gmoke wrote a new diary post: Sustainable Development and Climate Change: 2 Free Online Courses
I’d like to participate in an ongoing on and off line brainstorm using Buckminster Fuller’s World Game design criteria, “How can we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?” and one of Bill McDonough’s Ecological Design Principles, “Use [...]
gmoke commented on the diary post The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests’ Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona by Gabe Elsner.
The second largest utility in Germany, RWE, says, “…we will position ourselves as a project enabler and operator, and system integrator of renewables.” http://www.energypost.eu/index.php/exclusive-rwe-sheds-old-business-model-embraces-energy-transition/ http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/germanys-largest-utility-shifts-strategy-saying-solar-will-threaten-the-com RWE is based in Essen, Germany and provides 50,000 MW of electricity generated from coal, oil, and gas-fired plants to 24 million customers throughout Europe.
“The guiding principle is ‘from volume [...]
gmoke commented on the blog post Kerry Washington To Host SNL Amid Cast Controversy
“Known for her Coneheads sketches and Weekend Update anchoring, [Jane] Curtin said that the women writers on the show were often unable to contribute their work thanks to sabotage by the show’s men. Especially breakout star John Belushi.
“‘Their battles were constant. They were working against John, who said women are just fundamentally not funny,’ Curtin said. ‘So you’d go to a table read, and if a woman writer had written a piece for John, he would not read it in his full voice. He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces written by women.’”
SNL from the very beginning was tough on women. It also has been tough on non-white people.
Should they have more diversity in their on-air (and backstage) staff. Sure.
But, fundamentally, they should learn how to be funny. Right now they are playing not even second fiddle but third oboe to Stewart and Colbert.
Saw part of “56 Up” on PBS this week and was surprised to hear the vitriol at the Thatcher years. These people are my near contemporaries from across the pond and they clearly feel the ground shifted away from them with Thatcher the way I here in the US felt it move the same way [...]
gmoke commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dr. Dickson Despommier, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century
“During the recent decade or more, thousands of the “irate minority” (urban farmers, locavores, small organic farmers, co-op growers, independent organic grocers, local restaurateurs, non-for profits) began challenging the food system in many different ways.”
“The recent decade or more….” I’ve been personally involved in local agriculture, the urban/rural coalition, community gardening, the resurgence of farmers’ markets since the mid-1970s as have thousands and thousands others. Please, please, please, learn this history. It’s important. Too many great men and women have worked too hard to be forgotten. Here in MA, Ed Cooper, E Forrest Hallett, Bill McElwaine, and others are gone but not forgotten. Mel King, Charlotte Kahn, Greg Watson, and many others are not and still blazing a trail towards a new conception of food and agriculture.
gmoke commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: William Faulkner by dakine01.
The story behind “To Have and Have Not,” a conversation between director Howard Hawks and Ernest Hemingway: “Ernest, you’re a damn fool. You need money, you know. You can’t do all the things you’d like to do. If I make three dollars in a picture, you get one of them. I can make a picture [...]
gmoke commented on the diary post The Occupy Wall Street (inter) National Gathering – NatGat #2….The Report by firedancer.
Any discussion of moving from Occupy Sandy into a Solar Civil Defense? Being prepared for climate emergencies like hurricanes and floods can be a continuing step into renewable and restorative methods of bringing power directly to the people: http://youtu.be/u0mjqjgZ64E
There used to be an afternoon quiz show called “Queen for a Day” and the contestant, always a woman, with the saddest story would win a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni and a new washing machine or something like that. This is “Queen for a Day” for the 21st century as is “Secret Millionaire” and even [...]
Read Biden report’s “aspirations” as demands and you have the basis for class solidarity.
I like R Buckminster Fuller’s idea of bare maximum and think that “health and retirement security” would be a good place to start.
gmoke commented on the blog post Muslims To Remotely Change All Of Your Car Radio Presets To ShariaRock Top 40 Stations. Then Kill You.
