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Welcome to Jill Stein’s Victory Party

8:01 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Welcome to Jill Stein’s Victory Party — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

Thank you, and Congratulations to Jill Stein! She ran a brilliant campaign, brought hope to hundreds of thousands of people, and lit a lamp, a direction for the future. Come to the Jill Stein Victory Party. We haven’t won yet, but we in the Stein campaign have the comfort of knowing we’re doing the right thing.

She got nearly 400,000 votes, raised and spent about $350,000: Just under a dollar a vote. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson spent about a million dollars, and got just over a million votes. They were fourth and third, respectively, in the Presidential popular vote Tuesday.

So, our work is cut out for us. There is just one Left Party in the US noticeable to the bigger Parties. The Green Revolution is needed. The Green Revolution is happening. We must not relent. If each of us who voted for Jill Stein brings in just fifteen more people, and then does that ten more times…

We don’t have time to celebrate. We have an awesome and somber task. The house is on fire, but the kids are playing Monopoly. We’ve asked Obama, the bully of the block, to put out the fire. He won’t do it because he’s playing the game.

When the President does something unjust, every time he does it, we’ve got to call him on it. Yell and point. Call a War Crime a War Crime. Atrocity is Atrocity. Murder is Murder. Self-pardoning for Murder is preposterous, and illegitimate in every case.

Every time there’s an unsolved killing, we must point out the obvious suspect: President Obama. Every time he commits a crime, we must call for prosecution. Call for a Special Prosecutor every day that there’s a reason to do so.

Maybe Obama’s going to turn honest and good this term. If so, he still needs to be prosecuted for the War Crimes and Cover-Ups. But just in case he doesn’t turn honest and good, make up your lists to distribute around the internet:

Obama’s hateful policies against Children, Women, Gays, African-Americans, Africans, Sikhs, Muslims, Minority Religions in general, Workers, Students, African Slaves, Bahraini Slaves, Home Owners, Consumers, Breathers of Air, Drinkers of Water, Eaters of Food, and his hateful policies against Mother Earth. Circulate petitions demanding that he immediately halt the Pogroms in Bahrain and the West Bank.

Every time he does something detrimental to children, point out his hateful policies against children. If he hurts or kills another child, point out other children that he has hurt and killed. Post the pictures of them dead. That is truth.

 

by normanb

MLK would be Ashamed: Georgia Needs Voters’ Rights Freedom Riders Again – This Time for Ganja Jill Stein & Kwabena Nkromo

2:59 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

MLK would be Ashamed: Georgia Needs Voters’ Rights Freedom Riders Again – This Time for Ganja Jill Stein — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

Yes, Kwabena Nkromo, we’ve got to stop Obama’s Nuke Plants planned for Georgia, Environmental Racism that they are. We’ve got to get you and Jill Stein on the ballot. Yes, Georgia has the most repressive anti-democratic ballot access law on the planet. That’s the US State of Georgia, not the Republic of Georgia. Martin Luther King’s home state.

That’s the state where they executed Troy Davis on flimsy evidence. But we are all Troy Davis now. The State of Georgia is Premeditating its Murder of Warren Hill right now, planned for four days hence, on July 23, 2012. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/19/us-supreme-court-halt-georgia-execution Torture and brutality are so prevalent in Georgia prisons that inmates there have been on a hunger strike for five weeks! http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/GPGARadio/issues/hunger-strike-ga-prison-enters-5th-week

Texas just killed a Black man last night, with the new “single-drug” Murder dose: Phenobarbital. Two or three drugs mixed together would kill the victim quicker and more mercifully, but that could be temporarily blocked by interrupting the supply of either drug. Georgia is also switching to the now in-vogue, less-paper-work single-drug killings. Here’s Business Week‘s take on it. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-07-18/ga-dot-switching-to-single-drug-method-for-executions

Martin Luther King would truly be ashamed that his state is so far behind. And Georgia requires well over 50,000 signatures to get Jill Stein on the Presidential ballot. Also, 1,500 signatures are needed for Kwabena Nkromo, candidate for Georgia’s House of Representatives District 57, whom we heard speaking above. Can we take no for an answer? Don’t we have to get these two reformers on the ballot, even in backward Georgia? Lots of people in Georgia smoke Marijuana and want it Legalized. Lots of people there want those Nukes stopped. Lots of people there want the stink of those filthy paper mills out of their air. This is who we have to reach out to, you and I, if we are to get these two true reformers before Georgia’s voters. And we can do much of it through the internet.

And that paper-mill pollution stench in Georgia and North Florida, that’s from using wood pulp paper. Books from the 1750s printed on Hemp paper are still in fine shape, but books from the 1950s printed on wood pulp paper are rotted away. We need to go back to the Hemp and shut down those filthy wood pulp mills. One reason they stink so bad is that wood pulp paper requires a dioxin-producing coagulant chemical bought from DuPont. Every rolling paper, every sheet of computer paper, toilet paper, all wood pulp paper, has to pay a share to DuPont. And President Obama frequently meets with high ranking DuPont company officers. Google that, if you want to check it.

We Freedom Riders and Virtual Freedom Riders can reach our target populations through social networking and through websites of reform groups. You can think of as many as I can. We need to stop Obama’s superstitious push to drill more Oil, in the Arctic, in the Gulf, and Fracking, a Pipeline From Nowhere! He wants to start a war with Iran to raise the price of Oil. And all this Gas and Oil and “Clean Coal” and “Clean Nukes” he wants us on, it poisons our children. Instead, we can grow Hemp, stop Global Warming, and be self-sufficient with out own energy.

President Obama’s dangerous Marijuana policy reared its ugly head in so many ways this week. You see, Marijuana is the key to our climate and energy needs. Lund University in Sweden proved Jack Herer’s hypothesis that the US can fulfill all its current energy usage and needs merely by growing Hemp for seed oil and biomass. And in doing so, the US would no longer be emitting any Carbon Dioxide. Zero! The truth is, in two or three months, our country can be completely self-sufficient: “Energy Independent,” on clean energy, Green Energy!

Jill Stein with her Green New Deal will initiate sweeping reforms that will Legalize Marijuana and institute a Hempen Clean-Energy-based Green Economy. With Hemp, we can raise our own fuel that doesn’t cause Global Warming. Hemp grows so fast, that the US can be energy-independent in a matter of weeks, with never a need for Fracking, Pipelines, “Natural” Gas, Gasoline, Oil, Coal, or Nuclear Power. Drilling Alaska and the Gulf indeed! No Fracking way! (Here are links on energy and stopping climate change.) http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/29/today-makes-or-breaks-jill-steins-funding-wwiii-gl0warm-legal-ganja-get-up-stand-up-occupy-your-rights/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

If you can help out by going to Georgia, to do the actual outreach, sign people up, please do so. If you can drive in from Florida or Carolina, or anywhere, we need you now. We need Freedom Riders. People in Georgia are offering their homes for you to stay in when you get there to work. If you’re in Georgia, and you can offer such people housing, we need to hear from you now too. To network this, please contact Nan Garrett (nan.garrett@georgiagreenparty.org)

If you can help with Green Energy in the form of money to the Georgia Green Party, to help mount this massive Freedom Riders effort, here’s where you can do that. http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/ If you want to donate to the Jill Stein for President campaign, or see which states still need help to get on the ballot, you can do that here. http://www.jillstein.org/ And if you can help out with Green Energy by getting somebody high, and then explaining to them why they should vote Green and sign the paper, by all means, do that first.

by normanb

The Magic Map says 43 States Want Pot Reform; but the Clock says Just 4 Days Left to Repeal Prohibition with President Jill Stein

8:11 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

The Magic Map says 43 States Want Pot Reform; but the Clock says Just 4 Days Left to Repeal Prohibition with President Jill Stein — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

This story really has some teeth. It should grow some legs. This is an emergency! Lots of lemmings are galloping over the edge of the pier, into the cold sea, but some of us are turning Left instead of falling off, because there is a real alternative. http://www.jillstein.org/funding

As the 1932 US Presidential Election was a referendum on Legalizing Ethanol, the 2012 US Presidential Election will be a referendum on Legalizing Cannabis. We are that close now. Only seven states are not considering Legalizing this year – the other 43 and the District of Columbia are. (Did I say Colombia?!) (Never mind, I guess you’d have to be nearly as old as me to get that joke.)

