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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Sep 23rd 2008, 05:58 PM
This financial meltdown and the resultant anguish about what action to take has brought to mind a question I ask my self from time to time. Why? What is it about the movement of green pieces of paper (or the electronic equivalent thereof) that can consume so much of our energy? And why are the people who specialize in those movements so valued by what we laughingly call society?

I am a musician of modest skill, a pretty good video editor, and if I can judge by my immediate family, an OK husband and father. I feel pretty good about these endeavors. But I am also required to be responsible for making sure there is a pile of the aforementioned little green papers adequate to feed, clothe and house myself and my loved ones, basically forever. And, I will confess, I am not very secure in my green paper pushing skills. It may be that I was not endowed with the necessary counting skills to cope with such operations or it might just seem like every financial move is too much like gambling. In the end it might just be I’m too lazy and would prefer to spend what little energy I have on pursuits I actually enjoy. Whatever!

I resent the ubiquitous financial advice that surrounds us. I suppose budgeting is the skill I might at least find reasonable in that you also have to budget time to accomplish things in life. It’s all the rest that gets me. Rates of return, interest, taxes and their shelters, savings and risk etc. Those are just the terms that came to my mind. It would take a power shovel to dig through the verbiage associated with these financial maneuvers. But it a seems like a distraction from the task of actually living a life.

Back to the original question. WHY? Hasn’t humanity come far enough that we can place value without resorting to these symbolic mechanisms. I guess the answer is NO. Because if the answer was yes, we wouldn’t idolize people whose basic motivations seem to be greed. People who figured out how to devise and play these money games. games which can so control the lives of the rest of us.

I am angry that we wind up putting our money (our energy) into wars that kill millions and will be forced to spend much more of our energy into covering losses which those smart but greedy people gambled away. The reason we have to do this? The reason we are told? That reason is fear. We need to fear the other and so we need to go to war. We are told to fear being poor, hungry and unable to live comfortably so we must insure the financial system still functions. These are basic fears and our betters, our leaders, the smart ones, have learned that if things appear to be messed up enough they can get us to do things that, if we had time to think, would seem stupid and counterproductive.

So many times in the last eight years we have been told disaster was just about to strike and radical action was needed to keep the world on track. And almost every time it was said, we surrendered a little more of our rights, our heritage, our money. It was never enough. The greedy ones figured as long they have as scared they should try to take everything they could because eventually we would stop fearing them and say no. This is that time for me. We have to say no to this “bailout”. No to the theft of our wealth and no to the theft of our children’s wealth, health and heritage.

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Posted by bluestateboomer in Civil Liberties
Tue Sep 02nd 2008, 12:27 PM
I sent this to my three members of congress today.

I hold you and all the members in congress directly responsible for the protests and trampling of civil rights which has occurred at the political conventions of Democrats and Republicans. Of course, the Republican convention has had the most egregious examples of police state tactics, but the desperation protesters brought to both Denver and St. Paul can be laid directly at the feet of a congress which has refused to hold the criminal administration accountable for its unnecessary war and the destruction of our constitutional government. The brutal tactics of the police in both cities are a direct result of the passage of laws which gut the 1st and 4th amendments. Congress has failed the people who elected them.
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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Dec 18th 2007, 08:45 PM
There may be a possible positive path for our climate future if we heed the warnings and get to work. But the biggest lesson I see from Bali is that if you stand up to the Bush Bullies they back down. The congressional democrats should take note.

Where Do We Go From Here?
By Tom Athanasiou

Monday 17 December 2007

The Bali meeting, and the lessons learned.
It's important, this time, to draw conclusions, and to do so publicly. Because Bali has taken us - barely and painfully - over a line and into a new and even more difficult level in the climate game we'll be playing for the rest of our lives. In fact, it's not too much to say that, with the realizations of the last year and their culmination at the 13th Conference of Parties, the game has, finally, belatedly, begun in earnest.

First up, we knew going into Bali that if the old routine continued without variation, we'd really be in trouble. The timing of this meeting alone made this clear. Here we were, after the skeptics, after the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report, after Gore's (and the IPCC's) Nobel Prize. We know now how grave the situation is. So it's with great relief that I'm able to say that, judging at least by Bali, the game has indeed changed - except, of course, for the United States.

The most important change was that the G77, the South's negotiating bloc, did not put its unity above all else. This unity was always easy to understand, for the South is weak and the G77's members know all too well that when they don't hang together they hang separately. But it's been clear for years now that the G77's unity can itself be a terrible problem, one that allowed its most retrograde members (the Saudis come to mind) to override the interests of weaker parties (like, for example, the Alliance of Small Island States). So Bali, the COP where China, South Africa, and Brazil stepped forward to announce their willingness to take on binding "commitments or actions," was a real breakthrough, not least because the attached condition - "measurable, reportable and verifiable" assistance from the industrialized to the developing countries - was so widely understood as being both just and inevitable.

Not that we didn't already know that, without southern support for rapid action, there won't be any. But the G77's "flexibility" gave us a different kind of knowledge, concrete knowledge of a deal made and a way forward. While it didn't change everything, it changed a great deal.

Second, there's the matter of money. Money for adaptation. Money for technology transfer. Money for capacity building, and money, most of all, for development, which must go on, albeit in new ways, even in this climate constrained and otherwise strained world. We knew about the money, too, of course. How could we not? But not like we know it today, when the need for rapid global emissions cuts of at least 50 percent has, as Bali made absolutely clear, become the consensus position.
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Dear Mr. McMahon,
I will not be sending money to the Democratic Party as a whole this election cycle. I feel too many Democratic officeholders and candidates do not hold progressive ideals. After the recent election it was my expectation that those Democrats we elected would stand up for the American people and more importantly the United States Constitution. This has not been the case. Time and again the Democratic majority in Congress has not even mounted a token resistance to the the continuing destruction of our government and way of life. On top of this all, the war in Iraq grinds on. The leadership's claim of being a powerless majority do not ring true. Therefore I must believe that there is either incompetence or collusion with the criminal administration in the people we elected.

