Dancing Inmates: Michael Jackson’s “They don’t care about us”

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January 22, 2010

Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

a maximum security prison in the Philippines

Michael Jackson’s long time choreographer Travis Payne and MJ dancers Performed with the Dancing inmates on January 19, 2010. Sony Studios made this event possible!

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Tea Party Express II: Rise Of The Tea Bags

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October 28, 2009

A short film of sorts, by Brad Friedman — We went out to Griffith Park out here in L.A. on Sunday 10/25/09 to check out the kick-off day for the new “Tea Party Express II” national tour. Thought we might meet some interesting people and file a quick video report, but instead ended up making a short film of sorts. Here’s Part 1. Enjoy…

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Reform or Revolution by William Bowles

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By William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
19 October 2009

Note: replaced text with revised edition on Oct. 22, 2009

It’s really time I started writing more about the country I live in, the country of my birth, the UK, a country that has the oldest, the most cunning, the most duplicitous (not to mention the most mendacious) of all ruling classes. After all, they’ve been at it for five hundred years, finally being forced to come up with what they like to call parliamentary democracy over a century ago, but just how democratic is it? And can we really expect real change to come about through a system as corrupt and sclerotic as ‘parliamentary democracy’?

Parliamentary democracy is a closed system, literally owned by the two main political parties who work in intimate cooperation with the state bureaucracy to maintain the status quo. For proof of this we need only look at the panic caused by the ‘expenses’ scandal and how the political class, fearful of any challenge to its hegemony has fought tool and nail, left and right to defend their privilege to spend our money as they please.

How they have managed to do this should be important to us and especially the confidence trick called Parliament. It is a system that has, for around a century, played the central role in the preservation of capitalism, in reality a private game with the political class being the players, the judges and the rule makers. In other words, a fix and a fix carried out, no less, with the complicity of organized labour.

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Reform Killing, Oligarchic Senate Still ‘Treasonous’ After All These Years by Robert S. Becker

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By Robert S. Becker
Featured Writer
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Oct. 13, 2009

Where are our gutsy muckrakers of yesteryear? In a stunning 1906 Cosmopolitan expose, journalist David Graham Phillips made history with his headline, “The Treason of the Senate.” He then justified his condemnation of mercenary senators, in that era cherrypicked by states and owned by nefarious Trusts: Treason is a strong word, but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful, indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be.

By 1914, the 17th Amendment mandated senators be popularly elected but, judging by today’s unevolved results, we have hardly salvaged one of the Founders’ blunders. The American replica of the House of Lords, our least democratic, least representative organ, lives on, still oppressive after all these years.

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CBO Report On Medical Malpractice Flawed by Ralph Nader + Nader on the Federal Reserve

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Updated: Oct. 14, 2009 added video

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 13, 2009

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Stuart Hagen must either be greatly overworked or possessed of an overwhelmingly monetized mind.

As the author of a Congressional Budget Office’s reply to the request by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (Rep. Utah) for an “updated analysis” of medical malpractice reform, Hagan neglected to mention a salient tragedy. About 100,000 Americans die every year from medical and hospital negligence or worse in hospitals alone. Continue reading

Dancing Inmate’s Michael Jackson tribute (music video)

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All prisons should implement prisoner reform through dancing and other arts.   ~ DS

byronfgarcia on Jun 27, 2009

visit: http://byronfgarcia.com
A tribute performed by 1,500 CPDRC Inmates on June 27, 2009 in memory of Michael Jackson. Completed in 10 hours after receiving word that the King of Pop passed away. May he always be remembered. “Ben” and “I’ll be there” were sung by Michael when he was still younger! “We are the World” was composed and organized by MJ.

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President Obama, Defending Capitalism, Not Reform By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.

Sent to DS by the author, thanks, Robert.

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By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.
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June 23, 2009

Yes, We Can Change Everything – Except the Status Quo

Bemused by early booing of President Obama, my skeptical Texas friend bides his time, “letting the political dogs bark till the heat drives them indoors for a nap.” This from writer-professor Clay Reynolds, wondering if rushing to judgment reflects Obama “as a curiosity, a carnival side-show attraction drawing the worst attention from pundits, or perhaps our times are that unique.”

