January 2014

Inspection- 12 Years a Slave and Centuries of Racism

Yesterday, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my wife and I went to 12 Years a Slave. I'm going to try to not tell you too much, but so much here is so important for you to know, to hear. There was a lot I knew intellectually, but to see what it must have been like to have been sold into slavery seemed almost like being there. But obviously: not. Not even close.
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  Having lived in the South since 78 I have heard arguments like, "Flying the Confederate flag is about 'heritage.'" (Why, yes, it is, if you include all the nastiness of slavery and the fact the South took up arms against their fellow countrymen.) The Blacks had it "better" under slavery. (Depends upon the master how bad it was, for sure, but I seriously doubt those who make this claim would make it if it had been their ancestors, or especially them.) I've heard them say black sold blacks. (So this makes it right, how?) And, of course, all the demeaning comments obviously intended to reinforce the same old racist stereotypes that essentially are intended to classify blacks as a sub species.

Congress is over 50% millionaires

"For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires. "

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Obama using TPP to dismantle domestic environmental protections for 1%.

The Obama administration is pushing for a sweeping trade deal with countries in Asia – and abandoning critical environment protections in order to make sure it happens. According to documents released by Wikileaks, environmental clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are significantly weaker than previous trade agreements.

Why no accountability on Wall Street for Financial Collapse

A must read article just published in Bloomberg on 1/21/2014.

Article entitled; Prosecutors Balk, Bankers Walk. by Wiliam Cohan author of "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World."


International Marine Mammal Project....Earth Island Institute

Over a very hard weekend for the dolphins in Taiji, the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, spoke out for the dolphins.

Ambassador Kennedy, in response to news reports that as many as 250 Bottlenose dolphins were trapped in the cove and waiting to be slaughtered, sent out a Tweet...."Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of dive hunt dolphin killing."....She further added that the official position of the United States Government was to oppose the killing of dolphins.

Rich People Don't Earn Their Money

The fundamental issue which needs to be addressed is the fact that billionaires do not earn their money. The best way to see this in real time is watch a dozen undercover boss shows. They always show someone who started from the bottom and worked their way up but when you see these CEO's going to the work site and actually try to perform the various jobs that are involved in their company, they can not perform even one of the jobs. You also see the severe demands placed on the workers, old fashion factory assembly lines, dangerous conditions etc.

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"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

Thom plus logo As the world burns, and more and more fossil fuels are being used every day planet-wide, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 416 ppm this week at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In the 300,000 years since the emergence of modern humans, carbon dioxide levels have never been this high.