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The myth of the Christian country

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Jeb Bush's damning secret history

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Trust in government is 'dead, Jim'

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Middle East friendship chart

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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- Intel tax abatements

- INTEL, come clean!

- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

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Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 


Hard Times in Oregon: 

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The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

 

    

    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness, hunger & health care disparities in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

•    Adults in Oregon without insurance represent 22.3% of the state’s population compared to 19.7% of the nation.  In Washington County approximately 


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Explore Intel emissions

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#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

requiescat in pace

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"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Walgreens - pay your fair share of taxes!

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha  

Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001


    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

 

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

 

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921)

 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11


"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”  

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."

- Abraham Lincoln

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."

- Edmund Burke 

 

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”

- Jonathan Swift

 

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."

- Garrison Keillor


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Friday
Feb062015

INTEL'S OTHER PROBLEM?  

Dying for tech toys?

Chip boom reflected in rising ALS rates  

When Daniel Berry pulled a muscle in his back it was the beginning of the end. But his death led to a discovery that may affect the health and future of everyone living around Portland.

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Dying for tech toys? Chip boom reflected in rising ALS rates

     RAD:  Again the question is "what did Intel know and when did they know it?" As with the unreported fluoride emissions Intel's credibility is on the line.  But more importantly, the health and safety of its employees.   

     If I was an Intel employee and/or the family of one of the affected employees who has ALS I would do the following:

  • I would also contact my US Congressperson, in this case Representative Suzzane Bonamici and Oregon's junior Senator Jeff Merkley.  Each has staff offices in Portland.  Bonamici's Portland office is Oregon Office; Merkley's Portland Office is 121 SW Salmon Street., Ste. 1400 Portland, OR 97204
    Phone: (503) 326-3386.  

  • I would expand my net to includes my state legislators - your state House and Senate members depending on where you live.  Go to the Oregon government website -   http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/ - it will help you locate your state legislators. 

  • I would also reach out to local newspapers - the Oregonian, the Tribune papers and Willamette Week.  They have some excellent investigative reporters who could follow up on KATU's excellent report.  

  • And obviously I'd look for a lawyer who is an expert on workplace safety and injury law.  


Wednesday
Feb042015

KITZ MUST GO!  

Gov. John Kitzhaber must resign: Editorial, Oregonian

     "...Whether through gross inattention or complicity, Kitzhaber has broken faith with Oregonians. His career in Oregon politics is one of great accomplishment, but his past success does not excuse the mess he has made of the office with which Oregonians entrusted him.  He is now less a governor than a source of unending distraction. He can no longer lead Oregon effectively and should resign. His constituents deserve better..."  

RAD said it first, October 21st.   

IN THE KITZ HOUSE - IS THERE NO SHAME?  

DateTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 09:09PM

     RAD:  Given what in the Nixon era was termed "the horrors" now Kitzhaber's horrors - the Nike and Intel "deals", the CRC failure, the CoverOregon debacle, the walkout of Rudy Crew, Cylviagate and now cronyism in the governor's office, if Kitz is re-elected he will have lost the "moral authority to govern." 

     His trust with the voters of Oregon will have been broken. His reputation will be in tatters inside the Puzzle Palace.  He should simply leave office before January and turn the keys to Mahonia Hall over to Kate Brown, the Secretary of State who is next in line to succeed the governor.  

     A victory over a flawed opponent will be a Pyrrhic victory.  The Kitzhaber era is over! 

     If he truly cares about Oregon Kitz should have the deceny to leave office and allow his successor to take the gavel and begin the process of repairing the breach Kitz has created by his arrogance, incompetence and hubris.  

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Wednesday
Feb042015

THE POLITICS OF MOVING OFF THE GRID

     No, I’m not moving to Montana to live off the land in a log cabin, moving off the grid is a metaphor for a new type of thinking, a new paradigm if you will indulge me on wonk speak. 

     I spent a few hours talking with a local state senator last week hearing a presentation about Oregon passing a carbon tax as a means of addressing climate change. The idea is to use capitalist economics to do good not bad things. 

     Right now here’s an idea that is circulating the Puzzle Palace.  As you’ll see, it’s about as clear as mud since we’re at the conceptual level – nothing has been implemented and the GOP and petro lobby want to kill the idea.

     Having a carbon fuel standard will be exceedingly hard to do since we don’t control production at the source be it in an OPEC nation or the oil fields of the Dakotas or Texas.  So exactly what this means is more theory than reality.  

     A related idea that is being vetted is a “carbon tax.”  But based on my coffee with proponents last week and a local legislator it’s not clear to me how one gets from point A to point B.  