One barking dog is satirist Bill Maher, plagued by classic cognitive dissonance – when minds can’t reconcile conflicted or opposed beliefs. How can Obama command the media by speaking so boldly yet so far carry a small stick? “I’m glad that Obama is president,” Maher quipped, “but the ‘Audacity of Hope’ part is over. Right now, I’m hoping for a little more audacity.” Obama must “put it on the line in fights against the banks, the energy companies and the health care industry,” even copy Dubya’s smug doggedness. Bush “had a lot of bad ideas, but he pushed them through, never mind Congress, the Constitution or the Geneva Convention . . . [even] if it made him unpopular.” Funny, but off the mark: this is no reform Congress, betrayed by backward Democrats.

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A Historic Opportunity by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
Featured Writer
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February 22, 2009

Dear Friends:

I am writing to ask for your financial support in producing a series of six videos on the financial crisis and on my proposed solutions based on the principles of Dividend Economics and the “Cook Plan.” The “Cook Plan” involves the immediate payment of vouchers to individuals and families as an emergency basic income guarantee. The vouchers would then be deposited in a new series of community savings banks to capitalize low-cost lending for consumers, students, small business, local manufacturing, and family farming. I will be speaking on the “Cook Plan” at the 8th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network in New York this weekend.

As most of you know, I have been working on monetary reform since I served in the Jimmy Carter White House in 1979-81 on the staff of Esther Peterson, President Carter’s Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs. Later I worked for NASA, then spent 21 years in the U.S. Treasury Department in the field of public finance. I retired from the government in 2007. I was also an adviser to Dennis Kucinich in his two presidential campaigns and for the last two years have been publishing articles in print and on the internet on economics, monetary reform, space policy, and geopolitics. I also worked as an adviser to the American Monetary Institute and contributed to their draft monetary reform legislation, the American Monetary Act. In January 2007 I published Challenger Revealed on the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Recently I published a new book entitled We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform.

This week we saw headlines that even a few weeks ago seemed impossible: the U.S. government is considering nationalization of the largest U.S. banks. It may be that the grip the banks have held on the U.S. monetary system, our economy, and our government is weakening after nearly a century of monetary tyranny since the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913. If there was ever an opportunity for those of us in the monetary reform movement to be heard it is now. This opportunity may never come again.

Those of you who have followed my writing over the last two years know that I have been in the forefront of those who have been calling for change. I have been a leading proponent of such ideas of the right of the government to spend money directly into existence, as was done with the Civil War Greenbacks, instead of having to borrow money from the private banking system. I have also spoken in favor of a National Dividend based on the productive values of our economy and a basic income guarantee for all citizens. The idea of a National Dividend grows from the concepts of Dividend Economics that I have begun to pioneer as a completely new way of approaching economic democracy.

I am currently in the process of working with several other people on producing a six-part series of videos that would be around two hours in length where I would explain my ideas to the American people and others around the world. This would be a professional production that would appear initially on YouTube and Google and would also be available for TV broadcast and on DVD.

The cost of this project would be modest compared to the benefits of reaching a large audience in a short time. If you would be interested in making a cash contribution, I would be most grateful. Donations can be made through my website at www.richardccook.com. Just click on the “Donate” button at the top of the homepage. Those who donate will receive a PDF copy of the written script via email.

Whether you are able to donate or not, I thank you for your past support and wish you all the best for the future.


Richard C. Cook


The Cook Plan (video)

Bailout for the People: “The Cook Plan” by Richard C. Cook

Richard Cook: “It’s Time to Fix the Monetary System” by Mike Whitney

Open Letter to Dr. Joseph Stiglitz and Challenge to Debate By Richard C. Cook

Town Hall Meeting in New York Canceled Due to Death Threat Against Monetary Reform Advocate Richard C. Cook

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The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2


Why the Venezuelan Amendment Campaign Is So Important + Venezuelans Vote to Eliminate Two-Term Limit 54.4% to 45.6%

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Crossposted with permission from www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/

Diana Raby
Socialist Project | The Bullet

Sunday, 15 February, Venezuelans vote in a referendum on a proposed Constitutional Amendment that will allow for any candidate to stand for the Presidency, or indeed for any elective office, without restriction on the number of terms they may serve. Only the people’s vote will decide whether they are elected and how many terms they serve.

In other words, if President Hugo Chávez, who is already serving his second term under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, wishes to stand for a third term, he may do so. Equally, the opposition mayor of Greater Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, may stand three or four times if he wants (and if the people vote for him).

This is no different from the practice here in the UK, where Margaret Thatcher won four elections for the Conservatives (although we did not have the privilege of voting for her personally as Prime Minister), and Tony Blair won three times for Labour. It is of course different from the situation in the U.S., where some sixty years ago a limit of two consecutive terms was introduced for the presidency.

