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Have been on a blogging and vlogging hiatus for quite a few years, mainly focusing on working and very occasionally doing TV segments with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. But with all of this wild news lately, felt a rant (in the video above) was in order… Related URLs are given below.
Guantanamo, Drone Strikes and the Non-War Terror War: Obama Speaks
‘Island outside the law’: 11 years later, Guantanamo defies closure as hunger strikes and force-feedings multiply
Birth Defects Plague Iraq, But Cause Unknown
'Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror' - Noam Chomsky
Statistics on Homeless Veterans
Sanders skeptical about calls for presidential commission to investigate VA backlog
Rape in the military: exposing the shocking truth
Verizon (and Google) Helped U.S. Government to Spy on Reporters
Social Accountability International
Business Social Compliance Initiative
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Baby girls near Fukushima disaster have 70% increased cancer risk – WHO
IAEA calls for defining "end state" of crippled Fukushima plant
All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief
Marchers in over 400 cities protest Monsanto
Being a Democracy Hating, Corporate Power-Defending Newspaper Owner Runs Deep in the Koch Family
Elizabeth Warren Student Loans Bill Endorsed By Several Colleges, Organizations
OECD: Inequality Rising Faster than Ever
Nearly a Quarter of People in Greece and the U.S. Can't Afford Food
Progressive Activism Is Bubbling Up Across the Country -- Here's What's Happening That the Corporate Media Can't Be Bothered to Report
To be honest, Obama, you lost me when you voted for the PATRIOT Act reauthorization in 2006. You lost me again when you voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment in 2008. And you lost me every single time you voted for yet more war funding.
Don't even get me started on your vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.
I cast a ballot for you in November, but I just can't share in this moment of collective euphoria over your election.
So, if your transition team really wants feedback on "where President-Elect Obama should lead this country," here's a Top Five list:
The Bush administration is heading us towards more disaster with its 'toxic debt' bailout and destabilization of Pakistan and Iran. We can’t afford to go down this road again. Heather’s 10-minute video above provides background, context and ideas for taking action.
Links for sources cited in this video:
"http://edition.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/09/20/us.markets.toxicdebt.plan/index.html" Crisis talks over $700B 'toxic debt' rescue plan Bush: "The American people have got to know that I made this decision along with a lot of experts because it was necessary to protect them."
Washington is Risking War with Pakistan
"http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174977/tariq_ali_has_the_u_s_invasion_of_pakistan_begun_" The American War Moves to Pakistan
Preparing The Battlefield July 07, 2008
Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks September 1, 08
Israel asks U.S. for arms, air corridor to attack Iran September 11, 08
U.S. to sell IAF smart bombs for heavily fortified targets September 14, 08
Bush could still attack Iran Sept 17 08
The lack of oversight characterizing both the Bush administration and crony capitalism have bankrupted the U.S. and created the need for perpetual war. With Cheney stirring up trouble over Iran, we can't wait until November 2008 to fight back.
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.
The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department’s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness.
"If we cut the Pentagon budget 15%, $75 billion will go into a universal pre-kindergarten program so our children ages 3, 4 and 5 will have access to full-time day care and more money would go into elementary and secondary education. Our college-age students need to know that with a Kucinich administration they're guaranteed a two- or four-year college, tuition free, and it'll be paid for by the government investing in our young people. That's the kind of approach I'll take to education." - Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Oct 30, 2007, Democratic debate at Drexel University
In a Gallup poll released on December 10 2007, Education scored a respectable #12 for the issues determining Americans' choice of president in 2008. Education even scored above Terrorism, Environmental Issues, Employment Issues and World Peace.
The Vatican's recent snub of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is only the latest salvo in the battle between Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush. This tug of war has profound implications for both U.S. foreign policy and the critical Catholic vote in 2008's presidential race.
On issues ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming, the Vatican and Washington have not seen eye to eye. With the popularity of U.S. foreign policy at record lows around the world, however, the Vatican's diplomatic approach is more consistent with global public opinion.
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”- George W Bush
Much in the same way that US investors were “steered” into rip-off mortgage loans, the entire country has been “steered” into an economic crisis. The question is how to get out of it.