And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.
The Basics for Survival, Earth Unplugged
The Beauty of Change, Essay 1, the Basic Steps…
Simple Steps for Improving Your Life:
- Cherish what you have. Appreciate your life, family, friends, and your blessings given by our planet and ‘Mother Nature.’ Everything comes from Nature. Every material object in your life came from our Earth, at a great cost. The planet cannot keep up with our consumption. Give back to Nature, recycle what you do not need, it is made from precious material. Watch what you throw away, are you really giving back to Nature by dumping into her earth and water what you have consumed and no longer want?
- Recognize that you have what you need. If you have a home, food, water, you have enough. Everything else is a want. The First World (us) has taken too much from a finite planet (the only one we have). We are stripping our planet of its resources for our pleasure, leaving little for the rest of humanity. We choose not to see what our selfishness has caused, and the suffering of the Third World, who is starving and thirsty. I know we can do better.
- Simplify your life. Having less material objects creates a space that you will enjoy more. Give away or sell what you do not need, someone else can use it. Eating less and more healthy simple foods will increase your enjoyment also. Growing your own organic foods gives pleasure, knowing that you are working with, and in nature. Your body is part of Nature, give it simple good food, and it will reward you with good health. Learn to recognize what will enhance your diet, and create good health. Eat less high resource foods: meat, out of season fruits and vegetables (they have probably traveled more that you have), factory created foods (processed, and dead, also well traveled).
What Easy Improvements I Made to Enjoy My Life More:
- I sold my large house, and downsized (2003)…AND use way less power. Easier to clean, more time to spend outside in Nature
- I became a vegetarian (1995)…I grow my own food, and my protein is from fruits and vegetables, legumes, and eggs from my chicken, AND have great health. I eat less and enjoy it more. I don’t eat GMO corn or soy products (they are hidden in packaged food).
- I use less energy in my new home, replace your light bulbs with more energy efficient CFL’s…Check your appliance efficiency. My heater is on a low setting, so I dress warm.
- Gave up TV (1995)…The new flat screen TV’s use 2x to 4x the energy of the old tube ones. Again, I am outside in Nature, or reading, or painting.
- Unplug what you are not using, standby mode uses electricity….
- I sold my super cool Black & Silver Dodge Ram truck, and bought a small Toyota pickup, now I have downsized again, being given a free car that has great gas mileage.
- I found something useful to do, and am getting a teaching credential, AND blogging about climate change.
- I stopped buying what I do not need. Yes, even Christmas presents, I bought everyone socks for Christmas! I make my own beer and wine (another blog), and gave as Christmas presents).
- I recycle everything. I have a compost pile, recycle cans, jars, plastic, etc., I have very little trash to send back into the Earth.
A documentary that chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers, and activists used their creativity as a response to the reactionary politics that came to define our culture in the 1980s.
Director Antonino D’Ambrosio took seven years interviewing various artists who discuss how their work stems in large part from reactions to the conservative politics of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. They explain how their creative responses to what they felt were dehumanizing social changes allow them to find a way to affect the world. Among the many interviewees are Chuck D, Tom Morello, John Sayles, and Eve Ensler.
Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio
Writer: Antonino D’Ambrosio
- Win A Let Fury Have The Hour Prize Pack Through ShockYa’s Twitter Giveaway! (shockya.com)
- Let Fury Have The Hour To Be Released December 14 (shockya.com)
- Eve Ensler: Suddenly, my body (anygoodwoman.com)
- Review: In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler (annecarolinedrake.com)
Full Show: Big Brother’s Prying Eyes
Whatever your take on the recent revelations about government spying on our phone calls and Internet activity, there’s no denying that Big Brother is bigger and less brotherly than we thought. What’s the resulting cost to our privacy — and more so, our democracy? Lawrence Lessig, professor of law and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, discusses the implications of our government’s actions, Edward Snowden’s role in leaking the information, and steps we must take to better protect our privacy.
“Snowden describes agents having the authority to pick and choose who they’re going to be following on the basis of their hunch about what makes sense and what doesn’t make sense. This is the worst of both worlds. We have a technology now that gives them access to everything, but a culture if again it’s true that encourages them to be as wide ranging as they can,” Lessig tells Bill. “The question is — are there protections or controls or counter technologies to make sure that when the government gets access to this information they can’t misuse it in all the ways that, you know, anybody who remembers Nixon believes and fears governments might use?”
Few are as knowledgeable about the impact of the Internet on our public and private lives as Lessig, who argues that government needs to protect American rights with the same determination and technological sophistication it uses to invade our privacy and root out terrorists.
“If we don’t have technical measures in place to protect against misuse, this is just a trove of potential misuse…We’ve got to think about the technology as a protector of liberty too. And the government should be implementing technologies to protect our liberties,” Lessig says. “Because if they don’t, we don’t figure out how to build that protection into the technology, it won’t be there.”
“We should recognize in a world of terrorism the government’s going to be out there trying to protect us. But let’s make sure that they’re using tools or technology that also protects the privacy side of what they should be protecting.”
A former conservative who’s now a liberal, Lessig also knows that the caustic impact of money is another weapon capable of mortally wounding democracy. His recent book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, decries a pervasive “dependence corruption” in our government and politics that should sound a desperate alarm for both the Left and the Right. Here, Lessig outlines a radical approach to the problem that uses big money itself to reform big money-powered corruption.
