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Lobbying is the act of influencing elected officials to make choices that benefit certain people or organizations. Many believe that the practice of lobbying is corrupting America, but what industry is the biggest offender? Lori Harfenist sounds off.
http://youtu.be/_qxsi3GI1tYLobbying is the act of influencing elected officials to make choices that benefit... more
House TP soon to be on a roll
Is your senator one of those working to gut EPA's last year's revised regulations on emissions standards and pushing to poison you with more mercury? With industry money behind them, our Senators are saying "SCREW THE PUBLIC, LET THEM DIE!" EPA caved to industry funded legislator's request for a moratorium on the implementation of direly needed revised toxic emissions standards once, and now they're poised to do it again! EPA is signaling that it will condone and let the toxins fly while awaiting "PUBLIC COMMENT". WTF!
Shout out to EPA, all legislators and President Obama:
What is there to think about? Whether we should commit suicide because we don't have insurance to pay for our toxin caused cancer? Whether we should consume as many drugs and alcohol as possible so it lessens the pain from all the fatal diseases and illnesses resulting from the poisons you are encouraging to be put into our lungs and stomachs? Whether we should be buried or cremated? What's your point? What's to think about? What the F__K are YOU thinking about?
Please read the article and raise some hell before it feels and smells like hell all around us. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/172061-overnight-energy
"Lawmakers, industry target EPA air rules on two fronts"Is your senator one of those working to gut EPA's last year's revised... more
A WAR TIME EFFORT, EQUALLING THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, AT LEAST, WOULD MAKE US ENERGY INDEPENDENT IN A COUPLE OF YEARS ONLY!
Energy in general, and the cost of oil/gasoline in particular, with their exhaustive drain on consumer purchasing power and adding prohibitively to the cost of most production, has been a NATIONAL CRISIS for some time now. Why then, is this most essential issue still being dallied with, and treated like something that we have to get around to, sometime, when it's "really" necessary.
While the "greatest" country in the world is dragging it's feet on the issue, Europe and China are racing ahead with plans to build enough high tech solar power collectors to power all of Europe: ( http://inhabitat.com/worlds-largest-solar-project-sahara-desert/ )
The priceofoil.org lays out how the subsidies which are given to the oil industry in exchange for large campaign contributions to legislators, are preventing the development of, and move towards clean sustainable energy. In other words, legislators are holding the entire nation, and our entire population, hostage to bankrupting oil dependency in exchange for campaign c ontributions. To make matters worse, they're giving Big Oil large sums of your money, and only getting back pennies on the dollar in campaign contributions. It's estimated that the various forms of subsidies given to oil this year tally in the range of 90 billion dollars! ( http://priceofoil.org/thepriceofoil/clean-energy/ ) ( http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0309/Budget-hawks-Does-US-need-to-give-gas-and-oil-companies-41-billion-a-year )
One can only conclude from all of this information, that the absence of campaign finance reform and the end of corporate personhood, which permits and fosters legislative corruption and the legislative betrayal of this country, for forty pieces of silver in the form of campaign contributions, is what is preventing this country from solving it's energy crisis and holding us hostage to foreign oil! And if this isn't a breach of legislative fiduciary to the people of the United States, can anyone clarify what is?A WAR TIME EFFORT, EQUALLING THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, AT LEAST, WOULD MAKE US ENERGY... more
AS TOBACCO INTENTIONALLY SOUGHT TO ADDICT AMERICANS TO NICOTINE, IT'S REPORTED THAT JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER INTENTIONALLY CORRUPTED CONGRESS TO MAKE THE U.S. DEPENDENT ON FOSSIL FUELS, AND THEREBY BUILT THE STANDARD OIL GIANT.
Brasscheck features a provokative little story on the origin of oil's influence in Congress.
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/421.htmlAS TOBACCO INTENTIONALLY SOUGHT TO ADDICT AMERICANS TO NICOTINE, IT'S REPORTED... more
Since posting a commentary on the question of whether legislators should be held accountable for treasonous acts against the people, or, "aiding the enemy", in the same manner as Bradley Manning is being held accountable for "aiding the enemy", a commenter has asked if I'm promoting the use of violence in our efforts to reclaim government control.
This author does not promote violence, period. However, I can certainly understand how many desperate people may be , and probably will be, driven to some form of violence, either against bankers who defrauded them and turned them out of their homes, legislators who betray them and vote their public services away, industrialists who poison them or their environments and businesses which steal their pensions and then ship their jobs overseas. In truth, I have several times emailed our President suggesting that people are so desperately on the ropes of despair, without reason for hope of a better tomorrow and verging on a rage which is very likely to lead to widespread violence, in hopes that he can and will act quickly to remedy this tragedy. It is testimony to the good character of the American people, alone, that they have not already shot Supreme Court Justices who have betrayed America, legislators who help corporate America to steal their money and business which abuses them. This, in my opinion, is nearly miraculous restraint on the public's part. Because, surely, the crimes committed against the people to date, have already warranted the greatest of resentment and anger amongst the public.
