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  • rwspisak commented on the blog post Movie Review: “Braddock America”

    2014-11-22 03:59:45View | Delete

    I was born at Braddock General Hospital when it was a prosperous mill town. The son and grandson and great grandson of men who worked in those mills and for the railroads that served them. These men were the last generation to earn good livings before the “financialization” of American business. US STEEL, became USX. The corporations turned their backs on actual manufacturing and those who had built their fortunes. The jobs bled away. The promises, and expectations of a century of families along those once beautiful, then later “colorful” rivers rusted and molded away until unable to sustain life with the two and then three jobs required to keep a roof and a family going many fled. My family moved south. We moved into a still segregated Florida where until just a few years earlier passes were still required to travel onto certain “controlled” islands.

    Each time we returned we saw with fresh eyes what the extraction of capital had down to a once prosperous mature community seeing all the once great manufacturing behemoths rusting away where the once prosperous industry had forged the tough steel bones of America, now abandoned like the workers in the surrounding hills and valleys conjured in many questions of the responsibility that capital owes it’s partner labor?

    Is capital free to strip mine human resources as easily as reducing a mountain top to river bottom fill. When the riches gouged from the soul of a community increase to such a monstrous and mighty heap that the captains of industry choose to walk away from investment and throw in their lot with the casino capitalists can they freely walk away, leaving a destitute community like an abandoned toy in the middle of a community.

    The nobility and struggle is recognized in this film what of the responsibility of these commercial freebooters, who evidently can scrounge a community suck out its human wealth and then like carving the heart and tongue from a great beast leave the corpse to rot, while they move over to some new horizon to loot and pillage. The people are noble, there sacrifices are not in vein and yes finally there must be a reckoning and a bill called due. Yes US STEEL, became USX. But the skilled and scarred hands those noble hearts are more valuable than Wall Street’s ticker tapes. There must be a reckoning for Braddock, and Whittaker, and Homestead and all the peoples whose lives and livelihoods were strip minded to furnish the yachts and limos and lifestyles of the 1%.

    Braddock and her people live amid the rusting abandoned bones of the immorality of the strip mining of the 99%. You will get an answer the easy way, or the hard way. America a better way must be found.

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post 2014 Elections: Democrats in Ohio Will Be Massacred. Prelude to 2016? Maybe. by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-08 08:28:30View | Delete

    BUSH INNOCUOUS?

    Mr… don’t worry I can deny the will of the people, “I have a nefarious PLAN!”

    Mr total corporate shill, corporatize education, prisons, gut any protections for the working men and women. Destroy unions.

    BUSH harmless… yea and his brother had a Dgree fom HAVAD!

    solidarity & peace
    Rick
    http://www.newmercurymedia.com

  • So do public records law mean anything. If the law, stands for anything it must place the guarantee of the PUBLICS ACCESS to LAW ENFORCEMENT RECORDS.

    Has the 4th Amendment been completely nullified?

    Bravo FLORIDA ACLU! BRAVO SARASOTA ACLU!

  • rwspisak commented on the blog post I’m Mad As Hell…

    2014-06-01 17:49:53View | Delete

    Its easy to detect the site stats will show hits through the roof but typically the hits are at the domains only.

    I would also say – you doing something right – to have made such enemies.
    Take a bow, they are no longer ignoring you! (US)
    solidarity & peace
    Rick

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post VIDEO: Bill Moyers — The Case for Reparations by cmaukonen.

    2014-05-27 15:50:12View | Delete

    We have so many immediate problems, it is difficult if not presumptuous to suggest which one takes precedence at the exclusion of the others. I see hands raised for WAR, I see hands and hearts demanding that Environmental protection is job #1. I see and hear the argument that our justice system must be rebuilt [...]

  • What brave men and women they are. Even after one of their number changed his mind and left the action. They stood for TRUTH, in such a gale, as this again today.
    Solidarity & Peace
    PNN

  • Knowing how well tuned the PBS/NPR ear is to their masters voice a quick glance at the “Corporate Persons” who underwrite the performances. Each time I tune in to learn the OFFICIAL LIE” I shake my old grey locks and remember the old PBS and NPR when the Hoover Institute and the Wall Street Journal didn’t constitute the full breadth of economic analysis.

    Solidarity & Peace
    Rick

  • rwspisak wrote a new diary post: One last chance to STOP FRACKING in FLORIDA

    2014-03-10 10:10:16View | Delete

    my letter to the EPA representative

    Mr. McManus, EPA
     
    I have been an environmental activist since I read Ms. Rachel Carson back in the 1960s. I remember when the idea of a day to celebrate and protect the Earth, was considered a radical idea.
     
    It was President Nixon, a man with his share of flaws, who saw fit to [...]
  • The historic failures of UNION LEADERSHIP must have played a significant part in the defeat. Under normal conditions how could “no representation” be better than representation and solidarity. It makes no sense any other way.

    Union feather-bedding, rich comfortable leaders and empty promises will convince no one. If the UNIONS don’t recognize that the remaining UNIONIZED WORKERS and the UNION LEADERSHIP must STAND UP for workers, defend workers rights. They must lead by example. Workers across the country must see the benefit on UNION MEMBERSHIP and the power and effectiveness of Union Participation. SLOGANS and UNION PRINTED BANNERS cannot out-argue the evidence of things seen.