When the US repealed Alcohol Prohibition in 1933, the voters didn’t have to wait to have a drink until the legislators in their state got around to Legalizing their drug of choice, Ethanol. Most of you know that it was Legalized by a Constitutional Amendment, which repealed another Constitutional Amendment. You may not realize that that repeal process, a series of Article V Constitutional Conventions, took only nine months from the first state (Massachusetts) until the 37th state (Utah) passed the Amendment, making it the law of the land. But still the people didn’t have to wait out that process. Because they had already forced the hand of the politicians. The people had spoken. On the Prohibition issue anyway, the people had taken over!

Prohibition of Ethanol terribly damaged our national and world economy and ecology. It corrupted diplomats, spies, businessmen, politicians, and police. Sound familiar? The Democrats and Republicans were both far-Right-wing Parties at that time. Both tried to keep Prohibition and its high-paying crime and corruption going strong. The Republicans were the Party of Big Business, and the Democrats were the Party of the Ku Klux Klan. Just nine years earlier, in 1924, the largest Klan Rally in history took place, at the Democratic National Convention. Then, five years later, the stock market crashed. Then, the people finally said “No” to the duopoly legacy Parties.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt bucked his own Democratic Party on Prohibition. He announced that he would be having a drink as soon as the law was repealed. But he didn’t have to wait that long. And neither did the voters. In fact, for the Prohibition Repeal of 1933, the celebrants didn’t even have to wait until 1933. Ethanol was de facto Legalized the very next day after the 1932 Presidential Election: The people had spoken: The people elected Roosevelt: The people started legally selling and using their drug of choice, right away, as much as they wanted. We can do the same. Support Jill Stein.

Massachusetts attorney Richard Evans has been instrumental in the Marijuana law reform movement here in Massachusetts. He has prepared a series of historical lectures and presentations on the two Prohibitions, teaching how they are alike, teaching how the first one was repealed, teaching how this one can be repealed. Here are links to historical teaching material on Prohibition from Dick Evans. Check them out when you get a chance. http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2011/02/notes-from-dick-evans-presentation.html

http://cantaxreg.com/the-story-of-repeal/

http://www.druglibrary.org/think/~jnr/endprohb.htm

http://cantaxreg.com/prohibition-redux/

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein stands ready to bring the United States into the 21st Century on environment, economy, energy, Human Rights, and peace. You don’t have to choose somebody from the corrupt far-Right criminal Parties. You can be a part of a true revolution! Jill Stein needs your help to gain enough money in donations in just over three days to win over to her campaign coffers more than one hundred thousand dollars in matching funds. That influx of cash will boost visibility and viability of Stein and the Green Party. On environment, economy, energy, Human Rights, and peace, the two big Parties seem either evil or superstitious – but most Americans assume that the reason nearly all elected Republicans and Democrats act that way is that they take bribes from the 1%. Recent polls decrying the lack of choice in the 2012 Presidential Election indicate that both Republicrat candidates are no damn good. In any case, the Democratic Republican Obromneys can’t be viable, because they’re not sustainable!

Now we’re in a Green Revolution, and we can win it. We will win it, if our species is to survive. Al Gore was just in Washington again this week, asking them to be reasonable. They’re not. They’re instead being dishonest, and acting superstitious. President Obama this week snubbed another climate conference, this one’s in Rio de Janeiro. I just saw Canadian scientist David Suzuki speaking from there on Democracy Now! He said we’re doomed because of that snubbing by US politicians. He said that because of these environmental Atrocities, humans may have only a 50% chance of surviving the 21st Century. Ignoring climate change is a real crime.

As I asserted in my previous article on the subject, scientists at Lund University in Sweden have proven my friend Jack Herer’s hypothesis that growing Cannabis Hemp on 6% of US arable land can produce enough clean energy to power our entire economy, replacing all current usage of Nuclear power, Oil, gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and propane; without causing any Global Warming! Cannabis fuels do not add CO2 to our atmosphere, because the only Carbon in biofuels is that which was recently absorbed out of the air: Hempen biofuels are Carbon neutral. If we begin growing Hemp today on 6% of our arable land, the US could be energy independent by 45 days from now, never needing Fracking, pipelines, Coal mining, offshore drilling, or onshore drilling. Those dirty Fossil Fuels should keep their Oily fangs out of our funky shores! Check out these Jack Herer links about Hemp and Clean Energy, when you get the chance. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

But, hey, we’re out of time. The bought-off major media keep telling people that they must choose the far-Right, anti-science, anti-Human-Rights, war monger Obama; or they must choose Romney, who claims to be worse than Obama. American democracy has never been in so much trouble. Think about it as if you were a foreign election observer, observing a foreign election: One set of campaign donors first funded George W. Bush, then funded Barack Obama, and are now funding Mitt Romney. At the same time, every televised news source (except Fox) constant tells Americans (in subtle and not so subtle ways) that they must vote for Obama, or they are doomed. Even Democracy Now! doesn’t mention Green Party Presidential candidates. Both Jill Stein and 2008 Green Vice Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente pointed it out to me: Democracy Now! doesn’t seriously cover the Greens in Presidential Elections. Google it. (They spoke to Roseanne Barr, as a novelty, once).

Jill Stein has just over 3 more days left to qualify for matching funds for her campaign. She is very close. If she gets it, she will be the first Green Presidential candidate to do so, quite an accomplishment in itself. If she makes it, the campaign garners more than one hundred thousand dollars in matching funds, to help get the word out. If she gets it, we might get legal Marijuana this November. Of course, the Obromney Republicrats have a lot more money than Jill Stein will get. But everybody knows that they are loudmouthed liars. Jill Stein is not a TV star. Jill Stein’s voice is not loud, but she speaks the truth. She is principled. Has any other candidate told you about the Slavery, Genocide, Torture, and repression our Government is carrying out in Bahrain? Of course not. They wouldn’t dare! http://www.jillstein.org/funding

How could the Holocaust happen? Politicians were unprincipled. Voters didn’t care much, didn’t want to think about it. A lot more is at stake than just Marijuana. But Marijuana voters hold the key. Many people, like my friend Dick Evans, say it should be [or at least that it will be] taxed and regulated “like alcohol.” But Boston activist attorney Steve Epstein, also very important in the Marijuana movement here, says they should take it a step further, and make it “Legal like tomatoes.” Steve is right. Legalize it first. If we elect Jill Stein President on November 6, 2012, we can start legally growing it, smoking it, and trading it right away, when the results are announced, that night; because the people will have spoken!

