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Viva la Raza! Relocalization, Stopping Corruption is Key to Sustainability

1:28 am in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

Today’s global marketplace expends untold amounts of energy to manufacture, produce, transport, store, market, and sell goods and products. To relocalize trade, energy, natural resources to the watershed, to make our economy local will realize less energy and less resource depletion.

- Getting off the grid or relocalizing is much like the popular CERT community emergency response self-sufficiency training applied over the longer term across the urban habitat.

- Functioning net-zero energy, completely relocalized communities will provide survivability with frugality and compassion – without austerity – in this, the Sixth Great Extinction of this, the Anthropogenic era with zero-carbon footprint – mitigation against the ravages of Extreme weather (ark storms), with adaptation by revitalizing areas capable of providing ecological niche against the backdrop of larger areas permanently-made-hostile planetary habitat, with food, water, energy, open space, material production security, with a degree of immunity against asymmetrical warfare, EMP (Electro-magnetic pulse) bursts, CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) solar bursts that would otherwise disable and kill off more centralized forms of society like the US is presently structured.

- The past, failed societal drive to consume ever increasing amounts of ‘product’ resulting in exorable rates of resource depletion and energy consumption is reversed with a post-consumer civilization of doing more with less and less energy points to a culture whose values of mindless consumption and waste was successful transitioned to a culture of high efficiency, and mindfulness.

My Green-values platform bases development not on developers – rather on bio-regional determinism to meet California’s codified goal of reducing global greenhouse gases by one-third by 2020. I co-authored nationally-recognized and award-winning Panorama City Commercial Revitalization Study, whose three determinants regulating built-form were later adopted as Senate Bill 375, passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor to provide mechanisms to meet California’s AB 32 Climate Change Act requirements.

I’m an architect by education and profession, I am running to win California’s 39th State Assembly District seat this year, earning 21.6% of the vote in 2010 (tripling the 2008 showing), tops for alternative parties, in back-to-back contests and one-on-one rematch with the incumbent, termed the ‘worst legislator in California’ for being outstanding in getting enriched by Lobbyists that author and sponsor his bills more than any other legislator.

I will advance these moral imperatives in the Legislature to balance the budget, manage multiple collapses, mitigate and adapt to ecological collapse’s worst catastrophes, offset existing environmental problems, and alleviate economic disruptions.

Once elected, I will further ensure our 2020 energy goals are met and exceeded.

Applying pragmatism in my community efforts – rejecting corruption, unreasonableness and impracticality, with proven leadership, contributing to the community over the years – prepared me to be our District’s grassroots representative in the Legislature.

Taking no corporate donations nor the beholdence that is part of the bargain, being an effective squeaky wheel in advocacies for health-care patient rights against Big Insurance, advocating for local water reliance, seeing success in efforts to rebound historic commercial areas, the experience of meeting project budgets and payroll as a small business, co-authoring community specific plan overlays that revitalize commercial hubs in sustainable ways.

Stopping urban sprawl and Kelo-eminent domain, gentrification, I have supported community grassroots efforts, forming neighborhood councils, advocating District-wide multimodal rapid transit, revitalizing the Tujunga-Pacoima Watershed, assisting in the ‘No on B’ win to provide unfettered solar power for stakeholders and assisting in the successful effort keeping the foothill and upper watershed communities in one city council district.

Once elected, in my tenure in the Assembly, I will promote accountability, full disclosure and transparency, accepting no corporate donations nor lobbyist writing or sponsoring any of my legislation. For to meet our budgetary constraints, the social, educational and economic need, and our impending deadlines to transform to a sustainable, renewable energy economy with greatly reduced global greenhouse gases, there has be a zero-tolerance for corruption and the politics of personal enrichment at public expense.

Overall expenditures for lobbying state legislators hit an all-time high in 2011 of $286.6 million—that’s a 6.8 percent jump from 2010. Or divided among 120 elected state legislators, on the average, each legislator came to 2.4 million dollars. it is up to the People to: Get the money out of politics. Stop the lobbyist third house from owning the legislators and their legislation. Make the legislator abide by their constitutionally sworn obligations to read and write the legislation. Stop the multiple pensions. Return the money to state coffers.

Campaign reform with public financing by a check off your tax return is necessary for democracy to be resuscitated.

Left to the lobbyist and developer interests, as they have, will consistently make end-arounds to avoid compliance with our carbon emission reduction legislation. Failing to meet our climate challenges, we, as a society, will suffer and be made extinct if we cannot contain the habitability of our planet. Only by sweeping out the corruption can we, as communities of our District and California – usher in a steady-state, renewable energy economy replacing the failed-growth economy. A Green Jobs New Deal, in which a well-trained workforce focuses on rewilding, revitalization of watersheds, jobs in energy monitoring and conservation, mass transit, greenbelts of wildlife corridors – will rely on wind, solar, wave, zero-point, free energy, conservation and efficiency to provide our transition to a 100% renewable energy economy.

the mission, vision and the plan

As your Legislator, I will fight until every person in our district who needs a job can get one, until we recapture our position as a world-class public education system, and make our region sustainable in water, energy, finance, food, material goods, improving our air quality, freeing traffic gridlock.

1) Recapturing California’s pre-eminence as a world-class educational system:

I will expand the California Dream from the post-World War II 1950’s to include free Pre-K through 16 grade levels and free life-long community college for skills training. Restoration is needed of in-demand careers that State universities provide for in nursing, engineering, and computer science curriculum.

‘Some of the most insidious effects are on teaching and monitoring. The Enlightenment ideal of education was captured in the image of education as laying down a string that students follow in their own ways, developing their creativity and independence of mind.
The alternative, to be rejected, is the image of pouring water into a vessel – and a very leaky one, as all of us know from experience. The latter approach includes teaching to test and other mechanisms that destroy students’ interest and seek to fit them into a mold, easily controlled.’
‘The Assault on Public Education’ by Noam Chomsky

Our imperative is to reverse long term spending 7:1 on prisons over education to approach the historic ratio of 6:1 of education over prison spending – to regain California’s lost competitive preeminence in education, quality of life, and to regain a world class workforce and jobs over the past thirty years. We need to make Rehabilitation and Continuing Education the ‘objectives’ – not the warehousing punishment that incarceration amounts to.

Since felonies involve higher court costs and result in lengthier periods of incarceration, the cost savings from these reforms would be substantial. These savings would make implementation of the Governor’s realignment plan less costly, allowing local authorities to use the money saved to fund rehabilitation, drug treatment, and other proven strategies for reducing crime.

These sentencing reforms will help to preserve scarce dollars for schools and universities, health care and social services. And California will stop spending unnecessary millions to incarcerate people who pose no threat to public safety.

