s remarks and agreed that “our biggest barriers to bolster our cyber defenses can be fixed only with legislation.” CISPA, said the lawmakers, will “help US companies better protect themselves and the privacy and civil liberties of their customers” from international hackers per the president’s request.
“This is clearly not a theoretical threat – the recent spike in advanced cyberattacks against the banks and newspapers makes that crystal clear: American businesses are under siege,” Rep. Rogers said. He added that American companies need to have their networks better protected because, as he explains in an op-ed published last week in The Detroit News, “thousands of highly-trained computer engineers wake up” every morning in China with the mission to “Steal American intellectual property that the Chinese can in turn use to compete against us in the international market.”
“It is time to stop admiring this problem and deal with it immediately,” Rogers added this week. “Congress urgently needs to pass our cyber threat information sharing bill to protect our national security, our economy and US jobs.”
To CISPA’s critics, though, one very important item isn’t taken into consideration when it comes to offering protection. Opponents of the bill insist that approving CISPA could have damning repercussions for personal privacy and would put off-the-record conversations online and in the hands of any government investigator who can call that data relevant to a case. For that reason, it’s been opposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Democracy and Technology and others. Even Mozilla, a leading Silicon Valley software maker, strayed from the pack last year and said, “While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security,”
“The bill infringes on our privacy,” Mozilla’s privacy and public policy official said in a statement to Forbes last year.
Even still, others say the overly vague language of the bill itself could lead to broad interpretation.
Speaking to RT when CISPA was last up for vote in April 2012, Demand Progress co-founder Aaron Swartz said the act has “all the censorship problems” of other cyber legislation that’s been proposed in under the Obama administration such as SOPA and PIPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, respectively — but warned that CISPA is “incredibly broad and dangerous” since “it also goes much further and allows them to spy on people using the Internet, to get their personal data and e-mails.” All, of course, in the name of cybersecurity. But as Congress is still only in its infancy in terms of understanding computers, that ill-defined term can allow for Washington to interpret CISPA in a variety of ways.
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BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU... and listening to you. First PIPA, then SOPA then ACTA and now this. This bill has morphed more times than a shape shifter on True Blood. Defeated in 2012 and now resurrected again in 2013. This affront to our civil liberties will simply not die because there is much money to be made out of spying. And notice Obama's announcement of the executive order in the SOTU (and it was kind of funny when he related that "hackers" look at private e-mails when Verizon, AT&T, GOOGLE, etc. under the auspices of this government have been doing it for years) shrouded under a cover of fear. Make no mistake about it, governments and their corporate benefactors have been working on taking all the freedom they can away from us for a very long time. So, is this the price of progress?
Please, fight for your Internet freedom.
Please sign the petititon: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa/The two US lawmakers responsible for last year’s failed cybersecurity bill known... more
No reason to justify Section 5? Were we watching the same election?
There are plenty of reasons to reaffirm the Voting Rights Act. This election was rife with conservative groups trying to limit the amount of “voter fraud” (excluding thousands of poor, elderly, young and minority voters) to make sure this was a “fair election” (make sure that conservatives kept their seats). And rather than charging a poll tax, using the Grandfather Clause or asking voters to take a literacy test, states were keeping people away from the polls in new ways – and not just in the South.
This was the election where Pennsylvania did everything it could to stop minority voter turnout. In 2012, billboards popped up telling voters that they needed a photo ID to vote – many of them completely in Spanish – when in reality that law wouldn’t go into effect until the following election. Poll watchers monitored predominantly African-American voter districts to make sure there was no “fraud,” and the Department of Justice investigated Allegheny County for voter suppression.
This was the election where Ohio’s Tea Party took it upon themselves to personally police the voter rolls, attempting to purge thousands of African Americans, Latinos, students and poor people from the rolls in the counties President Obama won in 2008.
This was the election where Florida slashed early voting hours, which are predominantly used by minority voters and low wage workers who cannot afford to miss work to vote – and even admitted that they cut the hours for to suppress minority voting. Voters in poor areas received calls telling them the wrong election day and the state also targeted thousands of Hispanics as “potential non-citizens” so they could be purged from voter rolls. When the state voter board refused to purge the rolls, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner vowed to continue his quest to stop the so-called fraud, saying it was his “moral duty” to purge these people from the rolls.No reason to justify Section 5? Were we watching the same election?
