Monday, December 20, 2010
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Saturday, December 04, 2010
If marijuana is illegal then why are alcohol and cigarettes legal? Remember marijuana has never killed anyone...never caused lung cancer, does not lead to fights nor domestic violence.....
It just doesn't make sense unless you realize that banks are able to make big profits off of laundering money.
Just think about the costs to taxpayers and citizens who are only exercising their individual liberties end up locked up....It is a crying shame.
Virginia's Governor McDonnell is on the wrong side of this issue...he refuses to support legalizing pot for medical uses yet wants to privatize liquor stores so corporations can make bigger profits (at our expense) and make alcohol more readily accessible.
Governor Mcdonnell just doesn't make sense.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Take a minute and call out a Republicorp Senator today. Why would they only bail out the wealthiest Americans (the criminals who wrecked our economy) and then leave everyone else to fend for themselves.
Let them know that not everyone was bailed out and it's about time that the folks that were bailed out put something back so maybe we'll have the resources to fix this mess they put us in.
Buzz Buzz Buzz.....
Thursday, December 02, 2010
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
We need a government that is able to execute a corporate death sentence. Corporations are supposed to be chartered for the public good. Instead this has been reversed and it appears everything exists for corporate bottom lines...even the lives and health of their customers and employees.
Can anyone doubt why our founding fathers feared corporate charters?
We need to insist on publicly financed elections and take the legalized bribery out of our system. We will not see any laws or lawmakers that exist for the public good until we take the money out of politics.
Don't expect corporate media to shed light on this issue. They rake in too much money selling commercials to politicians. After all, our media is also owned by the corporations.
In the meantime, the Senator who would lead any campaign finance reform legislation in the Senate is at risk of losing his seat....his opponent is well financed by corporate cash. I encourage you to send a contribution to the Russ Feingold campaign today. You will notice that Feingold does not accept corporate cash.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Call Speaker Pelosi (202) 225-4965 and let her know this needs to be done BEFORE the November elections. Pelosi should get the Fair Elections Now Act to the floor before Congress adjourns.
Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the bill and urge Speaker Pelosi to bring this bill to the floor now. We all need to know if our Representatives are representing us or special interests. Their votes on this bill will tell us the answer loud and clear!
Monday, September 27, 2010
However, two Republican Senators placed an anonymous hold to prevent the NWHM project from proceeding forward. (Update: the two Republican lawmakers with holds on the bill are South Carolina's Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn from Okalahoma.)
What possible reason could they have to stop this project? It will not cost the American taxpayers a single penny. Private donations are financing this museum.
What do DeMint and Coburn have against women? Are DeMint and Coburn so intent on following the Republican game plan to obstruct and bring the country to a complete standstill just for political gain? They will invest their energy into negativity and prevent a Museum for Women from becoming a reality even though it is a free gift to the American people?
Shame on DeMint, Coburn and the policy of Republicans to bring everything to a standstill!
Meanwhile the rest of us go without. (Source)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Herbert Hoover and Andrew Mellon thought their economic policies would purge the rottenness out of the system and lead to a more moral life. Instead, it purged morality out of the system and lead to a more rotten life for millions of Americans.
And that's exactly what Republicans are offering yet again.--Robert Reich Read More
Herbert Hoover and Andrew Mellon thought their economic policies would purge the rottenness out of the system and lead to a more moral life. Instead, it purged morality out of the system and lead to a more rotten life for millions of Americans. And that's exactly what Republicans are offering yet again.--Robert Reich
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Does the current system of "legalized bribery" via campaign contributions make you mad? Are you sickened when Wall Street gets bailed out and the people get left holding the bag? When banks get bailed out and then they refuse to lend money to the folks that bailed them out?
Senator Russ Feingold is being challenged by deep pocket corporate special interests. We need more Senators like Russ Feingold not fewer. So, please put your money to work for you and consider sending him a campaign contribution.
If you'd prefer not to use your credit card (so the banks don't get a piece of the money) you can make your check payable to the Feingold for Senate Committee and visit Feingold's website for the address.
Monday, September 20, 2010
In addition there is no shortage of uranium. However, water is such a scarce resource that "water wars" are already being talked about. Virginia's water supply is precious and an extremely valuable resource.
Virginia's water supply should not be placed in jeopardy so that a few folks can make billions of dollars. If our water supply is contaminated it could be a disaster that will never be cleaned up.
