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Fred’s Little Piece of Paradise

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082814_Paradise-RedwoodsWhen I read Fred’s latest – Fred and Marcy Sittin’ In a Tree… – and I thought about why I commented on his previous article (Why Repair Brick Chimneys?), it occurred to me why we are where we are in our Democracy. It would be nice to live in a utopian world, especially here on the North Coast. Good, decent, efficient, uncorrupt elected government representatives, just courts, police that protect and serve EVERYONE, an unpolluted bay and rivers, no homeless, no drugs and no bad effects of the decades-long criminal marijuana business. But, then that might be too boring for Paradise.

Thinking about how it is today in Eureka – Humboldt County actually – reminded me of how it was for my parents right after the war. My father was logging in Southern Humboldt, decided to buy a 40 acre piece of land that bordered a county road and build a home. So, he opened up a road to a place with a great view and began. No issues with connecting to the county road. Not long afterwards a PG&E truck pulled up, the driver wanted to know if my father wanted them to run a line to the house, a house he hadn’t even started building yet. Wouldn’t cost him a dime, all he had to do was set a pole for a meter box. Over a period of time my father, with some family and friends help built a beautiful home. He installed his own sewer system, water system and built a two car garage. Not one time that I can remember was he ever hassled by a county building inspector. He paid taxes on the home and property, so they must of signed off on the home at sometime. I don’t remember periodic inspections either. I know he often talked about making sure everything met building codes. Today that would be unthinkable. When I read Fred’s naivete I know why. The Planning Commission has become and institution unto itself.

The problem is that the more laws everyone is subject, not to mention the self-imposed laws the police subject everyone to, the more lawless everyone becomes. Then there are the so-called “good citizens,” like Fred setting standards for everyone with their brilliant opinions. They got their noses in everyone’s business. If they can’t tell you what to do they’ll tell you how to think and what to believe. No one ever grows up. And, so goes Paradise.

In my lifetime, paradise was for my mother’s and father’s generation. Growing up in those years, I can tell you, and you too Fred, IT WAS NOT BORING!

–Joe

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The World Loves Snowden

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121813_Snowden-HeroPerson of the Year – Edward Snowden

Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Edward Snowden: Person of the Year

Wed, 12/18/2013 – 10:27 — Margaret Kimberley
Edward Snowden is vilified as a “traitor” by politicians of the American political duopoly, and hunted like Public Enemy Number One by the global imperial apparatus. However, for a large proportion of Earthlings, Snowden has made the singular contribution to humanity of the year 2013.

There is not very much democracy left in America, a country which endlessly brags about how democratic it is. Every now and again we are pleasantly surprised when the people and their interests are served instead of the 1% and their factotums in government. Those moments are few and far between but when they take place it is always because an individual decides to take on the system directly. In 2013 Edward Snowden was the person who risked his freedom to tell every human being with access to modern communications that they were under United States government surveillance.

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–Joe

Sovereign Collapse

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032613_hands_off_cyprusAs the Republicans feverishly work to eliminate the last bastions of the American People’s investments, their homes, their pensions, their Social Security, Health Security-Medicare and Medicaid, they collude with the Democrats and the Independents to finish the looting.  Take away Social Security and Medicare and people will be forced to survive on what little value is left in the homes and property that has not already been devalued through the corrupt banking and money printing used to prop up the fraud.  So, what’s left? If Europe is a pre-cursor to what’s coming to America, they just outright steal it — all legal and justified.

Democracy Now’s interview with Richard Wolff, “A People’s Revolt in Cyprus: Richard Wolff on Protests Against EU Plan to Seize Bank Savings A People’s Revolt in Cyprus: Richard Wolff on Protests Against EU Plan to Seize Bank Savings” lays out what we can all expect in the near future and what people will need to do to try to protect their investments — MONEY.

–Joe

How The Looting Works

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Former WellPoint VP Elizabeth Fowler sits behind her boss, Sen. Max Baucus, as he announces in 2009 that the health care bill will have no public option. Photograph: screen grab, Bill Moyers' Journal

Former WellPoint VP Elizabeth Fowler sits behind her boss, Sen. Max Baucus, as he announces in 2009 that the health care bill will have no public option. Photograph: screen grab, Bill Moyers’ Journal

Take a lesson on how the looting works in America.


Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job

Few people embody the corporatist revolving door greasing Washington as purely as Elizabeth Fowler.

Then there’s the local scandal sheet list on Humboldt Herald:

1) Another local paper weighs in on the CAB scandal
2) NCJ on school bonds
3) Trinidad USD has poison too, but just a bit
4) McK USD Superintendent on their bond bombs
5) Bill Holmes on McK’s school junk bonds
and …
6) 1300% in interest?! The press is on it!!
7) More on bond scams
8) LCO Bombshell (repost): will McK schools really pay $56M to borrow $4M?

–Joe

Written by Joe Blow

December 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

The Consequences of Looting

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Max Keiser: European banks are technically bankrupt

Jul 13, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews

When it comes to the eurozone debt crisis: there is one fundamentally important question: Can countries in trouble implement all the necessary austerity programs and still grow their economy enough to pay off the remaining debt? Take Spain for example: 100 billion euros recently in a bailout, or for restructuring as they called it, accompanied by a 60 billion euro austerity package, in a country with an almost 25% unemployment rate. Greece: 360 billion euros in debt, again accompanied by harsh austerity cuts: unemployment there at 22.5%. France has its own debt crisis, heavily invested in Greece’s loans. And in Italy: economy will contract by 2.4 percent or more this year, doubling the official government forecast of a 1.2 percent shrinkage. In this news analysis, we will make the case with our guests how almost all European countries find themselves confronted with debt problems, as the world is awash in so much debt that according to some economists, it can never be paid back without printing money, as is the case with the US.


Money printing devalues the currency and subsequently, property, homes, businesses and everything else. Political solution for Americans – more of the same.

–Joe

America’s Slide into Hell

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by Glenn Greenwald.

MONDAY, JUN 25, 2012 04:01 AM PDT

Collapsing U.S. credibility

Condemning foreign governments for abusive acts while ignoring one’s own is easy. But the U.S. leads the way.


Why this is important. Here is Greenwald’s Update excerpt:

UPDATE:

A related point was made by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, when he delivered an extraordinary speech designed to address complaints that his anti-war activism was distracting from his civil rights work, and he explained why the latter was impossible without the former (h/t Duncan Mitchel)

As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action.

But they ask — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted.

Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

Last January, I wrote about King’s speech and how it relates to current political activism.

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–Joe

Corrupt To The Gut – MacLeod Cartoon

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How Politics Works

I seriously wonder how many voters get this point. It’s not what they say, but what they do that matters. So, what is everyone voting for? — A failed belief or idea?

–Joe

Written by Joe Blow

February 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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