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The Last Newspaper Reader is back with his take on world politics, Washington, DC and the kinds of governments he loves to hate. He always gets a little help from his friend upstairs who really would like to be the 2nd to last newspaper reader, if only the old man would just shut up. He may never do a rebuttal to the state of the union speech, but he’s a keen favorite on WHACKO-TVThe Last Newspaper Reader is back with his take on world politics, Washington, DC and... more
Pythagoras, legislator for Greek settlements on the Italian mainland, said: “Let the laws rule alone. When weapons rule, they kill the law.”
By Melissa Lane | February 1, 2013
One of the guns used to murder children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, was an AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle that’s similar to a weapon used in war by American troops. A weapon of war was turned on innocents at home. That would have shocked the ancient Greeks.
The pioneers of citizen armies were also pioneers of withdrawing weapons from the places of civilized life. The ancient Greek armies were manned exclusively by citizens who brought their own weapons into battle. Getting to serve in an élite combat unit required being wealthy enough to afford to buy one’s own armor. It was this vision of citizen militias, further developed by the Romans, that went on to inspire the English revolutionaries of the seventeenth century and the American revolutionaries of the eighteenth—so shaping the values expressed in the Second Amendment.
Nevertheless, when one early-nineteenth-century American reflected on what the new American Republic could learn from the ancient Greeks, he drew attention to another feature that was widespread in their politics: refraining from carrying weapons in public spaces. In some cities, this was a matter of custom, in others it was a matter of law. Citizens carried their weapons abroad when serving in the military for public defense. But, even in these cities, it was believed that carrying weapons at home would be tantamount to letting weapons, not laws, rule.
This point is emphasized in a study of ancient-Greek laws attributed to Benjamin Franklin, though apparently composed by the founding editor of the Western Minerva, who published it in 1820. The laws, the author insisted, “apply with peculiar energy and propriety to the circumstances of the United States.” Number fifteen in this collection of a hundred “principles of political wisdom,” drawn from the school of Pythagoras, legislators for Greek settlements on the Italian mainland, was this: “Let the laws rule alone. When weapons rule, they kill the law.”
This is the opposite of the view attributed to the Founding Fathers by the N.R.A.’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, in 2009, when he said that “our founding fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.” On the contrary, letting the guys with weapons make the rules of ordinary life was the opposite of the classical practices that inspired the American founders. Writing of the evolution of Greek societies in the first book of his “History of the Peloponnesian War,” the Greek historian Thucydides reported that the Athenians were the first to lay aside their weapons.
Whereas men in all Greek societies used to carry arms at home, this had been a sign of an uncivilized era of piracy in which the most powerful men could dominate all the rest. Laying aside the everyday wearing of weapons was part of what Thucydides believed had allowed Athens to become fully civilized, developing the commerce and culture that made her the envy of the Greek world. The Romans, too, banned the carrying of weapons within the pomerium, the sacred boundary of the city.
The banning of carrying weapons in public was based on the idea that civilized coexistence could not tolerate public spaces that were dominated by those wearing weapons, on pain of intimidating those around them. Apart from the physical risks posed, such intimidation would inherently undermine civic equality. It is hard for the unarmed to argue with the armed. Key to civil society was that citizen-warriors put their weapons in storage when they returned to everyday social and political life.
If weapons were taken out of storage and carried into public spaces, this was seen as an attempt to bring about violent constitutional change. To be sure, an outright ban on the possession of weapons was a measure of tyranny, since tyrants might seek to disarm the citizens in order to take power. Yet carrying weapons in public was as much a threat to the constitutional order as depriving citizens of weapons altogether. Aristotle’s remark that “those who control the weapons also control whether a constitution will survive or not” (as translated by C. D. C. Reeve) must be understood in this context. The carrying of arms in public spaces is to be seen as a revolutionary move to overthrow the constitution; it has no part in daily life or politics.
