Funny Business…

The United States Government has been run like a branch of organized crime: a special sort of American business… Funny business that ain’t so funny.

peace5The United States Government has been run like a branch of organized crime: a special sort of American business…  Funny business that ain’t so funny. 
 
 
For more than than 36 long years, corporate and military elites have run the show: spending trillions killing millions for billionaires, while withholding health care from the American people…
and bankrupting the nation.

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Endless war is unsustainable.

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Time to shut down wars on people who have not attacked us and begin to secure the peace, rebuild the nation ;and heal the planet.

 
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We can shut down wars of choice and reinvest those funds in infrastructure, alternative energy, education, health care, housing and peace. We have solutions.81-kpqrfqzl-_sl1500_

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We have choices to make…

“Americans are sick of war. Dr. Stein will be on 85-100% of the ballots. If we, the people Dr. Stein represents, vote for our own best interests… Stein may win in a landslide. 75% of the voting public are thinking third party, With offerings like Trump and Clinton, this is our time for The Green New Deal. ”

DSC_0635-copy.14236.widea.0“The minute we stand up, we are unstoppable. It’s time to forget the lesser evil and fight for the greater good. The clock is ticking. It’s in our hands.”
~Dr. Jill Stein

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Any president, once elected, can do whatever they choose. Obama was elected to secure the peace. But instead, he took us from 4 wars to 27 wars and bombed seven countries who did not attack us. And because he pretends to be a progressive, he has been able to govern like a right-wing war-monger with barely a peep from the corporate media. Obama lied and we are paying the consequences of his rank treason. He sold us out.

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“… It has become challenging to keep up with all the ways in which the president has not only embraced, but expanded and institutionalized, George W. Bush’s most radical policies.”

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Sanders is running on a pro-war platform. This is the opposite of what we need…
and he will not be on the ticket. Hillary has the bucks and controls the machine.
We will see Hillary the Hawk against one of 16 Republicans whom she closely resembles.

“What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq – and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals.”

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But Dr. Jill Stein is smarter than these tools.  She is running on an Independent ticket. In 2012 she was arrested and put in a cell during the debates.  But currently there are two lawsuits in progress and it looks like she will win at least one of them. T

his means she WILL debate the pro-war cons from both parties on national and international television. With the whole world watching, she will expose the corporate agenda of war for profit.

“Instead of allowing this fraud to continue, we should put the League of Women Voters back in charge and let the American people hear real people talk about real issues instead of letting corporate cons run the show and exclude the people who actually represent the voters.”

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Americans are sick of war. Dr. Stein was on 85% of the ballots. If the people she represents had voted for their own best interests, she could have won in a landslide.

75% of the voting public is favouring a third party. This is our time.

“We know Bernie supported Hillary when she won the nomination. And Hillary has promised to attack Iran. To take the White House, all Jill Stein has to do is tell the truth.”

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“The minute we stand up, we are unstoppable. It’s time to forget the lesser evil and fight for the greater good.”…


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Best plan for America: A Green New Deal

“Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 800+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire.”

DSC_0635-copy.14236.widea.0My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”

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flowergarden6Key points of the Power to the People Plan:

A Green New Deal:

Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:

Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

www.elle.comEnd Poverty:

Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:

Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right:

Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

jill2A Just Economy:

Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

Protect Mother Earth:

Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. peace-justiceLabel GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

Freedom and Equality:

End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Expand women’s rights, protect LGBT people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, replace drug prohibition with harm reduction, and legalize marijuana/hemp.

Justice for All:

Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights:

jill-stein-750Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 800+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People:

Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote.  Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.



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“If you are tired of wage theft, slave labor and working poverty…  abandon the corporate cons anpeacedovemiddled war-profiteers who have brought us twenty seven unnecessary wars, joblessness, and recession while sacrificing the peace to please munitions contractors.  It is time to stand firm.”

This next election, we must send a message.  Write letters, provide options, explore solutions, let us know what our tactics must be to take back the nation.


