War is not a feminist value. Bombing other women and their families in their homes, murdering thousands and creating millions of refugees is not a feminist value. Supporting Saudi Arabia …one of the worst abusers of women’s rights is not a feminist value.
Making poor women even poorer by indebting them to banks with micro-loans they will struggle to repay their entire lives is not a feminist value http://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/nor-a-lender-be. Makes the banks happy, stealing pennies from the previously unavailable subsistence level poor. Not a feminist value.
Sending jobs overseas with “trade agreements”. Promoting the Trans Pacific partnership which will destroy environmental protections, further depress wages, remove worker protections and give corporations wide range in doing whatever they want when ever they want to without any legal restraints. That is slavery folks. Not feminist values.
Calling disadvantaged inner city youth of color “super predators” and calling to “bring them to heel” a term used for dog training. Racist …bigoted language revealing a racist bigoted mindset. Hardly a ‘womanly’ nurturing stance.
Climbing the political ladder by attacking teacher unions in Arkansas, protecting the banks, removing Glass Steagle protections for the public, advocating for internet censorship by impinging on the right to free speech, ramping up domestic surveillance, cutting deals for millions of dollars in donations the CLINTON Foundation with foreign heads of state on a prohibited private email while serving as secretary of state. …not my values..NOT feminist values.
Keeping the rapacious for profit insurance corporations and the medical industrial complex entities in charge of our health care: interfering with families ability to get what they need to stay healthy, denying necessary treatments, promoting an unaffordable unsustainable system ending in bankruptcy for millions because they got sick is NOT a feminist value.
The Clintons became VERY WEALTHY in office…all of the above has contributed to building their fortune by leveraging the power of their public office for private gain….some of those actions are criminal….all immoral.
Are these Democratic values?
Are these your values?
Will you support this neo-con, neo-liberal, anti-feminist?
Why is this the person the Democratic Party offers up to the people?
The strategy is that the public will “support” whomever is dished up from the party, usually a corporatist functionary.
…and they use “FEAR of WHAT IS WORSE”….always.
Hillary’s policies will not be any better than those of anyone else elected. Rhetoric will be better. Pain is the same.
The question remains for each of us….do we endorse this? are we into the game? are we willing to be used ?
sucker punched? Chumped? Funny how the so called liberal question is “how can those people vote against their own interests?” Are you?
Change will never come until we change our behavior. Playing patsy only devolves into an ever worsening situation. We have become frogs in the ever heating water pot, pretending we can’t jump out. We can.
Revolutions, Real change, standing up for oneself, is not a cake walk and it does require a moral commitment, integrity and the courage to think outside of the box.
“It’s always the right time to do the right thing”….Rev. Martin Luther King
For me…Bernie, then if necessary after the primary, Green Party Jill Stein.
NEVER Hillary…She is a dangerous crook and a liar. We know about her record. That should matter to folks.
We already know these things..unless afflicted with the ’empress has fine clothes’ syndrome of Hear no. See no. Speak no.
I cannot endorse her crimes against humanity. Her suppression of the middle class and the poor. I cannot support that evil candidacy. Very Dirty is NOT better than Filthy. I want clean….and I will express that with my vote.
I will not OWN that presidency with my vote. I will vote for what I want, not for what I don’t want.
BTW…I am NOT a feminist….I am a humanist. Anatomy is irrelevant. Everyone matters universally and equally.
For decades now, federal government and their cohorts in law enforcement have been carrying out theft of the citizenry on a massive scale. We’re not talking about taxes, but an insidious power known as Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF).
The 1980’s-era laws were designed to drain resources from powerful criminal organizations, but CAF has become a tool for law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to steal money and property from countless innocent people.
No criminal charge is required for this confiscation, resulting in easy inflows of cash for law enforcement departments and the proliferation of abuse. This phenomenon is known as “policing for profit.”
In the last 25 years, the amount of “profit” stolen through CAF has skyrocketted.
According to the US Department of Justice, the value of asset forfeiture revoceries by US authorities from 1989-2010 was $12,667,612,066, increasing on average 19.5% per year.
In 2008, law enforcement took over $1.5 billion from the American public. While this number seems incredibly large, just a few years later, in 2014, that number tripled to nearly $4.5 billion.
