Posts Tagged ‘long term’

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This just in…

(March 9, 2015)

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.  The targeted sanctions in the E.O. implement the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, which the President signed on December 18, 2014, and also go beyond the requirements of this legislation.”

FACT SHEET: Venezuela Executive Order

 

Wow. Talk about your FAKE “national emergencies.” This one slipped through in 2015. It explains much about why your TVs are completely full of shit this evening. It’s a bi-partisan Big Lie, and so the truth has no chance at all in this country.

 

 

GMO KNOW YOUR FARMER POSTER

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility
Statement: No scientific consensus on GMO safety

As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs),[1] we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety[2] [3] [4] and that the debate on this topic is “over”.[5]

We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the broad diversity of opinion among scientists on this issue. Moreover, the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of regulatory and scientific rigour and appropriate caution, potentially endangering the health of humans, animals, and the environment…

Decisions on the future of our food and agriculture should not be based on misleading and misrepresentative claims that a “scientific consensus” exists on GMO safety.

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Israeli genocide proceeds with calculated effects:

Israel caused $5 billion in damage to Gaza, 40,000 Homes Destroyed or Damaged

Tens of thousands of Palestinian families struggle to simply have a place to live today. The brutal, Nazi-like assault by the rogue state of Israel should call for international sanctions and a complete embargo of that terrorist nation.

The diesel containers belonging to Gaza’s power plant have been destroyed as well, he said.

Stop all “aid” to those cold, calculating murderers. They want all the land, and they are making life unlivable so that the targets of their military aggression eventually flee. This is what Israel has done for 70 years, and it continues today without deviation. The last thing this brutal aggressor wants is peace and co-existence. They have made that very clear.

He added that 70 percent water wells had been completely destroyed, “in addition to waste water lines.”

In the 1980s Israel helped create Hamas in order to divide and conquer the Palestinians who were trying to achieve a peace with borders they could live with. The Israelis do not want any Palestine to exist, at all. They want all the land, and all their aggression is directed at this aim. They want enemies to hold up in the media and justify their illegal land theft and mass murder. Hamas fit the bill.

According to UN figures, up to 485,000 people — a quarter of Gaza’s population — has been forced to leave their homes throughout the assault on the Strip.

 

by Joe Giambrone

The Greens are the best hope today in the US for advancing a progressive, sane, legal and ethical agenda. Voting for the Green Party has a tangible goal and benefit, a benchmark to strive for: 5% of the vote.

David Cobb, a Green Party leader, laid out the Party’s 2012 election strategy:

“a) Receive 5% of the popular vote to qualify for 2016 FEC matching funds

b) Qualify (or maintain) state ballot lines wherever possible

c) Assist local candidates earn media, attract volunteers and GET ELECTED

 d) Convince voters to join the Green Party (register Green where possible, and to actively participate in local GP efforts)”

This is a strategy to build over the long term. That is the best that conscientious Americans can hope for today. Build over the long term by simply registering Green Party and encouraging your circles to do the same. It doesn’t cost you a dime, and it doesn’t affect any election at all, but it is a strong symbolic act that builds the party one citizen at a time. It also sends an unequivocal message that delegitimizes the mainstream corporate parties. Without legitimacy, they are far easier targets.

We all know America has a completely fucked up electoral system. Voting Green Party is one sane, rational response to this abominable situation, which makes logical sense and remains one of the few legal remedies to a government out of control and acting beyond the Constitution and rule of law generally.

The plutocrats and their lackeys in office will not restrain themselves. They don’t have to. The only real solution is to replace their functionaries in a populist, democratic upsurge.

The Occupy Movement can send a clear message, in the language politicians understand, by registering Green Party and showing up on Election Day to disturb the entrenched powers. They may not win, but they will move the ball just a little bit farther down the field. If one is willing to risk arrest, hypothermia, beatings and tear gas – why not risk a tick on a ballot line? Or a registration form to add your voice to the Green Party’s rolls?

Occupiers should know that Jill Stein and her vice-presidential nominee Cheri Honkala were arrested outside the second Obama/Romney debate and treated like common criminals. Greens have been placed on “no-fly lists” and harassed for opposing the sham democracy entrenched in Washington DC. They are probably under FBI surveillance as well.

