Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ralph Nader Speaks On An Obama Presidency |

Ralph Nader Speaks On An Obama Presidency |

This is some good election eve analysis by Ralph Nader and others on why we need to remain vigilant and call on the Obama administration of change to remain true to its promise.

He calls for an organized response in all congressional districts to hold the House of Representatives accountable.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Charles & Frances

Charles & Frances

Here is the web page for my Great Grandparents. Funny what you find on Google.

Monday, July 28, 2008

For Sale: High-Tech, Lethal WeaponsPrivate military companies are expanding their offerings to clients with the latest in high-tech weapons - CommonDr

For Sale: High-Tech, Lethal WeaponsPrivate military companies are expanding their offerings to clients with the latest in high-tech weapons -

We are seeing an increasing amalgamation of public/private enterprises in military "services". I was confident in the wake of 911 that the war on terror would fatten the wallets of many homeland security companies. A natural outgrowth of the "military-industrial complex.

Will come a day, I predict, when American services will either be called on to go up against an independent army supported by American corporate charters. Or worse, be called on to support such a force in executing illegal incursions in countries around the world.

One day, will all military forces "controlled" by US interests all still obey the same general? Might it be up to a strong-man commander in chief to reign in all the factions that can afford to field an army?

Maybe it had been about feudalism all along and we never saw it?

Bohemian Grove summer camp for powerful - Topic Powered by eve community

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Originally posted by niche:
It's the opening ceremony, (art - it's a play) where they give up the cremation of care. They all become equals no matter of status, wealth and leave all there cares of the world behind for the encampment.

Niche, et al-

The thing I have against he Cremation of Care has nothing to do with human sacrfice, in the context it is usually used to dismiss the CofC.

This gathering is like no other I know of in terms of its concentration of the VERY top economic and political interests commingling off the record in an admittedly casual atmosphere. The casualness of it is disarming, and you can forget that the guys sitting around the fire in polo shirts and khakis discussing political and economic topics of the day are in a position to form public and/or economic policies.

Burning Care is a very negative message. Care should be what holds people together. For them to feel they have to get rid of the "Dull Cares of the Market Place" sends a message that these men are at odds with Care, find it repulsive and to be avoided.

Some would argue that that mindset finds its way outside the grove and in to the board rooms and situation rooms these men control.

I would like the men in charge to hold a higher regard for Care, and what it should signify as a guide for the decisions they make.

If better decisions were made, maybe Care wouldn't be so repugnant. We don't need to send our youth to war, for instance, over personal vendettas and power plays. You have to know how to set Care aside to do that. These men get practice.

Donny Fix

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

David Suzuki: A nuclear reaction |

As global warming and even peak oil pick up steam in the face of $4 gas and rising, nukes, "clean coal", drilling in Alaska Wilderness Refuge and other bad ideas will be held forth as answers to the crisis.

The big problem, of course, is consumerism, which pushes the need for continued growth, and more energy. We need to cut down on consumption, production and waste. "But," you say, "That's recessionary!"

No, it's what used to be called living within your means, and not depending on credit to get us out of our mess.It's deciding what we really "need", and focusing on that.

Still, if people around you are lamenting the need for "clean nuclear", please share this with them.

David Suzuki: A nuclear reaction |

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Cavalry Isn’t Coming -

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While I agree with a lot of the reforms Ted Rall lays out, we need to look at this problem from a deeper level, and change around the argument a bit.

The US is a relatively small percentage of humanity consuming a majority of its raw resources and labor. We live in a consumer society full of bigger, better, best, first, I win. captn72 had it right- it’s a con game, and the goal is to make us afraid of the evil of recession.

Recession just means people have slowed their buying- a good thing for those who believe that over consumerism is killing the planet- I sure do!

Yet, when people slow their buying, maybe even try to live within their means, it is seen as a detriment to economics.

And it is, to the economics that matter to rich people. If the price of things go down to them because fewer people are buying, it cuts in to profits. But you will not find poor people compaining about lower prices.

Cutting back on overconsumerism will cause economic dislocations. If we truly want to lower our ecological footprint, it may well mean the loss of thousands of job catagories in finance, mining, nuclear, weapons, energy, auto and other dirty industry.

This should be embraced ad a goal, not feared.

There will be good jobs developing in mass transportation sector, renewable energy, environmental conservation and restoration, and the service sector, but overall, we should be considering how we will transition to a world less identified by competition in the market place- the Bohemian Club view- and more identified with making sure the non-workers of the world have enough to get by on before anybody gets richer.

Certain of our commons: housing, education, health care, food, water should be available and affordable to all, even if we need to make them off limits to profit motive.

Good jobs and a rising middle class will get us only so far. In the end, I believe we need to look after the most needy, first, even if the least needy (i.e. oil companies and munitions manufacturers making record profits) need to be assessed more to help out.

The Cavalry Isn’t Coming -

Saturday, February 9, 2008

American Dream, World's Nightmare

This is a song I wrote during a two month road trip through the red and blue states during the 2004 elections. The slide show is photos I was taking along the road as I traveled home.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Nader Seeks California Green Party Support

Here is the first of three parts to Ralph Nader's presentation at a Green Party Presidential Candidates' event in San Francisco on January 13, 2008.

The event included former Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, as well as other candidates seeking Green Party endorsement, Journalist Jerend Ball, Texas Green activist, Kat Swift, California Green Activist, Kent Mesplay, and West Virginia Mountain (Green) Party activist, Jesse Johnson Jr.

All their presentations will be available at my You Tube and below.