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America! America! God mend thine every flaw

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

I am fearful that our beloved United States of America is going to follow a path (despite the rules laid down by our founders) that defies to protect us from the fate of Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.  All of those places have no tolerance for intellectual freedom much less freedom of religion or freedom to love. 

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I love America with all my heart…   her amber waves of grain are being destroyed by pipelinesHer purple mountain majesty is being blown to bits by coal magnates.

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Her beautiful spacious skies will again be choked with soot and fear.  Her brotherhood of good From sea to shining sea will have to hide and whisper in corners and alleys.

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Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.  Self-control is likened to weakness and liberty to peril. 

I weep, and seek the comfort of the like minded.  I cling to to the lovers of clean food and thought, pristine water and mind, clear air and soul.  Greed is the enemy of all those things. 

America please see what is happening.  Please embrace what our founders saw and tried to keep for everyone after them.  O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years   I repeat –> O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years.  Take that in.

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Till selfish gain no longer stain, the banner of the free!

 

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2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

How did you spend 2014?  What did you learn and how did you make yourself a better person?

 

Ellen Degeneres took a selfie with Meryl Streep and other very famous and successful actors.  They are just like us, sometimes a bit self-centered, sometimes a bit silly, and sometimes just feeling in the moment.  Perhaps this tweet could teach us to lighten up, be silly, impress yourself sometimes and enjoy the moment.

 

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The fight for net neutrality — why should we care and why should we vote for those who care?

“the company that connects you to the internet
does not get to control what you do on the internet.”  

— Public Knowledge

 It doesn’t take much research to understand the importance of speaking loud and often to help our elected politicians understand the need to keep the internet open for innovation and out of the hands of the cable companies and monopolies who might use it for the public bad and the corporate good.
 
 
 
Is the media at fault because we love drama, or are we?
 
Police vs young black men, dismantling Obamacare, beheadings, unfound planes, Robin Williams suicide, and Ebola. 
 
Surely remarkable and intellectual things were happening while we were blasted with a constant barrage of dark and bad news.  The sinister is much too easy to find on TV while we must research the profound and delightful that is all around.
 
 
So much news the rest of the world found to be exciting — why not us?
 
The Scots voted to stay with the UK rather than to become independent. 
Rosetta landed on a comet. 
Pope Francis — what a cool guy he is! 
Mom and Maven went to Mars. 
Matteo Renzi became the Prime Minister of Italy. 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported more than $9 billion in sales on November 11, 2014 (one day).
 
 
“Should Scotland be an independent country? –>  UK Prime Minister David Cameron reacted elatedly with the following words “it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end and I know that this sentiment was shared not just by people across our country but also around the world.”  (Here in America we were interested in Kim’s baby bump)
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“In the nail-biting months before the landing, the team awakens Rosetta from three years of power-saving hibernation, manually navigates the craft through unexplored areas of the solar system, catches up to Comet 67P in a delicate cat-and-mouse orbiting dance, and releases a washing-machine-sized lander (named Philae) onto the comet’s surface.”  Rosetta got its stone –> ha, I crack myself up.  http://www.space.com/27690-landing-on-a-comet-is-extremely-difficult-video.html
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This persuasive pope has sparked new enthusiasm around the world for the Catholic church and has flexed his political muscles internationally.  He complements the new relationship between the United States and Cuba, speaks out against income inequality,  legitimizes climate change, and slams “trickle-down” economics.
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India and US are orbiting Mars with the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mom) and Nasa’s  Maven (stands for something about the atmosphere and volatile Mission), so anyway, –> “The two different spacecraft entered the Martian territory with the sole motive to study the planet and look for possible signs of life”.  We are no longer the only game in town, perhaps it is time to stop shooting each other.
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“Matteo Renzi has been nicknamed “II Rottamatore” (the scrapper), owing to his decision to amend the entire political system of Italy that is widely inflicted with corruption”–>(Lets watch and see).
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That Alibaba record is just scarey –> “This illustrates the growing buying power of the Chinese consumers along with the prowess of E-commerce giant in the online space”.   Care about the world, buy locally grown and produced and stop feeding the corporate business model.
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How about the planet?  How did the planet fare in 2014?
microplastics that you can’t see are in our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water.  Tiny specks of plastic that are purposefully used in toothpaste and face wash are accumulating in our water supply and they will never go away.   The good news is smart people are bringing it to our attention and so big companies like Proctor and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson are taking them out of their products.  The other good news is more and more towns and states are banning Styrofoam and plastic bags.  http://www.envirosense.com/plastic-pollution/
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U.N. official Anthony Banbury told reporters we will see the number of Ebola cases brought to zero by the end of 2015.  Boy I hope that’s true.  http://thegrio.com/2014/10/07/ebola-ignorance-africa 
The panic was not productive and the misinformation disgraced and vilified the fine people who were working tirelessly to save lives. 

