I was on the Michael Medved show yesterday and we got into a discussion of wealth. I told him that a University of Southern California study by Professor G. William Dumhoff made in 2007 and revised in 2010 showed that 80% of Americans retain only 7% of America’s wealth. He then asked me if we should “steal money away from the rich and give it to the poor”. I replied in the affirmative saying that taxes should be levied on the super-rich, after all, how much do people actually need to live a good life? In the preamble of our Constitution it says:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The arguments between the Progressives on the left and the Conservatives on the right are mostly straw-man arguments when it comes to cable shows. FOX News on one hand can’t bash the Democrats enough, while MSNBC can’t stop taking the Republicans to task. Still, the content of both cable stations is Republican against Democrat without much meaningful criticism of American polices and direction.
Once in awhile we get a gem from MSNBC like Rachel Maddow’s report on “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”. I’d just like to add that when I was stationed in Germany, a gay friend of mine took me to a gay bar in Kaiserslautern and when I walked in I saw about 15 guys from my unit if 240 guys there. Nobody knew and if they did, the soldiers in my unit didn’t give a damn.
It isn’t often these days that the good guys win one. But here’s a beautiful example of a successful effort so far by the activist group Catskill Mountainkeeper and friends.
The fight to prevent unsafe gas drilling in New York State, which includes the region called the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, received a huge vote of approval on the night of August 4. At 12:17 a.m., the New York State Senate passed a bill that would impose a moratorium on granting any further permits for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until May 15, 2011.
The New York Times and Catskill Mountainkeeper have reported that the EPA’s last hearing on fracking, held in Canonsburg, Pa. in July drew over 1200 people without a hitch. Unfortunately, the follow-up, all-day hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday at the On Center Complex Convention Center in Syracuse was cancelled on Tuesday.
This was after Onondaga Country officials purportedly expressed concern that they were not given enough time to ready security in anticipation of “rallies” and “protests” at the event.
This is in spite of the fact that successful meetings have been held around the country on the impact of “fracking,” the nickname for the eco-unfriendly natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing. The Environmental Protection Agency (famous for okaying the 911 Ground Zero site for first responder workers to work in – the same who are now suffering fatal illnesses), this same EPA is now claiming it needs an “acceptable” site for a hearing and for the “passionate” crowds that will show up for it.
“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Psalms 16:18.)
I note you will be signing your book, “A Journey”, at Waterstone’s flagship book shop, on London’s Piccadilly, on the 8th September. As this will seemingly be a day when democracy is suspended, security near unprecedented, bags, cameras, briefcases, mobile ‘phones checked in before being allowed to ask for your signature, I may not be able to get to near to you with these suggestions, so some ideas from afar for your dedications.
Dandelion Salad Posted previously on my old blog. So, in case you’ve missed it or would like to watch it again, here it is. 2:47:37 – Mar 27, 2007 The classic Canadian documentary Manufacturing Consent based on the Noam Chomsky/Edward Herman book by the same name. Explores the the propaganda model of the media. Read More
This week Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at Tier Terra and future crimes. In the second half of the show, Max talks to former banking regulator William K. Black about rackets and fraud in the financial sector.