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Rise Up or Die

I’m not a fan of Cornel West, nor do I think Eric Holder should be fired over the AP “scandal.” However, everything else about this article is right on time. It’s an EXCELLENT READ and a call to ACTION!!

Native Americans KNEW the air, land, mountains, rivers, oceans, animals, birds…everything is SACRED. Sacred to our well-being and lives. The greed of the wealthy, corporations and politicians is destroying us all, including them. How evil and stupid is it to think removing mountaintops in poor areas — that break the wind and help control climate — would not cause extreme disaster weather around the globe?

The winds begin in the West Coast. The beautiful mountain ranges here BREAK THE WIND as it reaches turbulent weather in the Mid West and tornado alley. These storms continue to the East Coast. With nothing to break their weather, the East Coast can expect horrendous hurricanes and colder weather. You can see that in your area. The seasons are changing and are extreme.

Native Americans KNEW that the oil and jewels deep in the ground are the VEINS aka the blood of the earth. It takes hundreds, even thousands of years for fossil fuels to regenerate. Trees too. The Rain Forests of Brazil have been a buffer for the entire planet. It too, has been decimated. The ice caps in Antarctica have melted, animals are migrating to areas they’ve never been before, while we are worried about Dancing With The Stars and the latest soap opera on the idiot tube.

Native Americans blessed the animals and food they ate because they KNEW it was for our sustenance and without it we could not live. Our food is being controlled and manipulated in labs to the point where we call it MONSTER FOOD. You wouldn’t want to give these GMO foods/seeds to a dog. It is changing our DNA.

Native Americans knew the water is PRECIOUS. We can go weeks without food, but only a few days without water. It is the MOST CRITICAL need for all life. Corporations have polluted our drinking water. Water is about to be privatized…and it will be expensive.

As this article says, it is time to rebel. ~MY

 

Rise Up or Die

Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” We went into our nation’s impoverished “sacrifice zones” — the first areas forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace — to show what happens when unfettered corporate capitalism and ceaseless economic expansion no longer have external impediments. We wanted to illustrate what unrestrained corporate exploitation does to families, communities and the natural world. We wanted to challenge the reigning ideology of globalization and laissez-faire capitalism to illustrate what life becomes when human beings and the ecosystem are ruthlessly turned into commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse. And we wanted to expose as impotent the formal liberal and governmental institutions that once made reform possible, institutions no longer equipped with enough authority to check the assault of corporate power.

What has taken place in these sacrifice zones — in postindustrial cities such as Camden, N.J., and Detroit, in coalfields of southern West Virginia where mining companies blast off mountaintops, in Indian reservations where the demented project of limitless economic expansion and exploitation worked some of its earliest evil, and in produce fields where laborers often endure conditions that replicate slavery — is now happening to much of the rest of the country. These sacrifice zones succumbed first. You and I are next.

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The Rise Of The Feudal Lords

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post. I had a close call with a bacterial infection. I’m on the mend and will do my best to post a bit more frequently. Thank you all for for subscribing. It is appreciated! Marion

 

 

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The Rise Of The Feudal Lords

What do you call a system where the will of 90% of the people is ignored? What do you call a system where financial institutions are deemed “too big to prosecute” and are raking in profits while the rest of the country is stagnating in the mess they created? What do you call a system where one party gets one million more votes in an election but loses leadership of the House of Representatives? What do you call a system that allows the theft of people’s homes, even when those people have never missed a payment? What do you call a system that then pays the victims of the theft pennies on the dollar and then those checks are hard to cash?

That system is called an oligarchy, defined by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as 1: government by the few 2: a government in which a small group exercises control esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes; also: a group exercising such control 3: an organization under oligarchic control. Boiled down, it’s just a word to describe the actions of people who are doing what the feudal lords of old did to our forbears – only worse. The feudal lords of today aren’t dressed in velvet head-dresses and long flowing robes. They are attired in Brooks Brothers suits. The power they wield is dizzying and they are drunk with it. They OWN this country and any little irritant, like an upstart black guy in the White House or the will of the people, isn’t going to upset their applecart because they hold all the cards and they intend to keep them.