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and Joe Cocker left this world…
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Good planets are hard to find

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy led a 5-4 majority to decide in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Why does this piss me off? Because of this ruling individuals can give up to $5.9 million to political campaigns. (It was about $123,000)

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Why do I care? Environmental damage is quite often caused by corporations.  US citizens become responsible for cleaning it up. Democracy is our only way of having a voice; of saying you made the mess you clean it up. Those 5 justices shoved another sock in our mouths.

So who was McCutcheon? Shaun McCutcheon sells equipment to coal extractors. Americans are starting to realize that coal is not good. McCutcheon knows that and needs to control how elections go to continue to plague us. Other large corporations are doing a happy dance today.

 

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Their black choking cloud of joy won’t shut us up or shut us down.

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the Navy is deploying advanced biofuels to power ships, planes and vehicles to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and strengthen its energy security. – See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/video-library/us-navys-dennis-mcginn-on-advanced-biofuels-85899540773#sthash.ukxhLr6q.dpuf
the Navy is deploying advanced biofuels to power ships, planes and vehicles to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and strengthen its energy security. – See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/video-library/us-navys-dennis-mcginn-on-advanced-biofuels-85899540773#sthash.ukxhLr6q.dpuf
the Navy is deploying advanced biofuels to power ships, planes and vehicles to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and strengthen its energy security. – See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/video-library/us-navys-dennis-mcginn-on-advanced-biofuels-85899540773#sthash.ukxhLr6q.dpuf
the Navy is deploying advanced biofuels to power ships, planes and vehicles to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and strengthen its energy security. – See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/video-library/us-navys-dennis-mcginn-on-advanced-biofuels-85899540773#sthash.ukxhLr6q.dpuf
the Navy is deploying advanced biofuels to power ships, planes and vehicles to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and strengthen its energy security. – See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/video-library/us-navys-dennis-mcginn-on-advanced-biofuels-85899540773#sthash.ukxhLr6q.dpuf

 

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who wants to make it harder to vote in Florida?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Florida is the same state that brought you the 2000 voting debacle and the Republican dominated politics of the current  state embrace the benefits of that mess.  Jeb Bush fixed the mess with two weeks of early voting and Charlie Crist kept it fixed.  The Republicans in Florida liked the results of the mess so they re-created it and ran with the ball…

 

Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) was just voted in as the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections and he is quoted as saying –> “People in Africa walk two and three hundred miles to vote…this should not be easy”. 

 

 

Miguel Diaz De La Portilla (R-Dade county) is a lawyer and lobbyist for FP&L and is one of three brothers heavily involved in the Republican Party in Miami.  As each election cycle has gone by, the number of voters casting early votes was increasing.   This increase was not good for Republicans because statistically (so far) more democrats vote early than Republicans.  De La Portilla made it so the early voting decreased from two weeks to one week.  He just made it so.

David Rivera (R-Miami)  advocated for a decrease in early voting but an increase in absentee balloting.  Republicans like to use the ballot for 18 year old children and spouses that may not choose to vote and fill it in for them.  Miami-Dade Public Corruption detectives and two FBI agents are investigating Rivera’s  involvement in financing a losing Democratic opponent, Justin Sternad.

Rick Scott (R-Governor of Florida)  claimed 182,000 voters were fraudulent.  After investigation by the Department of Justice (which he also unsuccessfully tried to squash) it was found that 58% of the 182,000 voters were black or Hispanic.  Only 196 were found to actually have been fraudulent voters.  When the long voting lines were obvious, he refused to extend the early voting.

Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala)  admitted there was little to no voter fraud in Florida, but, he sponsored a bill that protected citizens from “mishap and mischief”.  His bill and the reduction of early voting days combined to make it more difficult for minorities and poor to vote.

Carlos Gimenez (R-Mayor of Miami) closed the doors on voters during early voting despite the supervisor of elections in Miami allowing a 4 hour extension.  Miami was the bard of the Nation (again) when citizens endured 6 hour waits to vote on election day and many just didn’t.  I think the “just didnt’s” were the hope of Carlos and his GOP buddies.