For a dramatic illustration of this point, consider the story of the lawmaker Charondas, of the Greek city of Catania, in Sicily. Charondas made a law against anyone entering the Assembly while carrying a weapon, but one day, having been out in the countryside fighting robbers, he returned and went straight into the Assembly without realizing that he still wore his dagger at his side. When he was accused of nullifying his own law, he made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold it: he drew the dagger and killed himself.
To be sure, that’s not the kind of action that we need—we don’t need any more killings. But the story of Charondas is a model of the seriousness with which such Greek societies took the issue of protecting public life from the threat posed by weapons. Remembering that seriousness could help inspire American lawmakers to get serious about gun control today without fearing that they are betraying the classical heritage of the citizen militia.
Melissa Lane is a professor of politics at Princeton and a 2012-13 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Illustration by Sergio Ruzzier.Pythagoras, legislator for Greek settlements on the Italian mainland, said: “Let... more
Michael Moore has spent his life devoted to uncovering the lies we’ve been told by our leaders in Washington - The Blue Suits! There are those who are all ready to jump on him for getting wealthy from it. But his wealth was acquired through honest means and I certainly have no desire to deprive him from it. He was certainly not wealthy when he started out. The fact that he’s amassed a worth of $50 million dollars, if spread among all the movies and books that he has written probably amounts to no more than $5 or $6 million per. http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/
His worth is the equivalent of what Julia Roberts or John Travolta make for a single movie. Or take Oprah Winfrey who according to Forbes has earned an estimated $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012 and whose net worth is pegged at $2.7 billion (with a B). http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/celebrity-homes/michael-moore-house-lakeside-mansion/
And in the same report we have Britney Spears, who earned an estimated $58 million between May 2011 and May 2012, $107 million less than Winfrey.
And the above does not even begin to touch on Corporate greed and the reason we’re all hurting so badly. For that I’ll ask that you just read this link from Forbes in that regard: http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottdecarlo/2012/04/04/americas-highest-paid-ceos/
Friends, we are in desperate need of someone we can really trust to get us back on a stronger footing. We need someone who has NO ties to corporate America and no ties to the thieves on Wall Street who now own our Federal Reserve. I submit that the only one who has truly brought out the hidden facts about "Vulture Capitalism" is MICHAEL MOORE. That's who I'd like to see us elect in 2016.
What we are living through right now whether we want to believe it not, is not Capitalism, it is not Socialism, it is Communism, and the 98% of us who are currently feeling the pain of oppression need to rise up and fight it with every fiber of our being. You only need to watch the "History of America" series that Oliver Stone produced and narrated, and compare the plight of the communist people in Russia and other communist nations with what we are going through today to see that we are in the depths of it today. And if you think it can't get any worse, just watch. It will.
http://current.com/community/93999599_we-can-no-longer-afford-vulture-capitalism.htm?xid=357&Michael Moore has spent his life devoted to uncovering the lies we’ve been told... more
In this Battle of Ideas satellite rumble, while some have celebrated the apparent radicalisation of previously apathetic youth, speakers express profound concern over its 'empty politics', contempt for the masses, leaderless-ness and narcissism. The rise of the far right in Europe is a further worry, but it can, we learn, be used to justify anti-democratic trends. These edited highlights are certainly compelling. Are there no promising political movements to inspire us? Your thoughts please.In this Battle of Ideas satellite rumble, while some have celebrated the apparent... more
This short, terrific offering is far from boring as speakers do battle over why the European project might indeed bore us. From dubious claims that it’s boring due to its success, to fresh insights on our deliberate exclusion since its inception, the debate gets heated. Filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival 2012 at the Barbican the range of speakers never fail to engage, providing an antidote to boredom in fact. Did it bore you? Join the debate by leaving your comments below.This short, terrific offering is far from boring as speakers do battle over why the... more
There is widespread concern that a breed of far-right groups are starting to gain acceptance and a purchase among the European public, who are attracted by their ‘populist’ policies. Why is this happening and are there more Breviks on the loose? The edited highlights of this debate are very revealing. It was filmed at the recent Battle of Ideas festival 2012 at the Barbican in London as part of the crisis in Europe debate series. Should we be worried? Let us know.There is widespread concern that a breed of far-right groups are starting to gain... more
This is a brief clip from the Thom Hartmann show, which explains why Democratic Socialism is actually a good and necessary instrument for a free society; its true meaning has been demonized by the right in order to allow the corporate rich to get even richer. The misguided have been told that any form of socialism is evil and can be compared to Nazism. Non-thinking people get very frightened to hear this analysis and will vote against anything they believe appears to resemble this disastrous form of government even if it means rejecting benefits that will improve their own well being. The Pied Piper Syndrome needs to be exposed so these people will start to think for themselves and make it possible for ALL the people in a commonwealth to reap the benefits not just the few.