The goal of achieving 5% of the popular vote for the Green Party and Jill Stein is tangible and achievable. Most people in the United States live in uncontested states. As the corporate/fascist news harps on about “swing states,” most Americans do not live in these states. What about them? What about their votes?

If you live in a state such as California, which is not a “swing state” but firmly in Obama’s column, then casting a vote for Romney or Obama is the definition of a “wasted vote.” Your vote will not and cannot affect anything. Contrarily, a vote for the Green Party may push that party over the 5% threshold allowing it to qualify for millions of dollars in Federal Election Commission matching funds in the next election cycle. These millions can be used to wake up a much more significant portion of the populace. This scenario is what Democrats fear the most, and they resort to absurd anti-democratic arguments to try and coerce voters into voting for their war criminal in chief.

Earl Ofari Hutchison has warned of the “Naderizing” of Obama and called out “Nader apologists” to atone for their alleged sins and to vote his way. Discarding the actual theft of Florida in 2000 by Jeb Bush and company, which Greg Palast covered for BBC, but the US news pointedly ignored, Hutchinson lies about how and why the 2000 election went to Bush. Hutchinson blatantly attempts to delegitimize the existence of third parties in a recent undemocratic and blinded piece of propaganda that should disgust most every American.

Further disgust should register as a man of integrity, Ralph Nader, who fought for consumer safety and accountability in government for decades is scapegoated while the documented disenfranchisement of up to “91,000” voters from the Florida voting rolls in 2000 is ignored as if it never happened. Further, the counting of the 2000 ballots was illegally stopped in a kangaroo court ruling that effectively ended American democracy. The problems of the US voting system are now so flagrant that Palast counted up “5,220,576 legitimate votes and voters tossed out of the count” in the last presidential election, 2008.

Independent third party candidates were censored out of the duopoly debates, of course, as is the norm in the “land of the free.” However, an independent debate did occur over at FreeAndEqual.org, where you can catch the replay online. A second debate between Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian frontman Gary Johnson will occur on (EDITED: PUSHED BACK DUE TO HURRICANE) Monday November 5th  at 9pm EST/6pm PST. It will be broadcast on various independent outlets such as RT America (Russia Today), RT.com and on Youtube via the Free and Equal website.

I’m not sure how self-described “progressives” expect real change to occur when they vote for the same old imperial / Wall Street shills time and time again. Obama has proven himself – to Wall Street – and after raising more than $700,000,000.00 in 2008, Obama is set to top $1Bn this term, having already cashed checks for “$988 million” (Chicago Tribune, 10.25.12). That kind of money buys a lot of immunity from prosecution. It installs people like Geithner and Summers in the top financial spots of his administration. It buys a lot more war, too. Their money, your vote. Whom do you think is represented more in this equation?

I’ve suggested to Green Party members how to more quickly increase their numbers and build momentum. This strategy is in line with David Cobb’s priorities to make the party a legitimate alternative to corporate/elite sponsored fascism, over the long haul. Let’s hope America agrees and wipes the sleep out of their eyes, turns off their X-Boxes, looks up from tapping on their phones about nothing and smells the collapse all around them. Further, let’s hope they decide to do the right thing. Support the alternative you want to see, not the criminals who claim to have you by the balls. Grow a backbone, for God’s sake. It’s about more than Election Day; it’s about every other day in between. You’re going to have to work for it if you want to reverse a decline this severe, this dangerous, this overtly unlawful and steeped in fanciful myths about ourselves and our place in the world.

I’m voting Green and FOR Jill Stein, which is a bit of a luxury living in California where a vote for the others wouldn’t matter in the slightest. In a swing state, I would probably have to recalculate my tactics, knowing that these are simply tactics. I might even just consider expatriation more seriously (I love you, Iceland, and your brand new Constitution). I would, however, register in the party that represents me best and encourage others to do likewise. Anything else is betrayal, a betrayal of conscience, of values, of one’s own ethics. Make your presence matter and reject the elite’s call for obedient sheeple. That’s not you. You’re better than that. This nation is better than that.