politics

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Worf is Right

Remember StarTrek: The Next Generation? Remember how Worf would say "He has no honor?" Well, for me, that message is sinking in.

While I am a Dead Head, I don't consider myself a Trekie but ST:TNG has re-entered my life with a different purpose. I have been watching it dubbed in Spanish. While I know people who watch Soap Operas to learn a language, that isn't my style. But, ST:TNG always impressed me because of it's better society message amid technological advances.

War Against Wikileaks

I just made a post on NicaLiving titled The Fragile Internet. It will tell you what is going on with that war and, well, what it means.

Here, I just wanted to add a page of information about how to donate to WikiLeaks through alternative means. This page comes from my using Tor to get the WL mirror.

There, I said it. Let's see if that qualifies me for a DDOS attack.

Getting Sidetracked

Then years ago, when I escaped from the US to Central America, I said I was transitioning from preventing bad to doing good. To me, what that meant was not a change in my job as it was already doing good. It was a change in my other activities—the things I did in my spare time to make the world a better place.

I had years of what one would call activism time.

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Government for Who?

For those of you still living in the USA, I want to point out that you seem to be asleep. That is, you seem to have given away the idea of democracy to corporations and, well, you don't even seem to notice anymore.

Let's start with an article about GMO Food Labeling. The idea appears popular (as it should) but the government (in this case, the Washington State Legislature doesn't seem excited about it. Now, this is not a bill to ban GMO products (which many think is a good idea).

What's the opposite of poverty?

A friend just sent me info about a new program with Bill Moyers. That's the good news and the information can be found at http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/vLinkTitle/MOYERS+COMPANY complete with a 30-second video blurb about it.

I always appreciated the work of Bill Moyers. Why? Not because I always agreed with his position but because he always made me think. As proof of concept the following quote appears in the 30-second blurb. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice."

While I don't know who said it, it did make me think.

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I'm glad I live in Nicaragua, not the US

I moved out of the US 9 years, 11 months and 4 days ago. It was right after than 9/11 thing. You know, the one where any attempt at a serious investigation into what happened gets derailed by the government. One major thing that has happened is that I have diversified my news sources. It doesn't take too long for you to realize that big corporate media in the US (and I will include PBS and NPR in this) are there to follow the party line. That is, to show you that your position is represented even though it may not be the most popular.

Well, give me a break.

Legislating Your Way (Out of Anything)

Let's start with a piece from an article at http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/is-this-a-jobs-super-committee/. It says:


Earlier this month, some economic luminaries in the United States Congress introduced a new bill, H.R. 2835. The bill intends to “establish a joint select committee of Congress to report findings and propose legislation to restore the Nation’s workforce to full employment…”

Great idea, fellas.

Larry Wilkerson Inverviews on TRNN

The Real News Network has been conducting a series of interviews with Larry Wilkerson who was Colin Powell's Chief of Staff. Yes, it is politics but it is a lot more. For example, if you are from the start of the baby boomers or older, it will help you remember that The American Way back in the Eisenhower days had to be with the American Way for people, not multi-national corporations.

The series has multiple parts (current four with more on the way).

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Politics Becoming Reality?

I have always felt that politics, particularly US politics, had little to do with reality. For example, at the national level you get a group of a few hundred mostly male, mostly white, mostly lawyers deciding what is best for the few hundred million people who pay their salaries.

Politics: The Spectrum vs. Alive/Dead

Sorry about the title but I couldn't really come up with a summary. I personally hate the Left vs. Right definition of the political spectrum. It may be OK for those with an IQ similar to that of a carrot but thinking that political positions can be placed along a line is, well, dumb. For as long as I can remember, if forced to come up with a position for someone with a low IQ, I try to get them to at least see that a ring is a better representation.