When we examine these numbers, and their nearly exponential growth curve, it appears that police in America are getting really good at separating the citizen from their property — not just really good, criminally good.
To put this number into perspective, according to the FBI, victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses in 2014.
That means that law enforcement in America has stolen $600,000,000 more from Americans that actual criminal burglars.
When police surpass the criminal accomplishments of those they claim to protect you from, there is a serious problem.
The good news is that Americans are waking up to this Orwellian notion of police robbing the citizens, and they are taking a stand.
Even police officers are taking a stand against CAF. In an exclusive interview in September, the Free Thought Project talked officer Stephen Mills, chief of police at the Apache, Oklahoma police department. Mills became an outspoken advocate against CAF, after he became a victim of it.
The idea of thieving cops has also united organizations on opposite ends of the political spectrum. In October, the ACLU and the Koch Brothers came together to stop the inherent police theft in America.
While the police keep grabbing your property, it is important to remain vigilant. Only through a lesser ignorance and the spreading of information will we overcome this blatant tyranny. Please share this article with your friends and family to wake them up to the criminal reality that is – civil asset forfeiture.
A Meeting While Painting
The knarled Bishop Pine pulls me,
To challenge skill and learn,
How to grow, paint, endure and hang on
To precarious life.
The lickened branches defy the brush,
Yet drape and curl on the blue bark,
In hushed forest, stately and stark,
Few come to see the beauty,
Trees people the landscape,
Olive greens, paynes grey and ochra.
Can I capture the hue?
For enough time to escape?
Or is it a true exchange?
Me gives attention and love.
The pine gives its presence and challenge,
Together there is more, much more.
Than being alone or just being alive.
A reach for more across eons,
Across the species barrier,
Through space time and thought,
To touch another sentient being.
I have copied the following from the flier distributed by the Drug Policy
Alliance. When you contemplate these statistics and know that many countries have already legalized all drugs and treat additions as a medical not a justice issue. The catastrophe that is the so called war on drugs gains a colossally disastrous image.
Drug War Statistics
Did you know….
Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000
Number of people arrested in 2014 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.5 million
Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2013: 693,482
Number of Americans incarcerated in 2013 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,220,300 or 1 in every 110 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent
Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 23 + District of Columbia
Number of states that have approved legally taxing and regulating marijuana: 4 (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington)
Number of states that have decriminalized marijuana by eliminating criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts for personal use: 20
Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000
Number of people killed in Mexico’s drug war since 2006: 100,000+
Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+
Number of people in the U.S. who died from a drug overdose in 2013: 43,982
Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by: 80 percent
One-third of all AIDS cases in the U.S. have been caused by syringe sharing:354,000 people
U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs: $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for them
STEM CELL TREATMENTS FOR KNEES
by Dr. William Olkowski 11.17.14
I looked into this process by attending a seminar up in San Raphael around Sept 2014.
Lots of treatment possibilities for all sorts of joint problems but alas no real detailed evidence, at least not enough for me to risk $5,000.
If Medicare would support this procedure in place of what they do support – which is knee replacement – the savings for medicare, even at
$5k per joint would be very large. This may be the path of the future, but now no support from Medicare. Stem cells are certainly worth the risk is you have the money. That seems to be the mantra of capitalism. Disease is a good money maker for those with money.
It may be important to follow the development of this technology however, – Regenexx is one start up that seems to be doing research. The earlier procedure they used was concentrated platelets. This involved extracting blood from individuals (hips) and concentrating the result and injecting them back into the specific joint(s). Through this process Regenexx learned that the extraction also provided concentrated bioactive tissue growth factors, which regulate natural healing process in response to injury and degenerative changes, by producing something they call Super Concentrated Platelets (SCP). Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are also attracted. The MSCs have been shown to differentiate into collagen secreting cells, bone forming osteoblasts, cartilage forming chodrocytes and more. Thus these cells can rejuvenate tissues damaged via injury, degenerative changes and osteoarthritis.
There is also a new development called PL-Disc, an alternative to back surgery and epidural steroid injections.
More information is available at www.healthlinkcenter.com.