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Sarah van Gelder, editor-in-chief at Yes! Magazine, writes Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen:

As expected, President Obama made economic opportunity a centerpiece of his State of the Union message on Tuesday. He even took a small step forward by announcing a $10.10 minimum wage for employees of federal contractors.
This is a move in the right direction, albeit a small one. For years, the budget deficit—not the well-being of working Americans—has dominated political discussion.

But bolder solutions are called for. While U.S. policies allowed transnational corporations, Wall Street banks, and the wealthiest Americans to recover from the collapse of 2008, for many in the 99 percent, this remains a time of sustained unemployment, low-wage jobs, and economic insecurity.

After years of pressure by well-endowed think tanks and lobbyists, President Obama as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have bought into the idea that our country is broke. This is not the case. GDP per capita, has doubled over the last 40 years, while wages have stagnated. It’s not that our nation’s wealth has gone away—it’s just being tied up by the top 1 percent. And their power over politicians is keeping it that way.

In fact it is just this concentration of wealth that makes the economic growth we see in GDP charts so ineffective at improving the quality of our lives. If we were to measure the real wealth of our society—our health and well being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc.—we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation’s well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.

In the State of the Union address, President Obama called for opportunity for all Americans:

What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all—the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.
What would it take to make that dream a reality? Here are eight places to start. Some require action that President Obama could take without waiting on a recalcitrant Congress—like scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Others are already being implemented at the state or local level and could be implemented much more widely.

1. House the homeless […]
2. A debt-free college education […]
3. Medicare for all […]
4. End the war on drugs […]
5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2006NSA Surveillance: How It Puts You in Danger:

Polls are all over the place on Americans' views on the NSA program, depending on the precise wording of the question, but for the sake of argument, I'll grab the recent CNN poll that claims roughly half of the population thinks it's okay for the feds to conduct surveillance and collect data without a warrant. Based on this, I assume most of us have friends, family members or co-workers who've uttered the words: I have nothing to hide, so why should I care about NSA surveillance?

Here's a primer on why they should care.

It puts you at risk for identify theft ... and IT'S ILLEGAL

From all reports we've heard about the secretive NSA program, it's a vast vacuum operation that collects data, stores it and shares that information with other agencies, all without a warrant. Anything that's done with electronic transmission is trackable in practical terms—meaning online credit card purchases and bill paying, ATM transactions, paying for groceries with a debit/credit card. PINS, passwords, Social Security numbers, driver's license identifier information, bank account numbers, all are available ... all in the hands of federal agencies and their employees. […]


Tweet of the Day:

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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin keeps us up to date with the Chris Christie's political saga, including the latest polling and Ron Fournier's "Why I Was Wrong About Chris Christie." Next up, "Where Obamacare Is Succeeding... and Where It's Falling Short." Extended discussion of the latest Obamacare horror story that turned out to be B.S.: "Bette in Spokane." Senate Gop has to rework its ACA "replacement," because gigantic tax. DNI James Clapper "should have been more careful," says the Pres. But why bother? What can Congress really do about it?


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  •  A lesson for so many. (11+ / 0-)

    Christie: "What the hell could I have possibly known? I watch Faux."

    Well, he's got us there.

    After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

    by franklyn on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:31:21 PM PST

  •  Have a great weekend everyone! (8+ / 0-)

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:38:22 PM PST

  •  ZOMG socialism: exactly like that Dutch room cloud (13+ / 0-)
    1. House the homeless […]
    2. A debt-free college education […]
    3. Medicare for all […]
    4. End the war on drugs […]
    5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
    6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
    7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
    8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]

    https://twitter.com/...

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:39:30 PM PST

    •  Remember They Held Their Tulip Bubble/Crash (3+ / 0-)

      a century before our Framers who drew on none of its lessons when building us a system of government perfectly ignorant of the threats from finance and wealth concentration.

      In the most unicornny wild eyed optimisim, it's our Great Depression rather than the recent Great Recession that equates to their tulip fiasco.

