(practicable) instant ubiquitous TRUE democracy
Ranked Ballot (voters ranking candidates in order of preference) plus “Organized Communications” will put an end to war & all other forms of violence, past & present. Because it always elects the candidate most exactly in the middle of all voting, “RB” is top-dead-center counter extremist, & thus more anti-terrorist than all the many recent retrenchments combined. Because it gives an equal chance of winning to not just all parties, but all combinations of programs, RB is the only thing that’s truly just & free. (RB is the sole unchangeable plank & bylaw of the Preferential Ballot Party, the only practicable third party.) We imagine running on the single issue of RB, promising a citizens’ advisory board based on Organized Communications (“OC”, small randomly assigned discussion groups electing reps to higher & higher random levels, by means of RB, until one small group, exactly in the middle of all voting, remains at the top) to guide us in the rest That’s the instant part. You do the same, from the most local on up.
By the power of its example alone, RB will give us practicable instant worldwide true democracy. Virtually no democracy has ever been attacked by another. In a world of only democracies, there would no longer be need of the counter-productive wastefulness of armies, war or the preparation for war.
DR. STEVEN BEST CO-FOUNDED THE ANIMAL LIBERATION PRESS OFFICE, WHOSE REPRESENTATIVES SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE MILITANT ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. HIS ACTIVISM HAS EARNED HIM A LIFETIME BAN FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NEARLY COST HIM HIS TEACHING JOB.
JH: Why do you think there’s so much hostility between the anti-capitalist Left and the animal rights movement?
SB: The Left has disdain for the animal rights movement because the Left is humanist and speciesist. The Left politics are always about human rights above all else. The highest ethic that the Left has been able to reach in terms of animal rights is animal welfarism, which is the ethic of the industry and which is a euphemism for animal torture…it’s like their peddling ‘Clean Coal’ or something….Now, the Left also sees animal rights people as elitist. Some people of color, rightly so, see (them) as, maybe not racist, but certainly not anti-racist. There is a problem of white elitism in the animal rights and vegan movement; there is no doubt about it. The composition of the movement is overwhelmingly white, middle class. It promotes all these expensive cruelty free products. It doesn’t take its message into the inner city. It never targets people of color. There’s a huge gulf between black vegans and white vegans. It really is a very isolated movement.
JH: So to a degree, do you sympathize with that criticism of the animal rights movement?
Based in New Mexico, the Los Alamos Study Group (LASG) has filed a lawsuit against the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) because of the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). The CMRR-NF is an unnecessary $4.2 billion addition to LANL, helping maintain nuclear weapons production in particular. LASG says, "It is a real and symbolic provocation that will undermine global efforts toward disarmament and non-proliferation." Creating more plutonium pits at any rapid or slow rate is unnecessary, but worse than that, it's completely foolish. Ask anyone who suffered from the outrageous work of Rocky Flats in Colorado, "Should we take the same risks with the current generation that we took with your generation and your life ?"
LASG reminds the public that "The CMRR project is said to replace the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building, an old structure that the laboratory has partially abandoned."
Trinity Nuclear Abolition reminds the public that, "The CMR has been doing the same job that Rocky Flats did in Colorado, only on a smaller scale. The CMR represents the social sins of nuclearism, as much as any other facility in the world creating plutonium pits."
Here in Colorado a scandal in the race for state Governor has emerged. The campaign of Republican front-runner, Scott McInnis, is increasingly derailing due to findings of plagiarism he committed while working for a local, politically-connected foundation. Now, overall we at RAIM can care less about the bourgeois elections in Amerika and have no preference between Mayor Hickenlooper and the Republican candidate appealing to who can give Coloradans more stolen superprofits. We bring this up because the details of this affair is yet another example of Amerikan parasitism in practice.
Before entering the Gubernatorial race McInnis was a congressman from Colorado. After leaving Congress in 2004 he received a fellowship for the next two years from the Hasan Family Foundation, based in Pueblo, Colorado.
The Foundation is run by the Hasan family, who became rich through profit-based managed health care, and who are prominent Republican donors. Some in the family are entering into politics.(1) Hasan family members also formed Muslims for Bush in 2004, later changed to Muslims for America. (2) The purpose of the foundation, founded in 1993 is, “to promote health and education initiatives in Southern Colorado and to bring better understanding of Muslim and South Asian cultures in the United States.”(3) They gave thousands of dollars to McInnis campaigns, and in turn McInnis mentioned the Hasans two times in the public record in Congress. McInnis was paid $300,000 to write and do public work, like speeches, about water policy. An issue not part of the foundation’s goals. This was likely a sweetheart deal for a former congressman and a foundation who wanted a rising political star on their letterhead.
