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  •  We need to do a diary on this. Symbollically, all (2+ / 0-)
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    the poor, retired, disabled, sick, former prisoners hobos, government pensioners, revolutionaries, poets, musicians, independent scholars, and others need to learn how to take care of our own needs, as our political leaders have shown they have no interest, nor can then be trusted to do this for us.

     

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 06:43:18 PM PDT

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    •  Many of them can't do this even with guidance (1+ / 0-)
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      because their physical or mental disabilities make it impossible.  My husband, a psychiatrist, worked at a clinic that took uninsured or Medicaid patients.  A patient would lose their Medicaid for some inexplicable reason (sometimes because they moved and therefore never received a letter requiring a reply; or... just because) and it was a disaster. They were often people who barely survived at the margins -- finding all kinds of paperwork (proof of residence, birth certificate, income, etc.), going to the right office and filling out forms was simply beyond their capability.  That's why they were poor and on Medicaid in the first place!
      I think organizing groups of people who can fill in for each others' weaknesses would be more successful than trying to teach individuals.  But I'm not an organizer or even much of a people person, I'm a numbers person.  

      If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

      by Tamar on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 10:22:36 AM PDT

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    •  Solar Swadeshi (0+ / 0-)

      Swadeshi means local production.  In India, in Gandhi's time, spinning thread was a leverage point.  Today, it may be a little bit of electricity.

      http://solarray.blogspot.com/...

      Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

      by gmoke on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 01:24:02 PM PDT

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