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Uniquely American denial of Climate Change increasingly Political and Suicidal - "God is burning us up."

Quote from economist-ethicist Clive Hamilton.: "The desire to disbelieve deepens as the scale of the threat grows."

Time Management Tips for Activists

I appreciate Thom's response to my request for time-saving tips for activists (in my case, writing a book). Here is a summary:

Fort Knox, what for?

We have according to most recent inventory 7 trillion dollars worth of Gold in Fort Knox. Every year we, the citizens of the USA, spend millions maintaining and gaurding this Gold. Unlike Oil, Gold is not being consumed by the United States government, nor is it of military importance. In fact I don't know of any consequence of eliminating Fort Knox and the Gold except a reduction in our government expenses. In addition it would eliminate our entire foreign debt to sell it off.

Great Bush recession?

Is a recession named by the person that was at the end or the beginning of the recession? I think it should be called the great Regan recession. Isn't that more discriptive? I mean Bush was just following in Regans footsteps right? Not to light Bush's incompitence!!!

regulations boo whoo

Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act is a public land giveaway.

H.R. 2852, “The Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act of 2011,” introduced in the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. This hearing comes during Great Outdoors America Week, in the heart of National Wilderness Month, and just days before Public Lands Day on September 24.

Yay, FDA to Ban Asthma Inhalers

Good to see we have our priorities right. A puff of medicine that could save a human life? Nothing compared to the microscopic damage it could do to our very-fragile ecosystem.

Now, this isn't a ban on asthma inhalers per se. Just the current crop of them. Alternate forms of propulsion are available.

DeJa Vue; The Republican Debate Fallout

To paraphrase the last paragraph in Thom Hartmann's essay tonight; The Republican Debate fallout is a sad glimpse into the bigotry and fear that have infected America since the days of the KKK and apparently is still alive and well. We do need to revisit another period in american history for historical perspective though. Again I refer to the Committee on Public Information, the first nationally sanctioned propaganda organization.

A very Instructive Chart

I came across this chart in my local Democratic newsletter. It illistrates perfectly how conservative lawmakers kill any job gains under President Obama with their austerity measures (i.e. by firing government employees) and are destroying any chance for a recovery by offsetting private sector job creation with public sector layoffs..

Yahoo - Washington Post - Bilderberg - and the Wall Street Protests

As you may know, some 5,000 folks have been staging a protest on Wall St. this week. As you may also know, the corporate media haven’t reported on it at all, just as they failed to adequately report on the events in Wisconsin. And you may know, too, that Yahoo stepped in with overt censorship of emails concerning the protest.

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Patrizia Ciminello

I am: A Happy Happy Nat'l Park Interpreter/Park Ranger! Second career after 30 years of working with kids (Special & Regular Ed). Almost a perfect fit. Leaning all I can, and loving nearly every bit of it! :D

Colorado 2006 Democratic Platform and Lessons Learned

Thom has mentioned a number of times that I participated in various aspects of the Colorado Democratic Party.

I did for a while and came to some interesting perspectives.

A lot of activism ends up being having a placebo effect. You work VERY hard and feel you did something, but often get ignored in the end.

Here is an example. I was one of the key people in assembling the 2006 Colorado Platform, a compilation of input from many citizens throughout the state and one of the more democratic proceeses in the country.

Northern Californian Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey's New Green America agenda

The New Green America Agenda

Righty rhetoric

Whenever the national discussion, moves a fraction of an inch in the direction of a slight tax increase on those who have the most, the backlash in the media ensues .

Most notable are the defensive arguments describing the demonstrable work ethic associated with can do, people of means.

Ok, so rich people, supposedly, work hard.

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Florida cops are taking tons of people's property!

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