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Taxi to the Darkside

I believe there’s nothing
we can know except that
we should be kind to each other
and do what we can for other people.”
― Katharine Hepburn

…Where we remain…

Published on Aug 7, 2015

Using the torture and death in 2002 of an innocent Afghan taxi driver as the touchstone, this film examines changes after 9/11 in U.S. policy toward suspects in the war on terror. Soldiers, their attorneys, one released detainee, U.S. Attorney John Yoo, news footage and photos tell a story of abuse at Bagram


Issue section:  Film   /    Issue:  June 2008   /   By   Eamonn Kelly   /   Director: Alex Gibney

No one person murdered Dilawar, a 22 year old Afghan taxi driver, abducted, imprisoned and finally killed at Bagram air base in December 2002. Rather Dilawar died as the result of a sustained programme of torture visited upon him on the orders of the US government.

In Taxi To The Dark Side director Alex Gibney probes meticulously the decision making, chain of command, and documentation that sanctioned the use of torture in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay (the latter’s gift shop featuring in one segment).

Gibney shows how the brutal interrogation techniques used by the US military were authorised directly from key government figures Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, and were then cascaded through the entire chain of command, resulting in the human rights abuses recorded at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

Using a similar format adopted in his exposé of the Enron corporation,The Smartest Guys In The Room, Gibney works with a broad range of interviews from high ranking military lawyers, FBI officials and ordinary soldiers, to build up a detailed picture of the logic driving the US torture machine.
Arrested by a US backed militia and accused of being involved in a mortar attack on a US base, Dilawar was detained at Bagram air base. There he was subjected to a range of brutal treatments which left his legs literally beaten to a pulp. Forced to endure long hours shackled to a ceiling and forced to stand, Dilawar’s body finally gave up.

He had been one of the 90 percent of US-held prisoners who were bought from local militias – the occupiers having in effect created a market for “terrorists”. Several of the guards responsible for beating Dilawar were tried and convicted, and as they present themselves in the film it becomes clear that they were the fall guys under intense pressure poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2to get results. Their commanders were subsequently promoted, the politicians escaping untouched.

If there were one criticism of this revealing film it is that in concentrating on the impact of these policies on US society, it hears only fleetingly from the victims of the terror and their families, and thus misses an opportunity to return to them the humanity, dignity and sense of justice of which they have been robbed.

more information: http://socialistreview.org.uk/326/taxi-darkside


“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”
Voltaire


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“Life is short and we have never
too much time for gladdening the
hearts of those who are travelling
the dark journey with us.

Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel


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I believe there’s nothing
we can know except that
we should be kind to each other
and do what we can for other people.”
Katharine Hepburn


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We Can’t Breathe!

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos

cropped-visions4.jpgBreathing is a human right.

But too many police officers disagree

 

And we let them get away with murder.

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resist“We can’t breathe faced with this injustice. We can’t breathe because we are seething with rage. We must revolt — for a breath of freedom and justice.”

“Some things are so basic, so elementary, so simple and straightforward that they simply cannot stand: not in the US, not in Mexico, not in Greece, not in Palestine, not in France, not in Hong Kong, not in Brazil, not in South Africa, not in Kurdistan, nowhere.

blmBecause like this we cannot breathe — and in the universal sense of suffocation we feel at the hands of the capitalist state and its forces of order, we are one. Some of us are greatly privileged, to be sure, but our enemy is one and the same.

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos
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CLEVELAND, OHIO
— Four years ago, few seemed to care when Rodney Brown uttered, “I can’t breathe” after being tased 11 times by Cleveland police officers during a New Year’s Eve traffic stop – at least that’s how his family felt.  Brown was dead less than an hour after a confrontation with police over a relatively minor infraction.
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STANTON ISLAND, NEW YORK
Eric Garner could not breathe when being choked to death…
He said so eleven times…
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heartlessLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,” he pleaded.
“I have asthma, I have asthma.”

In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened.

“You can breathe just fine,” one sergeant told him. “You can talk, so you can breathe.”

Azucena could not walk or stand by the time officers brought him to a South Los Angeles police station for booking. So they carried him into a cell, leaving him lying face-down on the floor. He was soon unconscious. When paramedics arrived shortly after, Azucena’s heart had stopped.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Anthony D. Clark Reed, 24, took his last breath two blocks from his father Pastor Kevin Clark’s Springwells Avenue Baptist Church, after Detroit police officers stopped him on Vernor on the city’s southwest side March 30, allegedly because his car had tinted windows. But he had broken no laws.


COCONUT BEACH, FLORIDA

Calvon Reid died in police custody in Cocunut Creek, Florida. He explained to officers that he just wanted to be left alone. But officers said this was not an option for him. They threatened him, cursed at him, and finally attacked him.