2) We will improve our Quality of Life by ensuring we meet California’s Climate Change Act required GHG reduction by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels) by implementing a Green New Deal for California. To do so, we must preserve our neighborhoods and expand the commons of open space by controlling outsized development that overburdens the infrastructure, according to SB 375 criteria of transit-friendly, mixed use and pedestrian oriented. No developer or politician, acting in their self-interest will be allowed to contravene compliance to meet our lowered carbon emission deadlines.

We will hold onto our very special Mediterranean climate, accounting for just 3% of the world’s land surface , by mitigating the inexorable temperature increases via lowered impact development, more open space given to wildlife corridors, lowering the urban heat sink effect.

In this process, we celebrate and enhance each communities’ unique characters with environmental and social justice, by providing a living wage – not a minimum wage – encouraging and incentivizing small business incubation with ongoing Los Angeles River and Tujunga-Pacoima Watershed Revitalization efforts and endeavors. The minimum wage is not a living wage.

3) A relocalized, carbon-neutral, off the grid, net-zero-energy, net-zero-water, net-zero-carbon, green jobs economy provides for the greater good while restoring the Commons.

Huge budgetary savings realized from relocalization of resources and positive monetary assessment of urban forests intrinsic values – will provide healthy outcomes and sustainability to state and local government budgets – especially during this period of declining property values and assessments.

Increasing the high tech job sector – without a moral compass of frugality, (not austerity), green, living wage jobs, sustainability and relocalization – cannot not be a guidepost to a 100% renewable energy, steady-state economy.

Our working class communities here in the East San Fernando Valley, lower Tujunga-Pacoima watershed can be a model for the state and beyond to refocus delivering excellent, efficient, and effective governance most productively on the local, bioregional level.

Relocalizing water resources involves increasing groundwater absorption, resulting from a ramping up of Superfund cleanup matching funds – needed to provide potable water in the aquifers. Hexavalent chromium pollution and its environmental and healthcare impacts from our communities auto-related industry has been neglected for decades.

Strip mining is not a compatible land use with our District and must be stopped in Sylmar now. Watershed protection from contaminants, while safely increasing our groundwater aquifer recharge, eases our region’s dependency energy-intensive long-distance water from the Delta, Central Valley, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

Relocalizing electrical energy by increasing solar installations on individual dwellings and businesses with incentives from Feed-In-Tariffs to offset carbon-based existing energy supply costs – will lower our carbon footprint and lower energy costs.

Relocalized food production will add to community-based economics from local fruit and produce gardens. Better food security and healthy food will result in lower healthcare costs from lower incidence of cancer and chronic disease.

Relocalizing central banks will stop their financial manipulation over our lives by breaking up the mega-banks to keep people in their houses and to forgive student debt – that has skyrocketed six-fold over the past 30 years. “Bond dependent financing” only gives unjust enrichment to the already wealthy, taking from the bulk of taxpayers – needed resources out of the economy.

A Public-owned state bank, partnered with local credit unions and local banks that don’t take bailouts and make themselves outrageous bonuses, would put resources back in the economy. The mission of the state bank is to apply environmentally accountable, incentive-based investments in schools, student loans and local economies.

Constituents, ‘your’ political class of electeds represent the financial interests of the Bank of America – that, alone that has 1/4 trillion dollars of your wealth and has confiscated homes, tossing you in the streets. We, the 99%, must recapture Our Stolen Wealth.

We will relocalize material and consumer products by promoting the next wave of the digital revolution – created by on-site, low-cost, do-it-yourself, three-dimensional printing by incentivizing libraries to offer peer-to-peer tutoring programs in ‘hacker spaces’ or ‘maker spaces’ that encourage business-start-ups, lower energy costs of supply chains and lower equipment capitalization costs.

To see our District resurge in education, jobs and the quality of life, my election to the Assembly, provides the voice For, Of, and By the People to unify and inclusively bridge across our diverse communities, here, along the western slopes of the San Gabriel mountains – to herald a future expanding the current 100 billion dollar a year ecotourism industry in California to attain an eco-tourist paradise where our District communities serve as portals to the Angeles Crest National Park and as multi-modal transportation and commercial hubs to active and passive recreation of a rewilded Los Angeles River and its urbanized tributary washes reaching into the upper, forested Tujunga-Pacoima watershed.

A realistic optimism of a green jobs economy is what could have been today if five years ago we as a society pulled all stops and replaced the failed growth economy with a 100% renewable steady-state net zero economy, the chances of getting off the grid and getting to a net-zero carbon, net-zero water and net-zero energy and zero ghg emissions in just three years in order to slow down the inexorable rise in temperature or limit it to a 2° C increase is slim to none. We must try anyway even if a 2° C limit may not allow for adaptation or mitigation or restoration. Extinction is here and we as a species have no way out of it.

Cambio con Jack!

Green Jobs New Deal – Four Pillars – Ten Key Values

5:54 pm in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

the Green Jobs New Deal that includes my annotations and very much a work-in-progress:
1. Cut military spending at least 90%.
2. Create millions of green Living wage jobs through massive public investment in relocalized renewable energy, mass transit, conservation, food and material production, wildlife corridor and watershed revitalization.
3. Set ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax to meet them. Focus public expenditure on what all plant and animal species are confronting at present and into the interminable future: beyond increasing tipping points of Extreme, Runaway Climate Change Adaptation.
4. Establish universal, quality single-payer “Medicare for all” health care.
5. Fully fund free pre-K through 16 public, lower through higher education.
6. Replace all existing trade agreements with those to improve labor, environmental, consumer, health and safety standards.
7. Decriminalize and regulate marijuana. Treat drug abuse and addiction as a matter of public health, rehabilitation and education rather than a criminal matter.
8. Enact tough limits on credit card interest and lending rates, progressive tax reform and strict financial regulation. Return all illegally seized, bank-held property to their rightful owners. Break up the mega-banks with Local banks that reinvest in the Community.
9. Amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood.
10. Pass sweeping electoral, campaign finance and anti-corruption reforms. Overturn the so-called ‘Top-two’ Proposition 14. Return all lobbyist donations to the public coffers. Campaign reform with public financing by a check off your tax return – necessary for democracy to be resuscitated. Stop the lobbyist third house from owning the legislators and writing the legislation.
11. Institute proportional representation – retire the electoral ‘college’ – Implement Instant runoff voting to ensure grassroots democracy and save taxpayer funds spent on elections.

Four Pillars • The international Green Party movement is guided by the “Four Pillars“: Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Nonviolence.

Ten Key Values • Greens in the United States added six more of three paired, complementary Values:
Decentralization, and Community-Based Economics,
Feminism, and Respect for Diversity,
Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus/Sustainability
- to form the “Ten Key Values” subscribed to by Green Parties in locals, Counties, States throughout the US and the US National Green Party.

Live the Ten Key Values!

