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  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    and thanks for all your condolences and kind comments.

    www.salemchildrensvillage.org

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    Libertarian paradise youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QDv4sYwjO0

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    OBSERVATION: With all the Trutanich and Prop 1 A-F ads on KTLK 1150AM, one would think that I was listening to a less progressive station . . . While I am happy that advertising dollars are getting to a station that NEEDs them . . . Sigh.

  • Arlen Specter Checked A Card   10 years 14 weeks ago

    I'm wondering about those workers who choose not to "check the box", or to keep with the analogy, registered as independent. Since they didn't choose to join any "party" (or union to keep with the analogy), I'm guessing that they'd simply continue their jobs as before and would not become part of the "constitution". That would be quite a change from the current "secret ballot" law, where, once a union forms, ALL employees become part of that "bargaining unit", whether they voted yes or no.

    I suppose I could get behind that the whole "check to box to sign up" thing, as it seems reasonable. So, the employees that "check the box" all become members of that union, and in the future operate under its "constitution." Those that didn't "check the box" continue to negotiate their contracts on their own, either individually or possibly as a member of some other union for which they decide to "check the box."

    Would there be a facility for a member of a union to unregister, and return to being an independent employee, or possibly to "switch parties" (to keep with the registration theme) and join a different union that could negotiate a better deal for that worker?

    Sounds like a big change, but I guess if it gives us workers more freedom of choice and makes the unions compete to negotiate the best deal for the employees, I'd be all for it.

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    Thom,

    If inequality is a negative social dynamic, how can you take the position that it's acceptable for a minority of people (entrepreneurs and CEOs) in our society to make 30-40 times more than lower level workers? You've said that this 30-40 times difference in income is acceptable to you.

    That inequality of income becomes a profound inequality in wealth and social privilege.

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    Thom,

    I've had so many "sense of someone's death" experiences, along with a near-death experience and premonitions of things which happen in the future. I have mental connections with others who are hundreds or thousands of miles away --- even people I don't know. I also have a couple of very vivid memories of strange experiences that were in my mind either before I was born, or when I was a very young baby. I can't say I know for sure what all this is about, but it has given me a curious and open mind.

    Be well.

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    May 5th was the 4th anniversary of my mother's passing. My best wishes go out to you and your family as does the knowledge that the pain does lessen with the passage of time and the sense that they are still with us in a different way grows. Not a day passes I don't feel that she is still watching over me from somewhere.

    Now lets make this the country they gave us and drive out the moneychangers from the halls of power!!!

  • May 11th 2009 - Monday   10 years 14 weeks ago

    Welcome back and many blessings to your Mother in her transitioning. Salem's Children's Village has yet now another Guardian Angel.

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Peter B. Collins made a remark in passing about the single biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East being AIPAC. Why is it always Israel or American Jews who support Israel who are singled out as obstacles to peace. It seems like you are so willing to "overlook" suicide bombings (really homicide bombings), monetary and ideological support for terror by Iran, murderous behavior by Hamas and Hezbollah, and Hamas stated policy, which call for extermination of the Jewish state. If you really think you can single out Israel without acknowledging any of the aforementioned, then you're really disingenuous lack any true commitment to justice.

  • May 6-8 2009 Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Peter, I think there's an even larger issue here. The U.S. MUST eventually adopt single-payer healthcare. The industrial base and manufacturing we hope to rebuild (and the middle class) can't survive when competing against international manufacturing from other countries who DO have government-sponsored single-payer healthcare unless we have the same advantages.

  • May 6-8 2009 Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Where is the telephone number for Senators in exile calling from over there?

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Melanie Sloane, of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington fame, for SCOTUS!

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Wake up Lefties! The "theory" that airplanes destroyed WTC and that Osama Bin Laden was responsible is unfortunately naive and dismissive. There is a creditable and growing body of evidence that the towers and WTC#7 where destroyed by internal demolition charges of some undetermined type (There are multiple theories). The buildings did not pancake, they exploded into dust before our eyes. That is approximately 500,000 tons of steel and concrete per building vaporized in nine seconds. The most damming evidence is the rate of destruction : 9 seconds which is free fall speed which means there was NO resistance from the underlying structures. This is impossible. WTC#7 which was not hit by any aircraft "collapsed" into it's own footprint at about 5.00 pm on 9/11.Only a controlled demolition which takes months to plan can do this.

    Simply put, the required energy to destroy such large structures in the manner observed is many orders of magnitude greater than that created by gravitational acceleration alone.

    Please go to AE911Truth.org to educate yourself. These are professional architects and engineers that can't accept the official version based on the observable evidence. They only want a public and completely open government investigation with subpoena power and witnesses under oath where all the evidence can be presented.

    I don't know who destroyed WTC and I don't know why (I do have my own theories) but I do know the official explanation is absolute BS.