      So how long after their 1600's tulip fiasco did it take for them to establish this economy you're detailing? 3 centuries? So if we're twice as fast as the Dutch we'll reach their present civilization in the 2100's.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:13:18 PM PST

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      •  but had it not happened we would not have (0+ / 0-)

        learned(sic) from history, and without Protestantism we might be still eating fish on Friday and tithing a bit too much

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

        by annieli on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:45:51 AM PST

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  •  So my elderly neighbor (20+ / 0-)

    who was moving with his wife to Florida, held a garage sale.

    In his garage against the wall on shelves were about 300 Classical albums on vinyl, dating back to the 1940's.   I wandered in and started talking to him about Schumann.  I think he was delighted to learn that I knew Schumann essentially went mad. He wanted me to take his albums. I forced him to accept fifty dollars for them.

    They are all, for the most part, in mint condition.

    I moved them into my small house, as best I could.  I try to listen to them as much as possible, hoping that one day I will have the time to listen to them all.

    Tonight its Beethoven's first five piano concertos.

  •  Lets say that again. (11+ / 0-)

    And keep repeating until it happens.

    1. House the homeless […]
    2. A debt-free college education […]
    3. Medicare for all […]
    4. End the war on drugs […]
    5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
    6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
    7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
    8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]

    Severely Socialist 47283

    by ichibon on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:51:03 PM PST

    •  And say it loud! (5+ / 0-)
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      Lets say that again.

      And keep repeating until it happens.


          1. House the homeless […]
          2. A debt-free college education […]
          3. Medicare for all […]
          4. End the war on drugs […]
          5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
          6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
          7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
          8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]

      My own list is very similar. It is based on a very simple principle: Simply identify what has changed since things last worked (i.e., late 1960's - early 1970's) and reverse those changes. I would recommend:


      Restoring the business and industrial regulatory structure which existed from Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration until Richard Nixon's;

      Eliminating the unrestricted "free trade" nonsense and return the USA to the same protective tariff tax structures used by all other nations on Earth;

      Stridently enforce the various Federal Antitrust laws;

      Restore the workers' right to organize to the place it held prior to Ronald Reagan's Presidency, and promote a strong, ubiquitous labor movement in the country;

      Require the basic education of all American children to be fully adequate to prepare graduates to enter the workforce at middle-class adult wages, and make this level of educational achievement both free and compulsory without any religious exemption;

      Strong government spending to restore our crumbling infrastructure;

      Full, complete, and expressly permanent restoration of FDR's "New Deal";.....

      and so on; i.e., un-doing damn near everything Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush did in their Presidencies.

      (Along with anything Carter, Clinton, and Obama did which resembles the same.)

      Anarchism is anti-capitalist, and advocates egalitarianism, mutual aid, and reciprocity, and goes back centuries. -- DailyKos User ZhenRen

      by thanatokephaloides on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:01:03 PM PST

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    •  Let's say this again, too. (3+ / 0-)
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      FDR was there earlier with this theme, and is also well worth repeating. Quoted from Wikipedia,

      Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:

      It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

      This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

      As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

      We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

      In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

      Among these are:
      The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

      The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

      The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

      The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

      The right of every family to a decent home;

      The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

      The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

      The right to a good education.

      All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

      America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.

      For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

  •  Does he really need the helmet? (12+ / 0-)
    Dead Biker Buried Riding Harley in Giant Transparent Casket:

    Years before Billy Standley died on Sunday, he planned out every detail of his funeral: He bought up the three plots next to his wife's grave, had his sons build him a custom casket, and arranged for the funeral director to embalm him in a sitting position. Earlier today, Standley's dream funeral took place, and he was laid to rest atop his beloved Harley-Davidson.

    Five embalmers prepared his body and secured him with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he'd never lose his seat on his beloved bike, even as it was towed by a trailer to his final resting place. The casket was assembled in the garage of Vernon's' funeral home in Mechanicsburg, enshrining him with his trophies and well-worn leathers.

