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- Leashing INTEL  

- Free to Be Hungry

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Facts not fiction on universal gun background checks

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Sneaker Politics

Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike. 

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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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  • Robert Reich:

Robert Reich

  • Thomas Friedman: 

Friedman Column

  • Nicholas Kristof: 

Kristof Column


Oregon's Motto: 

She flies with her own wings! 



Hard Times in Oregon: 

Hardtimes

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.   

 

Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

School Reform/slate.com 



    

    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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World Cup tax-breaks

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



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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

 Sign the online petition on Intel emissions in link below:  

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?

Rediscovering Government

Is the US #1? 

 

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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From the Left Wing:

Paul Krugman 

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Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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Blue Oregon

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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

Monday
Jun162014

A DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27865759#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

 

    

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

     I had a dream that I was attending a conference back in the day when I was a grad student at the University of Minnesota in the ‘60s. The major speaker was Dean Rusk, the US Secretary of State in the JFK and LBJ administrations. 

     As the panel discussion on the Vietnam War broke up, a rump conversation began with Rusk trying to get beyond the platitudes and talking points on both sides of the issue which framed the debate in that era.  

     I asked Rusk a simple question – “what if we can’t win their hearts and minds, how do we save ourselves?”  Rusk had no answer, he simply dissolved into a catatonic fit of inarticulate mumble jumble, upon which the rump session ended. 

     My dream was of course purely hypothetical but I participated in a discussion of this type with Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1968 at the University of Minnesota with a small group of fellow political science grad students. 

     Given the horrific scenes in Iraq as the jihadists from ISIS move toward Baghdad, this question haunts me.  How would President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry answer this question as Iraq disintegrates?  How do the architects of the Iraq War in the Bush administration sleep at night? 

     How does one reconcile the sacrifices of the "allied" troops on the ground with what's happening now? 

     GOP war hawks are arguing that Barack "lost" Iraq just like their predecessors ranted about the D's losing China or Vietnam back in the day.  Such revisionist history overlooks the fact that in all three cases endemic corruption from the top down fueled the failure of American foreign policy.   

     So what should you and I do, just ignore the bloodshead?  Maybe my dream was just caused by eating too much on Father's Day!  

     "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  

Saturday
Jun142014

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY IN THE 21st CENTURY


 

It's not 1960: Being a dad looks different now

It's 2014, and our families -- and workforce -- look different than they have before.

That means being a dad looks different than it ever has before.

Just like moms, many dads don't have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces, making it harder to balance work and family.

Here's what that looks like. Check it out, and pass it on.

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Thursday
Jun122014

THE FAILL OF SAIGON, '75 & BAGHAD, '14 - DEJA VU?  

Are Iraq's Walls Falling Down?   

     Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "...presides over a fractured state whose boundaries were drawn by the colonial powers during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. These borders ignored ethnic and discordant belief systems of which Iraq is a prime example..." 

     Tragically, this implosion in Iraq set in motion by former European colonial masters is playing out in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  It's a reminder of what happens when we don't learn from history and when geo-political hubris guides policy makers from the US to Russia.  

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Analysis: Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor

     If ISIS can hold Mosul and consolidate its presence there it will have taken a giant step towards its goal of creating an Islamist emirate that straddles Iraq and Syria.

     It would be the most significant act by a jihadist group since al-Qaeda attacked the US on 11 September 2001.   It could also lead to other changes on the borders Britain and France imposed on the Middle East a century ago, starting with break-up of Iraq on sectarian lines.

     RAD:  If ISIS - the Islamic State in the Savant jihadists topple the Iraqi government of Shia Muslim Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, it will be the beginning of the end of the US/Allied puppet government which was imposed on Iraq as a result of our invasion and occupation in 2003 and write the final chapter of America's 14 year war in Iraq. 

     We've seen this picture before with the fall of Saigon in April of 1975 to the North Vietnamese army and the National Liberation Front.  If an ISIS victory happens its genesis, as the BBC reporter correctly notes, was colonialist occupation by Britain and France a century ago - not just the recent US invasion and occuption!  

     When are we going to learn the hard lesson - democracy can't be imposed on a people, it must grow organically out of the struggles of people for their own freedom and liberty based on their own history not a plan of divide and conquer hatched by former colonial empires and/or a US administration playing the role of a superpower cop. 

     The success of ISIS can only make the turmoil in the Middle East worse. ISIS is an ultra extremist Sunni Muslim group. Its success will deepen the sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias that is already the most dangerous fault line in the Middle East.

     Iran, which is a majority Shia Muslim country, shares a border with Iraq. It has a direct line to Iraq's Shia Muslim Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, and close links with some Iraqi Shia militias. The Iranians could direct their proxies, and even their own special forces units, at ISIS.