 

 

 

 

 

drown out the truth?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

So, are you tired of being yelled at?

I prefer the gently assertive, formal,  exchange of thoughtful information that doesn’t seem possible anymore.  What is with that?  Why is everyone yelling?  All this yelling and no one is listening.

There is also the fear of the unknown that is driven into our minds by the media, which is paid by speculators and gamblers.  I won’t even get in to the religious zealots that feed their line of garbage that plays on faith.  They are yelling, because if they yell loud enough people can’t hear the truth.

Meantime, 19 year olds are aiming bullets at each others heads in some sandy venue in the name of religious zealots, media hype, speculators, gamblers and that coveted Kardashian lifestyle.

Step away from the yellers and reflect in silence.  Listen to your heart and mind and seek truth.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 It is our turn to chase the predator…

When good people don’t vote — bad things happen.

In 2010, Rick Scott was promoted and elected by the tea partywe are now living through the callous dismantling and privatizing of Florida government. Vote and send the creeps and the groups that support them to the rubbish pile and label them the past. 


 PS:  take a look at this latest bulls**t–> 

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/world-war-ii-bronze-star-winner-resents-fla-2380710.html

Doesn’t Florida Governor Rick Scott and his posse cause mental discomfort for the GOP? I would think so. I would be mortified if someone I voted for continually bullied the masses and carried on with his innate criminal greed while serving the people of Florida. Without a doubt I feel bad for the Republicans who did not realize what he would do when they voted for him and are now outraged. They voted for him. Message to the GOP –>please please learn from this guy and don’t nominate tea party candidates.

And furthermore — It is essential to re-elect our President.  I feel much safer and more represented.  His National Security policies and his health care policies are for all of us, including those who don’t like him.  The Republican nominee seems to want only what is right for his money cronies.  Although, he may be lying just to get their money (he’s been known to do that).  His healthcare policy in his home state was actually copied by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which was designed by a nonpartisan government committee after single payer healthcare was rejected. 


Rush to judgement

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ronald Reagan quoted movies and he loved his wife.  GOP/ Religious right folks love quotes and the appearance of monogamy.  No one really cares if you love your wife or if you are faithful.  Many men who say grace before dinner have or at least intend to have sex with a women who is not their wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women are sluts if they have sex and don’t intend to have children.  I guess we should just get used to the word because almost every woman I know has used birth control in order to have sex without the desire to have children.  I’m so grateful to live in modern times.  Women can give birth without intense pain thanks to epidurals.  Women can decide not to get pregnant by taking birth control.  What a wonderful world!  I’m guessing most men agree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is disingenuously misleading for the Catholic Exchange to claim that Obama’s Healthcare package mandates birth control for all women.  What it does state is that all insurance companies and employers need to allow birth control for women who want it.  This is “Huge Caroline”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A huge difference that is.  The GOP is so opposed to our president they are shooting themselves in the foot with this one.

If the catholic church or any church for that matter wants to instill the doctrine of the church within the laws of the United States, doesn’t that go against the constitution?  Shouldn’t they pay taxes if they are so involved in healthcare law and its policies?  Isn’t the provision of birth control for women who want it a good thing for America?

I wonder if Nancy used birth control?

NDAA

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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The entire Bill can be read if you copy and paste the link below.  Careful, there is also some really graphic stuff about sexual misconduct.  Scroll down to sections 1031 and 1032 to read specifically about the new detainee information.  

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s1867pcs/pdf/BILLS-112s1867pcs.pdf

The military is required, through the passing of this law, to detain those thought to be tied with al Qaeda.  “ For foreign nationals accused of being members of Al Qaeda, military detention is mandatory; for U.S. citizens, it is optional. This section does not exempt U.S citizens from the presidential power of military detention: only from the requirement of military detention.”

The death of Anwar al-Awlaki involved a decision made by President Obama to kill an American citizen without a trial.  There was much discussion about the legal aspects of killing an American citizen accused of being an al Qaeda operative.   Doctrines and previous supreme court judgements deemed it permissable to kill him if capturing him was not feasible.  Another American named Sam Khan was also killed but was not targeted.  He was “collateral damage”.  Mr Khan’s family is petitioning a law suit.   Awlaki and Khan were killed by a missile strike in Yemen.  The Yemeni government secretly gave permission to the United States military to do so.  This secret permission was revealed by wikileaks. 