Jill Stein needs to collect at least $5,000 in donations from each of at least 20 states in order to get the matching funds. She has already made it in eleven states. She needs just nine more. Call your friends in different states who care about these issues. The first $250 of any donation counts toward securing the matching funds for the campaign. Of course, she needs donations in any amount and from any state. But this map or the Jill Stein funding link will help you think of who to call, by showing you which states are within reach of the $5,000. We need nine. If you know anybody in those states who cares about Marijuana and Hemp issues, or who cares about peace and justice, for that matter, or who cares about energy and the environment and the economy, please, if you know people there who care, call them or email them. Send them this link. Broadcast this all over the internet as fast as you can, because we need to get this done, now!

Accept no (l)imitations. Dr. Jill Stein, MD. Give Now! After Jill Stein is elected, we’ll be powering our cars and power plants on Green Energy. And to celebrate, I’ll take a toke from that same plant – the Hemp plant – the same plant that those clean fuels are made from, and when I do, I’ll feel the Green Energy. Join the Green Party. It’s time for Economic Conversion! Join the Green Revolution. Click on the Jill Stein funding link, get out your digital wallet, and send her some Green Energy. Do it now. Please. Future generations are depending on you. http://www.jillstein.org/funding

 

How to Read this Map

A. Get so stoned that it looks like a map. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are situated approximately where they should be. Find your state on the map. Compare it to other states.

B. The caption for each state shows how close Dr. Stein is to securing $5,000 in donations from that state, and it shows the Marijuana legal situation in the state.

Line 1: Two-letter state abbreviation, followed in parentheses by the number of donors needed to put that state over the top, assuming that each donor gives the maximum of $250.

Line 2: Tells if donation collection in each state is: Below 25% of the $5,000 needed [<1/4]; around a quarter of the way there, as estimated by the campaign [quart]; around halfway there [half]; more than three-quarters there [>3/4]; or already over $5,000 [done].

Line 3: Tells if state has Medical Marijuana [mmj]; if the state’s Medi-Juana is crucial to our national economy [mmj(!)]; and if the state had/has a Marijuana Proposition this year [prop].

Line 4: Tells if Marijuana is on the ballot in the state this year [ballot]; if outlaw Marijuana Smokeasies currently operate in the state [smokeasy]; if state citizens frequently use Civil Disobedience pot smoking to intimidate police [CD]; if the state has a strong Industrial Hemp movement [hemp]; if the state has Willie Nelson helping out its (Industrial) Hemp movement [Willie]; and if the state has a hidden loophole through which Marijuana is already more legal than it is in other states [loophole]. (The Line 4 stuff may spill over into other Lines. That’s just it goes when you get to Line 4.)

Loopholes: (1) In Florida, prescription Marijuana is already legal. Very few people get it. Elvy Musikka, a good friend of mine who has severe Glaucoma, is one of the few patients in this country getting it prescribed. Unfortunately, it is the worst pot you can imagine: The males and females aren’t separated; it’s harvested by lawnmower; if she gets a bud, it’s by accident; it’s warehoused for years so that by the time she gets it, she has to re-humidify it or it won’t even smoke. (2) In Ohio, if you possess less than 100 grams, you cannot even be ticketed. Nearly everyone in Ohio has under 100 grams. (3) Here in Massachusetts, if caught with Marijuana, the culprit doesn’t have to give the police his or her real name, and doesn’t have to pay the fine. Another Massachusetts Loophole: If the person caught with Marijuana is using it medicinally for Asthma, AIDS, or Cancer, then the charges must be dropped. (4) Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled Marijuana legal there. (~5) Wisconsin’s Constitution provides that possession of Marijuana on private property is not a crime unless and until someone files a complaint. (Wisconsin is not marked as a full Loophole on the map.)

 

AK(20)

*<1/4*

*mmj*

loophole

 

*****     WA(0) MT(20) ND(20) MN(0) WI(0) MI(1.6) ******  MA(0) VT(20) NH(20) ME(15)

*****     *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *done* *>3/4* ****    *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart*

*****     *mmj* *mmj* ooooo oooo *prop* *mmj* ********   loophole *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* ooooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* *ballot* ****    *ballot* ooooo *CD* *hemp*

 

*****       OR(1.2) ID(20) WY(20) SD(20)   IL(0) IN(16) OH(6) NY(0) CT (10) RI(20)

*****      *>3/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *quart* *>3/4* *done* *half* *half*

*****     *mmj* *prop* oooo ***** oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* oooo oooo *hemp* *ballot* oooo *ballot* smokeasy oooo oooo

 

*******  NV(20) UT(20) CO (5) NE(20) IO(20) WV(20) VA(5) DC(12) PA(0) DE(20) NJ(0)

*******  *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *half* *done* *<1/4* *done*

*******  *mmj* oooo *mmj(!)* oooo *mmj* *prop* oooo *mmj* *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*******  *prop* oooo *ballot* oooo *prop* oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

CA(0) oooo    KS(20) MO(14) OK(20) AR(20) TN(15) KY(20) NC(7) MD(0)

*done* oooo    *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *>3/4* *done*

*mmj(!)* oooo  *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop*

*ballot* oooo     oooo oooo oooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* oooo oooo

 

*****   AZ(11) NM(2.5) TX(0) LA(20) MS(20) AL(20) SC(16) GA(17)

*****   *half* *>3/4* *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *quart*

*****   *mmj* *mmj* oooo oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* oooo

*****    oooo oooo *Willie* oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

HI(20) oooo       oooo         oooo      oooo        FL(9)

*<1/4* oooo       oooo         oooo      oooo         *half*

*mmj* oooo     oooo         oooo       oooo        *prop*

oooo oooo    oooo         oooo       oooo    loophole

 

The only seven states not trying to Legalize Marijuana this year are Georgia, Louisiana, Utah, Nebraska, Virginia, Minnesota, and Wyoming. Even so, in all seven of them, Marijuana is by far the biggest cash crop.

http://www.jillstein.org/funding

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Jill Stein is the best candidate in the Presidential race on Marijuana. It’s time to stop beating around the bush and end Prohibition now. Legalize it. Under present law, before it can be prescribed or used legally, the President or the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) must order it removed from the Schedule 1 illegal drugs list, which purports that the drug has no medical use. Marijuana is on Schedule 1, even though its documented use as a medicine goes back thousands of years. Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician, and teaches medicine. She is an expert on the environmental impact of pollutants on people.

In ten states, citizens will be voting on Marijuana questions this year. Other states came close to getting such measures on their respective ballots – came close, but no cigar. Certainly in all those states, there are people who would enormously benefit from Jill Stein’s increased exposure in the campaign, should she get the matching funds. For instance, Marijuana is on the ballot in Oregon, and Jill Stein only needs two more donors to put Oregon over the $5,000 mark. Now, listen, both of you, I want you to forgo that next ounce, and give that $250 to Jill right now. Do it. If you’re in other states, give anyway. You can check the map to see if your state is voting on pot, and what the Marijuana movement is like in neighboring states.

Eighteen states (including the District of Columbia) have Medical Marijuana according to law now, but the Federal Government under President Obama has been ruthless in cracking down on these law-abiding citizens. If you’re in Colorado, a state with a successful Medical Marijuana program, and an upcoming Marijuana Election, you probably want the Federal Government out of your hair, whether you’re a patient or a provider. Jill just needs six donors to put her over the top in Colorado. It could be you.