    Photos:
    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:52:37 PM PST

  •  Okay. Pretend that California is one big (12+ / 0-)

    room, see.

    Have that artist create a cloud over CA.

    Have that artist make it rain.

    Voila. Il pleut.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:07:34 PM PST

  •  Update on 40 Moocher children in Utah diary (11+ / 0-)

    by Horace Boothroyd III:

    Reuters:

    Furor over student-lunch grab in Utah school district

    A school district in Utah has suspended two people and opened an investigation after lunchroom workers touched off a furor by snatching food trays from several dozen children whose parents were behind on meal payments, a district spokesman said on Friday.
    Those two people?  "A district-level child nutrition expert and a school lunchroom worker..."

    A nutrition expert, no less.

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain

    by Terre on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:11:21 PM PST

  •  This could be the introduction to a whole new.. (10+ / 0-)

    ..approach for dealing with republicans

    "Just say NO to the war on workers" (make sure to mention labor & unions to tie workers to labor as one and the same - imo)

    7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    According to the Economic Policy Institute, NAFTA resulted in a net loss of 1 million jobsfrom 1994 to 2006. And, according to a recent report by Public Citizen, workers without college degrees (who make up 63 percent of the work force) saw a loss of about 12 percent of their earnings as a result of NAFTA, even when the savings from cheaper imported goods are factored in.
    I'd bet that if all 8 of those ideas were put into effect we'd have prosperity and happiness like never before - like a whole new country.. maybe even world

    The President could turn the tables on global corporations and republicans.

    Some require action that President Obama could take without waiting on a recalcitrant Congress—like scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
     
    That is a huge amount of leverage to get things done, and to stop bad policies too like TPP

    ..and then read my Diary from this evening about congress and the latest Farm Bill with further evidence why the President should work around congress and just do it
    Latest Farm Bill hides payouts to wealthy congress & guarantees profit to insurance companies

    ..if ya feel like it that is

    Thx MB - busy day

  •  SHE HAS MY HAIR!!!!! (4+ / 0-)

    i WANT green hair!  and, all of it - before i had two sprigs of emerald green but what i WANT is EXACTLY what she has!

    uh - sorry - will now go back and read the entire diary - but... but... but...

    SHE HAS MY HAIR!!!!!!!

    WOOT!!!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:18:35 PM PST

  •  Tweet of the Day (3+ / 0-)

    Nimby!

  •  Pipeline thoughts this evening (9+ / 0-)

    1.  These 4 young people probably didn't think they were risking state prison for felonies when they protested construction operations of the Enbridge Company in replacing their Line 6b through Ingham County in Southern Michigan.

    http://www.wilx.com/...

    In the big picture, Enbridge is finally doing something that the people of Michigan need for them to do....and that is to replace Line 6b, which is the one that caused the massive leak to the Kalamazoo River.   If we're trying to engage in the behavior modification of the Enbridge pipeline company, then protesting them replacing their pipeline risks pursuing the purpose while forgetting the aim....especially with felonies involved.

    This is also another reason why I'm not keen on the "organize thousands to get arrested" campaigns that Michael Brune and Josh Fox urge, because such Greenpeace-style tactics are the only thing they know to recommend to others for activism.

    2.   KXL framing distillation operations - simplify this issue to win it by breaking down the issue into simple component pieces and addressing each in turn in priority order.

    Like the mathematical exercise of reducing equations to their simplest form, distill the frame of your opposition arguments down  to their simplest form to ensure maximum advocacy effectiveness.

    a.   The KXL pipeline is for importing crude oil from a foreign country (Canada) into the United States.

    b.   The KXL Pipeline is being installed in order to replace conventionally produced crude oil at gulf-area refineries that is imported from foreign countries (Mexico, Venesuela, the Saudis).

    c.   The greenhouse gas emission intensity of heavy sour crude from tar sands is greater than the greenhouse gas emission intensity of the conventional crude being replaced.

    d.   The KXL Pipeline thus makes the United States more increasingly dependent on a foreign (Canadian) source of oil than it presently is.