     The problem is that if one levies a carbon tax in the production process the costs will be shifted to the consumer and low-income earners will be hardest hit. For example they don’t have the cash to move from a clunker to a hybrid. 

     One can figure out ways of extending tax credits to help ease the pain but in the end moving to a sustainable economy will be more expensive as long as we persist in using the market as the venue for such reforms. 

     The problem is that whether we look at the energy market or other markets, the fact is markets are “rigged” as we found out in the “banks to big to fail” Recession.  How will energy price fixing be different?  

     When developers build condos equity partners require anything from a 4% to 20% rate of return on investment.   That’s not a market driven exercise but a form of economic extortion by the institutions that feed the 1%. 

     What is so magic about a short-term rate of return?   We buy homes on 30-year mortgages why should institutional investments be based on a shorter-term calculus?  Is this rational or simply an excuse for market manipulation?  

     If you want to attack climate change, you can’t do it via market driven politics and you certainly can’t do it under the current GOP control of Congress at the federal level nor here in Oregon where corporate Dems rule the roost. 

     To expect an incrementally based economic or political system to respond to systemic challenges like climate change is to ask for the impossible.  There are simply too many short-term interests that get in the way.  

     The economic calendar is governed by quarterly returns and the political calendar is gamed by a 2 or 4 year cycle.  Climate change requires a long-term vision in the context of the next 20-100 years. 

     So how do we move from a broken economic and political system to a more robust and rational democratic decision-making process?  There is no simple answer to that question, the Tooth Fairy was a no-show.  

     Discussions of a carbon tax or a clean energy policy are good starting points for changing the political narrative in Oregon and beyond but there will be no quick fixes.  Change doesn’t come easily.  

     Movements for social change come after grass roots efforts create a tipping point where old ideas are no longer acceptable.  With 50% of the American public unconvinced there is such a thing as climate change, good luck! 

     My own suggestion is to take the conversation out of the political arena and put it where real power resides in the USA – in the boardrooms of corporate America.  In one form or another most of us are stockholders.  

       But most of us don’t attend stockholder meetings where CEO’s give their annual reports and are re-elected along with boards of directors.  Its time somebody showed up demanding an accounting of the indirect costs of doing business as usual. 

     Those indirect costs include despoiling the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we inhabit.  We all live on Spaceship Earth. To deal with these problems requires systemic not market based decisions.  

     Besides market based economics is a myth so first things first – refuse to believe in this Wizard of Oz concept.  Modern day capitalism is monopoly capitalism bankrolled by government largesse thanks to legions of lobbyists and witless taxpayers!  

     So until the taxpayer/stockholders demand their share of the proceeds nothing will change.   In Oregon we’re going to roll out the TRIA – The Taxpayer’s Return on Investment Act – to hold corporate Oregon and government accountable. 

     The new bottom line should be “if it doesn’t pencil out” over the next 20-100 years then it’s not sustainable.  The new bottom-line should be measured in long-term direct and indirect costs of doing business. 

     A step in the right direction would be “a value added tax” at the sight of production and/or sale which factored in the negative or positive “indirect” costs of a product to our environment or communities. 

     This would require a collaboration of both the private and public sector with a robust public comment avenue where citizen-consumers could weigh into the appropriate price point of a product.  

     The other myth is to dispense with is the idea of separate private or public sectors.  That’s a nice 18th century idea that clearly no “bank too big to fail” believes in – so why should you and I be so gullible?  

     I’m not going to put a label on this new paradigm that would be too simplistic.  For now let’s just call it our rendezvous with reality. 

Monday
Feb022015

CANADA'S RACE PROBLEM

    Given issues raised by Ferguson et al - we in the USA have little to cheer about when it comes to racism and given our history of mistreating Native Americans.  Sadly we are not alone in this shame of closeted skeletons.  

     Canada is considered America's "kinder/gentler" nation to the North of the lower 48.  After all they have single payer health care, they are less crowded, they have many environmental wonders and they are just plain "nice" folks who however love to share their icy cold weather!  

     Well huh only if you are White!  The way their First Nation's people are treated makes the US record as of late - not back in the day - look benign at the least.  In the US tribes have been given tribal status after decades of denial.  They have a vibrant casino industry.

     One of the mysteries that I don't get is why Canadians along with fellow Commonwealth "white" nations use the term "aboriginals" as a label.  It seems racist and demeaning to me, a way of implying native peoples are not fully human.  

     Ironically the term comes from the early times of Rome when native or indigenous peoples were termed "aborigene."  The British colonials adopted the term another legacy of colonialism perhaps along with the term "camel jockey." 