They learned it from the people who used the car computer trick to cause Michael Hastings’ car accident.
gmoke commented on the blog post Richard Clarke Gives Infowars A Big Old Deathrace Boner
Is no one watching that groundbreaking documentary series on CBS, “Person of Interest”? Since 2011, it has devoted an hour of prime time weekly to the machinations of the national security panopticon. Almost everything that that latecomer Edward Snowden supposedly revealed was broadcast a year or two before to millions. Surprised that the producers haven’t been called traitors or arrested yet.
Went to see the documentary on sleight of hand artist and magician Ricky Jay, “Deceptive Practice” the other week. First movie in a long while. Much recommended for those who are interested in the subject or likes to see someone who is dedicated completely to what they do.
gmoke commented on the blog post Suicide Letter from Iraq War Veteran Says He Was Made to Commit War Crimes
At some point, one of these veterans is going to come forward with names, dates, and incident reports and blow the lid off this decade plus of crap. May it be someone who still has the strength to do it without committing suicide first.
What you people don’t realize is that every single one of these people are related to the JFK assassination in some way or another. The cover up continues!!!
What is happening in Brazil is related to what is happening in Turkey and is related to what started with the Arab Spring. It is a global movement against inequality, political and economic and social inequality, particularized to each country. Occupy was part of that global wave too but at the tail end of the first crest. In the US, of course, it was portrayed as the beginning of something rather than the lagging edge. Yet, Occupy is continuing around the country in various different ways, under the radar and still there. Turkey and Brazil are the second waves cresting and that will come crashing down here in the US within a year or so and then we’ll see what Occupy has built in the shadows. [NSA alert: you can add that to your fcking data bank]
The leader of the very first march on Washington, Jacob Coxey, was arrested in 1894 on the steps of the Capitol for stepping on the grass and carrying a sign, the badge we wore on his lapel. That was Coxey’s Army, an enlightening little piece of US history. They were marching for a stimulus package [...]
gmoke commented on the blog post Those Bolshevik Rapscallions And Their Blasted Velocipedes
A couple of years ago, I saw Dorothy Rabinowitz on a panel at Harvard. She inveighed against the Democrats who were so condescending and dismissive of the real America, the middle America. A few minutes later, she was complaining about having to follow Hillary Clinton to upstate NY and some Gawdfersaken town there.
As for the power of the bicycle lobby, I think she is remembering Albert Pope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Augustus_Pope).
gmoke commented on the blog post Lila Rose Thinks You Should Accompany Your Dead Baby To Heaven
Once upon a time, I suggested to a lawyer specializing in abortion issues that a woman who was refused an abortion could sue her unborn child (and the state) for involuntary servitude in bringing the child to term. Given that I had just brought up the possibility that anti-abortion proponents could mandate criminal investigations of all miscarriages (this was at least 20 years ago), a suggestion she thought was outlandish at best, the involuntary servitude counter was a logical response, at least from my male perspective.
Not a lawyer but I still think that there’s something there.
Hope Beatriz lives through the C section and kicks the El Salvadoran government’s butt.
Been reading about the 1890s recently, the Populist movement, Coxey’s Army, the People’s Party. Turns out that the economic discussions then were much farther ranging than the ones we are having now. It wasn’t all about the gold standard, although that was one reason for such tight money and bad credit.
The Populists began by educating themselves about economic alternatives and putting that knowledge into practice. They formed producer and consumer coops to magnify their economic power and it was only when those efforts failed to progress that they became engrossed in national electoral politics, a move that ultimately meant the end of the movement.
Jacob Coxey was a Keynesian before Keynes and started his march to Washington D. C. in 1894, the first large protest march to Washington, to support two bills: one for the funding of “good roads” that would put the unemployed back to work and another for no-interest bonds for local public works. Here is how Jacob Coxey explained the idea at Camp California, Williamsport, MD on April 18, 1894:
[source The Story of the Commonweal by Henry Vincent
NY: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1969, a contemporaneous account]
“The aim and object of this march to Washington has been to awaken the attention of the whole people to a sense of their duty in impression upon Congress the necessity for giving immediate relief to the four million of unemployed people, and their immediate families, consisting of twelve million fifteen million more. The idea of the march is to attract the attention of the whole people of this country to the greatest question that has ever been presented to them – the money question. Believing that the people can only digest one idea at a time, it was necessary to get up some attraction that would overshadow other matters and have their minds centered upon this one idea and to understand it intelligently.
