We lament the neocons leading the party. We know they hate the left far more than they hate the GOP. Norman Solomon of TruthDig wrote a truly incisive essay. I nodded so much while reading I think I hurt my neck! It concisely sums up why I couldn’t vote for HER, and why they worked so hard to smear Bernie and disenfranchise his supporters. They will do it again, too, if another progressive runs against them. Do read – it’s a great piece, even if it’s preaching to the choir. http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3570 … Continue reading →
I’ve stumbled across a couple of articles in the past couple of days that have profoundly troubled me. We know that Bannon wants to demolish the government and create something different, some dystopian land harking back to the 19th Century or worse. He admires Stalin. Ivana said Trump kept a copy of Mein Kampf in his nightstand. (Not sure how well he can read it, but perhaps it is rambling and crazy enough to make sense to him.) We know they both dog whistle the Alt-Right constantly. (Did you catch the Nazi salute by Bannon in Alabama?) One story is … Continue reading →
My biggest fear is the increasing power of the theocrats, or religious right. Roy Moore kind of epitomizes them. So does Pence. They are a small minority in this country, but have political clout FAR exceeding their numbers. This came up in my inbox, and I found it interesting. Especially since some of the candidates discussed here at TPW are also on the Freethought endorsement list. This may help to decide between progressives to support, if, like me, you are not a fan of religion and politics mingling and mixing. 18 Candidates endorsed by Freethought Equality Fund PAC A bit … Continue reading →
Ajit Pai, formerly a Verizon corporate Attorney, is now head of the FCC. It is his stated intention to gut the net neutrality we worked so hard for recently, and turn it over to the big telecomms. Today, it is a national day of protest against his plan. This first link came from eBay to my email this morning. Have a look: https://netneutrality.internetassociation.org/action/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=ebay&utm_campaign=nn-action Common Cause has this: https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2020&autologin=true&s_subscribed=y Demand Progress: https://demandprogress.org/?t=10&akid=5943.2062877.uyuMn- Scroll to the bottom for several links. Don’t just sit there – DO SOMETHING. TODAY!!!!! Even Netflix has suffered from Comcast throttling them. That’s how bad this is and … Continue reading →
Resistance and progressivism seem to be springing up all over. The American Spring? As a former St. Louisan, I found this post at Kos interesting… and yes, I was slumming. For the first time in months! http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/10/1632332/-St-Louis-mayoral-candidate-s-brave-open-letter-has-people-all-over-the-country-applauding#comment_65479513 St. Louis has always been very racist. I hope this woman gets elected and can get the support she needs to make it better. It could be a great place to live… lots to do and not too big, as cities go. And lots of great ethnic food! … Continue reading →
We are preparing to flee Arkansas. We are considering New Mexico, California, and Maine – Vermont would be peachy, but no cheap real estate. Anyone from any of these places who can advise on pros and cons (besides the weather, LOL), please weigh in or PM me. Or anyone else with suggestions on good places. My depression has given way to anxiety/panic attacks living here. We really need to depart from Jesus/Trump Land and find some kindred spirits.
Came across this today, and found it very interesting! A new report concludes that current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour doesn’t come close, anywhere in the United States. It takes more than $15 per hour to earn a living wage in most states. When you throw in the rising cost of student debt, low-income Americans are even further underwater. The report, “Waiting for the Payoff: How Low Wages and Student Debt Keep Prosperity Out of Reach (pdf),” was issued this week by the People’s Action Institute. Arkansas, where I live, is the second cheapest in the country (Article … Continue reading →
U.S. Denies Entry to former British Ambassador Craig Murray The U.S. government, for no stated reason, and after having approved his entry in the past, has denied Craig Murray the usual approval to enter the United States without a visa that is given to UK citizens. Craig Murray was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004. Murray was forced out of the British public service after he exposed the use of torture by Britain’s Uzbek allies. Murray is scheduled to chair the presentation of this year’s Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, … Continue reading →