A Wall Street Reform bill was signed into law by President Obama Wednesday. Since the Great Depression, the financial reform bill is going to be one of the biggest changes to the financial industry. At the signing ceremony for the financial reform bill after months of debate, Obama called Wall Street reform "the strongest consumer financial protections in history.". Republicans called the bill a permanent Wall Street bailout that would hurt small community banks and send jobs overseas.
Becoming law is the financial reform bill
Two years after runaway Wall Street greed nearly collapsed the U.S. economy, the president signed the bill after months of debate. The bill barely passed in Senate although Politico reports Democrats wanted a bipartisan financial reform bill. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were agreed by many to be the reason for the 2008 financial crisis, making the bill inaccurate. Rules in place might cause numerous jobs to be moved overseas with the financial reform bill.
Attending guests at signing ceremony
Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut were at the signing ceremony along with other Congress who supported the bill. The Washington Post tells us that what will tell us most about the bill is not those who attended; rather, those who didn't attend will tell us more. The event didn't send out invitations to the following- Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, John Stumpf of Wells Fargo, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase, and James Dimon of Morgan Stanley.
Foundation for a Drug Free World’s uses educational materials to attack dangerous and addictive painkillers.
July 25, 2010 – Clearwater, Fl – Pain management clinics are set up specifically to provide addictive pain medication to their clients. While some individuals with serious injuries may have a valid need for strong pain-relieving drugs, a large number of the customers of these “pill mills” simply need the drugs to satisfy an addiction. Many travel hundreds of miles across state lines to get the highly addictive Oxycontin, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Percoset or other similar drugs.
Law enforcement has recently been aggressively addressing the problem and the news media has given it attention as well. However just identifying the problem and exposing misdeeds does not solve it. If young people formed a strong objection to these sort of drugs through their own self-knowledge at an early age they would be less likely to be drawn into the destructive pattern of drug addiction.
The Foundation for a Drug Free World has produced factual, informative and interesting educational materials, which specifically deal with the prescription drugs causing the addictions that have reached epidemic proportions in Florida.
“When people have the facts, they can’t be fooled or lied to, and they will make positive decisions for their lives,” said Julieta Gil, President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Florida Chapter, “With drug education we can prevent careless experimentation with addictive drugs that ruin lives, careers and can even be deadly.”
The Foundation works to prevent drug abuse by providing the truth about drugs in a series of informative booklets, impacting public service announcements, informational videos and educator's guides.
The United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed to remind people that human torture is unacceptable – and in many cases it is also a crime. On this day attention mostly goes to victims of war, prison and violent crimes, in countries of unrest predominately known for human rights violations. Youth for Human Rights Florida President Dustin McGahee points out that bullying is a form of torture here in the United States and across the globe, and a violation of Human Right #5, No Torture.
In England, a child is a victim of a violent attack every 20 seconds, with official statistics showing 1,719,000 under-16s were assaulted last year. Youth are three times more likely to be victims of violence than adults - and most of the attacks are perpetrated by other youth. Statistics exposed the fact that nearly one in four youth were a victim last year, and total offences against children topped the two million mark.
This generation of youth has varied ways to mentally torture someone they might consider an enemy. Eight out of 10 children in India have been through negative online experiences that include cyber-bullying or online harassment, and only 50 percent of the parents know what their children go through, according to a recent survey in India.
~ THESE 2 CUTESY MAINE U.S. SENATORS COLLINS & SNOW ARE OBVIOUSLY ALSO LOVING & CARING SOULS ~
AMERICAN CORPORATONS HAVE ABANDONED OUR U.S. LABOR FORCE 4 ASIA & MAINE'S U.S.SENATORS COLLINS & SNOW HAVE MADE SURE TO STAND BY OUR USA MIDDLE ~CLASS & POORER CITIZENS....
LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICAN COMMENDS THESE TWO SPECIAL AND REAL LIFE U.S. SENATORS FROM THE BEAUTIFUL AND FRIENDLY STATE OF MAINE.BOTH THESE TWO U.S. SENATORS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN OUR MIDDLE~CLASS AND POORER AMERICANS NEEDS MORE THEN THEIR POLITICAL PARTIES NEEDS!!!