Just like the serfs cowered in front of the lord who could kick them off the plot of land they farmed for him, the citizens of the United States have been kicked out of their homes, watched their retirements evaporate, and stood helplessly by when our Supreme Court endowed corporations with the same rights as individuals, thus dictating who is important and who is not. And now, the Supreme Court is going for an encore in McCutcheon vs. FEC.

…When a small minority dictates policy for the majority, you no longer have a democratic republic. You have an oligarchy and the people who run it, people like the Koch Brothers and Mitt Romney and Sheldon Adelson, are the ones calling the shots. They keep themselves hidden and send out their lackeys to do the dirty work; those lackeys being people like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and John Boehner. Those guys want a crack at getting a big piece of the pie from the feudal lords and so they’ll sell you down the river while they look you in the eye and tell you it’s for your own good.

Our system is broken and one wonders if it is beyond repair. When the Attorney General of the United States tells us that the big banks are too big to prosecute, when not one of the fat cat bankers who pushed this country off a fiscal cliff is called to account, when the will of the people for sane and sensible gun laws takes a back seat to the will of the entitled few, then you know we have reached a point in time where we are in danger of losing it all.

The feudal lords use fear and prejudice to divide people. Just look at what happened with the Tea Party. This was a movement that originated in response to the bank bailout. They were angry and they let everyone know it. A lot of liberals were just as angry as all those original Tea Party folks. But the Tea Party has morphed into something else entirely. It didn’t happen because they were all “right wingers.” It happened because they were manipulated by the feudal lords who were behind the scenes and pulling strings. They watched as their puppets danced to their immigrant hating, racist tactics and they loved the great divide. We were already a country deeply scarred by the events of September 11, 2001. We were already at odds with each other about things that heretofore we NEVER would have countenanced, namely war crimes committed by an administration that was composed of oligarchs. Any chance at measured, productive conversation between the two sides is crushed without mercy in a barrage of misinformation geared to widen the gap between people who used to be able to, if not amicably disagree, at least respect that the other side has a right to their opinion. Now it’s just name-calling and shouting and nothing gets done. Which suits the feudal lords just fine because they are getting richer as they continue to steal the wealth of a nation. And those lackeys? When their usefulness is done, they will be turned out just as the serfs who were no longer needed were turned out. In the meantime, the rest of us will be wallowing in the mudpit we have been cast into, arguing about who should be allowed in this country and who shouldn’t.

It’s disgusting, really, how malleable the American public has become. We let it happen. We have allowed the feudal lords to tell us that no matter the cost, we must have our guns because the government is out to get us. They tell us that we have no money, so we must cut police and fire and, their very favorite for the chopping block, education. Education is always the first to be cut and the last to be restored. We are told that women should have no choice and to even think it is tantamount to murder. We are told that climate change is just an unproven theory, even though 97 per cent of the world’s scientists say otherwise. That doesn’t matter to the feudal lords who could care less about an oil spill or a fracking explosion in your back yard. They live in their grand homes, far from the danger and they are so blinded by their own greed that they don’t see that the demise of the environment will mean their demise as well as ours. So they’ll lay down and die covered with thousand dollar bills. But you know what? Dead is dead, whether you’re a prince or a pauper.

The only remedy lies with the people, and I am cautiously optimistic.

…The reason the people in government don’t do our bidding is because we have allowed a system to be put in place that effectively negates our power. People have DIED to protect our right to vote and yet, people stay home in droves on election day.

If you want to take this country back, no matter if you are on the right, on the left or somewhere in between, it is up to you—indeed, it is up to all of us—to stop bickering, to find common ground (because it IS there) and take back our democracy. It has never been easy and sometimes it hasn’t been pretty, but it has always worked. It can work again, but it will take the will of the people to overcome the will and the vast resources of the entitled few. Until then, we must come to terms with the fact that we no longer live in a democracy. We live in an oligarchy where the modern day feudal lords rule and we the people are expendable.

