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"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" Gandhi

Thursday, December 18, 2014

No More Siding With Wall Street - It's Time to Step Up the Fight for Financial Reform

The fight continues to build the power of Main Street over Wall Street and hold those people who crashed the economy accountable. 

Five years ago, just after the meltdown of the U.S. financial system, a number of labor, consumer, civil rights, and community-based organizations came together to form Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) – a coalition of hard-working groups and individuals pushing for strong reforms to the U.S. banking system.

I served as the Executive Director of AFR starting at that time, and I saw firsthand what an uphill battle the fight for strong financial reforms wasleading up to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. It was a David vs. Goliath battle – the financial industry spent over $1 million a day on lobbying during that time period - more than we spent in that whole year!  But we made some important progress, even as we need to make more progress.  And the struggle continues.


I turned over the reins of AFR to Lisa Donner, after the passage of Dodd-Frank. Financial reformers have pushed – again and again and again – for meaningful implementation of the new law, for tough new and much needed provisions like the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act that go beyond Dodd-Frank, and to prevent the banks from stopping reform in its tracks.

I am writing today to let you know something important:  the budget fight in the U.S. Congress last week demonstrated that the fight for Wall Street reform is about to escalate again, and that things are only going to get more difficult when the big banks pick up even additional influence in the U.S. Senate in a few weeks. 

This means AFR’s work is going to be more urgent and critical than ever.  And it means, more than ever, we’re going to need help from people all across the country who care about these issues.

As the New Year approaches, I thank you for what you’ve done. But more importantly, I ask you to keep at it - signing petitions, forwarding emails to your friends, writing to legislators or regulators, and helping keep bank reform on the front burner in Washington.

You can also join me in sending a message to Congress: No More Siding with Wall Street!  I’m going to continue standing up with AFR for a banking system that works for all Americans and against rollbacks of provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act that hold Wall Street accountable.

I hope you will join me in signing on and sending a clear message: No more siding with Wall Street over Main Street!


Thank you,

Heather Booth
Former Executive Director
Americans for Financial Reform

How to Avoid the Next Obama - Larry Pinkney on The Eyeopener

Larry Pinkney of BlackActivistWG.org joins us today to discuss how and why so many well-meaning Americans were bamboozled by Obama's "hope and change" routine in 2008. We discuss the failed establishment left/right paradigm and how the misleaders of the left who rally their flock around the Democrat flag every election cycle, as well as how community activism can lift us out of the cycle of abuse inflicted on the people by the political machine.



Pay attention to details. Don't be deceived by propaganda. It was easy to understand that Obama was going to be a corrupt leader in 2008 when you examined facts. Go for third party candidates and get involved in local Government to gain control of your area so that the established parties are put out of the picture.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Neocolonialism in Africa



In Africa a lot of really bad stuff is going on, but for western TV viewers it does not exist - the situation kept hidden and/or largely unexplained ...

Corrupt governments and corporations in BOTH the first world and the third world are keeping the people impoverished. Sending humanitarian aid, while noble, is only addressing the SYMPTOMS, not the CAUSES of the problem. This clip is a great summary of how the crooked system operates and explains more in 20 minutes than most people might have learnt in the last 20 years.

The info in the clip is really important stuff. It helps explain how things operate in the real world - not corporate TV fairy land world. The lessons here, where human lives don't count for much when it comes to power and money, also apply to the Middle East. If you want to stop bad stuff happening then finding the underlying cause is essential.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Congress abruptly overrules D.C. voters, nixes marijuana legalization

By Linda Feldmann December 10, 2014 8:32 AM
news.yahoo.com

In November, the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but a new congressional budget deal has a provision barring implementation.

When residents of the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last month, cannabis fans cheered. Then they quickly realized that Congress – which has oversight over D.C.’s affairs – could overrule the will of the voters.

Now, it appears, that fear will come true sooner than expected – not in the next Congress, when Republicans will control both chambers, but during the lame duck session currently under way.
Tuesday night, Senate Democrats and House Republicans reached a deal to fund the federal government through Sept. 30 of next year. That means no government shutdown. But the deal’s fine print also includes a provision that bars implementation of Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure D.C. voters approved by a 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 4.

Specifically, a press summary of the spending bill posted online by the House Appropriations Committee says it “prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District.”

Advocates of voting rights for the District’s 646,000 residents are outraged.

“If reports are true, members of Congress from both parties bargained away the rights of the people of the District of Columbia and in doing so compromised the core democratic values of the United States,” Kimberly Perry, head of the group D.C. Vote, said in a statement to The Washington Post.  
Efforts to secure full voting representation in Congress for D.C. residents have a long history of frustration. The reality is that the federal enclave is not a state, and therefore its residents do not enjoy the same voting rights of states, as granted by the US Constitution. The Constitution also grants Congress jurisdiction over the District.

In 1973, Congress established “home rule” in D.C., allowing local officials to govern the District. But Congress maintains the right to overrule local decisions, including ballot measures.

Most of the time, Congress leaves D.C. alone, but on social policy, congressional Republicans have been known to jump in. On abortion policy, the District is not allowed to use its own tax revenues to fund the procedure for low-income residents. Republicans in Congress blocked sales of medical marijuana in D.C. for 11 years.

In the current Congress, Rep. Andy Harris (R) of Maryland is spearheading the effort to thwart legalized recreational marijuana in D.C. He claims “fairly broad-based support in Congress against legalization.”

But marijuana advocates aren’t taking this lying down.

“Tonight we march!” tweeted Adam Eidinger, Chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, Wednesday morning.

Tonight we march! “@whiteknightpua: can we rally a protest on the Hill? Maybe have people set up camp outside Andy Harris' offices?”— Adam Eidinger (@aeidinger) December 10, 2014

The march Wednesday evening will begin at the Justice Department and end at Capitol Hill, and civil disobedience that could lead to arrests.