Ten Key Values of the Green Party [In question form]

Introduction

This list of values and questions for discussion was composed by a diverse group of people who are working to build a new politics, which has kinship with Green movements around the world. We feel the issues we have raised below are not being addressed adequately by the political left or right. We invite you to join with us in refining our values, sharpening our questions – and translating our perspective into practical and effective political actions.

Ecological Wisdom

How can we operate human societies with the understanding that we are PART of nature, not on top of it? • How can we live within the ecological and resource limits of the planet, applying our technological knowledge to the challenge of an energy-efficient economy? • How can we build a better relationship between cities and countryside? • How can we guarantee the rights of non-human species? • How can we promote sustainable agriculture and respect for self-regulating natural systems? • How can we further biocentric wisdom in all spheres of life?

Grassroots Democracy

How can we develop systems that allow and encourage us to control the decisions that affect our lives? • How can we ensure that representatives will be fully accountable to the people who elected them? • How can we develop planning mechanisms that would allow citizens to develop and implement their own preferences for policies and spending priorities? • How can we encourage and assist the “mediating institutions” – family, neighborhood organization, church group, voluntary association, ethnic club – to recover some of the functions now performed by government? • How can we relearn the best insights from American traditions of civic vitality, voluntary action and community responsibility?

Personal and Social Responsibility [Social Justice]

How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity? • How can we encourage people to commit themselves to lifestyles that promote their own health? • How can we have a community-controlled education system that effectively teaches our children academic skills, ecological wisdom, social responsibility and personal growth? • How can we resolve personal and intergroup conflicts without just turning them over to lawyers and judges? • How can we take responsibility for reducing the crime rate in our neighborhoods? • How can we encourage such values as simplicity and moderation?

Nonviolence

How can we, as a society, develop effective alternatives to our current patterns of violence at all levels, from the family and the street to nations and the world? • How can we eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth without being naive about the intentions of other governments? • How can we most constructively use nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and in the process reduce the atmosphere of polarization and selfishness that is itself a source of violence?

Decentralization

How can we restore power and responsibility to individuals, institutions, communities and regions? • How can we encourage the flourishing of regionally-based cultures, as distinct from a dominant monoculture? • How can we locate the power of our political, economic and social institutions closer to home in ways that are efficient and practical? • How can we reconcile the need for community and regional self- determination with the need for appropriate centralized regulation in certain matters?

Community-Based Economics

How can we redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy? • How can we develop new economic activities and institutions that will allow us to use our new technologies in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological, and responsive to communities? • How can we establish some form of basic economic security, open to all? • How can we move beyond the narrow “job ethic” to new definitions of work, jobs and income that reflect the changing economy? • How can we change our income distribution pattern to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal, monetary economy – those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardening, doing community volunteer work, etc.? • How can we restrict the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation?

[Feminism] Postpatriarchal Values

How can we replace the cultural ethos of dominance and control with more cooperative ways of interacting? • How can we encourage people to care about persons outside their own group? • How can we promote the building of respectful, positive and responsive relationships across the lines of gender and other divisions? • How can we encourage a rich, diverse political culture that respects feelings as well as rationalist approaches? • How can we proceed with as much respect for the means as the end, the process as well as the product? • How can we learn to respect the contemplative, inner part of life as much as the outer activities?

Respect for Diversity

How can we honor cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings? • While honoring diversity, how can we reclaim our country’s finest shared ideals – the dignity of the individual, democratic participation, and liberty and justice for all?

Global Responsibility

How can we be of genuine assistance to the grassroots groups in the Third World – and what can WE learn from such groups? • How can we help other countries make a transition to self-sufficiency in food and other basic necessities? • How can we cut our defense budget while maintaining an adequate defense? • How can we promote these ten Green values in reshaping our global order? • How can we reshape the global order without creating (the equivalent of) just another enormous nation-state?

Future Focus[/Sustainability]

How can we induce people and institutions to think in terms of the long-range future, and not just in terms of their short-range selfish interest? • How can we encourage people to develop their own visions of the future and move more effectively toward them? • How can we judge whether new technologies are socially useful – and use those judgments to shape our society? • How can we induce our government and other institutions to practice fiscal responsibility? • How can we make the quality of life, rather than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking?

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The Ten Key Values of the Green Party [As statements]

Originally ratified at the Green Party Convention in Denver, Colorado, June 2000

1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

4. NON-VIOLENCE
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. DECENTRALIZATION
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.” We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

10. FUTURE FOCUS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

Ten Key Values of state and local Greens
There is no authoritative version of the Ten Key Values of the Greens. The Ten Key Values are guiding principles that are adapted and defined to fit each state and local chapter.

www.gp.org/tenkey.php

Los Angeles City Council corrupt politicians ‘give permission’ for exercise of the rights of Occupy – obtaining in return – a controversial “responsible banking incentive” measure.

2:14 pm in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

Why haven’t the over 1500 Occupy groups adopted the Los Angeles City Council model of ‘doing business?’ Our City of Los Angeles is the sole poster child when it comes to corporatist, special interest money spoiling good government. The Los Angeles City Council politicians, spearheaded by Richard Alarcón and Bill Rosendahl who became local governance’s heroes by bamboozling naive Occupy Los Angeles participants by supporting their Free Speech rights with photo-ops between movie premieres or parties and a broken, corrupt political system.

Though Chris Hedges’ rubric (coming on the heels on this article that began as a facebook note) that the 99% Occupy movement will say no to any co-opting by democrat party politicians or democratic organizations like moveon, Los Angeles city-bred Occupy movement has carved itself out to be an exception to that rule.

The Occupy Los Angeles folks ought to have caught on their role as pawns in the political game in advancing a three year process delay in Council action to implement a controversial “responsible banking incentive” measure – (in a cash-strapped budget) that was tied to: “the continuation of the peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by “Occupy Los Angeles” on the City Hall lawn.’

How much does this “responsible banking incentive” cost the taxpayers in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles faces tens of million of dollars in additional borrowing costs after the City Council told anti-Wall Street protesters the city intends to cut ties with banks involved in financial wrongdoing, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.

The city may have to pay $27.8 million in termination fees and replacement costs in just one program if it’s prohibited from doing business with banks providing letters of credit for an infrastructure program, Santana said today in a memo to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city leaders. Additional debt service would cost $14.9 million a year if it has to refinance commercial paper into long-term debt at higher interest rates, Santana said in a telephone interview.

Council members in the nation’s second-largest city by population passed a resolution Oct. 12 in support of the demonstrations and promising to accelerate the issuance of “report cards” rating banks on such things as foreclosures and charitable giving. The vote came after three hours of public comment, much of it by participants in Occupy Los Angeles who’ve camped in front of City Hall since Oct. 1.

“The financial repercussions will be immense” if the city’s governing body instructs his office to stop doing business with many of it current lenders, Santana said in the report.
Council member Richard Alarcon, who sponsored the resolution, said Santana’s reaction showed Occupy Los Angeles is having an effect.

