Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ah… About that Funny-Looking Texas Tower

Texas Tower - Photo Source:
KXXV TV 25 (ABC) Central Texas News, Waco, TX
Is it a technological breakthrough or, just an odd tower thingy?

I’m betting my marbles on a breakthrough because of all the retired military brass management, investors and board members, plus the university connections with Viziv Technologies.

Besides, I’m tired of paying for all that inefficient, 1800s power company infrastructure and watching the lights go out every time the weather gods decide to mess with us.

Take a gander at this video…

Tesla Technology Has Been Revived



Please go here for the story from KXXV TV (ABC) Central Texas News, Waco, TX:

Monday, November 12, 2018

40 Million Messages


More than 9 million military died. More than 10 million civilians died. Another 20 million civilians became "casualties" because of WWI. Millions more became refugees, displaced persons.

We are lucky people. Although our nation has waged perpetual war around the world for the past 17 years, only .4% of our population is serving in the active military. Perhaps that is why our eyes are closed to the horrendous devastation brought about by our perpetual war economy. Our homes are not being bombed, our children are not dying and only people wanting to enter the U.S. are currently residing in refugee camps. (Please see below.)

There’s a message here  at least 40 million messages in fact — sent to us from our ancestors. They did not profit from war. War was not a good thing for them. Who profits from war?

No more guns & shootings - Message by Tadros Brothers / Frères Tadros


Please go here for more words about our world without war.




Source: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/costs/human/military


Saturday, November 10, 2018

It's Our World,Too!


This past election underscored several of the challenges before us. Sooner or later we must devise a fix for three of them: healthcare; voting rights; and gun violence. Expansion of Medicare into a universal healthcare program offers a clear path toward workable solutions to help minimize each. We, the people, the 99.9%, are hurting. It's time to change the world for the good. Because, it's our world, too. Don't you agree?

Tomorrow - Annie - 1982 







Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Election Reform


Next day election thoughts…

  1. Everyone knows the U.S. system is broken and something must be done to make it actually represent the will of the people. Here are three must reforms: (a) Eliminate “winner-take-all” elections and replace them with “fair representation voting methods” such as “Ranked Choice Voting“ (RCV) (b) National Popular Vote: “Every vote equal in the election of the United States president” and (c) Universal Voter Registration. Go to FairVote.org for why and how election reform must be implemented.
  2. We must get the big bucks out of our elections. We can start by reversing Citizen's United vs. Federal Election Commission.
  3. Every candidate who lost by a small margin should challenge election results based upon the Republican Party’s purge/disenfranchisement of voters as well as uncounted mailed ballots and provisional ballots. An independent, each-state-appointed, publicly transparent and accountable commission must review and tally each election to determine outcomes — especially in these elections: Abrams/Kemp Georgia (governor); O’Rourke/Cruz (U.S. Senator) Texas; Gillum/DeSantis Florida (governor) and Nelson/Scott U.S. Senator.
St Trinians - Uh Oh We're In Trouble (Official Video) - 2008












Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Other Republican Nightmare


Yes, I did vote today.

As the voting machine gobbled my paper ballot, I said a prayer to the Election Gods that my vote would be honestly counted, that millions of others would be as well, and that all our votes would be tallied and reported as we cast them.

Then I went home and washed my hands.

That's when it happened. The thought occurred to me that there must be more of a reason for the Republican Party’s decades-long fear of a viable, universal healthcare program. Why do they fear a universal, single-payer program? 

Then it hit me. Is there a connection with other Republican Party nightmares – such as universal voter registration? 

Historically, the Republican Party has worked tirelessly to exterminate Medicare, Social Security and voting rights for everyone save select white males. 

I'll bet a few marbles that they must hide under their covers, with all the lights on, when they think about universal voter registration. Yep! That's it!


"Now we know why the GOP is truly terrified of “Medicare for all”: It will wipe out the Republican Party’s control of the House, Senate, White House, and most state governments. Because it could make it very easy for every citizen over 18 to vote."