    Finally got to FBI.gov and click on the 10 Most Wanted. Click Usama Bin Laden. Notice that he is not wanted for any crimes related to 9/11.

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    The Real Opposition of Single Payer Health Care.

    Something that people don't talk about much is the fact that the whole medical insurance industry was created to protect large companies against employees hurt or poisoned on the job. These medical companies were expanded immediately to include townspeople as soon as they were able to figure out the model. These large companies created Medical insurance groups to protect themselves from anyone being able to sue them. The current Medical Insurance Complex is a Trojan Horse!! It's much more than that now, but its true identity is the Trojan Horse.

    In the famous Erin Brockovitch case we had all the victims of PG&E being served by PG&E company doctors. PG&E sent in their own doctors to take care of the sick town’s people and to treat them for problems they knew were caused by PG&E's own toxins. These doctors, paid by PG&E, lied straight out to these people. The first insurance legislation was created by Kaiser, a big corporation that specializes in mining and metals world wide. This is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. The Medical Insurance Agency is a Trojan Horse created to protect the world's giant corporations ability to dispose of filth cheaply right in our own backyards. Cheaply, if you don't count the cost of human suffering, pain, grief, loss, etc. They also enjoy the luxury of running dirty work sites that aren't expensive to run with disposable employees.

    If you have medical problems that the medical insurance group approves of or that won't keep you from working all day, they will help you. Otherwise, you're going to be put on the short list for ending service one way or another. The doctors operate without too much conscience because they are relieved of making these decisions by the bean counters and they don't have to feel conflicted. Any problems you might have involving possible exposure to industrial toxic chemicals will never be considered, tested for, or discussed. No matter how often you bring up this concern there will be no notes taken of this for the record.

    I have been dealing with HMOs providers that are completely married to huge polluters in my town. Very long story involving city water, 200 years of history, the railroad and oil industry, superfund sites, and thousands of documented illnesses at world record numbers in my hometown.

    Nothing protects a polluter more than a sick person with no access to health care. But to insure complete dominance of the land and resources at a cheap price, the medical health care industry provides a controlled health care designed to deflect victims from information regarding their illnesses and knowledge of exposure to chemical industrial waste. Most importantly, these victims are unable to create documentation. They are completely censored from understanding and proving a case against anyone in any way.
    This is the veiled truth of the Medical insurance companies. We are not just fighting the medical insurance companies for single payer health care; we are fighting all the other major polluters sitting quietly in the corner protecting their interests.

    I know this might sound kind of conspiracy theory-ish, but if you think about it, you will see why big business isn't clamoring to relieved themselves of the burden of health care. Of course we cannot forget the Pharmaceutical Industry, they are also involved. They protect themselves from lawsuits by controlling aspects of the medical industry as well.

    We are in for the big fight and people must understand who ALL the players are and what cards are being held. There is much at steak here and this part of the elite's activities are not really exposed or even understood.

    Peace People, Keep up the good fight.

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Peter,

    It seems like you’re accepting contradictory facts about 911. On the one hand, you seem to be accepting the belief that the 911 attacks were an inside job, i.e., a government conspiracy. On the other hand, you’re critical of the Bush administration for being terrified after 911 as recently stated by Condolezza.

    Can you see the contradiction? If they did it, what were they afraid of? Was it a case of “stop me before I kill again”? This acceptance of contradictory “facts” is one of the weaknesses I see in the “911 Truth Movement”.

    Another example is the claim that Donald Rumsfeld stopped flying on commercial aircraft prior to 911. If the administration was behind the attacks, wouldn’t they know when they were going to do it and which flights they were going to use?

    As for David Ray Griffin, he’s spent much of his professional life trying to explain why the God he believes in can create a world with a few phrases, but can’t intervene in the massive suffering that occurs on that world. For example, 50-60 thousand people will die of starvation today.

    I’m not impressed by David Ray Griffin’s credentials.

    I've also noticed that notable former intelligence people who have become fierce critics of the Bush administration seem to accept that the attacks were planned and carried out by al Qaeda. There are also the reports that the governments of several other countries tried to warn the U.S. about upcoming attacks. Were they warning the U.S. about the U.S. attacking itself?

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    It's true that the cowards running the country were afraid after 911. The response was typical of bullies to beat the hell out of anybody, usually Arab and of course color other than the color of themselves. The Iraq war was nothing more than a hate crime fueled by Cheney"s desire to take over the oil fields and the military deserter, W to strut around destroying a defenseless nation. The Bush crime family should be prosecuted for war crimes. Anything less than that is a crime in of itself. In other words, to let these war criminals off is un-American!!!!!!!!

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    As far as torture, republicans seem to like to oversimplify everything except when it comes to morality.

    Right is right and wrong is wrong. It seems pretty simple until you realize that the right is usually wrong and the left is often right.