Twenty-one states have or had Marijuana Propositions in motion in 2012. Missouri, for example, has Marijuana activity this year. It only takes fifteen of you in Missouri to put Jill Stein over the top. The Green Party is all over the world. The established media will not report on this. We are the media now. It is time for the United States to join the Green Revolution. Let’s stop letting our country act superstitiously!

by normanb

Marijuana Voters Join Jill Stein Now: Green Revolution & Economic Conversion – This Week Only

3:53 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Marijuana Voters Join Jill Stein Now: Green Revolution & Economic Conversion – This Week Only — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

The Jill Stein for President campaign has less than one week to get enough donations to receive matching funds. To accomplish that, her campaign must raise at least $5,000 in at least 20 states. So far, she has done so in eleven. The first $250 from any donor counts toward the matching funds. Donors can give more if they choose. If she does get matching funds, that will mean an influx of more than $100,000 into the campaign at once. This is Marijuana’s last best chance this year. Last best chance for peace, too. And Human Rights. Go Jill Stein!

The 2012 US Presidential Election is shaping up to be a referendum on ending Marijuana Prohibition. It is reminiscent of the 1932 US Presidential Election, which took place during a series of Article V Constitutional Conventions to repeal Alcohol Prohibition. Prohibition didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work now. Then, the anti-Prohibition movement swept Franklin D. Roosevelt into office, even though both the Democrats and the Republicans were far-Right Parties opposed to Legalization. Just like now, the duopoly legacy Parties wanted Prohibition to continue. The people did not. The people won.

When I recently commented that I couldn’t vote for Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts US Senator because she announced that she would defy the will of the state’s voters on Legalizing Marijuana, another commenter at FireDogLake.com rebuked me, contending that Marijuana is a minor peripheral issue. I disagree: Not only is it a major Human Rights issue and an essential medicine, it is intricately tied to all other political issues. I’ll explain how below.

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First the map:

How to Read this Map

A. Get so stoned that it looks like a map. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are situated approximately where they should be. Find your state on the map. Compare it to other states.

B. The caption for each state shows how close Dr. Stein is to securing $5,000 in donations from that state, and it shows the Marijuana legal situation in the state.

Line 1: Two-letter state abbreviation, followed in parentheses by the number of donors needed to put that state over the top, assuming that each donor gives the maximum of $250.

Line 2: Tells if donation collection in each state is: Below 25% of the $5,000 needed [<1/4]; around a quarter of the way there, as estimated by the campaign [quart]; around halfway there [half]; more than three-quarters there [>3/4]; or already over $5,000 [done].

Line 3: Tells if state has Medical Marijuana [mmj]; if the state’s Medi-Juana is crucial to our national economy [mmj(!)]; and if the state had/has a Marijuana Proposition this year [prop].

Line 4: Tells if Marijuana is on the ballot in the state this year [ballot]; if outlaw Marijuana Smokeasies currently operate in the state [smokeasy]; if state citizens frequently use Civil Disobedience pot smoking to intimidate police [CD]; if the state has a strong Industrial Hemp movement [hemp]; if the state has Willie Nelson helping out its (Industrial) Hemp movement [Willie]; and if the state has a hidden loophole through which Marijuana is already more legal than it is in other states [loophole]. (The Line 4 stuff may spill over into other Lines. That’s just it goes when you get to Line 4.)

 

 

AK(20)

*<1/4*

*mmj*

loophole

 

*****     WA(0) MT(20) ND(20) MN(0) WI(0) MI(5) ******  MA(0) VT(20) NH(20) ME(15)

*****     *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *done* *>3/4* ****    *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart*

*****     *mmj* *mmj* ooooo oooo *prop* *mmj* ********   loophole *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* ooooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* *ballot* ****    *ballot* ooooo *CD* *hemp*

 

*****      OR(2) ID(20) WY(20) SD(20) IL(0) IN(17) OH(6) NY(0) CT (10) RI(20)

*****     *>3/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *quart* *>3/4* *done* *half* *half*

*****     *mmj* *prop* oooo ***** oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* oooo oooo *hemp* *ballot* oooo *ballot* smokeasy oooo oooo

 

**  NV(20) UT(20) CO (6) NE(20) IO(20) WV(20) VA(6) DC(12) DE(20) PA(0) NJ(0)

**  *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *half* *<1/4* *done* *done*

**  *mmj* oooo *mmj(!)* oooo *mmj* *prop* oooo *mmj* *mmj* *prop* *mmj*

**  *prop* oooo *ballot* oooo *prop*    oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

CA(0) oooo    KS(20) MO(15) OK(20) AR(20) TN(15) KY(20) NC(7) MD(0)

*done* oooo    *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *>3/4* *done*

*mmj(!)* oooo  *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop*

*ballot* oooo   oooo oooo oooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* oooo oooo

 

*****   AZ(10) NM(2.5) TX(0) LA(20) MS(20) AL(20) SC(17) GA(17)

*****   *half* *>3/4* *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *quart*

*****   *mmj* *mmj* oooo oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* oooo

*****    oooo oooo *Willie* oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

HI(20) oooo          oooo         oooo      oooo        FL(8)

*<1/4* oooo          oooo         oooo      oooo         *half*

*mmj* oooo          oooo         oooo       oooo        *prop*

oooo oooo          oooo         oooo       oooo    loophole

 

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In case you didn’t know, Jill Stein is the best candidate in the Presidential race on Marijuana. It’s time to stop beating around the bush and end Prohibition now. Legalize it. Under present law, before it can be prescribed or used legally, the President or the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) must order it removed from the Schedule 1 illegal drugs list, which purports that the drug has no medical use. Marijuana is on Schedule 1, even though its documented use as a medicine goes back thousands of years. Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician, and teaches medicine. She is an expert on the environmental impact of pollutants on people.

In ten states, citizens will be voting on Marijuana questions this year. Other states came close to getting such measures on their respective ballots – came close, but no cigar. Certainly in all those states, there are people who would enormously benefit from Jill Stein’s increased exposure in the campaign, should she get the matching funds. For instance, Marijuana is on the ballot in Oregon, and Jill Stein only needs four more donors to put Oregon over the $5,000 mark. Now, all four of you, I want you to forgo that next ounce, and give that $250 to Jill right now. Do it. Check the map to see if your state is voting on pot. (UPDATE: Oregon needs just 3 now.)

Eighteen states (including the District of Columbia) have Medical Marijuana according to law now, but the Federal Government under President Obama has been ruthless in cracking down on these law-abiding citizens. If you’re in Colorado, a state with a successful Medical Marijuana program, and an upcoming Marijuana Election, you probably want the Federal Government out of your hair, whether you’re a patient or a provider. She only needs nine more donors in Colorado. (UPDATE: Colorado needs just 8 now.)

Twenty-one states have or had Marijuana Propositions in motion in 2012. Missouri, for example, has Marijuana activity this year. It only takes fifteen of you in Missouri to put Jill Stein over the top. The Green Party is all over the world. The established media will not report on this. We are the media now. It is time for the United States to join the Green Revolution. Let’s stop letting our country act superstitiously!.

