Letterman: "Here's what I keep saying: We know there's something wrong, but what I'm tired of is people, daily, nightly, on all the cable news shows telling us there's something wrong. I just think we ought to direct our resources and our energies to doing something about it. And other people have made this point: If the guy was running Dairy Queen, he'd be gone. This guy couldn't work at The Gap. So why do we have to be victimized by his fecklessness, his ignorance? But it's just the behavior is insulting to Americans, whether you voted for him or not - and I feel bad for people who did vote for him because he promised them things that they really needed and one wonders if he's really going to come through. I know there's trouble in this country and we need a guy who can fix that trouble. I wish it was Trump, but it's not, so let's just stop whining about what a goon he is and figure out a way to take him aside and put him in a home." Al Franken and David Letterman take on climate change
Revolution Is In The Air (4/19/2016)
WikiLeaks: uses the
internet to publish secret documents that someone thought should be
made public. Why do we not know what our government is really doing ?
The Life You Can Save A call to action and a book by Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton.
Hold Big Banks Accountable (petition)
Doubleday just released Bill Moyer’s new book entitled “Moyers On Democracy.” An excerpt from it is printed here; it ends with this paragraph:
Jimmy Carter writes in his book "Our Endangered Values" (starting around page 120).
In spite of this activity, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act that:
Ban Cluster Bombs
"Cluster bombs are banned by an international treaty signed by 119 countries, not including the United States. The United States opposed the treaty, and instead of signing it, adopted a policy that cluster bombs should never be used in concentrated, civilian areas." The Intercept (6/16/2016)
111 nations gathered recently to ban horrific weapons known as cluster bombs, the United States was conspicuously absent. Once again, President Bush came down on the wrong side of international peace.
These bombs are one of the most disgusting practices that the U.S. military engages in, and it kills children.
The next President could change that. I've asked Obama, McCain and the rest to do the right thing and sign the ban. Will you join me by asking them, too? It only takes a minute...
Cluster bombs are designed to open in mid-air, dispersing hundreds of smaller ?bomblets.? The resulting blasts kill indiscriminately, spraying over an area roughly the size of three football fields. Approximately 30% of ordnance from each bomb will fail to explode on impact, creating virtual minefields that will kill and maim innocent civilians for decades to come--many of them children.
One US commander reportedly refused to use cluster munitions in Iraq, citing mortal danger to his troops. If knowledgeable soldiers are at risk, what will be the fate of an 8-year-old child who, indulging her natural inclination to explore, stumbles upon a small, colorful metal ball in the sand?
111 nations, representing 2/3 of the world's population have acted. Thousands of Americans are encouraging the next President to do what's right and sign the ban. Join us...
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INSURERS FUNDED CHAMBER ATTACK ADS , reports National Journal’s Peter Stone: “Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying the major health reform bills moving through Congress. That money, between $10 million and $20 million, came from Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, UnitedHealth Group and Wellpoint, according to two health care lobbyists familiar with the transactions. The companies are all members of the powerful trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. The funds were solicited by AHIP and funneled to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help underwrite tens of millions of dollars of television ads by two business coalitions set up and subsidized by the chamber. Each insurer kicked in at least $1 million and some gave multimillion-dollar donations. ‘There's no question that AHIP has quietly solicited monies from their members which were funneled over to the chamber for their ads,’ said a source. The total donated by the health insurers, according to one estimate, was as much as one-quarter of the chamber's total health care advertising budget. A spokesman for Kaiser said it contributed funds to AHIP last year for positive ads on health care reform, and that AHIP has told the insurer that none of its monies were sent to the chamber.”
Donors Can Now Make Tax-Free Gifts from Their IRAs
Breaking through power : it's easier than we think: Ralph Nader.
Wages of Rebellion, the Moral Imperative of Revolt: Chris Hedges
Great American Political Repair Manual: Sam Smith
Rules for Revolutionaries, Becky Bond and Zack Exley
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy: Gabriel Thompson