One has to ask--What's Senator Frank Wagner gaining by supporting uranium mining?
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
By: Georgianne Nienaber
Ninety percent of Leogane was destroyed in Haiti's January earthquake that took 300,000 lives--30,000 in the coastal city located 29 km (18 miles) west of Port au Prince. 1.6 million Haitians remain homeless, and the billions of dollars promised by donor countries in March have yet to materialize. Only $506 million--from Australia, Estonia, Norway, Brazil and Colombia--out of over $5 billion pledged--is accounted for. At the end of July, President Obama signed legislation promising $770 million from the United States, but lawmakers have not established how it will be spent. Given the huge remaining humanitarian and economic crisis facing Haiti, it is puzzling that mainstream media in the United States short-changed coverage of former President Bill Clinton's early August visit to Leogane. The symbolism is significant, considering that Leogane and the nearby village of Fayette are at the epicenter of the 7.0 quake.
Clinton attended the groundbreaking for a Clinton Foundation commitment of $1 million for The École Communautaire Sainte Thérèse de Darbonne--a project addressing disaster preparedness and hurricane safety. Clinton also visited the Darbonne sugar mill, a public/private management agreement between the Government of Haiti (GOH) and BioTek, a bio-energy and biofuels distribution company. The former president, who is also the UN's Special Envoy to Haiti, also met with local planters.
The BioTek/Darbonne Project is "targeted to be part of Haiti's Electricity Master Plan as a model for additional green energy plants, including solar, wind and hydro," according to BioTek CEO, Regine Simon Barjon, who accompanied Clinton on his visit to the Darbonne mill. Barjon is a Haitian/American.
One does not ordinarily associate sugar cane processing with Haiti, and that fact may account for the lack of attention to Clinton's visit. Anyone who has driven to Leogane will notice acres and acres of fertile sugar cane fields lining the roads. Clinton has a personal stake in Haiti's agricultural projects, resulting from his regret over policies that basically pushed Haiti to accept subsidized US imports (rice) at the expense of Haiti's agricultural infrastructure.
In April, 2010, Clinton told an interviewer for Democracy Now that the United States "made a devil's bargain" when it instituted trade policies that destroyed Haitian rice production.
Since 1981, the United States has followed a policy, until the last year or so when we started rethinking it, that we rich countries that produce a lot of food should sell it to poor countries and relieve them of the burden of producing their own food, so, thank goodness, they can leap directly into the industrial era. It has not worked. It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake. It was a mistake that I was a party to. I am not pointing the finger at anybody. I did that. I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did. Nobody else.
Clinton's visit to the Darbonne sugar processing plant demonstrates a commitment to reverse flawed agricultural policies in a country where 2 out of 3 Haitians are farmers. This disconnect was addressed by BioTek founder Barjon in a March development conference in Miami.
At the meeting, which consisted largely of security firms looking to make a buck on fear and perceived insecurity, Barjon took the podium and told the mostly white, male audience that "we can grow our own chickens," while she proceeded to slam micro loans as ineffective in a poverty stricken nation that needs major investment support and not hand-outs.
Lending has been a huge problem, and micro-loans are a decidedly weak link. $2,500 will set up a roadside stand selling Coca Cola and candy, but will not support the smallest agri-business or retrofit the rusting and dilapidated sugar cane grinding facilities. Pulling no punches, Barjon laid it out: 60% of the Haitian work force is in agriculture. Food security is a top priority and it will serve to put an end to Haiti importing much of what it can produce at home.
Sugar is a huge resource, but unless there is money to keep the mills in operation, and unless the US and international sugar cane industries release strangleholds on trade, Haiti will never resume its annual production capability of 250,000 metric tons of raw sugar. This translates into $100 million a year. Optimizing Haiti's staple food agriculture products such as rice, sugar and poultry translates into food security for Haiti as well as the potential for green energy production. As food and electricity become more affordable for Haitians, living standards go up, and Haiti can begin to wean itself from a welfare-based economy foisted on the country by disastrous trade policies.
According to Barjon, Clinton pledged his support to "help us make the mill work for BioTek and the community," recognizing that as BioTek works in partnership with the Leogane sugar cane farmers."
Each worker in Haiti cares for an average of 8 people. Since the Darbonne mill has 250 employees and currently works with over 1,000 farmers, the revitalization of the Darbonne Mill translates into the participation of over 30,000 farmers, resulting in a direct positive economic impact on over 240,000 people. If successful, the sugar mill will reduce food imports by 10 percent and reduce South American sugar imports by as much as 40 percent.