Los Angeles, Wooed by Occupy Protest, Faces Higher Debt Cost

Yes, Los Angeles is on the list. And in deep denial of the cost of “responsible banking incentive” associated with “permissions” resolved to exercise rights.
7 U.S. Cities on the Verge of Bankruptcy

Last week, lawmakers asked city analysts to continue developing a plan to use the city’s financial heft to punish misbehaving financial institutions. On Tuesday, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana issued a dire warning: Such a move could cost the city at least $58 million.

Officials’ embrace of Occupy L.A. loosens a bit over fiscal issue

So it’s not $27.8 million. Only one of a number of costs of Occupy Los Angeles borne by the local taxpayer is now: $58 million. Pass the hat around, Occupy Los Angeles, for the saw has proven true: “Be careful for what you wish for, you might get it” – in terms of ‘permission’ given by corrupt politicians to ‘allow’ ‘Free’ exercise of Constitutionally-protected rights.

Though police brutality is coursing through most other Occupy movements, Los Angeles Occupy has sold out, trading security in exchange for liberty (to act on one’s own behalf) – and losing both. (Ben Franklin)

Occupy Wall Street participants have cause to be wary of ‘progressives’ and Democrats. The Occupy Los Angeles group has a cozy, co-opted, conflicted, and hypocritical relationship with the City Council that represents the Corporatist Financial/Banking Interests – the very target of the Occupy movement world-wide.

Obama’s trail of broken promises and continuation of Bush policies has worsened the disparity between the 400 ruling family elite and the 99% of the rest of us. His beholdence to banksters and their stolen Worker created wealth from Worker productivity over a thirty year period culminated in the explosion of Revolutionary Occupy groups numbering over 200 in the US and over 800 world-wide. The Occupy movement arose from millions of People being foreclosed and losing their incomes after voting for ‘change’ in 2008. So look out for any Democratic attempts to coopt the movement for political purposes cast in the same deception the Repugnantcons used to pressure the Fed to employ a twist (not used in 50 years and then with mixed results) to keep the markets and economy depressed until after the November 2012 elections – to lock-in an executive Repugnantcon win.

“Progressive leaders” and Democrat groups who supported and then betrayed by Obama and his policies – own the suffering wrought by those unjust elite-enrichments at the cost of the middle class – now vanished.

Well, in Los Angeles, the democrat politicians who rammed the sports stadium down the taxpayers’ throats, Have Coopted the Occupy movement with the Los Angeles City Council voting permission for the Occupiers to camp on City Hall grounds.

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Last Tuesday, council members Dennis Zine, Eric Garcetti, Ed Reyes and Rosendahl toured the campsite on Temple Street to get a little face time with the L.A. Occupiers – which would make a great name for our new NFL team given the dirty deal in the works to stuff Farmer’s Field down our throats.

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For decades, back-room deals have been brokered for the benefit of developers, public unions and other power interests and high rollers, the public be damned! The Occupy Los Angeles protesters are being played for fools by the Spring Street Cynics, another good name for our NFL team. Grateful protesters smiled at Mayor Villaraigosa as he handed out rain ponchos for the benefit of the cameras. But the real smiles are on the faces of developers and union reps when the mayor and council members hand out your money.

Councilman Rosendahl was heard to tell a protester, “We are not your enemies.” Perhaps. But you’re definitely not a friend.

Dennis McIntyre: L.A. is really occupied by corruption

Real spirit of our 99% Occupy movement can be found on the Right Coast:

Hours after it kicked off, the march arrived in Washington Square Park, having lost none of its energy. While doctors in white coats, part of the “Heathcare for the 99 percent” movement, shared heartrending stories of patients without adequate insurance and college kids sat in a circle and planned possible school building occupations, the marchers took a breather and the cops grabbed some food.

Then as suddenly as they appeared, the marchers were off again and it was the cops, reacting slowly, who blocked streets and disrupted traffic.

“Whose streets? Our streets!” boomed the protesters as they streamed out of the park toward a rally in Times Square. As they made a right onto 6th Avenue, the Occupy Wall Street crew began chanting, “We are the 99 percent and so are you!” A crowd soon formed across the broad avenue as daytrippers and tourists snapped photos and shot cell phone video of the crowd.

“Stop watching, start walking,” a young woman in the middle of the march yelled, and she was soon joined by a chorus. Across 6th Avenue, some people waved, some smiled and some looked away. But a woman with a small child holding her hand moved forward and took a tentative step into the crosswalk. The crowd beckoned her forward, and while the young boy looked wary, she coaxed him on. In an instant, the crowd erupted in a loud cheer and gleeful applause as the pair crossed the street and joined the march. With two more recruits in tow, the women and men of Occupy Wall Street seemed to double the decibels as they launched into their signature chant: “We are the 99 percent!”

Occupy Wall Street Wins Converts, Flummoxes Cops on Global Day of Protest

The flat-foots were caught flatfooted as Occupy Wall Street marchers took to the streets of New York City.

Part of this effect, the above studies show, comes from fixed leisure budgets. If I shell out $50 for a Cubs ticket, that is $50 I would not spend at a local bar or restaurant. Stadiums often “cannibalize” other urban firms, pulling business away rather than spilling it over. Behemoth retailers have long displayed this tendency, with Walmart as the formidable example.

And yet cities, large and small, still cling to these sizable hopes:

Los Angeles: Last month, after years of efforts, the city council unanimously approved a $1.5 billion deal to bring a NFL team to the City of Angels. The arrangement is reportedly side-stepping subsidies, with the financing coming from city in legally binding bonds. Right out of the box, however, Tim Leiweke, the main developer, has tripped in the blighted neighborhood that will host the project.

Malls, Walmarts, and Stadiums: How Cities Are Shackled to Big Projects

Mark Bergen reports that there are many research reports on public subsidies for private development, particularly sports stadiums. Bergen writes that “the consensus among economists on solid research is pretty clear: ‘There is little evidence of large increases in income or employment associated with the introduction of professional sports or the construction of new stadiums.’

Yet many cities, even in today’s economic environment, continue to tout similar projects of questionable public value. They include Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and Charlotte. Congress for New Urbanism president—and former Milwaukee Mayor—John Norquist tells Bergen, “Places that have gotten in trouble are the ones that spend way too much money on convention centers, stadiums and malls.”

Cities shackled to big projects

additional references:

Occupy L.A. Anti-Bank Measure at City Hall Could Cost Taxpayers $58 Million: All-Bark, No-Bite City Council Kicks Issue Down The Road

City Council Unanimously Passes Occupy L.A. Resolution — Protesters Struggle to Distance Themselves From Democrats, Unions

Occupy L.A.: City Council Resolution Supports Anti-Wall Street Protesters, Lets Them Keep Sleeping on Front Lawn

Council Applauds Occupy L.A. Protesters; Action Delayed

Occupy 2011: What do they want?