“Knowing that this march would consume thirty-five days from Massillon to Washington, that it would attract their attention and we could present this money feature to them in an impressive sense and a business[like] manner and thus be able to educate them more in six weeks’ time than through any one political party in ten years.
“Our plan is to arrive at Washington by May 1, next, and camp there until Congress takes some action upon the two bills that have been presented to them by Senator Peffer, viz.: ‘The Good Roads Bill’ and ‘The Non-interest Bearing Bond Bill.’ Believing that the unemployed people and the business men of this country whose interests are identical will try and get to Washington the first week in May, from three hundred thousand to five hundred thousand strong. In this manner they will bring the strongest impression to bear upon Congress coming through the common people that has ever been made in the history of this country.
“So long as Congress can keep the people isolated from each other all over the land, they will never grant them any relief, but when they come in a body like this, peaceably to discuss their grievances and demanding immediate relief, Congress can no longer turn a deaf ear, but will heed them and do it quickly.
“The full text of the bill before Congress by which to build good roads, according to my plan, is as follows:
“SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled: That the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States is hereby authorized and instructed to have engraved and printed, immediately after the passage of this bill, five hundred millions of dollars of treasury notes, a legal tender for all debts, public and private, said notes to be in denominations of one, two, five and ten dollars, and to be placed in a fund to be known as the ‘general county road fund system of the United States’ and to be expended solely for said purpose,
“SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of War to take charge of the construction of the General County Road System in the United States, and said construction to commence as soon as the Secretary of the Treasury shall inform the Secretary of War that the said fund is available, which shall not be later than ——-; when it shall be the duty of the Secretary of War to inaugurate the work and expend the sum of twenty millions of dollars per month, pro rata, with the number of miles of roads in each state and territory in the United States.
“SEC 3. Be it further enacted, That all labor other than that of the Secretary of War, ‘whose compensations are already fixed by law,’ shall be paid by the day, and that the rate be not less than one dollar and fifty cents per day for team and labor, and that eight hours per day shall constitute a day’s labor under the provision of this bill.
“Now the propositions are, that Congress shall issue and appropriate five hundred million dollars of full legal tender treasury note to the state and territories, pro rata, with the number of miles of roads in each state and territory at the rate of twenty million dollars per month, for the improvements of the public roads of this country, and to give employment to the unemployed in making these improvements. Another provision of this bill says that all labor shall be generally by the day – no contract labor – and the rate shall be not less than one dollar and fifty cents per day of eight hours.
“This will settle the eight hour question, because it brings into competition the government, which stands ready at all times to employ the idle labor in making public roads at one dollar and fifty cents per day for a day of eight hours, and no employer of labor outside of the government will be able to employ a single man for less than one dollar and fifty cents per day of eight hours, so this will practically settle the eight hour question.
“The other matter under consideration is the Non-interest Bearing Bond Bill, now before Congress, as follows:
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in Congress assembled, that whenever any state, territory, county, township, municipality, or incorporated town or village deem it necessary to make any public improvements, they shall deposit with the Secretary of the Treasury of the United State a non-interest bearing, twenty-five-year bond, not to exceed one-half the assessed valuation of the property in said state, territory, county, township, municipality, or incorporated town or village, and said bond to be retired at the rate of four per cent per annum.
“Whenever the foregoing section of this act has been complied with, it shall be mandatory upon the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to have engraved and printed treasury notes in the denominations of one, two, five, ten and twenty dollars each, which shall be a full legal tender for all debts, public and private, to the face value of said bond, and deliver to said state, territory, county, township, municipality, or incorporated town or village ninety-nine per cent of said notes, and retain one per cent for expense of engraving and printing same.