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Globalization from the Ground: What Bolivia Teaches Us

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


Talk by Jim Shultz and Leny Olivera of the Democracy Center on “Globalization from the Ground: What Bolivia Teaches Us” given February 6, 2009 at the University of Washington in Seattle.

For more info: http://www.democracyctr.org

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Reform or Revolution? by William Bowles

By William Bowles
featured writer
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10 February 2009

In 1945, following the defeat of Fascism, the Labour Party was swept into power with a mandate to bring about radical change to British society. There followed the nationalization of transport, energy, communications, the establishment of the National Health System, an overhaul of education (actually done by the preceding Tory government), massive investment in public housing.

We were promised Socialism, what we got however was a ‘reformed’ capitalism, Keynesianism, and for domestic consumption only, elsewise it was ‘business as usual’, except that the state was broke and in debt up to its eyeballs to the US (a debt only recently paid off).

The reality however was that those changes were demanded by the organized working class through its trade unions and constituency (local) Labour Parties and of course supported by our minuscule left. In other words, it was propelled by grassroots activism and importantly, they were demands that could not be ignored. British capitalism was not only broke it was backward in a big way. Had they not reformed capitalism, in all likelyhood there would have been a real revolution (not that the US would have allowed it anymore than it did in France and Italy). It really was the case of the Labour government heading off revolution at the pass, but then this has been the Labour Party’s role since its founding.

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Bank crisis? Reform! By Rudo de Ruijter

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By Rudo de Ruijter,
Independent researcher,


This article describes an idea for a bank reform, with which the enterprises are protected against the antics in the banking world and which enables better economic policy, also in hard times.


There are many analyses about the causes of the bank crisis. Many explain it like a consequence of greed, insuffiscient regulations and failing control by central banks.

Governments were completely surprised when the banks started to fall and they were suddenly confronted with the consequences. Ministers of Finance got carte blanche to get the banks back on track with billions of euros of support. All this because they are so important to the economy. Continue reading

Hugo Chavez on Bolivia: The Yes Vote Triumphed

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Hugo Chavez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Bolivia Rising
Caracas, Jan 27, 2009

The Yes vote triumphed in Bolivia. That is to say, the Bolivian people approved the new political Constitution of the State. I was fortunate to speak with comrade President Evo Morales the same night of the victory.

Evo achieved victory again; and he really deserves it. He has been a great leader; he has withstood all kind of aggressions and conspiracies promoted by the imperialist Bush government, which has used an unpatriotic bourgeoisie and a fascist right-wing movement as its tools.

The vote of the humble people, the indigenous people, and the people excluded for 500 years, prevailed.

However, it is necessary to say that this victory goes beyond Bolivia to enter the historical process described by comrade Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa as a change of time.

In my opinion, this process carries in its backbone a deep social revolution, powerfully expressed in the fields of politics and laws.

This is how a new constitutional doctrine has been emerging in South America, a doctrine based on the original constituent power of our people.

In Venezuela, as we know, once the constituent power was activated, it approved our advanced Bolivarian Constitution on December 15th, 1999, almost ten years ago, thus starting the refoundation of the Republic and the Simon Bolivar National Project and the transition towards socialism.

via Bolivia Rising: Hugo Chavez on Bolivia: The Yes Vote Triumphed.

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Revolutionizing Education: Time to tell Obama what to do by Roland Michel Tremblay

By Roland Michel Tremblay
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The Marginal
December 8, 2008

Barack Obama has mentioned many times he wanted to radically implement change. He boasted in his book about listening to the population at large (mostly old war widows, from what I gathered), understanding them, with a desire to change everything. Even after the elections Obama still sends e-mails asking us ideas about how to change the country (besides asking for more money, of which we have none, so stop asking!). Well, let’s start with identifying the real root of society as we know it: education. You know me by now, you can trust me for providing the most extreme ideas.

There is a real problem in this world concerning education. I will try to resume it in a few sentences. If you have no education, you will quickly find a job and perhaps even excel at it. You will immediately ensure your survival, but you will never dream of owning a house, lucky you if you even get to buy a used car plagued with problems.

If you have a lot of education, you face the exact same situation. You can’t find a job in the field you studied. Of course, thousands every year graduate with the same diploma. I hope your dad can plug you somewhere, otherwise, well, it will be difficult to even get the same job someone without an education is going for, as those are the only jobs available. One has to survive.

You will have to lie on your résumé, claim that you are in fact brainless and never achieved anything in life. You’ll be blessed if they let you wipe tables. This state of affair is very prevalent with new lawyers, most of them are taxi drivers (if they’re fortunate, and learnt to lie early on, on the way to their great career).

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