A nation will not survive without Democratic Socialism. It's socialism that provides a fire department and police protection and schools to educate all children not just those born to the well off. How about FDA, we buy food that we know is safe because of Democratic Socialism. We take medicine and feel reassured that we are not committing hara kiri with each swallowed dose. If we have an emergency health episode we know a 911 call will send an ambulance to help save our life and when we hop on a bus, hail a cab or buy an airline ticket we feel convinced that we will be transported from point A to point B without devastating consequences because a Democratic Socialist Government will make sure there is an oversight upon the transportation corporations that will not allow them to cut corners in order to create more profits, at our peril.
IN OTHER WORDS:
Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives. http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html
AMEN TO THAT! thinkinglbue
You can view the Vimeo (which is not supported by Current as yet) here: https://vimeo.com/53500398This is a brief clip from the Thom Hartmann show, which explains why Democratic... more
In 2011, I and my fellow Canadians were called to the voting booths midway into Harper's second reign of terror in the hope of bringing new players into the fold. I voted for the NDP (New Democratic Party) personally, while the Liberal party received just shy of the NDP vote in the end. However, despite the overall damage Harper's government has been and continues to wreak upon our country, they got the majority vote and was given the green light to perpetuate their assault on environmental (pollution is steadily worsening our resources, which we depend on for sovereignty), fiscal, and social integrity for Canada. All of the selling of Canada's assets goes to the Red Menace, China, the pitifully dependent United States of America, or to multinational corporations who have no allegiance to any land they occupy & plunder.
Money is certainly made by these trade agreements, so it's not entirely bad. Yet when you look into what comes of these agreements, you see that there are a lot of stark details that you would rather forget about. The recent "free-trade" agreement made for billions of dollars will not be able to be debated (and possibly ruled out in Parliament) for fifty whole years. That's a new and upsetting precedent that will only stifle any hope of mitigating the damage that will be done to the nation. And what will really come from that money? Will we see the revitalization of our economy so that it stands out amongst the global stalwarts? Will we see the strengthening of the people so that they can be productive members of society? Or will we see a forward momentum in the economy producing a surplus federal budget? Given current trends, it's safe to say that none of the scenarios described will happen at all.
Continue reading here - http://www.superbious.com/Political/article_80_Stephen-Harper-is-the-Antithesis-to-Canadian-Values.htmlIn 2011, I and my fellow Canadians were called to the voting booths midway into... more
My plan for casting my ballot on Election Day was simple: I knew the polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and I wanted to be one of the first in line so that I could get in, get out, and get on with my day. This is my story...
7:08 A.M. – I awake to sun shining through my window and quickly realizing that the cell phone I use as an alarm had likely died during the night, and that my plan to breeze through the day’s democratic process might be completely fucked.
7:09 A.M. – I stumble to the bathroom, pawing at my eyelids, which feel nearly glued shut from a thick layer of crusty eye boogers. (I presume this is the proper scientific term.) I groggily gaze into the mirror at my bloodshot eyes, swearing at the reflection and assuming I have pinkeye. The only time my eyes are ever this crusty is when I have pinkeye.
I bathe them with a washcloth until they look reasonably clean and wonder if I need to wear pants to go vote. I ultimately decide that no, boxer shorts will definitely suffice, but if I have to wait outside, I will probably regret not covering up.