    e.   Not only does the KXL Pipeline make us more dependent on a foreign source of oil, the pipeline will be responsible for delivery of crude with greater greenhouse gas emission intensity than sources in the Gulf presently use from the different foreign sources being replaced.

    f.  Economic evaluation of our trade deficit should not involve a Canadian hydrocarbon blindspot which is disregarded in desireability evaluations and NEPA reviews.

    g.  Not prosecuting the frames above means unforced errors in enviro-camp in anti-KXL pipeline advocacy because not doing so allows TransCanada to get away with too much obfuscation that is only in their interest and does not have anything to do with the Presidential national interest determination that President Obama must make.

    h.  Nothing above deals with needed comments on the KXL pipeline matter that addresses alternative visions of pipeline stewardship and physical design.....in case we cannot beat the pipeline issue.   Only focusing on opposition arguments without also giving a large priority attention to recommended elements of pipeline stewardship means not bringing technical and economic pressures on this pipeline company.   All advocacy efforts on pipeline activities should have pipeline stewardship elements and vision because that is the only way that pressure can be maintained on pipeline companies to improve their conduct...with KXL if it is build and elsewhere.

    •  We need good framing, like yours, to make... (7+ / 0-)

      ...a solid argument. I completely agree. And I agree that we should force pipeline companies (and railroads) to meet extremely onerous standards of stewardship since they're carrying a killer of people and eco-systems in their bowels.

      Where we don't agree is on protests. The rich aren't invincible. In fact, they are vulnerable because people are aroused. More and more people are seeing that something's not right with the power structure and they are contesting it everywhere. The fossil fuel giants are not just poisoning the planet, they are governing it and enhancing their riches by so doing. This is about more than making companies build better machines. It's about reducing the power of a few to make decisions for us all that cause immense damage.

      No one battle technique will suffice. Your framing is part of a tactic, and it's one I support. We need technically skilled analysis producing public comments. We need to demand more money for enforcement, tougher fines for violations, sunsets for certain industrial practices. But we also have to have a strategy. That always involves fighting on more than one front at the same time, knowing you will encounter defeats, but fighting asymmetrically with corporate entities because they don't play fair on any of the rules, most of which they wrote in the first place.

      Obviously, we must pick our protests carefully. But they are a key element of winning in the long run, even if we lose this round.

         

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:15:55 PM PST

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      •  I'm not sure we disagree on protests (1+ / 0-)
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        I love protest on environmental causes.   Hopefully tomorrow I'll write about what happened last weekend in front of the Utah State Capitol.....an environmental protest waged with 4-5000 people that focused on how lousy Utah is controlling air pollution.

        I myself attend protests.   The last two I attended dealt with the right to work for less matter in front of the Michigan state capitol building.  In that one it was sobering to watch a line of Michigan State Police coming toward me marching up Capitol Avenue.

        However, civil disobedience actions resulting in felony arrests and criminal trials like the one in Michigan recently don't do the participants or environmental/energy issues any good.  

        Moreover, establishing the need to get arrested as some kind of fundamental measure of what an environmental organization expects from the public to support the issue  and focusing on that is not likely to be very effective in the long run.

        •  We need to overwhelm the system. They... (7+ / 0-)

          ...can handle 50 arrests, 200. Let's see how they deal with 10,000. Yes, there is expense and very few people can afford for a ton of good reasons to get arrested for something serious. But every movement needs those who will make that sacrifice. (But not of course for small matters and not without careful assessment of possible outcomes of certain such actions.)

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:54:30 PM PST

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          •  I'm not Justin Bieber. I have a green card. I am (4+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
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            very afraid of being arrested and deported. In fact, I'm f'n terrified about it.

            if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

            by mrsgoo on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 11:01:09 PM PST

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            •  And that's one of those good reasons to... (4+ / 0-)
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              ...engage at a less risky level.

              Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

              by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 11:19:35 PM PST

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              •  yep. When I did Sac Occupy - I was all good with (3+ / 0-)
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                the march until we got to the capitol. Was not about to engage in civil disobedience. Had a great convo with a Sac school teacher while some folks risked getting arrested. Now I must say, if Jerry persists in wanting the Tunnels - I may have to make plans in advance. Once they put those tunnels in - we will have no say how much water they take out of the Sacramento River. It needs to be stopped now. The declaration from DWR today of 0 allocation to SWP contractors will make this a front and center issue for Caifornians. But as Restore The Delta pointed out today, at the beginning of 2013 most reservoirs were at capacity, DWR drained them to fulfill their promise of water. 2014 will be interesting indeed.

                if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

                by mrsgoo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 12:39:08 AM PST

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            •  same here /nt (1+ / 0-)
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          •  I Agree: To quote Jim Morrison (1+ / 0-)
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            They got the guns but we got the numbers.
            That's all we have and, in the end, that's all we need.  The plutocrats cannot operate their wealth extraction machine without the complicity of the American People. But the American People have to wake the fuck up and begin fighting for themselves, their country, and their world. The lambs-to-the-slaughter docility, celebrity-culture obsession, and focus on political personalities have rendered the American People impotent. That must change.

            From what I've seen, loud, visible, disruptive, persistent protests will rattle Obama's cage and make him exceedingly uncomfortable. Obama has proven that he will back down when attacked and that is where we are.

            Out into the streets, Folks, or kiss the Grand Experiment goodbye. Not to mention our habitable planet.

      •  If I vanish from here (2+ / 0-)
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        It's because I've been given permission, by my 86yr old AmerInd mom, to " chain yourself to something and get arrested".  She, and I are appalled at the lack of understanding of what this will do to water resources alone, not even counting the Shawnee National Forest etc. Besides, when they arrest old ladies, it doesn't play well on the news!

        ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

        by Arianna Editrix on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 12:09:34 AM PST

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  •  thank you, mr. blades, for your diary which (5+ / 0-)

    is on the rec list, with the great soon-to-be-viral video.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:29:10 PM PST

  •  I love Science Porn (4+ / 0-)

    and nerd and geek too!  

    ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

    by Arianna Editrix on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:35:57 PM PST

  •  This van Gelder character sounds like she's (6+ / 0-)

    thinking thoughts -- worse! -- speaking in a way which is sure to overthrow the established order of things. The threat is implicit and shaking-making to Our Betters. I can't believe that in a great country like ours we'd let someone like her not only have thoughts, but then incite other people with them.

    1. House the homeless
    [I heard somewhere there are more empty homes than there are homeless. Surely something could be worked out about this.]

    2. A debt-free college education
    [In the 60s, anyone could get into a college if they had the grades in high school, and an educated public, with critical thinking skills, is indispensable to good rule. So let's not rush into this.]

    3. Medicare for all
    [See, what I was saying about 'threat'? ]

    4. End the war on drugs
    [And then where's our master-spy-created blowback black ops getting funding? Where's the Banks getting great commissions on laundering? There are very few national leaders around the world that can be bought if there isn't enough drug money available.]

    5. Guarantee everyone a basic income
    [Which brings up, ultimately, what's the point of a consumer economy?]

    6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies
    [Climate disasters help the GNP]

    7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
    [No, 'TPP' stands for 'Totally Pissing on People;' the name we know is just to fool the public.]

    8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street
    [Why? Because it would work? Then how are we going to have eternal growth? Or debt and wealth-transfer? ]

    Look at the existing orders which would be overturned -- and certainly these are terrified at the prospect. No, no, no, no, no, this Sarah van Gelder, she's talking dangerous stuff here. This human decency stuff has to stop.


