Robert Reich on the Economy

November 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Tough Writing

November 17, 2018 at 5:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Really struggling with the mechanics of using this blog the last couple of weeks.  Had to spend hours on line in a chat with a human who works for Word Press.  Hoping the situation has been resolved.  I couldn’t save anything.

Getting Off, by Erica Garza

February 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just read a review of a sex addict’s biography.  I could identify with the sense of helplessness and alienation.  I’ve certainly felt pushed into the role of self-proclaimed sex addict.  But now I think that being addicted to sex is like being addicted to water, or sunlight.

It’s not something you ever give up, like drugs, alcohol or cigarets.  It’s more like a facet of being human that one is better off bringing into  line with the rest of a healthy balanced character.

However, given the particularly pointed aspect of sexuality in my life currently, I think I’ll read the book.

Maybe the only solution to my sexual unhappiness is to write about it.

Goodbye to Robert Parry

January 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/28/robert-parrys-legacy-and-the-future-of-consortiumnews/

Bob was on a panel about AI and nuclear weapons two or three years ago.  I wrote a question and it was the first one Helen Caldecott, the moderator, asked the panel.  “Is the Pentagon now controlling American media and politics?”

Bob grabbed the mike, and said, “Yes.  This started in the Reagan Administration, when Casper Weinberger, the Defense Secretary, put a CIA operative in charge of White House communications.”

Bernie’s Response To Trump

March 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I found it to be a great relief.  Apparently, judging by the thumbs-up/thumbs-down, about 1% of those who viewed this didn’t like it.

Krugman on the Use of Outrage

March 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Are you angry about the white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government? If so, you are definitely not alone. The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been marked by huge protests, furious crowds at congressional town halls, customer boycotts of businesses seen as Trump allies. And Democrats, responding to their base, have taken a hard line against cooperation with the new regime.

Peace Action Forum November 2016 This is Part 1

November 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

November 3rd, 2016 Syria Part 1 Peace Action Forum from Public Takeover on Vimeo.

Peace Action Forum November 2016 This is Part 2

November 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

20008 1124 from Public Takeover on Vimeo.

Election Reflections

November 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fall 2016 Winter 2017

Everybody’s stupefied.  Even President Obama seems to have fallen off a cliff.  Besides, Trump is essentially such a bully and unstable megalomaniac, that none of us can really believe so many Americans voted for him for President.  Is it a nightmare?

To top it off, he’s a Republican, just like the House and Senate, and soon to be, the Supreme Court.  Ever been hit over the head with a tuna?

What happened

They said it was just a populist wave, but Trump suspiciously won FL, NC, PA, and WI each by 1%.  These are four states where Clinton was comfortably up in the polls before November 8th, then surprisingly lost the tally on election day.

I haven’t sorted out the Exit Polls yet, but the usual rumors abound–that the difference between the vote tally and exit polls are outside the margin of error in those four states.  Oh, and Clinton won only in counties in Wisconsin that use paper ballots only.  She only lost in counties with touch screens.

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There was a petition going around to audit the election results, but we know how those things go:  usually squeezed to death between rock-hard political pressures.  The important thing is, Trump is a minority president-elect.  His percentages are worse than W’s, so he’s going to have an even harder time getting anywhere with the public, even with a slam-dunk Congress.

What To Do

So, there’s another scenario for a weak president to start a war in order to gain some “political  capital.”  Russia seems to be off the table.  China?  Unlikely.  I’m guessing predominantly Muslim country with strategic location and natural resources.  It has to be a country that can’t fight back, too, because those are the only ones we pick on.  Indonesia?  Somalia?  Nigeria?

Once the Juggernaut is rolling, it’s hard to stop, so we have to get out there ahead of the propaganda machine and silence the war drums before everybody starts dancing to them.

We could organize phone banks or something where we give citizens scripts to call their Reps and Senators.  We can also hold vigils and demonstrations.

But the thing that we really need to focus on is the television medium.  Our media are censored.  The radio, newspapers and television do not cover the details of the daily struggle of poor and middle class Americans.  There is very little news and viewpoint on the finer workings of Congress, not to mention state and local governments.

Democracy depends on this news coverage.

In terms of the military, most citizens have no idea who’s running things, how much money they’re spending, where and on what they’re spending it, and how does that affect the average voter.

We really want to find a way to embarrass or compel these media companies to serve the public interest.

Election 2016

November 6, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here is a screenshot from Nate Silver’s 538 Blog pertaining to the state of Arizona on the 17th of October, 2016.

Three weeks before election day, Clinton has a clear majority of the vote, and Silver gave her a 65% chance of winning the state.

Today, Trump is favored to with the state by a 75% chance.

What happened in the last three weeks to flip Arizona (and about 5 other key states)?

FBI director James Comey wrote his letter to Congress about reopening Clinton’s email investigation.  It was a total red herring, a political stunt.

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