7:13 A.M. – I peer across the hall towards my bedroom clock and realize that I had left my contacts in my eyes during the night. Normally I wouldn’t be able to see the clock itself, let alone the numbers. This is great news, because it means I probably don’t have pinkeye, but bad news because I left my contacts in my eyes, which makes me stupid. I wonder silently to myself if I have the mental clarity necessary to make informed decisions today after failing at basic hygiene.
7:23 A.M. – Begrudgingly, I put on pants step outside into the cold November air and quickly realize that I will have to dig a scraper out of the bottom of my trunk in order to remove the thick layer of frost that covers my windows.
7:28 A.M. – I remain slouched in my driver’s seat with the defroster on full blast and the windshield wipers racing furiously back and forth to assist in the deicing effort.
7:29 A.M. – I place my face inches from the inside of my driver’s side window and stare at the ice crystals which sporadically cover it, examining their intricate designs and natural geometry. After several moments, I refocus my eyes to see the new neighbors, whom I still have not met, waving at me as they drive by. I’m not staring at you neighbors. I’m staring at the window crystals. Why’d you have to make it weird?
......Continued at Link: http://itslonelyuphere.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-voted-story-of-democratic-process.htmlMy plan for casting my ballot on Election Day was simple: I knew the polls opened at... more
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The Third Party debate was held last night in Chicago and carried by C-SPAN. Jill Stein, Green Party, Rocky Anderson, Justice Party, Virgil Goode, Constitution Party and Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party all debated. Six questions submitted through social media by American citizens were asked of all candidates who took two minutes to reply. Each candidate also delivered two minute opening and closing statements and were allowed one minute rebuttals after each question round. Questions ranged from drones to the drug war, foreign policy, to top two ballot access, to student debt and education. And yes, the climate crisis was also mentioned.
Great to see this happening and opening up all voices. This is what America is all about.The Third Party debate was held last night in Chicago and carried by C-SPAN. Jill... more
Lee Camp, a rising star comedian who opened for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala at Monday night's NYC Rally to Occupy the CPD, released this video after Stein and Honkala's arrest at Tuesday's presidential debate in Hempstead, NY.
"A Presidential Candidate was arrested last night AT THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. And as if that's not insane enough, it's not even news?! Is that the kind of country you want to live in?"Lee Camp, a rising star comedian who opened for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala at Monday... more
The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film takes a look at public school education in America and concludes that schools are not only failing to educate, but are increasingly authoritarian institutions more akin to prisons that are eroding the foundations of American democracy. Students are robbed of basic freedoms primarily due to irrational fears; they are searched, arbitrarily punished and force-fed dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The educational mission of the public school system has been reduced from one of learning and preparation for adult citizenship to one of control and containment.
It shouldn't take over 10 years to teach a child how to read, write and do math. Some kids would be better off if you just threw a book at their head. We pay billions of dollars in taxes for this garbage.The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film... more
While rallies in Syria and Egypt draw much of the world’s attention – others are slipping into the background. Breaking news from Bahrain’s capital – where peaceful protest have turned into ferocious clashes after riot police used tear gas to disperse people in the city center. Security forces attacked demonstrators after they crowded into a main street, in their ongoing calls for greater freedoms and rights for the Shi’ite minority population from the Sunni rulers. Months of demonstrations have seen heavy crackdowns by regime forces and the international media has failed to report them.
http://youtu.be/kGZs3Yw_fXoWhile rallies in Syria and Egypt draw much of the world’s attention –... more
We’re a country with too many faux-patriots for our own good. People who profess to love freedom and democracy and liberty and who sing at the top of their lungs every time somebody sets off some fireworks and cues up the Lee Greenwood, but who frankly wouldn’t know the basic tenets of democracy if Thomas Jefferson crawled out of the grave, zombie-shambled toward them and sucked out what little brains they have. The behavior of those issuing all these threats – these anonymous threats – that isn’t the behavior of a patriot, it’s the behavior of a coward and it’s the precursor to brownshirt thuggery. It is, in every meaningful sense imaginable, the opposite of what democracy is about.We’re a country with too many faux-patriots for our own good. People who profess... more