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.
Citizens Protests at NSA Data Center Reach New Heights
Monday, November 25, 2013
On Sunday, November 24th, the NSA data collection center was targeted by US citizens angered by violations of their first amendment rights to free speech andassociation, and their rights of privacy protected by the fourth amendment. The citizens lifted a banner by helium balloons,created by The Backbone Campaign, measuring 26 feet square, containing the message: Water, Energy, Tax $; NSA:Guzzling Billions to Steal Our Liberties.
The data collection center, located at Camp Williams inBluffdale, Utah covers 1 million square feet, 100,000 of which is purely for computer servers and storage hardware, to store the data illegally collected from phone calls made in the US, to the US or from the US, and any other data transmitted through the telecommunications networks. It also houses a code-breaking program to de-encrypt confidential communications like financial transactions, stock transactions, and legal documents.
Walter Mason, Coordinator for the Utah Justice Party, is outraged. “I’m very angry that my own government is spyingon me. My work revolves around justice issues and a return to the rule of law. It is outrageous that we spend billions of tax dollars on this illegal surveillance operation when so many people are in need. It’s time for us to start fighting for our rights.”
“Outrage doesn’t quite capture my feelings,” said Laura Bonham, a board member of Move to Amend and a supporter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.“When I learned that this one spy center uses 1.7 billion gallons of water to cool its servers, I was stunned. We live in a desert state, often under forced water restrictions. We have a situation where the government has taken a valuable, limited, and life supporting resource to use for the very purpose of undermining our rights—and our legislature let them get away with it.”
According to Jonathan Ruga, Co-chair of the national Justice Party, “Notwithstanding its reported LEED Silver status, the carbon footprint of this place is huge. It uses 65 megawatts of energy, supplied entirely by coal burning plants.That’s enough wattage to illuminate all of Salt Lake City.” Ruga went on,“This center and the surveillance state behind it is costing all Americans—not just Utahns—billions in energy, water, and tax dollars—all this to illegally spy on law-abiding citizens.Metaphorically, we are providing the government with the very whip it uses to beat us.”
The citizens decided to take action after coming together in Salt Lake City to protest the final negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which have also been shrouded in secrecy.
“All this secrecy is killing us,” Bonham added. “Between spying on US citizens by our own government and corporate collusion to pass the TPP, which hasless to do with trade than with the trampling of the rights of people, nature, and nations by the corporate elite, our democratic republic is at a breaking point. Patriots of all persuasions, as the true defenders of democracy, have a duty to stand up against this onslaught and secure the blessings of liberties for ‘We the People’,” including those who have been historically oppressed."