Archive for December, 2014

A comprehensive progressive 2015 game plan worth supporting.

 Public Citizen
Read this: I converted an email from Public Citizen President Robert Weissman detailing their 2015 plans.   It specifically notes the anticipated problems in dealing with the what ” may be the most reactionary and regressive Congress in modern American history.”  As Weissman says “For Public Citizen, that’s nothing new, nothing to fear.”  They have been there before and surely will be there again. This is a very comprehensive plan and just reading it and noting the ongoing efforts makes me a little less depressed.  Check Public Citizen out (http://www.citizen.org/), become a follower and supporter.  It will help you become involved.
 

 

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Xmas cards the Ayn Rand way!

 Ayn Rand - Shrugged
Check this out: This Daily Kos article by akadjian pulls together 21 (hypothetical I think) Christmas cards by Ayn Rand.  Collectively they show a very slanted world view that sadly is too popular in conservative American politics.  “As long as I get mine nothing else matters.”
 

 

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New York just banned fracking. Now it’s California’s turn – Tell Brown.

 Stop Fracking
Sign the petiton: California is supposed to be the leader on environmental protections and at one time Jerry Brown was a staunch advocate.  Somehow New York governor Cuomo has moved on fracking ahead of Brown and California.  This doesn’t really matter of course because the important thing is that Gov. Brown follows suite and bans fracking in California.  However, in contrast to Governor Cuomo, Governor Brown has so far allowed fracking to expand unchecked in California, despite the clear public health risks and incredible lack of information about the long term dangers. It’s time for Governor Brown to ask himself the same question: Would he live in a community that was being fracked?
 

 

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We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. But remember, any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.

 We the People
Read this: This article from The Nation magazine emphasizes that there are many examples (yes small ones) of the victories over the seemingly unstoppable forces of capitalism and big money.  One example mentioned in this article follows:
“…physics is inevitable: if you put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the planet warms, and as the planet warms, various kinds of chaos and ruin are let loose. Politics, on the other hand, is not inevitable. For example, not so many years ago it would have seemed inevitable that Chevron, currently the third biggest corporation in the country, would run the refinery town of Richmond, California, as its own private fiefdom. You could say that the divine right of Chevron seemed like a given. Except that people in Richmond refused to accept it and so this town of 107,000 mostly poor nonwhites pushed back.”
Small groups of active citizens can and do make positive steps toward goals we all need every day, regardless of the power of muti-national corporations and their endless pots of money.  We need to stay focused and involved.
 

 

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Comcast the cable giant will devour us all. Unless we stop it. 

 Merger TW and Comcast
Sign the petition: It seems there is never a company that is too large.  What ever happened to antitrust regulations.  Communication corporations just get bigger and bigger.  The market gets smaller and smaller and we the consumers have fewer choices and and no power to influence.  We are down to only media companies and Comcast thinks that is too many.  Please sign this petition and say no to the FCC on this merger.
 

 

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75% chance of a large spill if oil companies develop and produce in Arctic waters.

 Arctic Oil Spills
Sign the petition: If you are like me, taking a 75% chance on an oil spill to continue extreme extraction that we don’t need and we can’t afford to do just doesn’t make sense.  Please consider signing this petition.
 

 

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Tell POTUS – No More Bankers As Treasury Officials

 Treasury and Wall Street
Sign the Petition: After the resent surrender on the Cromnibus Bill we cannot afford to continue to nominate people interested in protecting Wall Street to influencial positions such as the Treasury.  We need real advocates for the American citizen, the middle class and those trying to make it to the middle class.  It is time that Wall Street really has an adversary in the Treasury.
 

 

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Bernie Sanders Will Introduce A Bill To Break Up Big Banks.

 Bernie Sanders
Read and Support: This is a bill that is way overdue and needs massive support.  On his website, that crazy Independent Bernie Sanders goes on to explain: “If Congress cannot regulate Wall Street, there is just one alternative.  It is time to break these too-big-to-fail banks up so that they can never again destroy the jobs, homes, and life savings of the American people.
 

 

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Have fun with your derivatives cause you are now responsible for any losses.

 Banks - Too Big to Jail
Read this: Here is more (Daily KOS) on the derivatives provision that was secretly attached to the “CRomnibus” bill as it sailed through the Senate.  It’s like we have given the big banks an ATM card to use in Vegas that is attached to our accounts.  I criticize the 32 democratic senators who voted for it but note that all of the republicans did as well.  How can we ever correct things with a congress like this?
 

 

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Remember these 32 Gutless Democrats Who Sent Wall Street A Merry Xmas At Our Expense!

 Courage
Read and weep: The so-called “CRomnibus” bill sailed through the Senate with many provisions that do nothing for the American people and a whole lot for the wealthy and powerful.  Guess I should say “So what’s new?”  I can’t believe they can continue to do such flagrant actions in plain site and then there are no consequences.  Read this short article from the Daily KOS and note the names of the 32 gutless Democrats who voted for it.  I will not support them going forward and will do what I can to ensure they are not reelected.
 

 

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