“This non-interest, twenty-five-year bond bill grants to all states, counties, townships, municipalities, towns or villages the right to draw their non-interest, twenty-five-year bond, not to exceed one-half the assess valuation of their entire property, and to deposit the same with the Secretary of the treasury at Washington. It will then be mandatory upon him to issue the face value of these bonds in full legal tender treasury notes of the denominations of one, two, five, ten and twenty dollars each, returning ninety-nine per cent of those notes to the states, counties, townships, municipalities, towns or villages depositing these bonds, and the government retaining one per cent for the expense of engraving the treasury notes. The parties so receiving the money agree to repay it back at the rate of four per cent per annum, or in twenty-five annual installments without interest.
“This will enable, the state, counties, townships, municipalities, towns or villages to make all the public improvements that they will need for all time to come without paying one cent of tribute to any one in the share of usury. They will be enabled to build their statehouses, their insane asylums, courthouses, infirmaries and schoolhouses. All municipalities can build their own market houses, pubic libraries, museums, engine houses, schoolhouses, and public halls where people can come and discuss all questions that interest them; pave their own streets; own and build their own electric light plants, water works, street railroads, and other public improvements that are a convenience and comfort, and promote the advancement of the whole people.
“After this system of public improvements is inaugurated, it will settle the money question, as it will supply all the money needed for the public convenience, and to develop the resources of the country, and not one dollar can go into circulation without a service being rendered and the value credited to the government direct in the shape of public improvements, which will be beneficial to all.
“This will supply actual money in place of confidence money. This will substitute a cash system for a credit or script system. The business of this country has been done on confidence money. Now that the confidence has vanished, business has also vanished.
“One year ago we had in circulation $1,500,000,000 in actual money, $1,000,000,000 of which was in the hands of the people making the small exchanges, $500,000,000 was in the banks and bank reserves, and upon these reserves the banks of this country had created $4,000,000,000 of confidence money, and by the conspiracy of the money lenders of Europe in throwing their securities upon our markets and converting them into gold and withdrawing the gold from the country. Thus through the continues agitation of the daily press claiming that if the government did not stop the further purchase of silver through the Sherman bill, it would drive gold out of this country and would create a panic.
“They did, through these means scare the small depositors and employers of the country into withdrawing their savings and deposits from the banks, and when employers went to the banks to get accommodations in the shape of discounts, the banker said, ‘Self-preservation being the first law of nature, I must protect my depositors, and cannot therefore, discount your paper.’
“The manufacturer, expecting that there would be no trouble in using the paper that he had taken in payment for his goods, was nonplused and compelled to close down his works on account of not being able to realize upon this paper. This then became general throughout the country, business men were compelled to suspend, and thousands of millions of credit was affected. The paper confidence money which had been transacting the business of the country just the same as the actual money did, commenced to vanish, and as it vanished business vanished with it; workshops became idle and are now rusting away; men were thrown out of employment, and now devastation and ruin have spread over our land.
“To cap the climax, when the money famine was at its height, President Cleveland called an extra session of Congress to repeal the Sherman [Silver Purchase] act, which act did increase the volume of money at the rate of four million dollars per month. Had it been left upon the statute books, it would have made money a little easier, and by repealing that act business has become worse. There is little hope for the future in a business sense unless the two measures mentioned are passed. These would give immediate relief to the unemployed, in making public improvements and substitute actual money in place of confidence money that has already vanished, thus taking away all possibility of panics and hard times in the future and make it an impossibility for a man to seek work without finding it.”
“Police would park near the store, note the license plate numbers of those who made purchases, and then get search warrants to go through their homes looking for pot….
And no, I’m not kidding. Just ask the guy who was hassled back in 2011 for purchasing equipment used for . . . wait for it . . . tomatoes: ‘The last time I checked, it wasn’t illegal to grow a tomato plant, but it makes you wonder. … I understand that a lot of people use hydroponic equipment for illegal ways, but that’s just like saying everybody who buys a gun is going to be a criminal and murder somebody.’”
Somebody should tell the NRA about this!
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