The Fed’s twist won’t make the economy dance

Oligarchical duopoly’s rolling shut down of US government – General Strike! – World stops paying bill for US military

3:12 am in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

Political incompetence that led to a last minute Desperate Duopolist Deception/Sell-out to Raise Debt Ceiling stirred the credit rating agency Standard and Poors to downgrade the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, following through on it’s April 19 decision to downgrade the ratings outlook on the U.S. debt, due to the infantile political tantrum/paralysis by lawmakers fuming and seething around public debt and the unsustainability of U.S. debt levels:

‘S & P warned several weeks ago that it could downgrade U.S. debt if a deficit-reduction plan being negotiated by congressional leaders fell short of a $4 trillion, 10-year package. And the $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion deal that was eventually brokered fell far short of earlier goals.’

Top S&P Official: Downgrade Was Due In Part To Debt-Ceiling Brawl

Along with the tax that came from repugnants display of ‘willful blindness’ or imbecility in stonewalling ‘new taxes’ during the protracted posturing that resulted in the credit rating downgrade-caused higher bond interest rate and pass-along to businesses and individuals as higher borrowing costs, the criminal social safety net cuts impaling the least of our People with lowered Quality of life and shortened Longevity, the continued criminal levels of militarist spending, the continued corporatist welfare to the upper class whose sole greed interest in profits is justification of keeping trillions of dollars out of the economy to put people to work, the fifty corporations formerly known as States have been set along a path to steeper, more frequent, more pervasive collapse.

The Results of the Sell-out to Raise Debt Ceiling and it’s wake of downgrading U.S. debt:

° The underclass, meet your overclass: the children you elected, their financial, elitist bankster underwriters own you completely, representing not the People, only representing the one-tenth of one percent of the U.S. population comprised of the 400 ruling oligarchs and 16 corporations that control you and their socialized economy. You are fooled again by these ruling circles privatizing losses and socializing profiteering for themselves.

°Six wars and 1000 militarist U.S. bases. The military’s economic control is not to be questioned in subjugating People at home and around the world. Certainly not by the cowed, seduced by consumerist desire, sedated by Big Pharmaceutical, dumbed down by mainstream media, made sick by the health-care-is-a-profiteering-privilege, not-a-Right healthcare industry, and made sicker and infertile by monsanto, the uranium/nuclear industry and other genetically-modified organisms. This military omnipotence serves only for their own profiteering for, by, and of one-tenth of one percent. Toxic and contaminated air, water and soil are the results.

°Ocean Life May Be On Edge Of Catastrophe

°Earth’s Systems in Rapid Decline

°post peak oil + wall street allowed to speculate with 10% not 100% leverage + us foreign policy of greed, oppression and violence + us war machine + us fed printing trillions of worthless dollars + climate disruptions + the world stops paying the bil for the us war machine + china cashes out it’s bonds in us dollars = h-y-p-e-r-i-n-f-l-a-t-i-o-n !

China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills Friday, June 03, 2011  By Terence P. Jeffrey http://cnsnews.com/news/article/china-has-divested-97-percent-its-holdin
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caption of image blocked by firedoglake: President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China toast during the State Dinner in State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

An alternative (as of today yet not determined) to the U.S. dollar as the world monetary reserve currency – has been floated by goldman sach’s (er – U.S. plutocratic government’s) Tim Geithner to the Chinese.

‘At the end of March 2011, by which time the Chinese had dropped their Treasury bill holdings 97 percent from their peak, the publicly marketable segment of the U.S. national debt had almost doubled from August 2008, hitting $9.11 trillion. Of that $9.11 trillion, $5.8 trillion was in intermediate-term Treasury notes, $1.7 trillion was in short-term Treasury bills; $931.5 billion was in long-term Treasury bonds, and $640.7 billion was in TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities).’

China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills

This is it! All Fall Down. Dumping the dollar by China is part of the bilderberg script to set a new world currency divorced from the dollar’s acceleration toward hyperinflation – we have to have each other through an indefinite difficult Revolutionary period. You can not eat precious metals…

China has, in effect defaulted on the U.S. debt. The only-corporatist-representing (not People) U.S. congress has no choice in the matter so the August 2, 2011 deadline to raise the debt limit is made moot by China’s initiative for a new global reserve currency completely ‘unhitched’ from the dollar.

Once fait accompli – some accurately predicted by April 2011 to coincide with China’s dollar dumping – the worthless U.S. fiat paper currency will experience a logarithmic increase in inflation – hyperinflation – and exact a devastating toll on the civil order – the upside is that with no way to finance the U.S. military installations around the world – a profoundly shrunken, retrenched U.S. military will result, since China divested itself of reliance on the dollar: the World is tired of Paying the Bill for the U.S. Military.

Shrunken U.S. militarist spending including cutting out the stealth and black-ops budgets will balance the greatly scaled down U.S. budget! Stopping the profiteering U.S. military spending will balance the budget without the billionaire class shredding our social fabric.

Wars on war, wars on terror, secret wars, drone wars, wars on al-Qaeda – an known, but virtual CIA asset database, a war on drugs, a war on workers, a war on the environment, after a few hundred wars, why, pretty soon, you’re talking about serious, real U.S. empire collapse and species Mass Extinction!

Economist Michael Hudson in this video World Tired of Paying Bill for U.S. Military at 7:20 puts it succinctly: foreign payment of U.S. debt is at the end – and who is expected to finance U.S. debt? The U.S. worker. The U.S. worker who has seen their middle class standing removed by cascading bubbles collapse and human rights reversed. Right-to-work states replace right-to-strike states. No one can make ends meet. The billionaire class is ratcheting down 99.9% of the populous. So the sequence will be played out by scattered outbreaks underway of the world Peoples Revolt spreading, taking hold and toppling the U.S. government – already scheduled by the repugnant-controlled House of Corporations, er House of Representatives (not the Peoples’ House these days) bristling with threats to shut down the federal government from March 4, April 8, April 14 and now the debt ceiling deadline of May 16, 2011 and August 2, 2011. This debt ceiling ‘raising’ charade is only good until after the November 2012 elections.

Theoretically, under a full government shut down, all federal-issued benefits will stop: Unemployment benefits, Food Stamps to 43 million Americans, Social Security Benefits returning the tax-payer’s much needed own earnings, all Section 8 rental vouchers for the poor, U.S. Military men and women veterans and currently serving with many in combat – truly a military garrison separated from society, their families and loved ones. With no fare home. U.S. government seduction and sedation of it’s populous, once ceased, will unleash waves of uprisings and revolts.

