What's so "supreme" about the Supreme Court? by Bill Moyer Once again, we have been betrayed by our "highest court" and I am forced to ask, what is so "supreme" about this so-called Supreme Court? How could an institution deserve such a title when it...
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Ex-Senator Blanche Lincoln couldn't say "No" to corporate money when she was in office and the same is true now. A longtime mouthpiece for WalMart, JPMorgan-Chase, and champion of the KeystoneXL pipeline,...
What's so "supreme" about the Supreme Court? by Bill Moyer Once again, we have been betrayed by our "highest court" and I am forced to ask, what is so "supreme" about this so-called Supreme Court? How could an institution deserve such a title when it is aggressively undermining checks and balances - not just between branches of government, but between the oligarchic few and the increasingly indentured many?
The "Supreme" Court & US "representative democracy" are in a deep crisis of legitimacy. The injury of Citizens United vs FEC has now been compounded by the insult of McCutcheon VS the FEC. McCutcheon VS the FEC turns our Federal elections into an auction by removing limits on contributions to candidates in Federal elections. It will allow the most wealthy to spend freely to thrust their minions into Federal office. This along with their decisions on Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act... confirm that our current system in not merely broken, but "fixed." It is fixed to concentrate power and wealth amongst the few at the expense and exclusion of the many.
Incrementalism has proven a failure in even slowing down the abandonment of our original Social Contract based upon the paradigm of sacred "unalienable rights" of Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness expressed in our original revolutionary Declaration. The evolving expression of those sacred, "endowed by creator" rights articulated as human rights, community rights, and rights of nature are under siege globally. National and global aspirations for that paradigm are being crushed by the paradigm of Commodification. The paradigm of Commodification is propelled by fear and scarcity and finds expression in the cynical inventions of "corporate rights," "investor rights," and the rights of capital itself - the idol that blesses the commodification of everything and everyone.
It is time for a new social contract. The Constitution has failed to live up to the promises of the Declaration of Independence. We must support those who are building momentum for that movement. The WAMends of this country working on the state and local level inspired by the Move to Amend coalition are providing a foundation for a movement for a new social contract. But this is much more than a philosophical struggle - this is a paradigmatic battle fought on every front of collusion between corporate and elected power.
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Defend what you Love - Fight for your Aspirations. We can either accept our creative inalienable role as co-authors of the future or choose victimhood and betray that which is sacred in and around us. This is a spiritual battle in which Love Must Win! Forward Together!
Bill Moyer's statement regarding "Political Calculus" and the crisis of legitimacy for our government. This was delivered on the US Court House in Seattle, WA on the day the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on McCutcheon VS the FEC.
Closing the gap, there is no "waste" on a finite planet.
We can't protest all the time! As important as stopping bad policies and false solutions to the global climate crisis is, so is championing the innovative ways to restore balance and harmony to our lives, the systems we live in, and the earth that sustains us. One exciting proposal is the creation of a BioEnergy facility and conversion of what is typically refered to as waste into energy.
Fan of Backbone, Vashon's own Julia Lakey has been spearheading community dicsussions about the possibility and the potential it holds. Julia invites you to contact her to learn more about it and create a team of Vashonites to make this possibility a reality!
Gib Dammon and Julia are heading up a series of island discussions about a proposal to deal with Vashon's organic waste. The company Bioenergy Impact presented the attached information to GreenTech in December.
We hope you will read the concept paper carefully about an organics facility for bioenergy, composting, and biocarbon production. From the presentation document, pages 3 and 9 are key.
Our discussions will focus on key businesses (existing and new) that could benefit and be involved in this project. We also want robust discussions around a private/public venture. Gib has helped bring solar power to Vashon in a private venture.
Below, download and view some of the information about what BioEnergy on Vashon could look like.