Related:

Medical Marijuana - Cerebral Palsy (Jacqueline Patterson) 

A Drop at a Time: How Cannabis Oil is Changing Lives of Cancer Patients in the UK 

The Effect of Cannabis on Pregnant Women & Newborns

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shut Diablo Canyon Now!!!

SHUT THE DIABLO CANYON NUKES NOW!!!

The fight to shut the two reactors at Diablo Canyon, California, is heating up.

To hear all about it from two great activists, Damon Moglen & Linda Seeley, visit the EcoWatch site and link into HarveyW's Solartopia Green Power & Show for a full hour of informative in-depth discussion:


http://ecowatch.com/2014/12/11/close-diablo-canyon-nuclear-plant/
Thank you!!
Harvey Wasserman, The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima Campaign

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Gladio B and the Battle for Eurasia

‘Operation Gladio B’--the continuation of the old NATO Gladio program--covers a tangled web of covert operatives, billionaire Imams, drug running, prison breaks and terror strikes. Its goal: the destabilization of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In this presentation to Studium Generale in Groningen on November 19, 2014, James Corbett lifts the lid on this operation, its covert operatives, and the secret battle for the Eurasian heartland.



The strategy of tension is being pushed today. This is an important MUST SEE video.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Decades of Rape Swept under the Rug and Ignored

They are two times as likely to be raped.. twice the national average. And for decades no one gave a damn. The statistics speak for themselves and are completely mind boggling: http://www.rccmsc.org/resources/get-the-facts.aspx One out of six women across the racial board.

For Native women it's double that. It becomes one in three.


Until Obama signed the newer version of the Violence against women act tribal women had no recourse to see their abusers go to trial. If they were non-indian abusers.. it was tough shit.. for tribal law could not prosecute non-indians. And if it happened on a reservation it happened outside of any other police Jurisdiction... so it was open season on native women.. with no prosecution for the rapist..
Often the police are the abuser and not only in this country... Check this: http://ww2.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/13/mounties-raped-abused-b-c-aboriginal-girls-rights-watchdog-alleges-in-report

Many times in the past the provision that would have given the tribal courts the ability to prosecute non-indians for rape was struck down by the Republican Party in Congress and the Senate.. they did not want "non-indians", meaning white men, to be subject to tribal courts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/new-law-offers-a-sliver-of-protection-to-abused-native-american-women/2014/02/08/0466d1ae-8f73-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

So white boys could rape Indian girls and the law wouldn't touch em..What kind of crap is that??

These are the self same politicians who swear they are good men and swear they love the people and will work hard for them.. Clearly they lie.

The United States government knew about it and not only did not give a damn... they, by their blatant refusal to give the Tribal courts the ability to bring the rapist to justice, clearly said they did not mind if Native women were raped beaten or killed. Then again I guess one can't expect much from those who long ago sold their soul for a dollar.

My disgust for the turning away of the Republican Party to the rape of women and children overflows to the extreme.

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Biggest Scandal in America Is Its Controlled Press

How many Americans know that the current regime in Ukraine was installed in a very bloody February 2014 coup d’etat, that was planned in the U.S. White House, and overseen by an Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, and run by the CIA, and carried out for the White House by one of Ukraine’s two racist-fascist, or nazi, political parties, whose founder and leader still controls Ukraine though not officially, even these many months after his coup, and which nazi party has been up to their elbows since then in a genocidal policy to exterminate the people in the region of Ukraine that had voted approximately 90% for the man whom Obama and those nazis overthrew in February? (Click onto that link, and to the more-detailed evidence that’s linked to there, in order to see the ultimate documentations of this entire horrific history, because it is history now, even though the American public were never informed about it while it was news — while and when it was happening, which it still is.)

And how many Americans know that one of the two main suspects in the bringing-down of the Malaysian MH17 airliner over Ukraine on July 17th has been given veto-power over the report that is to be issued from the official ‘investigation’ of the black boxes and other evidence in the case?

The ongoing hiding of all of this from the American public is perhaps even more stunning to the present writer than is the bloody American policy (including Obama’s personal role in it) itself.

Virtually all of the ‘news’ editors and producers — the ‘news’ executives, in America’s press — know, and have known all along, that these things are the case, because they’ve been receiving many news-submissions on them, with full and entirely credible documentation each time, ever since February, and have not made any of these facts public; they’ve not published this reality, when it was news, though they are supposed to be news-organizations.

I know this because I am one of the many independent investigative journalists who has been reporting in detail on these matters, throughout this time-period, and whose reports have been submitted to virtually all U.S. ‘news’ media — mainstream and alternative news, liberal and conservative news, Republican and Democratic news. And, with the exception of only about a half-dozen obscure but admirably authentic news-sites on the Internet (which is just a small fraction of the “alternative news” sites), all of this solidly documented information (just click on the links and you’ll see it documented there) has been intentionally withheld, from the American public, by virtually the entirety of the U.S. ‘news’ media.

Source: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/biggest-scandal-america-controlled-press.html

Some of the news censorship may come down to incompetence, but a lot of news organisations are making deliberate decisions to suppress information - they cannot be that inept on every issue.

When it comes to the most important (controversial) matters, like proxy wars, false flag events, banker cronyism or vote fraud, the public broadcasters and commercial networks are missing. It is like these issues do not exist for them - despite the evidence.

One could understand a lack of knowledge when it comes to the general population, but for a news organisation with professional research staff, and a platform whereby they can explain the issue, there seems little excuse for their inaction.  As far as I am concerned, the mainstream media facilitates mass murder and high level corruption. They have a lot to answer for.