The entire article is here

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California cold snaps farmers’ crops

The freezing overnight temps are seriously bad news for California farmers’ crops, especially the state’s $2 billion citrus industry, which accounts for most of the commercially available oranges and lemons in the U.S.

Grist

Time for more predictably weird weather news! Sunny California, while still sunny, has been freezing this week. Temperatures statewide plunged to as much as 20 degrees F below normal, the lowest lows the state has seen in years.

The freezing overnight temps are seriously bad news for California farmers’ crops, especially the state’s $2 billion citrus industry, which accounts for most of the commercially available oranges and lemons in the U.S.

Strawberry and avocado farmers, too, “are having a lot of sleepless nights,” protecting crops with in-field heaters, coverings, fans, and water.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The cold snap has been a particular concern for citrus farmers across the state, who have been up all night since Thursday. There are $1 billion in oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapefruit still on trees in California, the nation’s largest producer of fresh citrus.

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Documentaries That Will Change the Way You View Your World Forever

 
Most people want to know what is going on in our world. Most people watch the news trying to learn. The problem is corporate news is run by the same corporations that cause all the problems.

So, if you want to educate yourself, these documentaries will help you.

Enjoy!

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” ~ Galileo Galilei 

 
 

Flow: For Love Of Water
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3RL0vbWZLg

The Corporation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXgedNKgjI

Gasland
http://www.veoh.com/watch/v21245733q3CHBMD4

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUDTRfbs-oM

Esoteric Agenda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJiCU6Jw0Co

Ring of Power
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX0PHt1HDQI

Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIH4jUIK5zs

The World According to Monsanto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VEZYQF9WlE

America: Freedom to Fascism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6ayb02bwp0

One Nation Under Siege
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjEW2etAVM

Iraq for Sale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zt9BZD7mlc

Beyond Treason
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iGsSYEB0bA

Why We Fight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO7-GBRx1xM

Loose Change: Final Cut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU48jWXYyeA

9/11 Revisited
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqe4GtA8im8

Richard Gage Blueprint for Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWSDggi4BPQ

The Money Masters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfpO-WBz_mw

The Hidden Agenda: The Fluoride Deception
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbj4zdYZnJc

Michael Ruppert’s Collapse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdO2Xh51Q-U

What in the World are They Spraying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

Seeds of Freedom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-bK8X2s1kI&list=UUfYmJ0TfEuVVBBY8g7QITkw&index=6&feature=plcp

Earthlings
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/earthlings/

Forgetting Fukushima
http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=uWREBMAxJtI

“Zero” An Investigation into 9/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XRMrMdn0NQ

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zBBfN5mQa8

Dying to Have Known
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoUl7F7dWdE&list=PL29EFC51DE0E09766&feature=plcp

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/289122

Woody Harrelson Presents Ethos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN3IhEae68o

Human Resources
http://metanoia-films.org/human-resources/

Food Matters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiEhFvysQGI

Kymatica
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkbvJFEQgJU

The Greater Good
http://vimeo.com/42420188

Genetic Roulette
http://vimeo.com/6575475

Vaccine Nation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iM-oYmLoIw

Food Inc
http://documentaryaddict.com/Food+Inc-2174-documentary.html

Forks over Knives
http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/279734

Big Bucks Big Pharma
http://www.veoh.com/watch/v1295461Dz3H5DAs?h1=Big+Bucks+Big+Pharma+-+Marketing+Disease+and+Pushing+Drugs

Cancer – The Forbidden Cures
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWLrfNJICeM

The Drugging of Our Children
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26e5PqrCePk

In Lies We Trust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeyOq6kqK38

What the Bleep Do We Know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usMsTPg-hHk

Owned & Operated
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njSV5LtVmR4

Ungrip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tScuHwVtRcY#!

