Googled people…

…who showed up in an Edward Abbey remembrance after his passing:http://www.gregorymcnamee.com/

Mary Sojurner was another in Abbey’s book- a link to one of her books, totally coincidentally on gambling addiction:
https://books.google.com/books?id=kL07ZBfzvp4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Mary+Sojourner&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjPnJez58zUAhXH7yYKHf2NDscQ6AEIKzAA#v=onepage&q=Mary%20Sojourner&f=false

And this must be the Bob Lippmann from flag- the attorney who defended Earth first
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-06-16/news/mn-1526_1_nuclear-facilities/2

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Think this Bill will get through this Congress…

…and signed by this "President"?-https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/20 known as :

H.R.20 – Government By the People Act of 2017

No summary is yet available at that link, which makes me wonder. But the full text of the bill can be checked out at:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr20/text

And a summary of sorts of an older version is at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_by_the_People_Act

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Mat Damon’s commencement address…

…to MIT…in full…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFNgoZ5-qAM

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More for the Education Chapters…

http://www.backpackfullofcash.com/

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL4WIUa2LyA

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A huge step in reclaiming our Democracy…

…is to defend and rebuild quality public education at all levels, especially in our most vulnerable communities. This is a larger issue than just being against Charters or for profit hedge fund sourced education corporations. But standing up to "them" also requires exposing the real story of "school choice".

This is a good petition to sign, I think…
https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-pbs-schools-inc-is-right-wing-propaganda?source=20170615sp1
And a quote:

The Public Broadcasting System is showing a three-hour “documentary" called Schools Inc. that tells a very one-sided story of school privatization. It is anti-public education propaganda.
The film was produced by the Libertarian Cato Institute (which supported Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary) and got funding by extreme right-wing conservative foundations–the Rose Mary and Jack Anderson Foundation, the Prometheus Foundation and the Steve and Lana Hardy Foundation.

We cannot allow this assault on public education go unanswered.

Our Message to Public Broadcasting System :

I am outraged that PBS would air a right-wing propaganda video like Schools Inc. that attacks public education. If you are going ahead with this airing, please broadcast Assistant Education Secretary Dianne Ravitch’s response to the film—and air the documentary "Backpack Full of Cash."

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Single Payer Plank to Platform is key…

…If we are to ever make needed fundamental changes to "our" Democracy… then "We the people…" need to organize around a coherent agenda that, among other things, elects Representatives at every level of government that are held accountable to serving the interests of the many, not the few at the top of the rigged economic system- as is now blatantly the case. Among the most basics tenets of this coherent agenda is that "We the people…" want a functioning Democracy that can easily and swiftly repeal and replace "National Wealth Care" with "National Health Care"- at every level, in all forms.
This is one of the key planks to our platform… there are many others that go hand in hand with this one, but this is certainly key….

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It’s time I start posting again…

…even if only to get the kinks out of the whole operation. so, this is another progressive left news and opinion site to add to those that I check out as I’m generating my own new advocacy site:
http://www.rawstory.com/ which was founded in 2004 by a guy named John Byrne… who is an alumni of Oberlin College:

https://oberlinreview.org/5612/news/john-byrne-oc-03-former-editor-in-chief-of-the-review-and-founder-of-the-grape-and-the-raw-story/

This guy should maybe be contacted, eh?
http://www.rawstory.com/about-our-company/ Their "abstract" is the following quote:

The Raw Story is an investigative news nexus that highlights underreported news and rejects the traditional media narratives of power and influence. Founded in Boston in 2004, Raw Story has grown from a pure play political news site to a collaborative, investigative powerhouse that reaches more than 1.6 million readers per month. Recent focal points have included Wikileaks, wiretapping and judicial abuse. We’re a big believer in transparency and the power of information to change lives. We also hold that telling the stories of those disenfranchised by popular media enriches our ability to understand and solve complex global challenges.

A bunch of links from a credo email, including at least one from rawstory:

CREDO Action Headlines:
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The need for a new “p’BD’DiA” stated clearly and plainly…

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/01/strip-and-flip-democracy-cage
By;
koehlercw or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

AND A PRESCIENT QUOTE:

When the civil rights movement dismantled the Jim Crow legal system in the ’60s, the status quo regrouped and created a police state. They called it the War on Drugs. Fitrakis and Wasserman call it the third Jim Crow, which began taking shape in the Nixon years. No one described it better than John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s chief domestic policy advisor, did in a 1994 quote to writer Dan Baum, which was finally published in Harper’s Magazine 22 years later:

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” Ehrlichman said. “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

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Single Payer as called for by Ralph Nader the Great…

…the man who should have been elected President in 2000, and probably would have been had it not been for the already extreme takeover of our Democracy by the ongoing "Money Coup" that has financed the right wing backlash of the last 40+ years and the meek response chase to the right the enfeebled and anemic and Wall Street co-opted Democratic Party- in short the one party duopoly that allows the "Dictatorship of the Oligarchy" that is what Neoliberal and Neocon globalization has given us: the imperial rule of transnational and trans sovereign corporate and personal ill gotten concentrated wealth. Anyway, a great piece by Mr. Ralph Nader:
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/31/end-greedy-silence-enough-already

When the companies and their apologists argue for a “free market” approach to healthcare, you can retort – what free market? Half the money coming to these companies is from the federal, state and local governments. Taxpayers also pay tens of billions of dollars for much of the discovery and testing of drugs. Tax breaks and loopholes in patent laws block generic drugs and distort the free market.

Drug patents are by definition monopolies. Concentration by mergers and acquisitions of hospitals, clinics and physician practices (note dwindling independent cardiology practices) raise serious anti-trust issues. Fine print contract peonage takes away the consumers’ freedom of contract, as do the daily buy and sell equations, so often rendered by third parties for patients. Corporate billing and other crimes are endemic. What free market?

Each of you can help the Single Payer movement build momentum. Ask your members of Congress in writing if they support HR 676 and, if not, demand their appearance in person at a town meeting arranged by people like you to answer why. If they refuse, peacefully picket their local offices.

Ask the newspapers, radio and television stations, including the culpable public radio and public television, when are they going to cover the basic full Medicare reform supported by tens of millions of their listeners and viewers?

Finally, go to the website SinglePayerAction.org to find out what other people are doing and what more you can do with your friends and co-workers.

One percent of you, together with popular backing, can make it happen, through a persistent civic hobby. Remember, you only have to turn around less than 450 members of Congress.

Enough Already?

and go to this web site and become one of the 1% who can make this needed change and hugely important first or early step to "We the people…" truly reclaiming our American Democracy.
https://www.singlepayeraction.org/

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Dark Money and Baron von Trumpenstein…

googling: Mercer family ties to and support for Trump gets you these and a whole lot more…

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency by the great Jane Mayer

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/no-one-knows-what-the-powerful-mercers-really-want/514529/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-mercers-bannon-trump-20170318-story.html

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