     But the terminology hides a deeper pathology in the Canadian psyche as the two articles below suggest.  This issue was a headline story on NPR's BBC early afternoon radio last week which focused on the mistreatment of First Nation's women.  Shocking...

BBC News - Canada faces ' crisis' on indigenous living

     Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples says.

BBC News - US & Canada - Feb 13 2013

     Indigenous women in western Canada are the victims of discrimination and abuse by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, says Human Rights Watch.

Canada's Highway of Tears... 

Since 1969, police say 18 women have been murdered or have vanished along British Columbia's Highway 16 - an 800-mile (1,300-km) route nicknamed the Highway of Tears by the largely indigenous communities that line its path.  Most of the victims were "aboriginal", and only one case has been solved. Local First Nation leaders claim that actually between 32-43 women have either been killed or gone missing along the route. Human Rights Watch is now calling for a national inquiry into the crimes.  Critics have long protested against police inaction over the disappearances, some accusing the authorities of "systematic racism" towards native women.

Saturday
Jan312015

OREGON LEGISLATURE IN SESSION - WATCH OUT!  

     The conventional wisdom back in the horse and buggy days was when the legislature is in session, then as a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Pacific RR, mothers and fathers keep your money safe and your daughters off the street - it's not safe on the streets of the Salem Puzzle Palace with all those legislators, lobbyists and hacks around and about!    

Oregon lawmakers gear up for session focused on transportation, workers, environment, guns - Daily Journal

     Here's more contemporary wisdom - the nuts and bolts of the legislative process:  

Oregon Legislature by the numbers: What to watch for in 2015
The Oregonian

     From multibillion dollar budgets to tallying floor votes, the Oregon Legislature is run by numbers. We picked a few you should know heading into the legislative session that begins Feb. 2. Session number: 78th. Members: 90. Party breakdown: Democrats dominate both chambers, 35-25 in the House and 18-12 in the Senate. 

     Given the above information piece since the "numbers" required to pass any revenue bill or attachment require a 3/5ths vote of both chambers - the chances of any bill requiring new money may very well be DOA despite the Democratic majority.  In the House the D's are 1 GOP vote away from the magic number (36) votes, while in the Senate they are at the magic number (18).  However, this assumes no defections and in the Senate Betsy Johnson (D, Scappoose) can be counted on to put a finger in the Dem caucus eyes.  

     This may be why organized labor is planning on taking a tax initiative to the voters even before the session begins on Monday.  Now that's a vote of confidence isn't it!  Kitz has no tax reform plans in mind despite promises to do it...   And the business lobby will stop anything in the legislature.  As they say the easiest thing to do is to "kill" a bill not pass one.  Been there, done that - tee hee on pro-business land use bills...  Two can play this game!  

Big hike in Oregon business taxes is target of initiative drive by union-backed coalition
The Oregonian

     Even before the Oregon Legislature starts on Monday, a union-backed coalition is moving ahead with plans to ask voters next year to approve major tax hikes on big corporations -- and maybe high-income individuals as well – to boost funding for schools and other government services...

     So as you "saddle up your horses Pilgrims" for a trip to Salem, keep these rules of the road in mind.  Oh by the way, you can thank Bill Sizemore for embedding in Oregon's constitution the 3/5s revenue raising rule.  This "anti-tax gift keeps on giving" long after people have forgotten old Bill.  And of course this passed with our blessings followed by tweaking of Measure 47 by the legislature...  which became Measure 50.    

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     "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

     - Abe Lincoln

    - The Red Tory - "Except in Oregon!" 

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Cylvia Hayes discloses another problem

     Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has confirmed she collected $118,000 in previously undisclosed payments from an out-of-state clean energy group while she was advising the governor on clean energy policy.

     The admitted payouts conflict with statements Kitzhaber has made regarding Hayes' consulting work, how his office handled her contracts and statements he has made in his annual ethics filings.

     You can't make this stuff up, not even in Hollywood.  Incompetence, stupidity and ego all rolled up into Oregon's first citizens, a shame!   To lead you need to have the power of the office and that power comes from credibility which is sorely lacking from this Governor.  Kitz was asked at Friday's news conference was he considering resignation!  Woozer..   

     In over 41 years of watching Oregon politics, I've never seen a governor resignation ever suggested.  Given Steve Duin's blistering commentary in Sunday's Oregonian - if the Guv is not willing to resign, can the "nuclear" option of a "recall" election be far behind?  When did Kitz become a male version of Lady McBeth?  

     Clearly the Democratic majority in the House and Senate will be the ball game this session.  That should worry progressives since so many of the D's are "Intel/Nike" Ds.      

Steve Duin: The John Kitzhaber disaster

  

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