07 February 2007

What are we waiting for?

History is not evolution. Evolution is a matter of environment and chance, acting over millions of years. But history is a matter of environment and choice, acting within lifetimes, and sometimes within years, or months, or days. History is Larmarckian...if we choose to establish certain methods of doing business it will be so...And if we choose others, so shall that be. Think outside the box. Who cares if the rest of the world dumps us? We need to rebuild within the US...yep...it'll be tough, but it could bind us together as community and rid the world of the scourge we've become...and the system of economics that has failed...because it is not sustainable. It is false...and temporary. It could cause the rest of the world to do likewise. Sustainability is what we need to strive for...not this blip of existence supported by a resource that is finite and quickly disappearing. This is not to invite catastrophe...precisely the opposite. If we are aware of the consequences and act rather than react, voluntarily...the consequences would be different than having it thrust upon us in a time of real strife and disaster, which could/would make it a National Katrina. That is the opportunity which was squandered in the wake of 9/11...and is most unforgiveable. It will come...whether we go into it willingly and bonded together...or it happens to us as 'an act of god' for which we are all ill prepared.

06 February 2007

The lies of GW Bush's Budget Proposal

Bush's new budget includes cuts of 65 billion dollars over 5 years to the poorest recipients of medicare...plus increases in medicare monthly deductions from Social Security recipients. His budget includes 101 billions of dollars in new weapon systems for the coming year alone...176 billions in weapons systems total for the year...and a defense budget of over 600 billions of dollars (not including supplementals for Iraq/Afghanistan war on terrorism). His increase does not provide enough to fully fund the 98,000 person increase in the Army and Marines that he's asking for. His budget steals 1 trillion dollars from the Social Security trust fund monies coming in between now and 2012...at which time his budget will be 'balanced'...without mentioning that 200 billion dollars that 'balanced' year will be coming out of the SS trust fund. Lies and obfuscation...and the media is complicit. Cut monies from the least among us...while stealing their money to increase the wealth of Defense Contractors... It's an outrage and should be brought to the attention of your representatives in both houses of Congress. Eisenhower was so right in warning us about the MI complex... *** "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." "I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." "In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?" "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." ~~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Simplify...it's a global imperative now.

We make choices, we decide what our priorities are, and we give up certain things to gain others. Adding more and more to our list of “hav...