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Senate set to vote on extended unemployment benefits Tuesday
The Senate is expected to vote on a bill to restore extended unemployment benefits on Tuesday, shortly after a successor to the late Sen. Robert Byrd is sworn in.
Byrd's replacement is expected to give the Senate the 60th vote needed to pass a bill that would continue extended benefits through Nov. 30. The House passed an extension on July 1, but the Senate, without Byrd, fell one vote short.
Until recently, people who exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits (up to 26 weeks) could then receive up to 73 weeks of federally funded benefits, for a total of 99 weeks in high-unemployment states including California. The federal benefits come in four successive tiers ranging from six to 20 weeks, followed by a 20-week extension with special rules known in California as Fed-Ed.
By Captain Eric H. May
The Lone Star Iconoclast
HOUSTON, 7/15/10 -- The U.S. Government's Homeland Security , FBI and Coast Guard have teamed up with BP's security police in Texas City, Texas to roust journalists who ask questions or take pictures (i.e., do journalism). Claiming Patriot Act powers, they confiscate whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want, and from whomever they want.
Enter the Health Ranger, Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com, to do battle with "Brit Pee," as Texas Citizens are now calling it. He wrote a 7/7 column, still going viral, in which he considered the possible reasons for BP's platoons of goons. He close with thought-provoking ideas about the BP "nuclear option" to fix the catastrophe along the Gulf Coast. He wrote:
"There is a conspiracy under way right now. It's a conspiracy between the U.S. government and British Petroleum to cover-up all evidence of what's really happening in the Gulf Coast."
"See, rather than tell the truth about what's happening in the Gulf, BP has resorted to police state tactics to threaten the media and intimidate journalists, threatening them with arrest, detainment and felony crimes if they get close enough to snap photos of what's really going on in the Gulf Coast."
"Perhaps BP and the federal government are about to unleash a nuclear explosion to stop the oil outflow, and they don't want anyone knowing about it until it's already done."
"Perhaps the U.S. government is planning a multi-state roundup and evacuation of the population to clear out the entire Gulf Coast region in anticipation of something big and dangerous (such as a nuke, or an oil-soaked firestorm of a major U.S. city, or a dangerous new chemical being dumped in the Gulf by BP, etc.)"
Housing First! No More Deaths! is holding a Rally for Affordable Housing
at 1241 Elm Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado from 10am-12pm, Thursday, July 15th.
The rally will highlight the lack of affordable housing here in the Grand Valley.
We will be outside of one of the last buildings of affordable Single Room
Occupancy (SRO) housing in the Grand Valley which is slated to be
demolished, to make room for another Mesa State College parking lot.
The current tenants have until tomorrow to move out. Mesa State is then taking
ownership. Some people forced from the building will likely be at the
The lack of affordable housing in the valley is a huge community issue.
According to the Grand Junction Housing Authority there are 2,400 families
on waiting lists for housing assistance (as was quoted at July 13th’s City
of Grand Junction Subcommittee of Homeless and Transient Populations).
The valley’s long-term Comprehensive Plan’s Housing Strategy calls for
only 1000 units of Affordable Housing to be built with in the next
ten-years. Clearly not enough. A loss, of even a small building like this
one with 21 units of housing, hurts our community, and will contribute to
the growing houseless population.
Houselessness has become a much bigger issue this year, but it is
essentially a housing issue. If folks had a house rather than a tent,
there would not be police attacking camps. Housing is the solution.
Justice did not materialize in Oakland for Oscar Grant, just as it is delayed and denied for millions of victims of Amerikkka.
The BART pig who killed Grant, Johannes Mehserle, was given the lightest sentence possible short of acquittal, involuntary manslaughter, and the jury rejected the more serious charge of second degree murder. This despite the fact that the shooting was caught on camera and the pig had claimed he was reaching for his taser and not his gun when he shot Grant, who was unarmed.
The people were justifiably angry. There were protests and rebellions in Oakland following, and self-proclaimed community leaders attempted to keep the people calm for the benefit of the system. 78 people were reported arrested in Oakland.(1) Solidarity protests happened across the country, as people all over were outraged. In Denver a solidarity protest turned out 50 people, organized by the local Anarchist Black Cross chapter at the last minute.(2)
The claim of mistaking a Taser for a gun is so dubious in and of itself. Local author and indigenous rights activist Ben Whitmer, who is also a concealed carry holder, tears apart the ridiculousness of that defense here: http://benjaminwhitmer.com/index...