"Here’s how it works."

"In Canada, every citizen has a Canadian government-issued “Health Insurance Card” (you can see Quebec’s card at the link). It’s largely only available to citizens, as all citizens are eligible for the Canadian Medicare system; everybody else has to work out other insurance options (yes, there are insurance companies in Canada). And in most provinces, the card has your photo and works as an ID card as well as a driver’s license or passport."

"And the Canadian government also explicitly says right here on Quebec’s elections website that your Medicare card is also your first-choice voter ID card. An American version could work identically, perhaps with a star or hologram or other mark to identify citizens as opposed to Medicare-eligible permanent residents, etc."


"That's It!"  Preservation Hall Jazz Band - 2013



Monday, November 5, 2018

Better Wash Your Hands

Finally.

Tomorrow is election day. Boy, what a relief!

No more disgusting political ads. No more candidate-know-nothin’ blathering... thinkin’ we don’t know they're lying.

Relief is at hand.

Wait.

What’s in that hand?

Let’s cipher on this for a second:

  • Millions spent on gerrymandering districts
  • Karl Rove acolytes fixing election returns
  • Republican Secretaries of State disenfranchising millions of voters
  • Zillions spent on outright false and misleading campaign ads

What will be the election result?

Can’t be good, right?

Dirty process equals dirty hands.

Oh well, once you vote tomorrow… you’d better wash your hands!

Wash your hands


Friday, November 2, 2018

Nauseated? Can’t 6 Nov Get Here Sooner?

Too many political ads.
Some people know that the midterm elections are only a few days away. That fact may account for all the TV ads some people see if they are indeed watching what passes for local TV news programming.

A few people, I’m one, I guess, occasionally, even turn the sound up to hear some of the ads. I don’t know about those few other viewers, but when I actually listen to the ads, I begin to feel nauseated – overcome by the outright garbage and absurd lies cascading in torrents on innocent, prospective voter viewers… like me.

Taking into account that every election cycle is loaded with unrepentant falsifications, this election seems to have passed every overdose limit known to mankind. 

The exception, of course, is the greed overload limit. That "limit" grows exponentially each year.

There is no overload limit for the TV station owner’s greed, that is. After all, the TV people are raking in millions of dollars for constantly airing election advertising overflowing with outright lies and obviously misleading garbage content.

Still, I did catch one actor supposedly thanking Mr. Trump for his strong economy and low unemployment rate.

I was amazed.

Did this person really believe she was better off working for slave wages, no benefits, no healthcare, and continuously mounting credit card debt? Didn’t she realize that, a Whopping 62 percent of jobs don't support middle-class life after accounting for cost of living? So, no matter how hard she works  it is likely that she can’t make enough money to live a decent life in the U.S.A. today.

Well, no. She didn’t know that. She’s an actor, not a real person.

But, it is our American Dream... we're well off now... we're kings and queens.

Roger Miller - King of the Road - 1965




Thursday, November 1, 2018

Courage

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926)

Somewhere within us resides an itty-bitty spark of courage.

We need to look hard to find it.

Then, give it some air and nurture it into a brilliant flame.

We need that hidden spark to help us try to make fewer bombs, rifles, landmines, fighter jets, missiles and aircraft carriers.

Because with a tiny fraction of what we spend on war materiel each year, we can employ our people in good-paying jobs to rebuild our water systems and stop polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans; rebuild and modernize our roads, bridges, cities and family farms; make our healthcare system the best in the world; educate and train all our people; dive like our future depends on it — because it does — into decentralized and diversified, sustainable energy systems.

We can do these things and much more with an itty-bitty, mouse-sized portion of what we spend on war materiel.

All we need is the courage to find that spark and nurture it.

Transitioning from a war economy into a peace economy... it's time... because we are braver, stronger and smarter than we think.