    When the Union picketers in WISCONSIN went unprotected, when Union First Responders are under attack across the US are savaged by ALEC sycophants and the remaining Union Leadership turns away, and leaves them to the tender-mercies of the demi-crats who can be weaned from their lobbyist keepers. The case must be made that it makes actual tactical sense to SUPPORT the UNION.

    If Lech Walensa and his brothers and sisters could stand against the POLISH SECRET POLICE and the SOVIET UNION – surely Americans can learn to stand against ALEC, the KOCHs and the Corporatists.

    solidarity & peace

  • rwspisak commented on the blog post Late Night: Fossil Fools

    2014-02-06 20:45:50View | Delete

    I interviewed another reporter from the Charleston Trib its nice that the socialist government bleeding hearts are providing “some” water to some of the folks whose water stinks and gurgles greyish brown from their taps.

    I asked if the solid citizens of redstate WVA are decrying the nannie state for doing what the BIG BOLD JOB CREATORS can’t be bothered to do, when they poison their neighbors. I asked if anyone was asking FREEDOM and its parent company to come up off the funds to replace the poisoned water? He said for now, no one is denouncing the SOCIALISTS who are handing out water.
    I asked the reporter was he impacted? He said, he can’t drink the water in his apartment. SO FAR the Tea Partiers aren’t complaining about the NANNY STATE STEPPING UP. Oh, and they closed two schools today because of the stench of LICORISH POISON COMING from their KITCHEN SINKS and pipes! – So remember the mere fact that they crushed another pipe adding more toxins UPSTREAM doen’t mean you should gamble with your childrens health. BY ALL MEANS DRINK THE EXPERIMENT, er Water

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post When the Night Comes Falling by Isaiah 88.

    2014-01-29 21:16:34View | Delete

    That he would drag that poor victim out as a closing gimmick and hug his pain, and use the nobility of one humans suffering as a cover for his crimes but my brothers and sisters. 10 deployments, ten unconscionable deployments undercut any governmental service integrity. That one man or woman, in service to their country [...]

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Russell Brand at the Cambridge Union: “Make It Sexy” by cmaukonen.

    2014-01-23 02:23:44View | Delete

    Think back if you can to the anti-war counter culture 60′s & 70s while there were many who actively worked for the anti-war, anti-sexism, anti-racist consumerist culture but I remember plenty more who thought the ass hugging jeans made the cute, or the beads or the hair. It swelled our ranks and made the marches [...]

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post What Your Local Radio Stations Could Be Airing by David Swanson.

    2014-01-03 16:30:54View | Delete

    Also New Mercury Media’s PNN
    out of Florida interviewing FLORIDA ACTIVISTS and National Guests
    http://www.NewMercuryMedia.com/pnn/

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Jeremy Hammond: Political Prisoner by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2013-11-18 19:16:55View | Delete

    Brother Jeremy stood tall for those of us still care about the promises that the great experiment depends on. More of us will be called upon to stand for truth.

    Thank you brother – We are all with you!

  • rwspisak commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Why Modern “Country Music” Exists

    2013-11-09 16:59:20View | Delete

    Check out the exceptional Country Artist

    Mickey Carroll – (heart, soul, and country)
    http://www.mickeycarroll.com/

    a long time admirer
    RW Spisak

  • rwspisak wrote a new diary post: a rhetorical flourish?

    2013-09-03 16:01:44View | Delete

    Fellow Progressives  to the Progressive Caucus – Gentlewomen and Gentlemen, Representatives I ask you to consider how the Tea Party approaches their party leaders, when you speak with President Obama tomorrow. You will be given the hard pitch. That America would lose face if we didn’t BLOW PEOPLE UP in Syria. I urge you to stand strong and united. [...]

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Fukushima nuclear power plant. The nuclear disaster that keeps on giving. by cmaukonen.

    2013-08-18 19:48:56View | Delete

    I produce a news show that been covering FUKE weekly. Lots of good info from the Caldwell Foundation & Fairewinds. We’ve found a freelancer whose toured the facilities several times. He told us about yakuza last fall. He’s also said the backup pumps on site are remarkably low tech. He’s told us of heaps of [...]

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox by MSPB Watch.

    2013-07-22 01:18:07View | Delete

    OW’S OVER? I think not, has the economic system been in anyway defanged? Of course not are more and more still under-employed. How many cities denuded of the necessity of taxes UNpaid through some fancy off shoring must be declared insolvent and contracts with workers stripped while BANKERS ARE PROTECTED MUST WE SEE till more [...]

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Sunday Food: Kohlrabi by Ruth Calvo.

    2013-06-23 13:29:15View | Delete

    My grandmother and grandfather grew it, but it was always served raw. Big raw vegetable eaters. We ate onions like apples – very eastern european.

    Never have seen it in a store farmers or corporate.

    Thanks for the memories.

  • rwspisak commented on the diary post Corporate Minders at Netroots Nation by anotherquestion.

    2013-06-21 05:41:56View | Delete

    Certainly we can’t find cheaper CEOs. We can’t out source them. No way someone from Bangalore could work as a CEO – we need American CEOs I cause Markos up close and personal, backstage in Denver in 08. He had a few passes to the convention, so he came slumming over to the press tent [...]

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