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Here are links to: (1) Jill Stein’s fundraising page, (2) my FireDogLake article about Jack Herer’s 6% hypothesis corroborated by Lund University in Sweden, and cross-posted at MaMaMoJo; (3) my late friend and colleague Jack Herer’s book The Emperor Wears No Clothes (online version), which corroborates the Hemp facts cited in this article; (4) several reports from Attorney Richard Evans’ work on Prohibition Repeal, last time and this time, beginning with one from the Massachusetts Marijuana Movement Journal (MaMaMoJo, or MaMaMoJournal), written and edited by my partner Rachel; and (5) Sticky Greens homepage on Facebook for the new Identity Caucus within the Green Party:

(1) http://www.jillstein.org/funding

(2) http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

(3) http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

(4) http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2011/02/notes-from-dick-evans-presentation.html

http://cantaxreg.com/the-story-of-repeal/

http://www.druglibrary.org/think/~jnr/endprohb.htm

http://cantaxreg.com/prohibition-redux/

(5) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sticky-Greens-homepage/166998176672767

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Loopholes: (1) In Florida, prescription Marijuana is already legal. Very few people get it. Elvy Musikka, a good friend of mine who has severe Glaucoma, is one of the few patients in this country getting it prescribed. Unfortunately, it is the worst pot you can imagine: The males and females aren’t separated; it’s harvested by lawnmower; if she gets a bud, it’s by accident; it’s warehoused for years so that by the time she gets it, she has to re-humidify it or it won’t even smoke. (2) In Ohio, if you possess less than 100 grams, you cannot even be ticketed. Nearly everyone in Ohio has under 100 grams. (3) Here in Massachusetts, if caught with Marijuana, the culprit doesn’t have to give the police his or her real name, and doesn’t have to pay the fine. Another Massachusetts Loophole: If the person caught with Marijuana is using it medicinally for Asthma, AIDS, or Cancer, then the charges must be dropped. (4) Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled Marijuana legal there. (~5) Wisconsin’s Constitution provides that possession of Marijuana on private property is not a crime unless and until someone files a complaint. (Wisconsin is not marked as a full Loophole on the map.)

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Marijuana – Hemp, that is – has the highest biomass of any plant. What that means is that on any acre or hectare of land, more mass (weight) of Hemp can be grown than of any other plant. Hemp plants can be spaced one inch apart, such that, on one square mile of land, it is quite possible to grow over four billion (4,014,489,600) Hemp plants. Unmolested, they can average over one pound in weight, and produce more than one thousand seeds apiece. One cannot seriously approach the problem of stopping Global Warming without considering the only plant that can do the job – the one with the highest biomass.

That is something that makes Hemp important to our economy: It has the highest biomass, and a lot of it can be produced very fast. Some strains of Marijuana Hemp mature in 45 days. Some people tout switchgrass as a feedstock source for alternative fuel; but in the time it takes to harvest one three-year crop of switchgrass, twenty-four Hemp harvests as described above will ripen! (And Hemp has a much higher biomass than switchgrass, anyway.) In Colonial Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, citizens were required by law to grow Hemp. Europe had similar laws at the same time, and earlier.

All the gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in the world, and all of the power plants on Earth, can be powered by clean fuel. And the richest source by far of clean fuel is Hemp: Hemp seeds are the richest source of diesel fuel: Put under a seed press, they are 35% to 40% fuel oil by weight. Hemp is also the richest source of fuel for internal combustion engines, because, having the highest biomass, it is the richest source of ethanol, which can power such cars, today. Hemp buds are a very nutritious food, and a valuable medicine for many conditions.

When the US economy tanked at Election time 2008, that was the biggest one-day percentage drop in the Dow Jones average – not since the famous crash of Black Thursday in October 1929 – but since the crash of 1937-38, when thousands of products made from commercial Hemp were pulled from stores across the nation and around the world: Most clothing and other cloth in history was made from Hemp. Most paint products, most oils. All ropes and tents before then.

In 2010, Lund University in Sweden proved Jack Herer’s hypothesis that growing Hemp on 6% of our arable land can supply all of our US energy needs without causing any Global Warming. Applying the statistics I cited above, we get some interesting outlooks:

~If we began growing Hemp on 6% of our arable land today, the United States would be energy-independent before Election Day 2012, with our very first harvest, 45 days from now;

~Hemp could replace all of our current use of Gasoline, Diesel, Coal, Oil, and Nuclear Power with Clean Energy, in less than seven weeks;

~With this development, we will never need Pipelines, Fracking, Shale Oil, Offshore Drilling, Onshore Drilling, or Coal Mining, because Hemp energy is much cheaper;

~With plenty of Hemp growing, we will have no need to import fuel, plastic or plastic items, food, or building materials. This turn of events will convert our disastrous Trade Deficit into a Trade Surplus, because the amount we now spend on Petroleum is actually more than the entire Trade Deficit;

~New car-powering designs are not needed, because the old designs run fine on clean Hempen fuels;

~The only economically viable way to get enough Hydrogen for energy fuel would be to generate the Hydrogen through Hemp processes.

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A person who cares about these issues may be a person who sees benefit in donating to Jill Stein’s campaign. What would also be helpful and valuable now would be to call people you know in the states where she’s getting close to the $5,000 goal, to encourage them to participate. Of course, the Stein campaign needs any amount. Small amounts are welcome, even if all you can afford is $0. Large amounts are welcome, up to $500, but only the first $250 apply to the matching funds. She actually needs to get donations in every state, to emphasize that this is a national campaign, and to expand the Party.

We are not kidding around. This IS the Green Revolution, the Revolution that we have been waiting for all of our lives. Green is where we must go. Now actually IS the time to take the power. Occupy. Get up. Stand up. Stand up for your rights. This is not a corporate candidacy. There are no big funders. This is grassroots. Get your friends together. Join the Green Party of the United States. Join the Green Party of the Earth. When you join, remember to say “Hemp.”

The Republicrats are bad Parties. Let’s have a good Party! We need a good Party! Let’s have a Sticky Green Party!

Assuming that each donor during this crucial final push for matching funds gives the maximum of $250 toward putting a state over the top, all Jill needs now is nine states, which can be reached through just four donors from Oregon, and/or five from New Mexico. And/or eight from any of the following: Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, or Colorado. It would take eleven from Connecticut, eleven-and-a-half from Arizona, twelve from Florida or Washington, DC. Fifteen for Tennessee or Missouri, sixteen for Maine, seventeen for South Carolina, Indiana, or Georgia. It takes no more than 20 donors in any state. In fact, the only seven states without significant Hemp/Marijuana electoral activity in 20123 are: Minnesota, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Virginia, Louisiana, and Georgia. Jill Stein needs every state. Every state needs Jill Stein. A lot is at stake. Everything.

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by normanb

Madoff’s Stolen Ponzi Loot Funneled to Obama Campaign Through Daley

6:27 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

The Daily Machine

Madoff’s Stolen Ponzi Loot Funneled to Obama Campaign Through Daley — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)


Nearly $1 million of Bernard Madoff’s stolen Ponzi-scheme profits went to elect US President Barack Obama. JP Morgan Chase paid it directly to his campaign, and President Obama just appointed JPMC’s executive William Daley (of the infamous Daley Machine) to be his new White House Chief of Staff. Daley himself skated with $7.6 million in the Madoff swindle. Yep, he just made off with it. Morgan Chase made $1 billion. Hillary Clinton got some, but gave it back, and the President’s new “Competitiveness” nominee Jeffrey Imelt got plenty.

You can’t make this stuff up.

According to OpenSecrets, William Daley’s JP Morgan Chase gave $695,132 to the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=n00009638

Through recent revelations…

http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle/articleid/4864051

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/madoff-jpmorgan-chase_n_818591.html

…I learned that despite the fact that Daley’s Morgan Chase knew Bernie Madoff was running a [$65 billion] Ponzi scheme, JPMC conspired to keep the crimes secret until after Obama’s November 2008 election (an apparent Obstruction of Justice), because JP Morgan Chase made at least $1 billion (that we know of) on the scheme. Morgan Chase spent much of that money promoting Obama.

Firedoglake’s masaccio was onto it when it happened:
http://firedoglake.com/2009/05/03/how-chase-bank-made-money-with-madoff/

No one stopped Madoff until December 2008, after Barack Obama was elected, albeit just a few weeks after.