Producer: Gail Ablow. Editor: Rob Kuhns.
Intro Producer: Robert Booth. Intro Editor: Paul Desjarlais.
Photographer: Alton Christensen.
- Full Show: Big Brother’s Prying Eyes (billmoyers.com)
- Lawrence Lessig on Using Coders to Protect Our Privacy (billmoyers.com)
- Preview: Big Brother’s Prying Eyes (billmoyers.com)
- Cenk: Glenn Greenwald’s arrest ‘would be the death of journalism.’ (current.com)
- Lawrence Lessig “Code is law” (copyrightmit.wordpress.com)
- Ignorance is bliss (z3379889.wordpress.com)
- Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim (forwardsojourner.wordpress.com)
- On Corruption: 5 Questions with Lawrence Lessig (pogoblog.typepad.com)
- Watch this, go there: TED-talk, Lawrence Lessig on lobbyism/corruption/democracy in the U.S. (stratkomuncut.com)
Who are we as a nation, and what ideals do we represent?
I know that our lives are so busy; family issues, job security, day-to-day survival; I recommend that we speak out while we still can. Will we be willing to trade our freedom’s for security from ‘terrorists’?
- Corbett Video Report: The Transformation of Society (boilingfrogspost.com)
- The Transformation of Society (theinternetpost.net)
- – The Transformation of Society (freedomportal.net)
- James Corbett: The Transformation of Society (MUST See Video) (consciouslifenews.com)
Bill Moyers and Sheldon Wolin 2008 Video II
Wolin’s work addresses participatory democracy with primary focus on the United States.
He makes a distinction between democracy as system of governance
and any of the formal political institutions of the state.
In other words,
he decouples democracy from governance
and towards a political system based on democratic principles.
Sheldon S. Wolin (born August 4, 1922) is an American political philosopher and writer
on contemporary politics.
He is currently Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
His most famous work is Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought.
In 1950, Wolin received his Harvard University doctorate for a dissertation titled Conservatism and Constitutionalism:
A Study in English Constitutional Ideas, 1760–1785. After teaching briefly at Oberlin College,
Wolin taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1954 to 1970.
In a political science department that was largely composed of empirical studies of micro-political issues,
Wolin was a political theorist who managed to build that component of the program by bringing
He was a major supporter and interpreter to the rest of the world
of the theory behind the Free Speech Movement,
and he became a mentor to one of the FSM’s more prominent activists,
Michael Lerner on whose Ph.D. committee he served.
He also published frequently for The New York Review of Books during the 1970s.
From 1973 through 1987, Wolin was Professor of Politics at Princeton University
where he mentored a large number of students
who have subsequently become leading figures in contemporary political theory,
including most notably: at Berkeley, Hanna Pitkin (Emeritus, Berkeley),
J. Peter Euben (Duke University) and Harlan Wilson (Oberlin), and at Princeton, Uday Mehta (Amherst College),
Dana Villa (Notre Dame), Nicholas Xenos (Massachusetts), Kirstie McClure (UCLA)
and Cornel West (Princeton).
At Princeton, Wolin led a successful faculty effort to pass a resolution urging university trustees
to divest from endowment investment in firms that supported South African apartheid.
Aside from Oberlin, UC Berkeley and Princeton,
Wolin has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles, International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan),
Cornell University, and Oxford University.
- Has American Democracy Become an Inverted Totalitarian System? (shadowedforest1000.wordpress.com)
- Managing Democracy in an Iron Cage (wmills.wordpress.com)
Dear MoveOn member,
Sexual violence in the U.S. military is a crisis.The Pentagon estimates that sexual assaults increased from 19,000 in 2011 to 26,000 in 2012. That’s 71 sexual assaults EVERY DAY, and in roughly 56% of cases, the victims are men.
Making matters worse, each branch of the armed forces has its own judicial system, and it’s currently legal for base commanders to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict, as happened at Aviano Air Force Base in February 2013.
The STOP (Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention) Act takes the prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of the normal military chain of command—which has proven grossly ineffective—and places jurisdiction in an autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office.
That’s why I started a petition to the United States Congress, which says:
I stand with Congresswoman Jackie Speier in support of the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act) to end military rape.
–Congresswoman Jackie Speier
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- Epidemic rape in the US Military! Ask Congress to take action! (friendnature.wordpress.com)
- Facebook shutters page taunting lawmaker, female Marines (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Rep. Jackie Speier outs obscene Marine Facebook page (sfgate.com)
- Congresswoman Takes on Sexual Assault in Military (abcnews.go.com)
- Rep. Speier forces shut down of Facebook page promoting violence against female Marines (rawstory.com)
- New figures show sexual assault in the U.S. military is on the rise (cbsnews.com)
- Boxer, Speier Back Bills Dealing with Sexual Assault in the Military (blogs.kqed.org)
- Senator Inhofe Claims Military Sexual Assaults “Not A Serious Problem” (lezgetreal.com)
- GOP Senator Says Military Handling Of Rape Cases ‘Not A Serious Problem’ (businessinsider.com)
- Rep. Jackie Speier demands action against Marine Facebook page denigrating women (seattlepi.com)