Either from continuing high inflation leading to hyperinflation or from a cessation of government-provided wages or benefits, a Revolution is overdue and coming. FEMA camps and ‘fusion centers’ will be overwhelmed with martial law being declared. it simply gets worse before it gets worse in the collapsed U.S. empire. Now add the factor of a softened and weakened populace from years of lethal, radioactive carcinogenic isotopes spewing from Fukushima’s 6 reactor set – eclipsing Chernobyl to a footnote. Not one million but at least a magnitude higher. 10 million would low ball the number of fatalities over the next 25 years from this bilderberg operation.

Better to have a government afraid of you rather you cowering before the government.

The dollar is now ‘programmed’ to disappear as a fiat world reserve. Relocalized currencies in a relocalized, balkanized U.S. will take up the vacuum. The U.S. federal reserve will end it’s 100 year plus run as a private institution profiteering by selling debt to the U.S. government. The fed will effectively end or continue as smaller, region-wide state-owned bank insurers of deposit-holders.

Worldwide, more reliance will be on the Chinese yuan Renminbi and the euro dollar against the backdrop of an experimental global currency brought into the financial markets. It seems regional currencies like the yuan and the euro dollar will play a larger role than when the dollar was the world currency.

‘It is simply BECAUSE you cannot eat gold, cannot fill your gas tank with gold, etc. that governments will be more concerned about regulating high oil, wheat, and soy prices. If gold has no real benefit to the masses, the political consequences of high gold prices are less significant.

In other words, $20 wheat means blood in the streets. $2,000 gold only makes for pithy headlines, and its significance is easily dismissed when highly regarded sages like Warren Buffet dispute the notion of holding precious metals (never mind he bought oodles of silver in the late 90s).

We’ll talk about this much more on this later, especially why the euro will likely fall first, and how the renimbi will continue to rise as an alternative reserve currency.’

The market is telling US that the dollar is finished

‘OTC markets are the key to reduce carbon emissions and we need more “fiscal consolidation” and “increased transparency” indeed to do it. Otherwise they were watching the straw in the eyes of others, but not the beam in their own eye.

If someone wants to audit the Fed, what will need first is to change the moto and search something banks seems to understand very well: the carbon footprint. And this is a really pretty one:’

Federal Reserve carbon footprint and the end of cheap coal

Go Green – Audit, Nationalize the Fed!

On April 18, 2011, wall street tanked on news that Standard and Poors ‘lowered the outlook’ for the long-term U.S. debt and the U.S. government bond rating, a downgrading of the AAA debt rating is threatened but was not yet a fait accompli. The debt remains unaddressed and is unsustainable. Rampant hyperinflation is approaching with continued U.S. insistence on being able to pay on it’s debt, quantitative easing, speculation, and war spending.

Is Anyone Listening to S.&P.?

When in December 2008, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi how much it cost Saudi Arabia to produce one barrel of oil, he didn’t blink: “Probably less than $2 to produce a barrel.” If it costs only $2 to produce a barrel of oil, then why do we pay over $105 a barrel?

Wall Street, Big Oil, President Obama, the Fed, environmentalists, the EPA have all been accused of pinching hardworking Americans at the pump.

But there is a much more important player that gets much less attention: OPEC.

The difference between the $2 cost to produce a barrel of oil and the end consumer cost over $105 shows that hyperinflation is already acting on the economy.

Like it or not, the bill for keeping the Persian Gulf monarchies in power is now being footed by every American. Every time we fuel our car we send an extra 35 cents per gallon, or roughly $6 per fill up, to the Save the King Foundation. Since oil goes into everything we buy from food to plastics, this adds about $1,500 annually to the expenditures of the average American family.

Paradoxically, we are forced to fund social programs for other nations at the very same time we are engaged in a heated debate about cutting social services and entitlement programs at home. It is a sad state of affairs that in the 21st century the world’s most strategic commodity is still being controlled by a cartel.

Cartels, by definition, exist to maximize the profits of their members. OPEC members, which last year raked in $1 trillion in oil revenues, are doing that masterfully.

No amount of U.S. drilling or efficiency measures will change that. The cartel’s financial needs will drive it to respond to counter moves by its clients: When we drill more oil at home, OPEC can drill less to return to a tight supply-demand relationship. When we use less, OPEC can drill less.

To change this vexing dynamic, consumers must be able to substitute for petroleum by purchasing competing fuels, like alcohol fuels, biodiesel, natural gas or electricity, if they are less costly on a per mile basis. But as long as our vehicles are able to run on nothing but oil, keeping oil monarchs on their throne will remain our national side job.


The Real Reason Gas Costs $4 A Gallon

Here’s the ruling 400 elite formula at play:

quantitative easing > increased money supply > monetizing the debt = hyperinflation > increasing the debt

‘ALMOST everyone takes it for granted that a failure to raise the debt ceiling will eventually force the United States to default on its Treasury debt. This notion is superficially puzzling. The question is addressed in this week’s issue of The Economist. I’ll dig into it a bit more here.

The federal government now has to borrow about 40 cents of every dollar it spends. A prolonged inability to meet 40% of its obligations would sow economic disarray, trigger litigation, and eventually raise doubts about its ability to meet any obligations. Illinois’s gaping CDS spreads suggest its inability to pay non-interest bills factors into the market’s assessment of its ability to service bond debt. Failure to raise the debt ceiling need not entail default; but it would still ding Uncle Sam’s credit rating.’

The debt ceiling and default

Obama – belying all credibility one expects from a nobel peace prize winner, the continuing bush potus Is a bilderberg stooge – six wars – the poor are given Death Sentences while the rich are rewarded for not balancing the budget.

Obama’s ‘compromise’ is coming to ‘unify’ an amerika of spineless democrats and racist repugnants – fact is the duopoly is both racist and spineless – the difference in party label is name only.

For thirty years the democrat has allowed the repugnant spend until the cows come home and be blamed for it. this ‘willful blindness’ political theatre duopolist instruction is given by the illuminati for the simple purpose to enslave. it worked. People have the right to overturn these inequities.

REPORT: 44 Million Americans Could Lose Coverage As A Result Of GOP’s Medicaid Cuts

Spineless democrats and racist repugnants opted to spend 40 cents of every dollar on the debt and 50 cents of every dollar on militarism – the voiceless do not have Lobbys – so the deathers and the birthers have given Death Sentences to those dependent on medicare and social security. My estimate of Osama’s continuation in bankrupting the failed U.S. empire is over 10 trillion and growing, Obama’s continued corporate welfare neo-liberal domestic and foreign policies.

Full support of the U.S. war machine represents the U.S. government buy-in of a 10 trillion dollar bankruptcy – a bankrupting that Osama of London promised if the U.S. did not meet his three original demands 1) removal of U.S. military from Saudi Arabia 2) end to the bombing of Iraq and UN sanctions imposed against Iraq after Gulf War I 3) stop all aid to Israel – the first two demands were addressed after Gulf War II…

More than 50 cents on every worthless dollar is misspent of U.S. militarist adventures to secure an unsustainable oil-based economy whether for war or domestic consumption.

