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Nov. 8th, 2016

xmas - snow

madman101

Bernie, Trump, and the Loss of the Middle Class

I almost completed a good, long intro to this post, weeks ago, but it was erased by an unexpected "refresh" by my NoScript. I will probably write something similar to it later. The gist of it was - is - that the long-degenerative economy, correlated to the sucking of wealth to the "upper" 1%, has given rise to something which I called, "The New Middle." NPR recently did some stories on this, using the same term(!), but it failed to take account of the political dynamics behind the declining middle class.

The New Middle is a populist, uncertain uprising of those who have been marginalised by the failing economy...Collapse )

July 30, 2016: Hillary's Convention Con - by Ralph Nader...

The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic.

She said she’d tax the wealthy for public necessities, but declined to mention a sales tax on Wall Street speculation that could bring in as much as $300 billion a year to support such initiatives. She opposed “unfair trade agreements,” but remarkably omitted saying she was against the TPP (the notorious pending Trans Pacific Trade Agreement backed by Obama that is receiving wide left/right opposition).

She paid lip service to a “living wage” but avoided endorsing a $15 an hour minimum wage, which would help single moms and their children – people she wants us to believe have been her enduring cause. Few people know that it took until the spring of 2014 before candidate Clinton would come out for even a $10.10 minimum wage. News reports noted that Clinton, a former member of Walmart’s board of directors and Arkansas corporate lawyer, was wrestling with how to support $10.10 per hour without alienating her Wall Street friends.

“Caring for kids” doesn’t extend to encircled Gaza’s defenseless children, hundreds of whom were killed by American-made weapons wielded by the all powerful Israeli military. Gaza is the the world’s largest open air prison and under illegal blockade. Remember, as Secretary of State, Hillary fully backed war crimes, condemned by almost all countries in the world. On the stage in Philadelphia, she spoke of backing Israel’s security without any mention of Palestinian rights or the need to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the territories.


Nov. 6th, 2016

lennon studio

madman101

A Call To Vote Your Heart

The Election Deception Of 2016:  A Call To Vote Your Heart

Oct. 17th, 2016

b hat

madman101

Unfair Trade UPDATE

Thousands protest TTIP, CETA deals in France, Poland, & Spain as EU vote looms closer


People march to protest against the planned CETA free trade agreement (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) between the European Union and Canada, and similar plans between EU and United States (TTIP) in Warsaw, Poland October 15, 2016 © Agencja Gazeta / Reuters

September 24 - URGENT MESSAGE – STOP CETA – ADOPT THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

September 28 - The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare

Oct.10 - Our Revolution: We Still Have to Fight the TPP

October 14 - Think Hillary Will Flip Flop and Support TPP? So Does Her Speech Writer — Leaked Email

Oct. 12th, 2016

lennon studio

madman101

Actress Shailene Woodley arrested during pipeline protest

Dakota Access Pipeline Police Celebrate Columbus Day by Continuing Brutal Tradition


Shailene Woodley

"Snowden" actress arrested while filming Dakota Access Pipeline protests liveCollapse )

tags: dakota access pipeline | movies - 'snowden' - Oh... and Canada

Sep. 17th, 2016

b hat

madman101

Pardons on Assange - and Snowden - being blocked!

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to speak from the balcony [Feb.5?] of the Ecuadorian embassy, where he's lived since 2012.

Court won't drop Julian Assange rape investigation

CBS: STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dismissing the latest attempt by the 45-year-old Australian to make prosecutors drop a rape investigation from 2010.

The decision by the Svea Court of Appeal means that the arrest warrant stands for the 45-year-old computer hacker, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by seeking shelter at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.

Assange, who denies the rape allegation, has challenged the detention order several times. He says he fears he will be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges if he leaves the embassy.

His Swedish defense lawyer, Per Samuelson, said he would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Read and see more here - Assange; Snowden; Manning; Love, and an Illinois caseCollapse )

Sep. 15th, 2016

b hat

madman101

Breaking News -

Aug. 25th, 2016

duh - zombies

madman101

#NOTTP



JUGGERNAUT: The Trans-Pacific PUTSCH that just won't die!

Aug. 8th, 2016

eek - bleh!

madman101

The End of the American Dream and Beyond

From social to economics to politics, to climate and earth changes, the end seems near for centuries of progress...

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0322/2477/products/corp_flag_1024x1024.jpg?v=1448499510
... and for decades of trickle-down, debt-induced delusion.  As we progressed, we sold out, and off-shore. To the banks and mega-corps. Now we daftly agree to disagree, and disagree, and disagree... Meanwhile, leading economic indicators continue to point to one thing: A growing bifurcation between the now-poor middle class, and the corporate elites, who eat our land, and weather, and taxes, and health, and wealth - and play left against right, and so on. And the mega-media likes it this way: Manufacturing consent, and fear, and false flags, and war. Is this what we bargained for?

So - I put together an awkward little compendium of articles relating to the faltering of our drunken journey to OZ, especially as of late - and to come. Pedantic economics, mainly. Let's start with an article from late 2014, when times were simpler, and most people had never heard of Bernie Sanders...

7 facts that show the American dream is dead - and other ominous articles...Collapse )

Note: I have less or worse to say about the Status-Quo Republicans.

Jul. 7th, 2016


auntkatsattic

How about that TPP? Just say, "NO!"

The TPP or Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement would effectively institutionalize the worst working and environmental conditions currently present Third World countries. And if a government passed an OSHA type law to improve working conditions, the government, aka, taxpayers, would have to pay for facility upgrades!!!

July 4, Wall Street Journal: Bernie Sanders Says Clinton Allies Frustrating Plan to Block TPP Vote
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/07/03/bernie-sanders-says-clinton-allies-frustrating-plan-to-block-tpp-vote/

July 3, ABC: Sanders Wages Fight for Democrats to Show 'Strong Opposition' to Trans-Pacific Trade Deal
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sanders-wages-fight-democrats-show-strong-opposition-trans/story?id=40313573

June 27, Berniesanders.com: Sanders Calls for Democratic Party to Oppose Trade Deal
https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-calls-democratic-party-oppose-trade-deal/

Word Document: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: THE TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE (TPP)
AGREEMENT MUST BE DEFEATED
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/the-trans-pacific-trade-tpp-agreement-must-be-defeated?inline=file

Petition at MoveOn: Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-the-trans-pacific

Petition at Democracy for America (Robert Reich): Tell the Democratic Platform Committee to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/stopTPPinDNCplatform/

Petition to the DNC from Credo Action: Sign the petition: The Democratic Party Platform must include unequivocal opposition to the TPP
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/dem_platform_tpp/?sp_ref=211300629.4.171613.o.1.2&referring_akid=.1322122.Ra7qjj&source=clickcopy_sp









Jun. 23rd, 2016

tiger

madman101

The Bernie Manifesto: "Here's what we want."

Bernie Sanders states the goals of the movement - in the often unfriendly Washington Post...

"My supporters and I want real change in this country." - https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/23/bernie-sanders-heres-what-we-want/

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