Of the twelve jurors on the trial, held in Los Angeles, not one of them was Black, and several of the jurors admitted to being friends or relatives of cops.(3) Attorney John Burris, representing the Grant family, said at a press conference, “In my long history being involved in police matters since 1979 and well over 30 homicides with police, never have I had a case when a police officer was convicted of any crime against an African American male.”(4)
Afghans paid nearly a billion dollars in bribes in 2009, up from 466 million in 2007, according to the Kabul-based NGO, Integrity Watch Afghanistan. The rapid growth of corruption in Afghanistan, which includes not just monetary payments but nepotism and sexual extortion, occurs only years into the US’s occupation of the country.
According to the report, 15% of households were affected by land-related corruption in 2009. Another report by the UN paints an even grimmer picture, stating Afghans paid out $2.5 billion in bribes, and that Afghans themselves consider corruption to be the country’s biggest problem.
Presumably, neither of the polls asked Afghans what role the occupation might have or if imperialism was the biggest problem facing the country. This is because both surveys were crafted to serve not the masses of Afghanistan, but imperialism’s long-term rule over them.
Nonetheless, the reports offer important insights. Though imperialists deliver pretty speeches about freedom, democracy and prosperity, they impose and maintain a social order which actively denies these things to the masses of the world. At places where imperialism is most directly involved, whether Third World industrial compounds or countries with militarily-imposed puppets, the masses have the least freedom, democracy and prosperity.
Compared with the paltry 1- 2.5 billion dollars in bribes, Afghans have paid many times more than this in the form of exploitation of their labor and resources, as well as in their lives due to the US’s war. This daily injustice occurs not just to benefit of the imperialists and their Third World lackeys, but their First World lackeys as well, i.e. the majority of people in the First World who are bought-off into supporting this rotten system.
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There was a highway banner protest today at the Fort Collins / Windsor exit and I-25. Highway patrol approached us and we told the officer we are within our rights to hold the banner as long as we don't attach it to anything, it doesn't hang over the freeway and we are not blocking traffic. After initially telling us we had to leave, he later agreed with us that we were with in our rights to be there. (He checked with his supervisor to confirm what we told him).
The protest is about the re-defining of Corporations with the same rights as human beings with the ability to flood our political system with money thereby corrupting democracy. May 10th is the 127th anniversary of the Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad decision established that a railroad corporation possessed equal protection "rights" identical to living human beings under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The 14th Amendment was a post-Civil War decision specifically intended to apply to freed slaves.
Move to amend Fort Collins will continue to organize with the aim of establishing a grass roots movement that will eventually be able to purge our political system of the corruptive / corrosive influence of money. Many people involved in Move to amend and Move to amend Fort Collins have been involved in the Occupy movement and realize that Corporate power is only one aspect of a sick and dysfunctional system that must be changed.
Pentagon Loses Court Case over Refusal to Release Names of SOA/ WHINSEC Graduates
Oakland, CA – In a rare reflection of judicial independence, United States District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton from the Northern District of California ordered the Pentagon to release the names of who trains and teaches at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC), a U.S. military training school for Latin American soldiers that has been connected to torturers, death squads and military dictators throughout the Americas. Human rights activists had taken the U.S. government to court over its refusal to release the information, and won.
Read the court ruling here: SOAW.org/judgment
SOA Watch compiled the names, course, rank, country of origin, and dates attended for every soldier and instructor at the SOA/ WHINSEC from 1946 to 2003. After researchers exposed many cases of known human rights abusers attending the WHINSEC (despite claims that the "new" school was committed to human rights), and shared this research with Congressional decision-makers, the Department of Defense (DOD) refused to disclose any future information about students or teachers at the WHINSEC. The human rights community and the U.S. Congress did not agree with the decision. In 2008 and 2009, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill demanding that the DOD release this information. President Obama signed this measure into law. However, SOA/ WHINSEC supporters in Congress managed to slip in the caveat that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates could issue a waiver to ignore the public's right to know and refuse to release the information, if he "determines it to be in the national interest." Predictably, Obama's Secretary of Defense used the waiver to deny human rights organizations and the public access to any more information.