Barjon is a ferocious supporter of a self-sufficient Haiti, and BioTek's involvement with Darbonne goes back four years, well before the catastrophic earthquake. Getting Clinton to visit the mill was a direct result of this commitment and dedication. She has been attending Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meetings, where BioTek is an "honorary" member. Barjon is grateful for this status since it translates into a waiver of the annual $25,000 membership. She explained her connections with CGI in an email interview.
I think CGI realizes we are looking to balance and to challenge international perception and interests with the socio-economic realities of Haiti and its people. So we get to network, meet and establish relationships with companies and organizations interested in Haiti and/or already operating in Haiti-- like DCK Worldwide and Global New Clean Energy Fund which can assist, help, and give away its intellectual property rights for specific Haiti projects. BioTek seeks above all to re-establish and optimize agro-industrial production in Haiti to serve the country's actual capacities, to meet Haiti's needs, and to contribute towards economic self-sustainability.
All of this will take money that is in short supply in Haiti, despite the influx of non-governmental (NGO) organizations that fill every available hotel and restaurant in Port au Prince. Barjon says that the BioTek Agro-Energy Project will be financed by the International Investment Corporation (IIC), a private arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and Haiti's Sogebank, with potential underwriting from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
If successful, the project will complete the rehabilitation of the Leogane sugar industry with the resultant production of sugar and cane syrup. A secondary bonus will be the production of green energy from sugar cane bagasse biomass-- an estimated 20 megawatts of electricity-- when the pre-earthquake electricity deficit was over 60 megawatts.
Bagasse is the fibrous by-product of cane processing. The moisture content requires drying before burning. A low moisture content after processing is the measure of good processing and the Darbonne plant is achieving 40 percent, which is considered a very good industry standard.
Part of the reason Clinton has thrown such visible support behind this project may be the fact that the government of Haiti, for unknown reasons, has yet to ink the final contract.
Why GOH is not signing a project that is funded, can basically create over 30,000 agricultural jobs, when over 60 percent of Haiti's labor force is agricultural, reduce its trade deficit by 10 percent, and reduce 40 percent of sugar imports, is unfathomable. It is also another reason that it is more than unfortunate that major news outlets have failed to cover this story and instead focused on the six-month anniversary of the devastation and Wyclef Jean, while tanking a story about sustainable agriculture.
Leogane has always been the traditional sugar cane production region of Haiti and agriculture is the area's only major employer. Visit Haiti and people will tell you they want to work. We heard this again and again as we visited the IDP camps in March and again in May. 1,000 independent farmers currently sell their sugar cane to Darbonne and depend on the mill for their livelihood.
Clinton addressed the need for Haiti to become self-sufficient at the United Nations donor conference in March 2010. Speaking to potential donor groups, Clinton suggested that the best thing aid groups could do for Haiti was to "put themselves out of business." What Haiti needs most of all is the encouragement and means to become a self-sufficient nation. Now, with his visit to the Darbonne Sugar Mill in his capacity as the United Nations Special Envoy, the former president appears to be putting intellectual and influential muscle behind agricultural sustainability.
But Clinton's support will not be enough if donor nations and especially USAID do not step up to the plate. A week ago, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced a second round of tarpaulin distributions.
In all, 80,000 families in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne will receive new tarps to replace the increasingly worn and tattered stock that provides make-shift shelter to tens of thousands of displaced families across the country.
Haiti needs more than plastic tents if the country is to move forward. People need job security, real homes, clean water, and electricity. They need infrastructure, to put it simply. The Darbonne mill exists. It does not have to be rebuilt. It is online and in production. One major donor can expand this project to include thousands of farmers and their families, and the Government of Haiti needs to get solidly behind it and sign the final contract. The partnership already exists.
"With the BioTek/Darbonne Management Contract in place, we expect to have over 4,000 farmers immediately as part of our network," Barjon said. "We also need help in securing money to buy as much sugar cane as possible this upcoming season, which begins in September."
Possible emergency funding can come from USAID, which could include Darbonne within its emergency funding plans, or as part of its ongoing Winner's Program, Barjon said.
Meanwhile, while USAID certainly has the funding available, there is no indication yet that it is forthcoming. This is unfortunate, when Haiti is suffering so terribly and a viable project is up and running. We visited in May and it is as impressive as facilities we have seen in South Louisiana. Certainly the farmers and workers are as committed.