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Dar has provided great information since I first heard him on DemocracyNow in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. Kudos to this choice of a guest.

  • May 6-8 2009 Wednesday through Friday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    What a breath of fresh air, Peter. In a few minutes, your conversation with Dar Jamal provided more information and honesty than on the Israel/Palestine issues than Thom has been willing to contemplate in years.

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    In addressing an other issue, (legalization of all drugs). I've witnessed very smart very nice people destroyed by drug addiction. One being a family member, he overdosed on heroin and alcohol. I think he wanted to live but accidentally put himself to the edge and then over. Though this was the last time he died, it was not the first. Heroin acts as a depressant and it can stop the heart and breathing. In the case for my family member, he died three times before his last. Paramedics revived him during previous deaths, only on his last death he was in a public location. Nobody noticed his passing, they thought he was asleep. Previous deaths occurred because he got a hold of a very pure heroin which according to him was unusual. He stated distributors or producers often cut the product with other substances. He said he sold heroin for a while and added other "harmless" substances to increase his profit as well. Oddly enough his friends upon his overdoses in the past went back to the dealers who sold the strong stuff because it was a good deal.

    The point is this. Drugs will never be wiped off the map. By legalizing drugs, controls can better be put on production and distribution to make sure what people are getting regardless of law, is consistent and not contaminated.

    The concept of shifting funding from a war on drugs to funding treatment is an other point brought up today. An other family member also had an addiction problem with heroin and methamphetamines. Do did her significant other. There came a time when I was instrumental in getting this person into help which quite possibly saved her life. She had life threatening infections therefor the state easily accepted her into treatment. I promised my family member to help her boyfriend get into treatment as well as a condition for her to voluntarily commit. Taking on the challenge seriously, I took on the role of almost impossible measures. Getting a person into detox is very challenging. I brought this person into the UW hospital in Seattle and they would not admit him. I called Harborview and they had a waiting list. I called the Crisis Line and found a place in Everett that had a very low budgeted detox center. It was more of a house with a volunteer staff that would only take you if your detox was not life threatening, such as alcohol detox. Long story short, it took a very frustrating day to get a strung out user into a detox center. I'm sure this person would never have tried as hard as I did to get treatment, though he did want it. Unfortunately, this outfit was not equipped to deal with his psychological needs and he left the next day.

    Legalize drugs and fund treatment for drug user, I agree %100.

    Lorne

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    I just want to point out that while Mormons did not explicitly believe that blacks were the seed of the Devil, they did believe that they were the seed of Cain, who they claimed had the "curse" of dark skin. The "third prophet" John Taylor, it should be noted, claimed that Cain and his descendants were the Devil's representatives on Earth. It was only until the 1970s that blacks were allowed to become full members of the church. In regard to the Mormon attitude toward Native Americans, that's another chapter. It is interesting to note that Mormons "explain" the prior racist attitudes by the church as "mistranslation" of the Book of Mormon.

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    It seems to me that now may be the last real opportunity the country has to make fundamental changes in the relationship between commerce and the social good, particularly in regard to health care reform; if a majority supports it, then Obama and the Democrats must strike the iron while it's hot. But even now, Senate Democrats seem ready to scrap a public option for Medicare. It is obvious why the insurance companies oppose it: in order to compete with it, they must either cut costs by cutting upper management compensation and bureaucratic red tape--which they won't do--or cutting services. Either way, they would lose.
    On another topic, Thom suggestion that we need to follow China's lead in regard to monopolies is not very enlightening. Thom is smart enough to know that China's refusal to sanction private monopolies (as opposed to state-owned) has nothing to do with the economic well-being of the people, but is purely political; as in Russia, Chinese leaders fear pressure to reform and open-up its political system by the existence of a counterbalance to its own power. I also cannot but observe that while Thom likes to pick-on petty "criminals" like NAFTA and CAFTA, he is loath to take on the Big Boss--China.

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    I'm new to the site - where can I get a transcript of this show?

    all the best...

    Frank

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Massachusetts as of Jan. 1 decriminalized possession of less than an ounce of pot. It's now a civil offense that carries a $100 fine.

  • May 5th 2009 - Tuesday   10 years 15 weeks ago

    I think legalization of pot is a positive step the United States would benefit from. Though I have used it infrequently, I have found it to be a catalyst to amazing learning experiences both mental and physical. Making pot legal would create a taxible industry that would make available all the variations of pot that exist accessible for people like me with strengths that are predictable. The few negative experiences I had with pot was getting too much in my system causing paranoia, or having some negative side effects that lasted way too long such as a headache, sleepiness or sleeplessness.

    In my opinion, the only reason pot is illegal is because it leads to social awareness allowing people to recognize how to protect themselves from being conned. Who in a powerful position wants pot to be illegal? What is their agenda?

    Lorne

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