The U.S. makes up 4.5% of the world population and has no human right to spend more than that percentage of the total world military spending on U.S. military spending.

If China’s military spending was tied to their population: .2 * 2.1 trillion dollars (total world military spending) = 421 billion dollars allowed but 2011 military spending was under 380 billion.

World Wide Military Expenditures – 2011

If the rule was applied to the us, then 0.045 * 2.1 = 100 billion not the 1.2 trillion dollars actually appropriated and supposedly spent – about 8% of current unsustainable spending.

We can do this: reduce U.S. military spending to 8% of current levels by stopping all militarist adventures, shuttering all 1000 U.S. military installations and balance the budget – pay off the debt quickly.

An immediate 40% reduction is required and desired by higher-ups in the U.S. military and other leaders such as Alan Grayson and Dennis Kucinich… out 18 months, another 40% reduction in U.S. militarist adventurism will be due – to be followed by another 12% reduction in July 2014 – achieving an overall 92% reduction, for the benefit of domestic and international sustainable, steady-state economic interests. a relocalized U.S. will then join the international community of nations.

1,000 US Military Bases Around the World: The Arrogance of American Power


this table found at The debt ceiling and default is blocked by firedoglake:

“The helpful table from Lou Crandall of Wrightson ICAP shows that in every month this year, projected cash receipts comfortably exceed interest payments; the narrowest margin comes in November, when receipts exceed interest by $131 billion.

What this clearly means is that Treasury can easily remain current on existing debt, provided it is willing to suspend some non-interest outlays. Does it have the authority to do so? What is the relative seniority of creditors of the United States government? States often specify the relative seniority of their bondholders either in their constitution or statute; in California, for example, bond holders stand ahead of all creditors except schools. Illinois has remained current on its bond debt while racking up some $6 billion in unpaid bills to other creditors.

I have yet to find a similar ranking for the federal government. This should not be surprising; the United States has never defaulted. There is the fourteenth amendment to the constitution which says: “The validity of the public debt of the United States… shall not be questioned.”

The debt ceiling and default

BILDERBERG 2010 ATTENDEES LIST IN GREECE REVEALED

Shut Down the Bilderberg-Rothschild-Rockefeller-Bush-Clinton Mass Annihilation Extortion of every nation’s finance portfolios by HAARP Teasing Earthquakes Syndicate! Shut Down all Oil-Gas-Coal-Nuclear Power! shut down the us war machine! our world Peoples’ Permanent Revolution! General Strike! Issue the arrest warrants for the entire 400 family ruling elite and try them for crimes against Humanity – putting this entire planet’s plant and animal species, including the human species, in the inexorably-driven Anthropogenic Era, of this, the Sixth Great Extinction.

last minute Desperate Duopolist Deception/Sell-out to Raise Debt Ceiling

9:21 pm in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

Reports of a ‘deal’ of duopolist democrats and repugnants surfaced, at a desperately too-late hour with about 50 hours until the children in Washington DC voted in favor of raising the debt ceiling ‘deal’ that refused to end militarist spending and to fund domestic programs – making any rise in the debt ceiling unnecessary- answering their bilderberg handlers instruction to consolidate obscene more wealth for the 400 ruling oligarchs, spinning multiple and ever more profound collapse for 99.5% of the us and world populace.

What’s Driving Public Debt? Tax Cuts, Wars Account For Nearly Half Of Public Debt By 2019

The [purported] Budget deal (as outlined by a cloaked facebook user posting with a persona: ‘Backdoor Draft’):
1) Seniors are safe 95% and future Seniors are 90% safe
2) Defense will be cut at 18% per year
3) Bush tax cuts will expire automatically and taxes will go back to Clinton years.HIGHer rates
4) Subsidies to oils and farms are open to be cut or eliminated
5) Educational grants and reeducation or retraining programs face 20% cuts

Obama has trotted out, at the last minute, a false deal that raids Social Security – read caves to the Repugnicans – for his six wars, endless militarist spending, his billionaire unjust enrichment welfare program – to justify raising the nation debt ceiling to over 16 trillion dollars through 2013. The built-in defensive spending triggers are not serious and will not take effect. The lack of accountability shows an Insidious facism that completely blurs any separation between government and corporatist enterprise.

Uh. More wealth polarization and social collapse result from their Executive-Legislative deal. Before this latest sham raising the debt ceiling, 80% of us population possess only 7% of the total financial wealth. 40 cents of every tax dollar goes to pay on the debt, the other 50 cents goes to militarist adventurism, leaving 10 cents on every taxpayer dollars for actual programs.

For the immediate past thirty years and counting the democrat has allowed the repugnant (1/2 the duopoly also known as ‘Republicans’) spend until the cows come home and be blamed for it. This ‘willful blindness’ political theatre duopolist instruction is given by the illuminati for the simple purpose to enslave. It worked. People have the right to overturn these inequities. Will we? Or accept the illuminat-order enslavement/Mass extinction Agenda 21 symbiosis with Climate Disruption of the bankster doing.

Our Revolutionary Communities Response:

the People’s budget deal:

1) Seniors are safe 105% and future Seniors are 105% safe
2) Militarist spending will be cut at 40% per year until 8% of current spending
3) Bush tax cuts will expire automatically and taxes will return to top marginal corporate tax rate under Eisenhower (52%)
4) Subsidies to oils and agribusiness are eliminated
5) Educational grants and reeducation or retraining programs 50% increases
6) a Green jobs New Deal for everyone who wants a job, k-post-doc education, and Quality of Life watershed revitalization

If the Faustian bargain is negotiated to continue endless war and tax cuts on upper income brackets, while raiding Social Security – mostly benefitting the elderly, a self-supporting, not-contributing-to-the-tax-burden program, we fire Congress by having an us summer of revolution encircling the Capitol for as long it takes for the People’s Demand to be Met: no one leaves until they resign.

Shut Down the rapacious us war machine and bankster illuminati! shut down all gas-oil-coal-nuclear power and gmos! the world Peoples’ Permanent Revolution General Strike!

The Green House Rules – by Sandy Stiassni

12:56 am in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

November mid-term elections are now a thing of the past. Californians have a new Governor-elect, incoming legislature; a bewilderingly array of ballot propositions were decided. Greens thank hundreds of thousands of voters across the state, either perennials or first-timers, who pushed the Vote Green button.

In the movie “The Cider House Rules”, White apple picker Tobey Maguire learns; posted rules aren’t those which govern migrant workers’ lives. Likewise, California mid-term voters have taught Green Party what truly govern elections. Green House Rules say: find Districts with unopposed representation, low voter turnouts, extensive poverty.

To California Green Party winners: congratulations to Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s re-election, and for her hard work to take opponents’ well-paid Big Oil lobbyists to the showers! They’ll be back, but so will we!