On Daley’s appointment in January 2011, Huffington Post said “President Barack Obama’s next Chief of Staff holds more than $7.6 million worth of stock in JP Morgan Chase, according to a regulatory filing …William M. Daley, vice chairman at JP Morgan Chase, holds 175,678 shares in the $2.1 trillion behemoth, the nation’s second-largest bank by assets. Daley headed the firm’s Corporate Responsibility division, which included oversight of the firm’s lobbyists and relations with government officials.”

This means that Daley still has Ponzi loot: His $7.6 million, out of JPMC’s $1 billion, out of Madoff’s $65 billion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/william-daley-jp-morgan-stock_n_807161.html

But the Obama Administration’s dirty dealings with Madoff don’t end there, not by a long shot! Madoff gave $50,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and at least $600,000 to lobbyists:

“Madoff Investment Securities made campaign contributions totaling $372,100, with about 89 percent of those funds directed to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org, the Web site of the Center for Responsive Politics.” (That’s how PoliticalTicker put it, but the OpenSecrets headline says Madoff spent $1 million.)

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/17/madoff-was-major-democratic-campaign-contributor/

Much of that political campaign money went for and continues to go for buying ads on NBC and MSNBC, the head honcho of which is GE Chairman Jeffrey Imelt, whom President Obama just appointed to head his new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Competitiveness?! According to Forbes, GE is the world’s second-largest company, after JP Morgan Chase. In the Obama Administration, we see Conflict of Interest running off the scale, but Imelt’s MSNBC just keeps MSNBC-ing it.

MSNBC-ing” is the type of propaganda that tries to make it look like the Obama gang of crooks is on our side, our good guys, looking out for our interests. It’s as if, like the Egyptian propaganda claiming that Mubarak’s Suleiman goon squad is needed to hold back the evil Muslims, the White House wants us to think that our crooks are the only possible heroes who can save us from the bad Republican Cheney TeaBag Beck.

So, not only did MSNBC (in a partisan move) refuse to air Michele Bachmann’s alternative State of the Union response (as it had aired Senator Obama’s alternative State of the Union response in 2006), Chris Matthews (apparently trying to out-juvenile the newly removed Keith Olbermann) called Ms. Bachmann a “Balloon Head!” and told her “Go back to grammar school!”

At the exact same time that the President tapped Imelt to “oversee” “competitiveness” (or overlook the lack thereof), Imelt’s firm dumped Olbermann, and at the same time Comcast announced its working relationship with MSNBC (further limiting competition, but making profit for the Administration’s cronies) … as Rayne pointed out:

http://my.firedoglake.com/rayne/2011/01/23/its-not-a-sale-or-a-merger-but-a-joint-venture-comcast-and-ge-will-share-corporatist-mouthpiece-nbc/

Speaking of Conflict of Interest: Both GE and Morgan Chase are heavily involved in the Nuclear industry and the Wind industry, two of the dirtiest forms of energy generation. When Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show comes on, a Wind Farm masquerading as Clean Energy steps up to fight for GE/JPMC energy profit, and supposedly against the bad Republican Cheney TeaBag Beck. The President frequently lies about both Wind and Nuclear being “Clean.” He claims that both are free of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, and that they therefore help fight Global Warming. This is completely false.

For details on the emissions, use the fdl search window and search “normanb ghg nuclear wind.” Wind energy causes massive emissions of the worst GHG known, Sulfur Hexafluoride, or “Air Jordan.” One pound of SF6 warms our planet more than 17 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2); and 20 million pounds of it are made every year. The so-called “Smart Grid” is stupid, but, hey, it makes money for the President’s men.

Nuclear Energy causes massive emissions of Nitrous Oxide, which is 310 times as bad as CO2. Yet President Obama had the EPA reclassify it officially as “Clean Energy,” just as he did for “Clean” Coal. President Obama even appeared on a TV commercial for Clean Coal, just weeks after taking office, just days after the Coen Brothers had released a widely circulated commercial reminding us all that Clean Coal doesn’t exist.

Athough lying about climate and energy causes disease epidemics, insect infestations, and environmental devastation, even so, President Obama still doesn’t mind lying about climate and energy when it profits his allies. Just ask BP:
http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/02/new-orleans-judge-rules-that-obama-ken-feinberg-bp-lied-about-kfs-neutrality-orders-kf-bp-to-stop-lying/

So, who’s keeping score here? Madoff stole $65 billion –> then, with Obama in the White House, and with his appointees in charge of regulating things, less than $10 billion got paid back to the poor set-up victims of the famous Madoff-Morgan Chase-Daley-Obama-Imelt Ponzi Scheme.

Where’s the rest of the stolen money? Well, President Obama’s sitting on $695,132 of it; or he was before spending it on Imelt’s and other networks’ commercials for the 2008 campaign. Secretary of State Clinton (who posed as an opposing candidate during the campaign) got $50,000; Chief of Staff William Daley has $7.6 million; his company JCMC, the President’s 6th-highest contributor, got $1 billion. I’ll bet others on the President’s top contributors list Made Off with some too! (i.e. GE, who gave half a million dollars!)

Madoff’s family officially got to keep $2.5 million of the stolen funds, but I suspect more of that money is still somewhere corrupting our political system. And Madoff’s son conveniently got dead a few weeks ago, conveniently partially covering up the White House connection. And somehow those “investigating” the killing quickly called it “suicide.” Never mind who’s behind the curtain. No reason to investigate this.

Oh, and let’s remember that JP Morgan Chase didn’t hire Daley because he’s a famous banker; he’s not. They hired him for the Organized Crime connection: They hired him to pull strings for them politically. And they sure got what they paid for: A billion dollars in stolen funds, out of which they only had to give the Obama cartel a few million. A body or two along the way. Banker plus Gangster equals Bankster.

“Madoff founded the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in 1960, and was its chairman until his arrest on December 11, 2008 … JP Morgan Chase & Co. may have also benefited from the scheme – through interest and fees charged – to the tune of a billion dollars.”

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/24/news/newsmakers/madoff.fortune/index.htm

Along with the family of one of President Obama’s major financial appointees (Mary Schapiro, whom President Obama appointed to head the Securities and Exchange Commission), Bernie Madoff started the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in 1971 as National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). Madoff was its President and Chairman. The economy collapsed and the President of the Stock Exchange made off with $65 billion at the same time, and at the same time, more than $1 billion were being funneled to the cronies of and the Presidential campaign of the winning candidate, Barack Obama, who had just appointed Madoff’s partner’s kid:

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/12/17/sec-nominee-has-madoff-connection/

“Two years after Madoff’s $65 billion fraud was revealed, its victims are trying to move on. It was good news indeed to hear over the holidays that Irving Picard, the trustee hired by the Securities Investor Protection Corp., or SIPC, has recovered $9.8 billion so far – much more than some had expected. Yet many of Madoff’s neediest victims might never benefit from Picard’s settlements, and in fact some are being sued to give back gains from the sceme, funds already spent on retirement or taxes.”

http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/jan2011/pi20110111_367252.htm

February 10, 2009, a few days after taking office, President Obama said “There are a lot of banks that are actually pretty well-managed – JP Morgan being a good example … I don’t think [CEO Jamie Dimon] should be punished for dong a pretty good job managing an enormous portfolio.”

http://www.fool.com/investing/dividends-income/2009/02/11/obama-endorses-jpmorgan.aspx

Well, Madoff’s victims have only been compensated 15% of what they lost. Immediately after JPMC gave $7 hundred thousand to Obama, and Madoff gave $1 billion to JPMC, all to help to get BO elected, then President-elect Obama, when the Madoff Ponzi news broke, said “In the last few days, the alleged scandal at Madoff Investment Securities has reminded us yet again of how badly reform is needed when it comes to the rules and regulations that govern our markets…

“…Charities that invested in Madoff could end up losing savings on which millions depend – a massive fraud that was made possible in part because the regulators who were assigned to oversee Wall Street dropped the ball. And if the financial crisis has taught us anything, it’s that this failure of oversight and accountability doesn’t just harm individuals involved; it has the potential to devastate our entire economy.”