I also am greatly disturbed by the undue influence of the DLC (Republican Light) wing of the party. These democrats in name only have made many statements recently about how my fellow progressives and I do not represent the majority of the American people. I disagree and to add strength to my statement, I will only be donating money to those Democratic candidates who promise to begin to restore our country.

Please relay my thoughts to Chairman Dean, who recently has seemed to be backing off the strong ideals of our party which he has so ably defended in the past.
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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 28th 2007, 07:04 PM
MSNBC is looking for suggestions on what to cover. Any Ideas???

Time for round two of Gut Check America.

In case you're new to our series, here's how it works. Using the submission form below, tell us what you consider the most important issue facing our nation and — most important — how it affects you, your family or your friends. We're looking for your specific personal stories, not just opinions. (You can always go to the Gut Check message board if you need to vent or discuss.)

Then, the first week of July, we'll submit five finalists and put them to a vote of our readers. The winner of that runoff will determine what topic our reporters cover the following month.

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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jun 27th 2007, 01:07 AM
If that honored document is to stand for anything in the future, we have to at least put these abuses on trial. We may not get the conviction we want, but we will have exposed the lies and corruption.
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Posted by bluestateboomer in Environment/Energy
Wed Jun 27th 2007, 12:48 AM /

An interesting article with a possible postive outcome.

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 by Common Dreams
Totally Boom/Doom Solartopian Green by 2030
by Harvey Wasserman
We are all now desperate runners in the epic race between doom and boom. It’s a global- warmed dead heat between apocalyptic ecological collapse, versus a Solartopian green-powered prosperity.

Defeat is defined by a death spiral that decimates our planet. Victory means the wealth, jobs and organic well-being that can come with renewables, efficiency and a post-pollution prosperity.

A middle ground is likely along the way, but would almost certainly happen by dividing humankind even further between rich and poor. That polarization is ultimately unsustainable, and will demand correction, one way or the other.

The “tipping point” where climate chaos becomes self-accelerating and irreversible may be as close as ten years away. Some believe we’re already over the edge.

The global economy runs parallel. Any system addicted to huge inputs of irreplaceable, monopolized resources whose prices are soaring must soon collapse.

The cure is clear—a technological, economic and social revolution built around the transition to green power.

Despite the nay-sayers, such a Solartopian transformation is physically and financially do-able. But can we do it by 2030?

The answer: Ecologically, and economically, we have no choice. /

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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue May 29th 2007, 02:36 AM
I am a Vietnam vet and yesterday I had occasion to attend the ceremony my town has every year to honor our war dead. Each Memorial Day people gather to read the names of service members who gave the “ supreme sacrifice”. This year along with the hundreds from WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars we had one name from the current Iraq conflict. Once again speeches and prayers were given extolling the selfless sacrifice these men (I’m sure there will be women in the future as well) performed for us, their fellow citizens. As I listened, I couldn’t help thinking of the wasted lives, wasted treasure and just plain wasted effort we’ve caused in the world. For me no amount of exhortation to “support the troops” can cover the disaster we are causing for the world and ourselves. That’s the sadness I feel on this day. I am not sure whether all wars in the past are unjustified, but I am sure that history will show the current Iraq mess will be one of the most tragic blunders in the checkered history of the United States. Unfortunately our leaders seem unwilling or unable to recognize this mistake and move to correct it.

And here’s a paranoid thought I had while thinking about the men and women who are laboring to “do their duty” in the military of our country. If the time comes in the future when we citizens get so fed up with the lies and destruction being caused in our name that we take to the streets in protest, it will most likely be those same service men and women whose job it will be to suppress our outrage. On whose side will their “duty” lie? If and when the protests become too big for the criminals in power to ignore, will our service people join us or will they obey the “orders” of those who already caused so much destruction? I wish I were sure of the answer to those questions.
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Posted by bluestateboomer in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 18th 2007, 10:54 PM
Given the attempted hospital room manipulation of Gonzalez....
Given his repeated lies and obfuscations about the fired attourneys...
Given the continued atrocity of an ufounded war of aggression that murders people everyday.....
Given the absolute refusal of our felonius executive branch to end the war....
Given the destruction of our constitution.....
Given the violations of human rights.....

And more that my tired fingers can possibly keep typing about.....

We cannot give and quarter or credence to those who would have us tell us to go slow, do the politically prudent or compromise our principles......

Just as a start, I plan to phone, fax, email, snail mail my congress persons daily demanding they hold the line, investigate, impeach, and fight for us. The other side will not budge an inch and we hve no more time to wait to restore our country. It would be a small start, but if we all did it everyday, it might be noticed.....

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Posted by bluestateboomer in Environment/Energy
Fri May 18th 2007, 06:37 PM
Right on the home page.

More pie in the sky I supposed.
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Posted by bluestateboomer in Environment/Energy
Wed May 16th 2007, 08:30 PM
I keep reading about the latest technological breakthrough which will help solve our energy and environmental problems, but they always seem to be just around the corner. Only it always seems to be the next corner, not the one we're at right now. Two examples come to mind: The Nanosolar corporation's process to make cheap solar panels ( /)and the Hydrogen Technology Applications, Inc.( /)process to get energy from water. Will we ever see these breakthroughs, are we getting chain yanked or is it the corporate conspiracy keeping us from progress?

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