GOP - Does the G stand for Greed?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took members of both parties by surprise this week when he reported to a House panel that he believed transparency alone would not work and that some financial products should be totally banned. Rep. Tom Price, appeared alarmed by the Fed chairman's reversal in philosophy and asked for an example of a product that should be banned. Bernanke didn't miss a beat. "No-doc loans," he said, referring to loans sold to borrowers with no documentation of their income or ability to repay. The GOP is complaining to Bernanke that a proposed consumer financial product agency would encourage banks to offer "plain vanilla" financial products -- like easily-understood, fixed-rate, 30-year mortgages. Committee Republicans are saying this is no role for the government. Once again the republican are on the side of banks - Does the G in the GOP stands for greed?
The now-infamous Rep. Alan Grayson has another verbal tirade against Republicans. Yesterday he said, "America is sick of you, Republican Party; you're a lie factory, that's all you do," he added. "Why don't you work together with the Democrats to solve America's problems instead of making stuff up?" Bless you - Alan Grayson for being an optimist. The republicans have been lying to protect business interests since the Gilded Age of the late 1800s
Nothing ever changes! G has always stood for greed.
The National Parks: America’s Great Idea
I had the opportunity to watch Ken Burns’ twelve and one half hours documentary of our national parks. I wrote down many names of our national parks but that is not the essence of this report. As I watched his documentary, I kept notes – three pages or six sides. I will share with you my notes but I will not elaborate on them. You will have the choice of formulating your own ideas.
We see God more in nature than we see Him in people. God reveals Himself through nature. Sacredness means different things to different people. Americans are materialistic and money is their god. Wildness is a necessity. Man is redeemed by wilderness. Nature rejuvenates man.
We need to leave the national parks as they are. Salvation can be found in the natural world. Our beautiful areas are seen as money makers for unscrupulous persons and so these areas are desired by such men. If persons see a dollar in nature, a person, and/or wildlife, it will be exploited for the almighty dollar. It seems like nothing ever changes in our country. The battle over conservation will always be a problem. The enemies of wildness are everywhere.
Some wealthy persons in the early 1900s were concerned about nature’s beauty and they sought to preserve its beauty. The beauty of nature has spirituality to it. It is important to enjoy and to study the natural sciences.
There are Americans who have exploited our nation’s beauty for the benefit of a few interest groups. We need to work together as a nation or we will collapse and destroy ourselves. The U.S. Supreme Court will side with powerful wealthy persons and with our American corporations to destroy our beautiful nation. Oil companies and coal companies will be major predators in destroying our country. The national parks offer spirituality to human beings.
We did have some early and great Americans with a vision to make our nation’s beauty, a gift, for all people and not to only a gift for wealth people and for American corporations. There are people who see God in nature.
The killing of human beings and of wildlife is totally engrained in the American psyche. Wildlife is as important as scenery. It is important to preserve wildlife in its natural state! We have seen the slaughter of birds and the destruction of our beautiful parks and scenery. During the Depression the Civilian Conservation Corp has helped to improve our national parks. Public projects have also helped. Scenery and wildlife go together.
We have seen the extinction of the passenger pigeon and we cannot let our wildlife become extinct.
The struggle will always be whether or not we preserve our beautiful natural resources or whether we use our natural resources to benefit powerful interest groups. We need our national parks and these parks must be open and accessible for all the people.
We will need to keep in mind that wildlife must be preserved but animals are not pets.
The most dangerous species are human beings. Man seeks to destroy the beauty of nature. There will always be a fight between human beings who wish to preserve and save nature and those human beings who want to destroy and exploit nature. The struggle between preservation and use of nature will continue.
What was a positive experience in the early days of expanding the number of national parks was that people who were interested in more national parks did not have to confront powerful lobbyists. Today, the many lobbyists would win and they would destroy our beautiful nature and nation. The use of our beautiful nature would be for the benefit of a small group as opposed to the enjoyment for many people. We slaughter wildlife for the benefit of the few against the interests of the many.
We need to remember that these battles will always be part of the American psyche. We must work to restore the beauty of nature and our country on a daily basis. We will need to be on guard against hatred, corruption, and lies as well as destruction, murder, and privatization in the United States.
WE NEED MORE aLAN GRAYSONs IN OUR COUNTRY!!!
Will Obama have the cajones to oust General McCrystal of his duties.
Obama has been in an alley fight with the Greed Party and he is getting pummeled.
Here is an article from one of my favorite writers.
After reading Mr. Roberts' article I can feel the noose around my neck.
I pray everyday to my God. I pray that hell is not a continuation of the United States.
THREE CHEERS FOR ALAN GRAYSON!!!
Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading.
In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.
Remember what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq!
Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.
Breast cancer gene discovery 'most important for 20 years'
Scientists have found a faulty gene linked to half of all breast cancers which experts have hailed as the most important discovery in the disease since the 1970s.
I've been meaning to get around to posting this link for a while. I wrote this a few years ago (2005 I think), and it just seems more justified than ever. Title "President of the Lambs," it's an essay that takes seriously the idea that sociopaths are running amuck in the GOP, Wall Street, and society in general. I ended by proposing that if we drug-test people for employment, why not Hare PCL/R test as a prerequisite for holding office or running any big corporation, etc. I think people could actually be sold on the idea, since even teabaggers would not admit they want sociopaths running the government, and they'd assume only the Bad Guys would have a problem passing the psych exams.
Not that it'd be easy to implement, but lots of not-easy things get done.
Yes -- the lie will no longer stand up to the light. The light is getting stronger inside each one of us. It is our responsibility to all grow that light and shine it like Thom, Like Grayson -- like all lights that lifted up the afflicted throughout our long Story. Each one of us must do this to complete the circle of mirrors that will reflect the Truth and shatter the web of lies....
Re: the 45,000 dead from lack of access to care ---
From the Huffington Post today:
“…according to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 people die annually from preventable medical errors. To put this into perspective, 98,000 deaths is like two 737s crashing every day for a whole year. “
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-tarricone/tort-reform-a-bad-bargai...
Add this number to the number of people that die from getting no treatment at all to get the true size of the catastrophe. Add in the number of homeless from foreclosure and we almost have to stop counting…. In addition, a drug and machine driven medical approach can’t ever begin to measure the number of new cancers from overuse of MRIs and X-rays, etc. The number of immune system failures from overuse of antibiotics, and the rash of secondary “diseases” that are actually side-effects of drugs that are essentially poisons. I personally have cared for two persons dying not from their original illnesses but from the side-effects of the drugs.
There is no profit in health – except for the healthy. The poison and cut and hammer and weld system of health care itself is a failure. We need access to health and that includes responsible counseling and guidance toward real food, real natural medicines, clean air and water, contact with nature, and less stressful corporate-controlled workplaces.
PS: the Bee is a drone. Bee careful.