The use of force in the public take back of our government from the corporate forces, is another question entirely. Force can manifest in many forms, and none of them necessarily violent. The Wisconsin 14 remaining out of Walker's clutches and manipulation, combined with the recall movement of his compatriots, may force him to negotiate and make concessions which he, otherwise, swore that he would not do. If this nation, and hopefully the world, participate in the May 5th, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WORK STOPPAGE, to the point that it brings all commerce, government, air transport and even telecommunications to a standstill, then that may force the hands which are holding the nooses around the public's neck, to loosen their grip, even just a bit. Other subsequent public actions may force the noose right out of their hands. This type and form of force, I do wholly support and recommend. This type of force is the only way that I believe we can reclaim our heritage, our government, our wealth and our greater dignity, all of which are owed to us.
Thank you for your concern and engagement. While I am not familiar with shio nage, at all, we have already witnessed the taking and using of weapons to political events. We have already witnessed the assassinations, and attempted assassinations, of political figures. It has been suggested that the perpetrators of these past episodes of violence were mentally unstable. While my comments have not intentionally referenced such actions, while your's have, we all may be well served to consider that the widespread desperation of our fellow citizens, today, may have already destabilized the mental normalcy of many. Therefore, there may be many, from both sides of the aisle, who are contemplating taking weapons of destruction to political events, and using them against political figures. Unfortunately, these are not possibilities which can be resolved by our blogging, but rather, can, and should, be resolved by our political figures.
It seems to me that our exchange has blurred and merged two issues which are not necessarily codependent. The legitimate discussion of appropriate and legal means of holding our legislators accountable for their actions, does not imply, or equate to, the unbridled exchange of gunfire between those who much has been taken from, and the Right which insists on taking more from them. Although, I acknowledge that such is very likely to occur, sooner than later, under the prevailing conditions of the public's deprivation and consequent desperation. If such bloodshed does occur, it will be between the people, who can psychologically take no more abuse, and the "classic goons" and "mercenaries", hired by those determined to steal anything of value which the people have left. Mere ideology of the mentally stable rarely lead to the kind of bloodshed which you reference.
P.S. While I support the right to bear arms, and encourage all to do so, to protect ourselves from rogue governments, I personally do not yet own a gun or any weapon. But I am considering acquiring one.Since posting a commentary on the question of whether legislators should be held... more
DEATH PENALTY FOR "AIDING THE ENEMY".
On the news tonight, I heard a commentator remark that the punishment for "aiding the enemy" is the death penalty, while discussing the Bradley Manning issue. It occurred to me then, that even other congressmen have come out and declared that many legislators have betrayed the people and sold out to corporate interests.
As it has been well established that corporate interests are diametrically opposite to the public's interest; with their intent to poison us, steal from us, invade our privacy, expropriate our resources, we can safely reiterate that the corporations are the enemy of the people. As such, when our legislators conspire with them, with or without pay, and bypassing the issue of treason, we can safely say that they are "aiding the enemy".
Therefore, in our Reform Revolution, should one of our objectives be to hold our legislators who have been conspiring with, and "aiding the enemy", accountable, judged and sentenced with the death penalty?DEATH PENALTY FOR "AIDING THE ENEMY". On the news tonight, I heard a... more
Did you check your email today? How many of those irritating “Make Congress do what we want. Sign our petition today” messages did you get? Okay, confess. How many have you e-signed and returned? They’re a popular community organizing tool, but they’re the least effective way to get your representatives’ attention. What’s the best way?
Read more . . . . http://www.examiner.com/public-policy-in-pittsburgh/get-your-message-to-your-legislatorsDid you check your email today? How many of those irritating “Make Congress do... more
Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde said he knew how the mining barons in ore rich districts of Karnataka operated. Hence, no individual can claim that he is has no mining lease in Bellary and therefore he is not into illegal mining.
"We know how the system works in Bellary. So if somebody says that I have no mining lease in Bellary and I am not into illegal business, I do not subscribe to it".
It was a conflict between a corrupt political system and the well-being of the people of Karnataka.
Karnataka Government should hand over the inquiry to the CBI because The issue is not restricted to only this State, but has national and international ramifications.
The disappearance of 23 lakh tonnes of iron ore from Belikeri port, even after being seized by the Lokayukta, questions the very existence of the Government.
http://petol.org/mfmininghttp://www.deccanherald.com/content/82036/i-might-seek-cbi-help.html Lokayukta... more
It's pretty ballsy to dis the president while he's talking. Joe Wilson, a representative from South Carolina, actually had the balls to yell "you lie!" to Obama.
What kind of future can we expect, when even our legislators don't respect procedure? It seems like we'll be living in an idocracy. Oh wait, it already seems like we are:
Jonah Ray discovered this page in the script from Mike Judge's Idiocracy.
"SOUTH CAROLINA WHATS UP!"It's pretty ballsy to dis the president while he's talking. Joe Wilson, a... more
There are new reports that opposition to health care reform may be subsiding. That is good news. But that doesn't mean that the chances of passing reform are really that much better. Because while the public may be seeing the benefits of the proposed legislation, there is another group that has to be considered - the insurance industry and associated lobbyists. This group is large, has vast amounts of money to spend on legislators, and quite frankly doesn't care what the public may or may not think.
Can the lobbyists who don't want health care reform be stopped? Maybe. If everyday people get off their behinds and act. What can they do?There are new reports that opposition to health care reform may be subsiding. That is... more
Gov. David Paterson said Monday some Albany lawmakers are like Count Dracula, showing pleasant faces to lull citizen advocates, only to become bloodsuckers when the sun goes down.Gov. David Paterson said Monday some Albany lawmakers are like Count Dracula, showing... more