Congratulations to Bruce Delgado for re-election as City of Marina Mayor, with strong 57% majority! Applause to former Congressional Dem, veteran Green Dan Hamburg, for Mendocino County Supervisoral win, with an equally convincing 55.3% plurality.

Congratulations, too, to Joe Navarro for Hollister School Board seat; to Lisa Stephens, Jesse Townley and Pam Webster for retaining presence on Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board; to Robert Deutsch as top elected spot on Alameda County Healthcare District.

To all California Green Statewide candidates, particularly to top-of-ticket “arresting” Laura Wells, a big Thank You! Your combined effort preserved Cal Green Party ballot status; your individual energy brought forward new Green voters.

While numbers didn’t demonstrate his high dedication or singular purpose over the last ten months, California Greens have every reason to thank Duane Roberts for his spirited, primarily online U.S. Senate run.

Thanks to Carol Wolman, Ben Emery, Dave Heller, Eric Peterson and Jeremy Cloward for their Congressional runs, all against established, intransient incumbents.

But real Green Change was on the State Assembly front. Bouncing back from 2008, with only one Green who ran for 80 State Assembly seats, 2010 show-cased five dynamic Green candidates; Lisa Green in the 53rd, Linda Piera-Ávila in the 41st, Jane Rands in the 72nd, Jack Lindblad in the 39th, Cynthia Santiago in the 51st. Combined, these Southern Californians reached out to 432,529 voters, 8.6% who said “Yes” to Green!

Particularly noteworthy were veteran Lindblad and newcomer Santiago, who garnered 21.1% and 18.3% of their voters, respectively. What was it about these two Greens, which pushed their numbers dramatically above the average, 4.7%, of other California Green partisan campaigns?

Was it Green expertise? Jack’s more than two decades campaign experience and stick-to-it-iveness would make most candidates blanch. He had wide District name recognition due to three prior campaigns, visibility from daily mention on the #1 afternoon AM LA Latino radio show. But law student Cynthia’s first-time-out-of-the- box campaign showed it wasn’t just skilled campaigning, to turn Green tide in either of these races.

Was it campaign support? Both candidates received small State Green Party financial stipend. Lindblad utilized burgeoning skills of several young San Fernando Valley activists. He had widespread grassroots support from Greens in his District–as much as one-half of his estimated 900 Green voters had been registered by him–but not a lot of financial support. Santiago, by her own admission, found most campaigners not from LA County Green activists, but from a few Democrat friends. In either case, campaign support wasn’t what separated these two Greens’ at least four-fold increase in plurality over three other California Green Assembly candidates.

Four factors clearly set these two campaigns apart from the others. First, each candidate ran solo against unopposed incumbents. Despite possible unfamiliarity with our brand, voters pulled Green lever to make a distinct choice against existing political party.

Second, both Districts had lower than average draw. An estimated 44% of registered Californians voted in this mid-term election, but these District voter turnouts had only 34% in the 39th and 38% in the 51st, also significantly lower than the other three Assembly races where Greens competed.

Third, from an average voter standpoint, these Green candidates were transparently, easily distinguishable from their opponent. I may be wrong, but probably not all voters in 39th or 51st Assembly Districts can cite no more than two or three Green Party 10 Key Values. But Jack Lindblad’s name on the ballot, versus Democrat Felipe Fuentes, in a District where more than two-thirds of registered voters are Latino, gave 21% of them easy means to choose another candidate, when they cast their vote. In Cynthia Santiago’s race, where 75% of those registered are Latino or Black, 18% of her voters saw a clear alternative to Democratic incumbent Steven C. Bradford.

Lastly, both urban Districts are among the poorest in the state. While pockets of poverty exist in other Assembly Districts where Greens were single digit also-rans, 39th and 51st voters were younger, either lower income or working class, had much higher cognizance with unemployment, poor education choices, healthcare issues, or housing dislocation– promises upon which their elected representatives failed to deliver.

The above four Green House Rules probably can’t be found in California Green Party platform, within Green Campaigns, Candidates Working Group memos, or on Cal Greens webpage. But combine them with hard work, creativity, persistence, teamwork, authentic community activism, and Green victory will ultimately emerge!

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Truly: Our species is staring at the impending end of life as we know it. Call to Actions

7:16 pm in Uncategorized by Jack Lindblad

Did the Gulf gusher do it?

Untold damage has been done to our oceans – our lungs. No endpoint of the uncontrolled volcano of millions of gallons of spewing oil and gas has been set by the US government and other responsible parties. Our oceans will be toast soon and we, as a species, will follow shortly to extinction, in this Anthropocene era of the Sixth Great Extinction.

We, as a species, do not have the luxury of a 15 year transition to halt ghg emissions to avoid overwhelming catastrophic disasters. Applications of existing, off-the-shelf renewable energy technologies are enough – without allowing not-yet-developed and unproven technologies be paid for by the taxpayer. It is not acceptable to allow business-as-usual politicking of a failed-growth economy to stop the corporate-led headlong descent into extinction:

As resource depletion accelerates (climate change, extreme weather, technological catastrophes), competition for control of ever scarcer resources and ecological services will keep apace. Dividing by ethnic group and class is the means employed by elements at work, as seen in Arizona, to illegally gain control of more resources of a shrinking pie. The race war in Arizona, now a police state will keep fueled, as the resource pie shrivels.

So with so many fuses furiously burning to end life as we know it, I’m making an urgent, a Renewed Call to Actions:

Call for Federal Consent Decree: Intransigence of Arizona state officials responsible for SB 1070 racist, apartheid legislation makes imperative the call on the Feds to take-over the day-to-day running of this police state to restore the rule of law, by the aegis of the Federal District Courts effectively putting the state formerly known as Arizona under a Federal Consent Decree.

We, as a people, need to proceed to hold the entire government and their criminal complicity with the oil-industrial complex criminally responsible for their utter disregard for the viability of ecological services required for ocean life and the survival of all life on earth as we know it.

If the entire government was to be forced to resign now, non-governmental agencies in the US and adjacent would be empowered to step up to the plate and fill the vacuum.

We, Progressives of any label: Democrats-in-name-only (dinos), Republicans-in-name-only (rinos) and alternative party members must prepare to lead a grass-roots democratic revolution rising from the ashes of the duopoly to nationalize financial institutions, energy concerns, and big insurance to seize all corporate assets in the US and re-appropriate, relocalize, and fully fund education, healthcare, and ecological service restoration, mitigation and adaption.

As thousands of demonstrations occur in the US on the linked issue of social and environmental justice being criminally and unconstitutionally being trampled on by this plutocrat corporate-representing government, we will show the world a comprehension of the police state of Arizona as yet another aspect of a failed, criminal federal energy policy.

Elect me, Jack Lindblad to the 39th Assembly District in California to do this – manage multiple collapse and transition to a steady-state, 100% renewable, green jobs economy.