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFDwdRXCg3I

Patriocracy
http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/392811

Why in the World are They Spraying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEfJO0-cTis

Gashole
http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/231050

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
http://vimeo.com/25154742

We Become Silent: Last Days of Health Freedom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yur51GMv_lo

They Want Your Soul
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1cupv_they-want-your-soul_music

The True History of the Federal Reserve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhL2gxjemLg&feature=player_embedded

 
 
Be sure to copy this list and share it with others! Information is Power!

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem

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Turning the light on brightly for you…

Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California

In short, more serious storms are on the way to California – and climate change is part of the reason. For those who live in California, as I do, I recommend taking this seriously. It’s a long article, but worth skimming through to understand that this warning should not be taken lightly.  ~ CA Desertvoice

Editor’s note (11/30/12): The article will appear in the January 2013 issue of Scientific American. We are making it freely available now because of the flooding underway in California.

The intense rainstorms sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean began to pound central California on Christmas Eve in 1861 and continued virtually unabated for 43 days. The deluges quickly transformed rivers running down from the Sierra Nevada mountains along the state’s eastern border into raging torrents that swept away entire communities and mining settlements. The rivers and rains poured into the state’s vast Central Valley, turning it into an inland sea 300 miles long and 20 miles wide. Thousands of people died, and one quarter of the state’s estimated 800,000 cattle drowned. Downtown Sacramento was submerged under 10 feet of brown water filled with debris from countless mudslides on the region’s steep slopes. California’s legislature, unable to function, moved to San Francisco until Sacramento dried out—six months later. By then, the state was bankrupt.

Continue reading here…

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=megastorms-could-down-massive-portions-of-california

 

 

 

It’s Global Warming, Stupid

Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida as a line of clouds with a powerful cold front approaches the U.S. East Coast on 10/26/12

Can we finally talk about — OH HORRORS! — Climate Change?

During grade school in the 5th grade in 1960, I remember my teachers talking about global warming and that we didn’t have much time to stop gas emissions and pollution.

That was 52 years ago!!

Between then and now, corporations have bought Republican politicians to deregulate their pollution of the environment and turn a blind eye to the rapid destruction of the planet. These politicians in bed with the polluters convinced voters that there is no such thing as global warming and the scientists have no clue what they are talking about.

Al Gore was ridiculed beyond belief for his stance on global warming. I bet you didn’t see his movie, An Inconvenient Truth? I understand. Media has avoided talking about global warming, and Fox News even ridicules it. After all, it is God’s will, not those pesky scientists who can predict what will happen. Listening to Gore is boring with his dry voice and details, so you probably had no interest in seeing his movie. But if you had listened to him in 2000 and had seen his movie, you would have been shocked to the core. You would have known 12 years ago that Hurricane Sandy was coming…and there’d be more extreme, violent ones after her.

Fast forward to Katrina, Irene and Sandy. Extreme weather is now the norm. Instead of 200 year storms, we now have them every two years…and exponentially with a vengeance.

Bloomberg Businessweek…

Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths. Economic losses expected to climb as high as $50 billion. Eight million homes without power. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. More than 15,000 flights grounded. Factories, stores, and hospitals shut. Lower Manhattan dark, silent, and underwater.

As we read in Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned!, this book of satiric fiction comes to life as we see the state of Florida hit by a devastating hurricane left helpless because FEMA has been privatized (sound familiar?), and the State has no money or even the resources to rescue the crushed and sinking state. Even the rich, who can afford the privatized rescue services, learn that all their money cannot buy services that don’t exist within their sinking State. Almost everyone and every business is crippled and needs help. 

This election in 2012 is probably the most critical election we have ever had.

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have said they want to privatize FEMA and dismantle many important government agencies like the EPA that would keep the polluters in check. With their hands in the pockets of these private companies who would “rescue us from FEMA,” Mitt Romney and his merry band of thieves aren’t concerned about America or its citizens…they are too busy lining their pockets to think about us.

Please vote to reelect President Obama who is concerned about global warming and working to do something about it. And lets all finally have this discussion and work with him to protect us from the polluters.

— Marion Young