When a political party’s in the majority, it wants to change the filibuster… until it falls from power and winds up the minority. Then it suddenly becomes the filibuster’s biggest supporter. Bill says such hypocrisy “has cost the Congress its standing in public respect and cost our democracy the capacity to address the problems that threaten to overwhelm us.”
I am very excited to be writing of a positive development in the battle to save Red Rock! This Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the Clark County Commissioners are going to vote whether or not to:
"sign a resolution supporting efforts to exchange the Gypsum Mine Property on Blue Diamond Hill for federal land." full resolution
This today from the Las Vegas Review Journal:
"Developer Jim Rhodes' plan to build a 2,000-acre neighborhood overlooking the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area could soon be no more.
Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager is spearheading an effort to encourage the federal government to allow Rhodes to swap his land with a different, less controversial, piece of federal property...." full article
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Nation’s Top Climate Scientists Urge President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
OAKLAND CA -- Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
“Eighteen months ago some of us wrote you about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, explaining why in our opinion its construction ran counter to both national and planetary interests," wrote the scientists. "Nothing that has happened since has changed that evaluation; indeed, the year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is."
What I respected about Aaron is that he burned with a desire for justice, but also felt a profound desire to understand the system he was attempting to reorganize. He didn’t throw up his hands lazily and curse at corruption, he spent enormous amounts of time and energy learning about and working the political system. From founding Reddit, to fighting the Fed. That was Aaron.
I want to make a few points about corporations. The points may be obvious, but it’s useful to keep them in mind. They are:
(1) Corporations are not people, and they don’t have ideas or will. They are empty vessels. If you took a neutron bomb to the home office of MegaCorp.com and let it rip, the building, filled to the brim with inventory and IP, would be empty of humans and a dead thing. You could wait for weeks for the offices to act; they wouldn’t.
(2) This is especially true today, since the corporation now serves a different function than it was designed for. At first, a corporation served to make its stockholders moderately wealthy — or at least wealthier.
What seems to have happened is that American corporate executives are now more focused on financial engineering, which is essentially the extraction of capital from their enterprises and from the public, than they are at selling improved goods and services.
Why we need a new story that gives meaning to the world
By Charles Eisenstein | December 29, 2012
Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the world. Part conscious and part unconscious, it consists of a matrix of agreements, narratives, and symbols that tell us why we are here, where we are headed, what is important, and even what is real. I think we are entering a new phase in the dissolution of our Story of the People, and therefore, with some lag time, of the edifice of civilization built on top of it.
"Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle. "
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