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In order to appreciate the problems caused when too much wealth is concentrated in too few hands, we must first accept the concept that wealth is finite. It would be absurd to think otherwise, but this is something you probably were taught in Econ 101, or Civics class, or by some other such mechanism of indoctrination - that wealth can be created. If wealth is infinite, if it can be created from nothing, then wealth alone violates the laws of the physical universe. Let's dismiss that notion out of hand. In the global economy, wealth must be finite, or there is in fact no economy, or need for an economic system.

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Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 02:13 PM PST

Nationalize it!

by Chimes of Freedom

It's time to end for-profit health insurance in the USA. The report issued today by Health Care for America Now illustrates why.

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Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM PST

Nothing but contempt

by Chimes of Freedom

For years I've wondered whether the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks of the world truly believe the patently ridiculous things they say every day, in which case they must be utterly daft, stupid beyond belief, or if they're merely pandering to their audience and are therefore only media whores. Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

This to me is a more interesting question than to ask how anyone could believe that a blizzard on the East Coast disproves or is evidence against global warming. I mean, does anyone really believe that "global warming" means that it's warmer everywhere all the time? Come on, people!

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In times like these, you really have to wonder what the Small Government crowd - libertarians, tea partiers, Norquistians, most of the GOP (nominally) - would like to see happen in reaction to an economic crisis like the one facing the planet in the fall of 2008. Judging from their antics over the last year or so, they would react the same way they react to most everything - by complaining about the size of government, about government interference in their lives, and by calling for more tax cuts. Never mind that most of these people, the middle-class ones at least, would likely not survive for long were they to be delivered a government the size they say they want - "small anough to drown in the bathtub." In anarchy, e.g. fully unfettered capitalism, only the strongest/wealthiest get to lead anything like a civilized human life.

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Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 02:03 PM PDT

Way beyond the music

by Chimes of Freedom

What does Woodstock mean to someone who was 12 years old when it happened? What can it possibly mean?

Though I wasn't of age at the time, I have for as long as I can remember felt myself a part of that generation - those who came of age in the Sixties. Baby Boomers, Woodstock Nation, Hippies. In my teens, and to this day, I identified with those people and I latched on to that generational event. And I've often wondered why.

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After pursuing the case for over a year, the City and County of Denver today dropped its trespass charge against librarian Carol Kreck from July of '08. I wrote a diary about the original incident last summer.

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Canvassing turns up some interesting folks, you bet. I was knocking on doors late yesterday in Arapahoe County and wasn't getting many answers - then I happened to ring Karl's doorbell. I'll call him Karl, because his real name is not important.

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What is it the Republicans are so fond of saying about the effect of words - words have consequences? This morning I felt the consequences of the McCain/Palin racist rabble rousing of late, and I'm wondering how many of you have too.

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The Republican Party has been wrong for a long time - wrong on any number of issues, for the most part because they steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the primacy of community in the machinery of the nation - but with the rise of the Neoconservatives, who for many years now have both defined the Party and been its public face, they have slowly slid into a complete abandonment of fact, logic and reason. Their position has become so Orwellian as virtually to defy analysis, and worse yet, that position continues to dominate the electoral and governance systems in this country.

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The Denver Post reports today that it was not the Secret Service who ordered, through a Denver Center for the Performing Arts security man, Carol Kreck to give up her "McCain = Bush" sign or be arrested this past Monday morning. According to DCPA sources, the request came from McCain's campaign staff.

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It has been clear for some time now that the so-called "super delegates" will cast the votes that decide the Democratic nominee for President in the 2008 election. So all you Colorado Dems out there need to get busy and let these folks (see below) know how you feel.

UPDATE: removed home phone numbers

UPDATE: Joan Fitz-Gerald resigned from the DLCC last year when she announced her run for CO-2. It appears her place as a super delegate will be taken by a delegate to be selected at the state convention in May.

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Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 04:23 PM PDT

I Am a Racist

by Chimes of Freedom

Yes, I am. Is there a 12-step program for me?

I grew up in the Sixties in a lily-white neighborhood, in a area of western Houston known as Spring Branch. The closest thing we had to ethnic diversity in that white-collar oil and gas 'hood was a white family that had moved there from Brooklyn and another from California. There were no black children in school, and maybe a couple of Hispanic kids. I knew no people of color growing up. All I really knew about such people I learned from my parents.

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