December 2013

New Year Message: What's needed to solve our problems

Here's a Happy New Year thought: If more people could use stress-free free time for imagining and dreaming solutions and a healed world, maybe we'd really "get somewhere" -- that is, somewhere ELSE instead of deeper into endless competition, destruction, pollution, over-consumption, misery, pain.

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Inquiry: Required Military Service

Last night, for the first time, I watched Oliver Stone's "Platoon" which caused me to really evaluate the practicality of requiring military service. I know very little about your stance on the issue however if miitary service mandated, do you think a new framework would be created in which marginalized groups are the ones being sent to the front lines while non-marginalized are filtered into jobs that have lower risk.

Tea party said you must cut SS

No you don't. Bush tax cuts cost $4 trillion every 10 years. Obama made them permanent. Costing about $4 trillion every 10 years. First, during a time of war we should be collecting more than %20. Rich people are not tax enough. 1 out of 4 Corporation pays no tax. What's fair about that.

Fiery oil train collision forces evacuation of North Dakota town.

Is Capitalism Feeling its Mortality?

This past year has been hard on me, in that both of my parents passed away -- my father on April 3, my mother, November 1. Also, my wife's former husband passed away in September, necessitating an unplanned, 3 month trip by her to Taiwan. Thus, this has been a year of passings, transitions and adjustments. Both of my parents were elderly -- my father, 85 and my mother, 84 -- but their declines and deaths were surprising, given their healthy status only a few years ago. The passing of my parents has served to strengthen my own sense of mortality as well.

FREE Unemployment??

Friends, the talk I'm hearing about people who are drawing unemployment likes to promote that they are just lying around & enjoying all that money until they are reaching the cutoff date, & only then are they being forced to have to try to get a job. The last I had unemployment, I had to make numerous, documented job applications & interviews every single week & turn that in to the unemployment office in order to receive a check NEXT week for that previous week.

Not Guilty By Reason of Neuroscience

Part of the success of the gay marriage initiatives had to do with the acknowledgement that being gay was less a choice but more a matter of biology. Science found some of the genetic and endocrinological underpinnings that made being gay genetically influenced (but not determined, there's a difference). In the legal arena, it has long been accepted that certain conditions, such as schizophrenia, can be a mitigating factor in determining guilt, and that acceptance has had to do with, again, a determination that such conditions are less a matter of choice and more of biology.

We progressives have to do a better job getting others to join our cause!

I'm the CFO of a small manufacturing company in Brooklyn, NY. At our holiday party, a welder making a decent salary (60K per year) said he couldn't pay his rent last month. I don't know were his politics lie, but progressive messaging probably means little to him and doesn't help him better pay his rent or quell his concerns. The message we progressives offer is that the rich need to pay their fair share, its cruel to not extend food stamps, extend unemployment insurance or cut social security and medicare.

happy new year

Mass Extinction claiming Florida Citrus.

Invasive Species, like the Asian citrus psyllid, are a huge contributor to extinctions. Fossil records show that the introduction of invasive species as a result of changing topography and land masses was making a significant contribution to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs right before the big whammy took ‘em all out anyway.

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Would a Democratic President Wield Power as Ruthlessly as Trump?

Thom plus logo Interestingly, the current divide in the Senate gives us an insight into how powerful a genuinely progressive Democratic president could be, and how much he or she could get done. As we saw yesterday, the Republicans voted repeatedly to participate in a cover-up of Donald Trump's crimes.