     That might end up further inflaming the anger of Iraqi Sunnis, who have already helped the advance of ISIS through Iraq.

     US air strikes, if they happen, might do the same thing. Once again in the Middle East, the Americans have limited options.   Its invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 helped create and strengthen jihadist groups.

     RAD:  We gave the Iraqis 14 years of time and treasure to create an alternative to Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, even though they did not invite us to do so!  It's time to pull the plug and let history take its course.  The idea that jihadists can form a government stretching from Damascus to Baghdad is absurd.  But it's their fight not ours.  They will fail as we have. 

     We can't resolve the tribal, clan or sectarian divisions in Iraq, Afghanistan or other parts of the Middle East.  And any claim of a US national security interest in the region is problematic because we have alternatives to Arab oil.  The only other reason for a US presence in the Middle East is Israel.  The Iraelis have shown time and again their ability to defend themselves. 

     It's time the people of the Middle East owned "their problem" of governance.  The best we can do is to step back and let whatever happens, happen while preparing for the worst case scenario of what this might mean for Europe and the USA.  If the history of Vietnam and China are a guide - when "their" revolutions is over - corporate America and Europe will be doing business there again! 

Still allegedly showing an Iraqi army vehicle with a Jihadist flag in Mosul (12 June 2014) Footage allegedly showing captured vehicles of Iraqi security forces with the ISIS flag in Mosul
Wednesday
Jun112014

INTEL'S "BRAVE NEW WORLD"  

     Tuesday night I was going to attend a community meeting hosted by Intel on their Jones Farm campus just west of the Hillsboro airport.  Unfortunately, due to male "don't take directions" syndrome I failed to Google directions, as a result I only found the venue after 2 hours of driving to three different Intel campuses. 

     By the time I got there the meeting had just ended!  Damn...  

     But in driving to and around the Hawthorn Farm, the Ronler Acres, the Jones Farm, Aloha and voila - the Jones Farm Hillsboro sites, I have some observations about the corporate culture of Intel.  

     First of all, despite Intel being the technological centerpiece of the information age, Intel's ability to communicate clearly leaves much to be desired.  Or is this "failure to communicate" deliberate - a way of keeping the public at bay?  One would have thought that Intel would have an electronic bulletin board like Pacific's which lists events of the day so when some outsider shows up - they can help them! 

     Instead we got a dose of "customer no service." 

     How the invitee list was made up by Intel's Jill Eiland, Intel NW Region Corporate Affairs Director and her staff is very mysterious.  I was invited June 3 but other members of WCCAN were invited the day before the meeting on Intel's emissions issues and the permit process for the DiX fab plant or not invited at all.  If the public was invited, then a public announcement in the local newspapers would have been appropriate.  

     Having such a meeting on one of Intel's many campuses instead of a public venue such as Hillsboro's City Hall or the Hillsboro Library off Brookwood Drive - where similar public meetings have been held - would have been preferable since they are well known and accessible to mass transit.  Of course this assumes Intel wants to welcome the public.  12 people attended the meeting  Previous public forums have been between 60 to 100. 

     Driving through Intel campuses is like being in a maize.  Even had I followed directions, there was still no guarantee I would have found the needle in the Intel haystack.  One is confused by signage which makes no sense except to a computer geek - buildings ID's like TBI or TB2 not names, signage similarly incomprehensible and a parking scheme that defies logic.  There is no grid just a series of round abouts circling each campus building. 

     It's a Rub Goldberg design scheme - very Kafkaeque

     At the information center at Ronler Acres one couldn't help but note the NSA like security protocol.  Everyone had a badge, aside from the information center all doors we locked and signs in the parking lot made it clear you were being watched by some invisible entity.  I'm surprised we didn't get engaged by a drone or an Intel security detail.  This all makes me understand the genesis of making public officials sign "non-disclosure" contracts with Intel et al. 

     So while I missed the meeting of "12" - I've learned a lot about the Brave New World of Intel aka corporate America.  It just adds to my paranoia about faceless bureaucracies or what one could term "friendly fascism."  

     But after 30 years of Intel emitting undisclosed quantities of fluorides into the air from its campuses, maybe "friendly fascism" is not the right word!  Now where that WW I gas mask? 

Tuesday
Jun102014

ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING...  

Candelight vigil Tuesday night after Reynolds shooting     The shooting at Reynolds High is the 74th such school shooting incident since Sandy Hook.  It proves that access to guns is a major public health hazard.  How many innocent kids must die before we tell the gun fetishers at the NRA enough is enough?  I'm not going to launch into an anti-gun diatribe - it would fall on deaf ears.  My rhetorical question is how does any sane person think guns make any of us safer?    

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