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2008/12/18/4423447-obama-on-madoff-scandal-rick-warren

Indeed, Mr. President indeed. Give the money back to the destitute widows and orphans that your gang helped to steal it from. Order Daley and Imelt to give back theirs too. If memory serves, Hillary Clinton has already returned the Madoff contribution, but what about that $6 hundred thousand to the lobbyists? And after you give it back, come clean: Tell the truth about what you know about the crimes, and make Daley and Imelt do the same.

So, the profits from the biggest theft that ever happened helped elect our current President. GE is pouring even more into lobbying since the 2008 elections. The co-conspirators in this story, General Electric, Morgan Chase, and Madoff, together poured more than $1 billion into campaigns and political lobbying over the past few years, and lots of it went right back to GE and Imelt through purchase of airtime on MSNBC. And our President is in cahoots with these thieves. You just can’t make this stuff up.

And you Democrats out there, in the Congress, and in the blogosphere and other media: Don’t you now have a responsibility to do something about this? Go ahead: Do what Democrats do.

by normanb

Would-Be Know-It-All Yale’s Disinformation Fools HuffPost into Regurgitating Greenwash

12:57 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Would-Be Know-It-All Yale’s Disinformation Fools HuffPost into Regurgitating Greenwash — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

I just came from Huffington Post’s Green Section which I’m sad to say posted an informative yet pretentious slideshow with the hubristic title “Americans’ Climate Change Knowledge: Fossil Fuels Are Fossilized Dinosaurs, Global Warming Is Beneficial And 12 Other Ridiculous Beliefs”. It could have easily been subtitled “…Including Incorrect Tidbits HuffPost Repeats Because Yale Said So.” But even at Yale, sometimes someone overlooks something. Or in this case, several things. Of course Yale gets funding from lots of sources, and some may be emission sources as well.

I happen to have a zero-tolerance attitude toward Greenhouse Gas emissions, so I notice every mention of emissions. So, when HuffPost says there are none, yet I know I can demonstrate that there are emissions present, well then, I Must demonstrate it. So, I’ll dispute each of Yale and Huffington Post’s mistaken points.

Could corporate donations to Yale from major polluters and from climate change’s indirect profiteers, or dealings with their attendant industries, have influenced this horribly flawed science, coming from what we’re told is one of our top universities? Why didn’t Yale fact check the study? Why didn’t HuffPost fact check Yale? I don’t have time right now to research potential business conflicts of interest that compromised truth in this study. But with so much of the article blatantly untrue, public access to information seems inappropriately curtailed.

(Why am I lamenting at FDL here instead of at the Huffington Post? or complaining to Yale? Sometimes I complain to universities and to journalists and even to scientists who mislead the public. But since the disinformation is right now being published on such a large scale, I feel I need to dispute it right now. But the reason I’m here at Firedog, instead of complaining at Huffington, is this is my community. Here at FDL/Seminal I’ve found intelligent discourse and comraderie. They probably have something good over there too, but I like it here.)

1. I have no problem with Slide Number One.

2. On Slide Number Two, I hold what the headline terms a “ridiculous belief”: I believe that Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) cause Global Warming. And most scientists agree. So, Yale/HuffPost is spouting some hardcore disinfo here on all 3 points:
(a) Toxic Waste, as Wiki tells us, includes agricultural runoff, which caused dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico off New Orleans and off the Eastern Seaboard. Dead zones are depleated of oxygen, and therefore have lost plant life. Plants, as many of you know, inhale carbon dioxide (CO2) in sunlight and convert it to atmospheric oxygen (O2). But not when they’re dead. So, Toxic Waste CAN cause GL0Warm.
(b) Aerosol propellants in aerosol sprays are listed, again in Wikipedia: All of the propellants listed are GHGs. The information is available right there in Wikipedia, and Wiki is right there. Don’t Yale and Huffington Post have Wikipedia? Here are propellants that are GHGs, from Wikipedia’s list: Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs, (rarely used anymore), propane, butane, isobutane, dimethyl ether, methyl ethyl ether, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrofluoroalkanes. None of the propellants Wiki lists is not a GHG. In addition, 3 of them (propane, butane and isobutane) are fossil fuels the extraction of which requires either fracking, coal mining or, most often, oil drilling. Fracking causes Global Warming by killing plants in water, which, again, stop sequestering CO2 when they’re dead. And for the latter two, once the coal and oil are extracted, they are inevitably burned to produce CO2 & more GL0Warm. But wait, there’s more – propane, butane, isobutane and hydrofluoroalkanes all decompose to produce tropospheric ozone (O3), a powerful Greenhouse Gas. So, once again, I must part ways with Yale and HuffPost, on the issue of whether GHGs cause GL0Warm. I believe they do. Once again, Wiki is right there.
(c) Rocket Launches cause massive Global Warming, but not by punching holes in the ozone. A major component of rocket fuel is nitric acid (HNO3). I’d like to tell you that it’s not rocket science, but it is. And production of nitric acid is one of the leading sources of emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a GHG 310 times as strong as as CO2.

3-6. The Yale squadron hit the nail right on the head four slides in a row! Good work.

7. a) Toxic Waste (link in 2a, above). b) Aerosol spray cans (link in 2b).
c) Volcanic Eruptions’ Emitions are high in GHGs, and again, I’m sticking with that science: Again according to Wiki, the volcanic emissions’ top two gases are water vapor (H2O) and carbon dioxide, currently the two most prevalent GHGs in our atmosphere. Other GHGs Wikipedia lists among volcanic emissions are: Methane, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen bromide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and carbonyl sulfide and CFCs. SF6, or “Air Jordan” is the worst GHG known, and, yes it does cause Global Warming. They all do.
d) Acid Rain causes Global Warming in these ways: 1) The extremely widespread use of fertilizers, including to fight Acid Rain’s consequences, cause Global Warming, and are in fact the leading source of nitrous oxide emissions (second link in 2c, above); and 2) Limestone Mining, including to mitigate the effects of Acid Rain, causes massive GHG emissions.

8. Very good on Slide Number 8, there, Yale: Carbon dioxide stays up there until we take it out. We’d better get started.

9. a) Wiki says enironmental damage and the Little Ice Age were major causes the collapse of Norse civilization in Southern Greenland.

10. Yale and HuffPost get it correct.

11. As discussed above in 3c (link there), rocket fuel contains nitric acid, the manufacure of which emit huge amounts of nitrous oxide.

12. Not bad on Slide Number 12 & 13.

14. Yale, like so many others, claims nuclear plants don’t cause Global Warming. But they do; here’s how: Reprocessing, for instance, requires dissolving uranium and plutonium and thorium in Yale’s old nemesis, nitric acid again, the manufacture of which has by this phase already emitted much N2O. Wrong again. The BBC website gives a good explanation, but they could have checked Wiki or Encyclopædia Britannica.

