A great article and a book to look into…

To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn’t Too Late to Reverse Course by Ralph NaderBy at:
https://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/1609808479
or preview at:
https://books.google.com/books?id=bURBDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=To+the+Ramparts:+How+Bush+and+Obama+Paved+the+Way+for+the+Trump+Presidency,+and+Why+It+Isn%27t+Too+Late+to+Reverse+Course&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjg6oCVprLiAhVBPq0KHYjzCc4QuwUIMDAA#v=onepage&q=To%20the%20Ramparts%3A%20How%20Bush%20and%20Obama%20Paved%20the%20Way%20for%20the%20Trump%20Presidency%2C%20and%20Why%20It%20Isn’t%20Too%20Late%20to%20Reverse%20Course&f=false

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Posted in Random Miscellaney

Media matters…

This story https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/18/highly-disturbing-facebook-blocks-viral-video-outlets-critical-us-foreign-policy-and  is very scary, on so many levels…  Looking over the maffick site even a little bit gets my head spinning.  Not necessarily in a good, evil, or amazing way.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Media Issues- Net Neutrality

Ongoing list of Publications, Media Sites, Progressive Activists and Writers to cull a progressive Weekly from…

…this is a key project to present to the “p’BD’DiA” movement that I am proposing still, even though I am losing hopefulness again and will choose “Freedom and Wilderness; Wilderness and Freedom” for myself over despondency and listless once again in the here and now just as I did long ago when my youthful rebelliousness lead me to realize the depth of the gulf between the myth and reality of what is going on in our Politics, Economy, Society, and Culture… There are a ton of good sites, writers, artists, scholars, poets, musicians, publications, organizations, and activists to draw from, and maybe this is what I should try to get funded to do as my “job”… So here is the beginning of my list…

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/creeping-toward-tyranny/ by Chris Hedges… and this is an article that would make the Weekly, for sure

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-ominous-implications-of-william-barrs-testimony/ by bill Blum

This is an interesting blog from across the pond, somewhere over in England, to dylanify the proceedings…
https://mainlymacro.blogspot.com/2019/05/why-are-we-governed-by-incompetents.html

https://www.yesmagazine.org/ consistent excellent content on myriad topics…

Posted in Media Sites for "p'BD'DiA" aggregation efforts

Googling best policy ideas to get money out of politics…

…gets lots of results, and lots of other wording possibilities for related and similar kinds of searches to be done. Researching this and culling some “est ideas” and then laying out my big’un is the way to go from here.

Posted in Money Coup; Political Economy; Grotesque Inequality; New Gilded Age

Original Conten on: What to do, what to do…

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/01/where-money a good article by the always wickedly wise Jim Hightower…
and, an organization or site to look into:
https://bcorporation.net/

O.K., so this is a pretty unbelievable time for “Our Democracy”… such as it is. Here are the key takeaways I want to make note of. Kind of a quick write of “this is what we must do” kinds of things, if anybody cares…

  • I am about where I’ve always been. Certainly I just checked out of any activist engagement or believing there was any political path with heart that the country was on or that I could have an influence in getting the country on way back when moving to Berkeley seemed like the thing to do. But that was because the “movement’ was “there” historically and that movement implied an alternative universe to be immersed in. The counterculture was real and somewhat unified then. Not as much so as I thought. But there was a sense that a lot of us were “in this together”- and there were. But there were a lot who were going off in other directions. So here we are now, in these years.
  • If there is ever to be a real progressive Democracy movement then their has to be “Democracy Rider Outreach” movement to be a catalyst for it happening in the hopelessly red rural and southern areas of the country. I think this movement has to be like a whole bunch of small teams to connect with the hopelessly isolated and cowed liberal, progressive, and populist leaning people that are, I believe, out there everywhere- but they are quiet, silent, apolitical becuase they feel that’s the best way to get along in the weird soup of “White Freedomlandia” that so many of the MAGA types and worse imagine that they are the vanguard and defenders of.
Posted in Original Content on Various Topics, Chapters, and Issues

This article gives some good reasons why I say to just say no to Beto…

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/21/reinventing-beto-how-gop-accessory-became-top-democratic-contender-2020
A prescient quote from the article:

When Politico asked O’Rourke late last year whether he considered himself to be a progressive Democrat, O’Rourke replied: “I don’t know. I’m just, as you may have seen and heard over the course of the campaign, I’m not big on labels. I don’t get all fired up about party or classifying or defining people based on a label or a group. I’m for everyone.”