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:37:23 PM PST

  •  Wow. 2006, or 2014? (12+ / 0-)

    Tonight's "Blast From The Past" could've been written today:

    From all reports we've heard about the secretive NSA program, it's a vast vacuum operation that collects data, stores it and shares that information with other agencies, all without a warrant. Anything that's done with electronic transmission is trackable in practical terms - meaning online credit card purchases and bill paying, ATM transactions, paying for groceries with a debit/credit card. PINS, passwords, Social Security numbers, driver's license identifier information, bank account numbers, all are available ... all in the hands of federal agencies and their employees.
    Is there really any substantive difference between what we've learned via Snowden in the last seven months and what was happening back then under Bush?

    Other than the difference in party affiliation of each respective sitting President, that is?




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 09:38:54 PM PST

  •  Yes, Ann, we all lost big time not being able ... (0+ / 0-)

    to have you as our First Lady. 1%ers really know how to throw State Dinners, and the White House China Room is in need of a new collection that reflects the true snobbery that only your kind of upper crustiness could bring to America's image around the world.  


    I avoid slippery slopes and camel noses; the seemingly innocuous is a doorway to the undesirable.

    by glb3 on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:48:53 PM PST

  •  So now the truth comes out! The DH got cleared (3+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, geez53, JeffW

    from the brace on 1/14 and was allowed to drive and go fishing. His BFF went to town and got him the license and they went fishing a couple of days later for a couple of hours. They come back and I'm like - well how was it? He looks at me and says - if it was bad I wouldn't tell ya! M'kay - that set my back-dar off. So today one of the seasonal guys is pulling his boat out until spring. He's talking to the DH  about going fishing - inaudible - don't tell the wife! oops! I'm standing on the porch. I feel bad really. He's not healed up enough to sit in a rocking boat. You just don't realize how much back strength it takes to sit in a boat at anchor. Just what I thought. When he said - if it hurt I wouldn't tell ya - I knew it hurt. LOL! The good thing is - he is still being a good guy and not trying to do things beyond his limits! All the whining about going fishing - that's done. He told the customer leaving today - I'll be ready for the spring run. That's March/April.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:56:36 PM PST

  •  Am pretty sure (0+ / 0-)

    that if you took a poll of the peops that actually listened to the speech and asked them what the centerpiece was, economic opportunity would not rank high.  However, if you polled the (npr listening) people who listened to the pre-speech hype and didn't bother to listen to the speech, they'd probably say it was a centerpiece.

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 11:27:16 PM PST

  •  NSA: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (4+ / 0-)

    except that there is a Democrat in charge.


    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013
    TheStarsHollowGazette.com

    by TheMomCat on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 01:14:55 AM PST

  •  RE:Your headline (0+ / 0-)

    I'll let you know if the Transgender women I know start getting jobs.

  •  "But bolder solutions are called for". (2+ / 0-)
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    Helloooooooooooo?

    I've been saying this here for oh, eight years now?

    I see nothing regarding infrastucture in Ms. van Gelder's list, so it's not a complete list.

    again, while somehow the One Percent actually benefitted from the financial Crash, they are now sitting on numerous Billions in liquid cash-- not investing it in the U.S.

    there's reasons for that-- reasons that to the wealthy are legitimate. so again, there's only ONE way to get us out if the ditch-- it's not going to happen via the private sector.

    forget it.

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 03:19:16 AM PST

  •  The Year of Doing Nothing? (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    It is amazing to me that we accept MSM's memes, and that they so completely accept them from the underground news sources like Luntz. Last week it was Obama's "lost year" again and again.

    Actually I loved what didn't happen last year: We didn't go to war in Iran or Syria, and Obama didn't succumb to bribery to get the government started again, for starters.

    Keystone didn't get approved--and I still pray it doesn't. But at least they recognized the biased study that was first presented.

    I could go on but it's early and this seems to be morphing into a diary.

  •  The indoor cloud is not quite what it seems (0+ / 0-)

    The tweet to which this diary links gives no information.  It's an artist's work.  He used a fog machine.  This page shows a bit more of his work:
    http://www.berndnaut.nl/...

  •  Unless he also created a miniature sun (0+ / 0-)

    That cloud is photoshopped. Even artificial clouds aren't light sources. Bullshit.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 05:45:15 AM PST

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