Barjon said Clinton indicated the project must be a source of jobs for Haitians, and that the companies involved promise Haitian partners, in order to be eligible for funding.
Background on BioTek: BioTek Solutions, Inc. (BioTek: Federal Tax ID Number: 74-314-5063; D & B Number: 19-711-0005)) is an Agro-Solutions Business Development and BioFuels Blending and Distribution Company with offices in Tampa and Lake City, Florida and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The company is a partnership between the Principals of BioTek Solutions, Inc., BioTek Haiti S.A.
BioTek Solutions, Inc., founded in 2005, has worked with the Florida Energy Office, the Florida Legislature and numerous counties to promote Biomass based energy and biofuels awareness and use in Florida and the Caribbean. BioTek has worked with the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF).
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
There is no evidence that the elite Social Security cutters have any idea of the financial situation of those approaching retirement. They continually tout the idea of cutting benefits for the "affluent elderly." Unless we redefine the concept of "affluent" down by quite a bit (maybe to $50,000 a year), there are not enough affluent elderly for cuts to their Social Security benefits to make any difference either for Social Security's solvency or the unified government budget, which includes Social Security's finances.
The elite Social Security cutters also seem to have little clue about the sort of jobs most workers hold when they suggest raising the retirement age. While the Washington crew can probably hold their breakfast meetings and power lunches well into their 70s, nearly half of workers over age 58 work at jobs that are either physically demanding or involve difficult work conditions. To these people, the idea of working into their 70s isn't quite so cute.
It should also bother workers that plans to cut Social Security would take away benefits for which they have already paid. The Social Security trust fund has accumulated a surplus of more than $2.5 trillion. According to the report issued just last week by the Social Security trustees, the program can pay all future benefits through the year 2037 with no changes whatsoever. The workers who will be retiring in the next 15-20 years have paid for their benefits. They have every right to be furious if President Obama or anyone else suggests taking these benefits away from them.
Friday, August 20, 2010
A level, fair playing field....how novel.
Let's preserve one fair marketplace. Let the FCC and your elected officials know that there is no negotiation. Net Neutrality HAS to be the law of our land.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Is this why they think they can lie about what's really being done in the Gulf States? They are HIDING the oil not cleaning it up!
We need a REAL government that protects and serves the people...not a corporate government that makes insane laws that strips the people of their voice and their wealth.
Where is the political party that represents the people? It surely isn't doing anyone any good to vote the lesser of the two evils strategy...in fact, corporate interests count on us doing this! The current two party system is set up so that corporations win no matter who we elect.
No matter what your political ideology (left, right or center)...no one wins until we take the legalized bribery out of the system and replace this with publicly financed elections.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
This bears repeating.....
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Unfortunately our current president is not standing up. He's selling out his base on a political calculation...
And a Dino, Diane Feinstein is trying to double the legal penalty for pot brownies.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I wish he would follow through on his campaign promise and politicking for Net Neutrality. Whatever happened to this Barack Obama?
Monday, August 09, 2010
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I wonder if this is one of those areas that BP thought it would be cheaper to simply bury the oil with sand.
Funny I always thought the reason we needed government was to protect us from corporate crimes like this.
The ONLY reason Obama won't appoint her is if the banks and their number one advocate and supporter--Timothy Geithner--get their way.
So Obama will have to decide if he's going to do right by the American people or if he's going to give Timothy Geithner more man love.
Why Not Elizabeth Warren for the CFPB? Isn't it about time that we had at least one powerful woman in that back room full of men?
We need a real consumer advocate instead of this banker advocate that bails out banks and leaves everyone else high and dry.
Obama continues to be a major disappointment and I hope he finds his spine real soon.
Friday, July 30, 2010
My gracious what trauma created this brownie bigotry? Congress just passed a bill to "reduce" the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine now they want to make it a worse crime to eat rather than smoke marijuana? With crazy law makers like this who needs enemies or terrorists?
And speaking of Yes We Klan folks...has anyone seen them around using the current weather temperature to try to spin their anti-global warming theology?
Yes We Kill.
Definitely not the change Obama voters voted for.....so the new Obama agrees with exporting arms, death and destruction for war profiteers?