He explained that he couldn’t breathe. But that cry fell on deaf ears. Officers tasered him and he eventually died in police custody. Since then, the Coconut Creek Police Department has been trying to cover up the killing. Now the community is demanding answers.
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rainy4SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
…At one point he heard (Kelly) Thomas say “I can’t breathe”
and that that didn’t give him concern that officers should get up
because Thomas was fighting and able to talk. He said the fact
that Thomas said he couldn’t breathe wasn’t cause enough to
instruct officers to get off of Thomas. The Orange County
Coroner’s Office ruled Kelly Thomas died July 10, 2011, from
a lack of oxygen to the brain brought on by compression to the
chest and by head and facial injuries.

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Eric Harris: ‘I’m losing my breath.’ Second officer: ‘Fuck your breath’



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Pussy Riot honors Eric Garner in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ song …

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                                                 We need to rethink TASERS!  tmf

“634 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001”

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John Stewart: Funnyman, Newsman… or both.

“What the Mainstream Media Can Learn From Jon Stewart:
No, not to be funny and snarky, but to be bold and to do a better job of cutting through the fog.”

no more cutsSometimes John Stewart delivers more news in 17 minutes than you will
hear on mainstream
media news in six or
ten months.

“What the Mainstream Media Can Learn
From Jon Stewart

headlessNo, not to be funny and snarky, but to be bold and to do a better job of cutting through the fog

By Rachel Smolkin

When Hub Brown’s students first told him they loved “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and sometimes even relied on it for news, he was, as any responsible journalism professor would be, appalled.

Now he’s a “Daily Show” convert.

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“There are days when I watch ‘The Daily Show,’ and I kind of chuckle. There are days when I laugh out loud. There are days when I stand up and point to the TV and say, ‘You’re damn right!'” says Brown, chair of the communications department at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an associate professor of broadcast journalism.

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Depression

“Keep active, sleep, eat well, reduce stress, stay connected”

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“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”

— C. S. Lewis



“To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.”
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“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”

― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

“Depression – it falls into that small category of things like combat that, if you haven’t been in it, you can say you can imagine it all you like. But it’s truly different.”
~Dick Cavett

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Depression is not always understood…  sometimes psychologists offer
a diagnosis or friends and family may offer support…

Other times not so much.

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Sylvia Plath

“I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.”

Sylvia Plath

 

 


Different types of depression and the symptoms:

1.  Loss of interest in activities that you
used to enjoy.

2.  Desire to avoid social occasions.

3.  Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
(often with no logical basis) .

4.  Changes in appetite
(overeating or loss of interest in food)

5.  Excessive tiredness.

6.  Changes in speed of your movement noticeable to others.

7.  Changes in sleeping patterns: reduced or excessive

8.  Suicidal thoughts, thoughts the world better without you.

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This condition may be
called other names:
Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Mood disorder, Mental illness, Schizophrenia, etc.


Here is a test to determine if you are depressed
http://psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm

And here are ways to treat depression…

layout_tm1_poster.indd1. Keep active.

–15 to 30 minutes of physical activity may improve mood
–Long-term regular exercise can help prevent recurrence.

2. Eat well.

Well-balanced eating
helps you feel better.
— Eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables.
— Eat regular meals, especially breakfast.
— Increase your intake of cold-water fish:
salmon, halibut, tuna and bluefish.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, they make depression and/or anxiety more intense or severe.

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3. Get adequate sleep.

Aim for eight hours a night,
and be consistent with bedtime.

4. Control stress.

Coping with depression is stressful enough,  so try to limit other sources of stress.
Simplify your schedule and prioritize.
Get organized so you know where to find things you need.
If you need a break, take it.  Take a day trip, bus ride, bicycle trip or a
weekend getaway.

Recognize stress signals and slow downstomach upset?
forgetting things or feeling extra irritable?

health_care_reform5.Stay Connected.

Make relationships a priority.
Social ties give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
— Recognize the importance of
give and take.

Cultivate your spirituality
or sense of well-being.

Avoid negative and unhealthy connections.

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Psych Central – Depression Screening Test
http://www.psychcentral.com
Test your depressive feelings today and track them over time.
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“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers

 


“You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.”
~Albert Ellis