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So there are sound reasons congress and the President might seek the ability to detain, capture or kill persons tied with al Qaeda.  They would like to be able to stop people like Awlaki before the bomb gets on the flight to Detroit or the car bomb is discovered in a SUV in Times Square.  They would like to be able to detain people like Awlaki who are plotting, but are currently protected by the rights of being an American. They want to take these people out before they take more innocent lives.  This is a good thing eh?

The concern is that this ability will be abused.  Where will the definition of al Qaeda activity begin and end?  If I wrote a book or a magazine highlighting stories about people who enjoy Taliban rule would I be considered an al Qaeda loyalist and therefore a terrorist?  Would I be an enemy of the state if I wrote such a story?  Does anyone enjoy the Taliban’s rules? –> why?   My sitting here in my American home writing my free American thoughts, could I be deemed supporting terrorism?  Could I be detained? 

Relax

This is the concern of many Americans.  Does this new law take it too far?  The President should be concerned about taking a life especially an American life without first considering whether the information he’s been given is factual and not just hateful.  Awlaki probably needed to be dead and I think the President made a good decision as did the Yemeni government in assisting that decision.  Maybe the Yemeni government wanted him dead, maybe the arms dealers wanted him dead, maybe the oil barons wanted him dead?

If  we let the dirty deeds of the bad guys destroy our free American life then the bad guys win.

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Tanks vs Trains

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Florida Governor Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion in Federal money for a high speed rail project despite knowledge of a newly revealed Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) study that forecast the venture would net a $10 million surplus in its very first year of operation. 
State and Federal court battles are holding back the entire industry of high speed rail.  Meanwhile war machines carry on unobstructed?

One great train and track needs to be built to prove its usefulness.   A wonderful provider of jobs and a peaceful industry of builders and innovative minds to do their thing.  Not to mention a very comfortable way to study, read, sleep off a hangover, prepare a power point, get your homework done,  have some lunch,  cuddle with a loved one,  make friends with strangers, decrease your footprint, meet a famous person, pee without stopping at a scary rest stop, do needlepoint, or just enjoy the view without worrying about driving into the swamp, while getting from point A to point B.

 

The United States government pays companies to build tanks and jets to provide security and to protect the nation from bad guys.  But if the government pays a corporation to build solar panels, high speed rail, or windmills to provide energy independence  (which is a better source of security) than it is called socialist government intervention or “Big Government”.   Why isn’t it called socialist government intervention for us to subsidize the building of war machines?

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Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world.  It’s operational speed of 430km/h and average speed of 251kmph. (156 mph)  The Maglev started commercial operations in April 2004.

It runs on the 30.5km Shanghai Maglev Line, which is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line, extending from Longyang Road Station of Metro Line 2 and ending at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Shanghai Maglev is owned and operated by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. (SMTDC). The train was constructed by a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp.


 

 Tanks are only useful for war?  Tank builders therefore need war.

Why can’t we also subsidize weapons of peace that contribute to energy independence?  Things like high speed rail that run on magnets (please see above), and Renewables.  Things that keep the planet clean and alive, and we get to live out our 70 to 80 years in peace?  Unfortunately, some people just don’t get peace.  Maybe a nice long clean peaceful life is achievable.


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Friday, October 14th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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Exxon-Mobile is running frequent ads on TV claiming they care about teachers and education.  One thought on this could be they are interested in controlling what is taught in universities.   They might cause universities to back off on the Environmental education and focus more on finding oil, extracting oil and refining oil.  Frankly oil sells itself so that is a no brainer.

There are lots of bright young minds with brand new engineering degrees planning to go to Texas, Mexico or Canada and work for an oil company.  They don’t need to be recruited or guided — money talks.  Money also talks to the legislators of various state run Universities.  Like a big circle, politicians give subsidies to oil and educators.

 Geothermal, solar, wind, biodiesel, and other renewable sources of energy aren’t at the Universities recruiting these brilliant young minds.  They don’t have the politically backed funding for that.  Oil and coal receive federal funding and they use much of it for recruiting brilliance and luring them with buttloads of money.

Meantime, we’re building tired old SUV’s in our auto plants and wonder why the rest of the world doesn’t want them.  Because the rest of the world has young brilliant minds too.  They are being recruited into the renewable energy industry and making fast and powerful cars that run on batteries and biodiesel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read about Nicola Tesla…

 

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