Whatever happened to the new Green Technology?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It's madness. Working people have paid into a retirement system that is solvent and works. Social Security is not a tax...it is an investment for retirement. However, the "elected" officials keep raiding the retirement funds in order to make a few folks rich off of corporate warfare. The US is spending money like there's no tomorrow when it comes to warfare. The US is launching wars for corporations all over the world. Millions of people are murdered so a few elitist corporate folks can live like robber barons. They sell this travesty via "patriotism." I hope the American people will wake up and demand an end to these corporate murders in the name of patriotism.
Enough is enough. Serious about the deficit. Then stop playing politics. Take social security off of the table and try to lift up that heavy defense spending up onto the table and please start chopping off huge chunks....and while you're at it...put that foolhardy drug war up there on the chopping block too.
Friday, July 23, 2010
That's some real empathy there John Boy. You don't even know if three of your own jobless brothers have found another job? Very very impressive. You must be a true compassionate conservative.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
It appears the recent Washington Post expose on the privatization of our national intelligence and military changes nothing behind the curtain.
This is NOT the change the people demanded. But it appears corporate will trumps the will of the people in the United Corporate States of America....
It's no coincidence that Fox News has a history of taking on causes that harm minorities and poor people. Fox took heavily edited videotapes that do NOT portray the facts or the truth to take on Acorn and to have a black woman fired from the USDA.
Why does anyone watch Fox News? They do not even practice Journalism 101--CHECK the FACTS and get the story out. Fox appears to have a different mission and it harms the weak, the powerless and the poor. It is an agenda that benefits the rich and powerful and to do this the truth is irrelevant and propaganda is supreme.
I "betcha" racists and corporate lobbyists love Fox News "Not"....We already know Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are huge fans of Fox News!!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
If any Republican thinks that Grayson is harsh I think they will be in for a major shock when they meet Saint Peter....maybe they will be turned away and reincarnated into the poorest of the poor so they can reap what they have sown....now that would be spiritual justice.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is what BP and "their US government" ALLOW you to see--clean pictures that distort the reality of what BP has destroyed. This is why there is now a 40,000 dollar fine for any journalists who is able to get close enough to take a picture. This fashion photographer documents his experience and explains why you are not getting to see what is really happening. Our constitution has been shredded and freedom of the press no longer applies. IF the safety is the reason that journalists can't get close enough to document this catastrophe of biblical proportions then why is that person doing the clean up not wearing protective gear.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Why is it that what needs to be on the table is not? When health care was debated the best solution to our problem (single payee system) was not allowed on the table. Now with the deficit being the concern of the bailed out Wall Street Bankers (these folks with the golden parachutes and government bailouts are not concerned about creating jobs) the out of control military budget is not allowed on the table.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Take the time to watch this and "discover" why US foreign policy is often nothing more than an "enslaver" of the people to increase the profits of the multinational corporate elites. These wealthy elites know no boundaries....Big agriculture wants to control the world's food supply. There's a great article over on the Huffington Post. Hopefully the US people will research this techno madness so that Big Ag will not be able to continue to use the US government to spread it's death culture throughout the world.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
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Is there a leader anywhere who will take BP's assests, arrest the BP executives, and take charge of the clean up? Each Ridley Kemp turtle that is burned alive is a penalty of up to 50K that BP is avoiding. This is definitely destruction of evidence but while Obama hides out in the White House BP gets to destroy the evidence.
We need a President who is willing to take charge and confiscate BP's assets so they can be used by the gov to stop this catastrophe and clan up this corporate mess.
BP's interests are not ours. They are burning turtles alive, and trying to bury the evidence so they can keep from paying costly penalties. Obama appears to be a snarky BP handmaiden and not the President we need.
Imagine....let's put the Pentagon on a budget and give EVERY AMERICAN a tax break on the first 35,000 dollars of their income (70,000 for couples) and then have money left to apply to the deficit. (Source)
In these dire economic times we could all use an federal tax break. Call your representative today!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Over at the Huffington Post Georgianne Nienaber is reporting on BP's continued negligence in the Gulf Oil Disaster Clean Up. The rumor is that BP is going to do the minimum that it has to and declare bankruptcy and leave everyone else to foot the bill.
Why doesn't the US confiscate all of BP's assets? It still won't be enough to take care of the bill but it would be a start. And it might make the next corporation think twice about the risks it is willing to take in pursuit of the all mighty dollar, yen...or whatever currency they are chasing!
Pictures are courtesy of Georgianne Nienaber. She says you are free to use these pictures (and others at the link).