This is way beyond sloppy, for both Yale and Huff: Try incompetent, irresponsible, shameful. Disgusting.

by normanb

Food Activist Censored By BP’s Christiane Amanpour Show

8:08 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Food Activist Censored By BP’s Christiane Amanpour Show — by NormanB

The show has very little credibility as far as I’m concerned. Sponsored by BP.

First segment: Two gut-the-education-establishment ideologues (Bizarro Education Secretary Arne Duncan & DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee) supporting the Obama Administration’s plan to fire thousands of teachers and put profiteers in charge, ganged up against American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Sleazy Chicago "education" profiteers who helped pay for Obama’s campaign must be overjoyed.

Second segment censored: English nutrition activist Jamie Oliver explained how England changed school lunches and improved national health by changing standards, but ABC censored his words. He gave examples, beginning with the improvements forced on McDonald’s: He got as far as mentioning free-range eggs, then, in mid-response, he was replaced by 30 seconds of a commercial. His face reappeared on the screen just as his response ended.

Round-table segment: Amanpour and her guests discussed the fictional "Recovery." The show’s propaganda headline specifically touted "Recovery." BP must have been pleased that the panel avoided talking about the Oil spill or climate. Obviously the panel couldn’t speak on the economy, since they were pretending "Recovery."

It reminds me of the late-1980s supposed "Recovery" late in the Reagan Administration: Every day, most news reports told us that the "Recovery" was going well, and that we would begin to feel effects of the "Recovery" in a few months.

For BP’s segment, the Oil company spokesperson claimed that BP is in there helping the Gulf "Recovery" for the long haul. But the truth is that BP is fighting against reimbursemenmt, retribution, "Recovery" and reconstruction tooth and nail. Its money dispersor, appointed by BP Rep. Barack Obama, Rip-off Czar Ken Feinberg, announced that his formula includes paying people who permanently lost an ancestral business about one-and-one-half years’ worth of income. Their family owned it for generations, it’s taken away forever. One-and-one-half-years’ worth oughtta do it!

by normanb

George Stephanopoulos’s Lying Climate Propaganda on Today’s GMA

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George Stephanopoulos’s Lying Climate Propaganda on Today’s GMA — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

This morning on Good Morning America George Stephanopolous again brought us the debate that he pretends is going on about Global Warming. First he presented the side showing Pakistan being washed away in record monsoons, then Russian temperature readings over 100 degrees, and a few other examples.

Then he showed the supposed opposite side of the argument: That we had record snowfalls last winter.

A lie of omission is a lie. Maybe lots of Americans don’t understand that Global Warming causes record snowfalls, but it does. Here’s how it works: 1. Water evaporates. 2. As it gets hotter, more water evaporates. 3. Snow is frozen water vapor. 4. As the Earth gets hotter, more and more snowfall records will be set.

BP often sponsors GMA, and news on CNN and MSNBC. Could that have anything to do with their dishonesty?

by normanb

Why I Signed Pres. Obama’s Climate and Energy Petition Today; and What Might Be Wrong With It

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Why I Signed Pres. Obama’s Climate and Energy Petition Today; and What Might Be Wrong With It — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

Because of my support for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election, I sometimes get emails from his campaigns. This one came from Mitch Stewart’s office at barackobama.com. It is an honorable Petition.

The Petition is not the speech. The speech stayed away from Global Warming, or "Climate Change" (the Newspeak-connotationed word that’s in vogue and helps people ignore GL0Warm, the real problem). PBS Pundits after the speech insisted the American people don’t want to hear about Global Warming anymore. Maybe the US wants to just let that bubble run till it bursts, like Oil-drilling, banking, the still festering medical debacle, Coward Droning and nuclear safety. It was a pathetic speech.

The Petition is not the bill. The new climate & energy bill is a disgraceful sell-out to the worst pro-Global Warming technology, taking advantage of well-publicized superstitions of Americans, by far the most ignorant and ill-informed people on the planet on the subject of GL0Warm. I’ve written about that bill here before and I won’t repeat it now because it strays from the point. (Just remember this: Solar Panels, Wind Farms, and Nuclear Power Plants require emissions of the worst Greenhouse Gases; and electric cars just ignore the problem. The bill is a giant give-away to chemical companies and fossil fuels.)

The Petition is not the graphics. Both President Obama and Rachel Maddow (on Bill Maher’s last Real Time of the season) used the crisis in the Gulf to push for more Wind Energy, and the President’s petition shows, very faintly, Solar Panels and a Wind Farm. Maddow’s employer, GE-NBC, is invested in Wind Farms. But the world’s biggest marketer of Wind Farms is the Danish company Vestas, also the world’s biggest marketer of the worst Greenhouse Gas: "Air Jordan" or Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6). It is used as a dielectric medium, insulating ultra-high-voltage switchgear (transformers and circuit breakers). According to the EPA, one quarter of it (four million pounds) of SF6 is carelessly leaked into our atmosphere every year. And that’s about to get exponentially worse. The truth is: The so-called "Smart Grid" is Stupid!

The Petition, instead, reaches for a far greater ideal. I hope the President’s forces don’t misrepresent my signature on this simple petition as favoring their maniacal schemes. Four specific Obama Administration superstitious maniacal climate schemes I hereby stipulate that I do not support:

1. Clean Coal (because it doesn’t exist, and can’t);
2. More Oil-drilling;
3. More Nuclear power on the dishonest premise that it is "clean" or "green;"
4. This horrible bill, that causes more GL0Warm and lines the pockets of the worst climate villains on the planet. (The Republican proposal is worse.)

Here is the simple idealistic Petition from President Obama which I signed:

I stand with President Obama to pave the way for a clean-energy future that:

• Combats climate change;

• Creates a new economy powered by green jobs; and

• Ends our dependence on foreign oil.

That’s all. It is worthy of everyone’s support. Ignore the graphics and sign the Petition. Let’s go forward, not back. The only other words on the Petition page are:

"The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century. The American people are ready for clean energy. Add your name as a strong supporter of comprehensive energy and climate reform. It’s time, once and for all, for our nation to fully embrace a clean energy future"

Here’s the link to sign the Petition if you so choose, followed by links to other reviews of the climate and energy bill I wrote as Seminal Diaries here on Firedoglake.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/cleanenergy?source=20100610_BO_auto

BP: Backward Phuture: Obama, Reid, Republicans, Libertarians ALL Pro-GL0Warm, Anti-Science

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/52488

Massachusetts is Embarrassed, Humiliated by Senator Kerry’s Disgraceful Climate Fraud Bill

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/47636

Learn the 7 Greenhouse Gases and Stop Them

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/53149

by normanb

Learn the 7 Greenhouse Gases, and Stop Them!

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LEARN the 7 GREENHOUSE GASES, and STOP THEM! — by NormanB "Deviations from the Norm")

Here’s a quick course on Climate Change presented in short entertaining videos. For this first one, gather the kids around, and we’ll all learn the 7 Greenhouse Gases together in a fun way.

Then we’ll stop them. (So the kids won’t need to deal with them. We really can and should clean up our own mess.)

The following video was our entry to HuffingtonPost’s Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest. It’s been viewed in every country in the world.
It has lots of important climate info in the short one-minute format.

IT’S A GREENHOUSE GAS GAS GAS GAS GAS GAS GAS
by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

SEVEN GASES — by NormanB

We don’t need to emit any Greenhouse Gases. Cars and Power Plants don’t HAVE TO cause Global Warming.

And here is more detailed scientific information on how burning Fossil Fuels causes Global Warming, and why burning Biofuels can’t. I self-published it as a booklet in 1994. It begins my book How to HALT Global Warming this week AND Pull the Carbon back Out of the Air.