Everyone?

After O’Rourke campaigned in the Detroit area a few days ago, the Detroit Metro Timespublished information that would concern anyone with minimally progressive leanings: “He supported Republican efforts to limit the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established by Obama and Democrats to protect Americans from Wall Street following the recession. O’Rourke also broke with the party to support Trump and GOP attempts to loosen requirements in hiring border patrol agents; chip away at the Affordable Care Act; kill a ban on oil drilling in parts of the Gulf of Mexico; and lift the 40-year-old oil export ban. He also supported Republican legislation that protected utility companies that start wildfires.”

Posted in Essays and Quotes from Others

So maybe Spokane might be less than ideal…

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/matt-shea-washington-state-liberty-744850/

If you google Matt Shea there is a treasure trove of scarey stuff- not to mention the Liberty 51st State movement, mentioned actually a lot in this article…

Posted in Essays and Quotes from Others

A very good primer on why I’m a “Never Bidener” that should be sent to our Scranton peeps who like him just cuz he’s got local ties there…

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/24/joe-biden-reality-check-puffery-vs-record A prescient quote:

Indications of being a “moderate” and a “centrist” play well with the Washington press corps and corporate media, but amount to a surefire way to undermine enthusiasm and voter turnout from the base of the Democratic Party. The consequences have been catastrophic, and the danger of the party’s deference to corporate power looms ahead. Much touted by the same kind of insular punditry that insisted Hillary Clinton was an ideal candidate to defeat Donald Trump, the ostensible “electability” of Joe Biden has been refuted by careful analysis of data.

Posted in Essays and Quotes from Others

Reclaiming A sensible idea for the Just and Fair Tax Code overhaul chapters…

…and more for the “p’BD’DiA” movement sections of The F.M. :https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/15/how-progressives-can-fix-progressive-income-tax

For the not for profit Single Payer and or Public Insurance Health CAre Models sections…
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/i-felt-americans-needed-know-insurance-industry-whistleblower-gives-glimpse-effort

Perhaps a good site to get involve with and submit articles to:
https://www.realprogressivesusa.com/pages/submission-guidelines
and another to investigate:
https://www.theroot.com/bernie-sanders-is-not-a-real-progressive-1820122317

An interesting article on the gypsy irish culture, perhaps…
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/exqbkw/i-moved-to-the-uk-from-america-to-marry-a-romany-gypsy-293
by Christina Newland

Another example of Trump the hero of working folk fucking them same folk…
https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-new-proposal-cheats-8-million-working-people-of-overtime-pay/

https://nelp.app.box.com/s/4py7yv2r4do086gmfxo7sdxztjygsd1a

Posted in Revamping the Tax Code: a New "Fair Taxation Plan"

Mostly some quotes and an inequality link…

https://inequality.org/facts/inequality-and-health/

“Yet hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.”
–SITTING BULL
LAKOTA LEADER (1831-1890), AT THE POWDER RIVER COUNCIL, 1877

“The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands — the ownership and control of their livelihoods — are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.”

– HELEN KELLER
FIRST DEAF-BLIND PERSON TO EARN A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, ESSAY IN OUT OF THE DARK, 1913

“Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution.”

–STEPHEN HAWKING
ENGLISH THEORETICAL PHYSICIST, COSMOLOGIST, AND AUTHOR (1942-2018)

“The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”

–ADAM SMITH

SCOTTISH POLITICAL ECONOMIST (1723-1790)

“We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

–LOUIS BRANDEIS
U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE (1856-1941)

“Behind every great fortune is a crime.”
–HONORE DE BALZAC
FRENCH NOVELIST (1799-1850)

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
–FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1882-1945), SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, 1937

“The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes.”

–JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES
BRITISH ECONOMIST (1883-1946)

“How does one put together a democracy based on the concept of equality while running an economy with ever greater degrees of economic inequality?”

–LESTER THUROW
AMERICAN ECONOMIST (1938-2016), SHIFTING FORTUNES (1999)

“The liberty of the strong, whether their strength is physical or economic, must be restrained.”

–ISAIAH BERLIN
BRITISH POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER (1909-1997)


We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.
-Eduardo Galeano-

Posted in Quotes of Note