Big News, URGENT ACTIONS, and Good Reads this Week (7-25-2017)

Some of these we better act on TODAY!  Continue reading

URGENT: Stop This Now! — Criminalizing Protest and Free Speech — Where? In America, Of Course!

To stop it in its tracks, we must act now! Lee Camp, of Redacted Tonight, clearly felt that warning us about this next step in the criminalization of free speech in our country could not wait for the next episode of his show:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “URGENT: Congress Considering Bipartisan Bill To Make Political Activism A Felony!”)

Alert! This isn’t about Israel. It’s about us, our Bill of Rights, our desire for democracy. Without dissent, there can be no democracy! Keep reading!

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Another Showdown against Corruption – Your Help has its Deadline Today!

Five months ago, I reported the hair-raising Coup d’État of the South Dakotan governor and legislature against their own people when they brazenly repealed the anti-corruption law placed upon them by their people via a ballot initiative in November. Well, Represent.Us, bless their hearts(!), isn’t done fighting these political gangsters. They are collecting donations to hire full time petitioners for ensuring they get the needed signatures for an Anti-Corruption Constitutional Amendment before the deadline. They will have to submit nearly 28,000 valid signatures to the secretary of state by November 2017 for the amendment to appear on the 2018 ballot

As I just found out, they are saying that a longtime supporter will add a $25,000 donation if they collect enough other donations by the end of today. Here is there DONATIONS LINK.


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Private Health Insurances: They are Protection Rackets

Give us money or you will suffer and die:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for title: “Mal Hyman for Congress” and “My Stance on Healthcare”)

Mal Hyman is spot-on describing our private health insurances as protection rackets. Pay us through the nose or suffer and die. That’s exactly how mafiosi make their rounds to collect your hard-earned money. Doctors and nurses don’t talk that way, but they need to get paid for their work like everyone else. Unfortunately, this means that when we get seriously sick, so that treatment costs exceed our savings, we are in deep trouble if we can’t pay.  Continue reading

Save The Internet! – Now! – We Need it to fight for Change!

Cable companies want to get rid of net neutrality. Without it, sites like this one could be censored, slowed down, or forced to charge fees (and thus priced out of the alternative media landscape). We can stop these evil corporations and keep the Internet open (we’ve done it before) if we all contact Congress and the FCC, but we only have a few days left. Click HERE to send off your protest letter or to learn more.

And here are instructions for leaving a comment on the FCC’s on website. (I heard paid trolls filled the site with kill-net-neutrality demands, but I can’t confirm it (not enough time).)

In addition, as I mentioned on Monday, you can donate to Demand Progress to help it fight this censorship in disguise.


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Together for Medicare for All

There is nothing about the northern latitude that makes it possible to have universal healthcare in Canada but impossible for us. When is the last time we Americans looked north across the border for progress we want to emulate? We thought we were the greatest after we defeated Nazi Germany and imperial Japan in World War II (never giving full credit to our allies, especially the USSR which took the brunt of Hitler’s armies). Do we still feel like the greatest when healthcare is a human right in all our peer countries while millions of us can’t get any, suffering great pain and dying avoidable deaths by the tens of thousands each year? Do we have any reason to feel great when tens of thousands of us die prematurely each year because available medical treatments were withheld from them? Can we be proud of propping up health insurance billionaires with the blood money gained from thousands dead each year?  Continue reading

Vital Battle Fronts This Week (7/10/2017)

I. Our Ability to Inform and Organize: Net Neutrality

Our oligarchs want to return to the time where we only had their corporate media to get “information” from and no efficient way to organize via the Internet. Sure, officially, the war on net neutrality is only about money. However, the key here is this: Once Internet providers can separate data streams for different pricing, they can also separate them for blocking political activism and alternative media. If you ask me, that’s the real reason our corrupt corporate politicians are so eager to comply with the industry giants’ call for differently priced lanes on the Internet.

It’s very clear that Trump-appointed new FCC Chair (and former Verizon lawyer) Ajit Pai – do I dare to think of him as a swamp creature? – wants to undo the net neutrality rules many of us fought so hard for in 2015.

Demand Progress is organizing a fight to keep net neutrality intact. They write:

Net neutrality is the principle that the internet should be an open platform where anyone can build a website, open a small business, and create a community. It’s the idea that no matter how you use the net for your job, your school, or keeping in touch with friends and family, you get treated the same online.”

Americans in every corner of the country support net neutrality—and that’s why we now have rules that stop cable companies like Comcast and Verizon from throttling or slowing down sites—or determining what you can see or post online.”

We’re taking a page from Bernie’s book. We’re working with senior organizing staffers from Bernie’s campaign on a bold new plan: build teams of people in key states and congressional districts who’ll be ready to recruit an even larger cadre to swarm district offices, pack town halls, and stage protests outside Verizon and AT&T storefronts.”

They give this DONATIONS LINK.

 

II. GOP/Trump“care” Could get Snuck Through THIS WEEK

Congress’ plan to finance tax breaks for the super-rich robber billionaires who cannot even feel the difference this will make in their wealth by murdering 28,600 Americans each year through denial of healthcare (in addition to the many thousands already dying from denied healthcare every year) may be snuck through the Senate THIS VERY WEEK like it was done in the HOUSE two months ago.

The “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would be better called Wealthcare than Trumpcare, caring exclusively about the wealth of the already wealthiest handful of money aristocrats on Earth while leaving many of the rest of us to die, even as doctors and nurses, treatments, and medications are on standby, waiting to be PAID before they help – but not getting paid and therefore not helping – in our harebrained health-for-profit system.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, an advocacy group which has been fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare since 1982, says it is working around the clock to defeat the Senate’s disastrous Trumpcare bill — the bill which so sanctimoniously will gut Medicaid, weaken Medicare, dramatically increase health care costs for millions of older Americans (like five times!!!) and add 22 million MORE Americans to those who have to subsist without any health insurance (with the resulting early deaths already mentioned).

Here is their DONATIONS LINK.


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We Are So Out-Donated on Political Campaigns, We Are Letting Our Information Sources Die

Truthout, which for the longest time has been providing trustworthy and critical news coverage unlike all those mainstream media — the same Truthout about whose hair-raising revelations I have often reported here — just gave out a final desperate yell for financial help. For years, Truthout has always survived on reader donations (like I would like to do, too). In their current fund drive, they have whittled down the missing donations amount to about $10,000. However, after all our donating to Bernie Sanders and other anti-corporate candidates and campaigns, we seem to be reaching our limit. Truthout writes:  Continue reading

Our Political Narrative Finally Matures: Healthcare Rally with Bernie & Co

Great speeches. Tough and spot-on words being spoken at last. Finally, the language is evolving with which we can make change happen.

When the devious 13-senator wealthcare plan (sic) was revealed late last week, Bernie Sanders and various working class people spoke out at a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The video coverage, though it starts out a bit lame and has some interspersed lulls, is well worth watching or listening to because here, at last, we can witness a real change, a real maturing, of the narrative in our public discourse. At last, people are rightfully and unabashedly questioning the humanity of those robber billionaires who scheme to add more to their already astronomic wealth at the expense of tens of thousands of the rest of us having to die untimely deaths, and many more of us having to suffer great pain and agony from lack of medications and treatments.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: The Time for Compromise and Reform is Over — We Have Been Lied To, Manipulated, Used, Abused, and Oppressed Enough (Video)

Former war correspondent and unbending alternative voice speaking truth to power, Chris Hedges, spoke at a rally for the likewise staunch people’s representative Kshama Sawant: The time has come to end the forces of death and stand up for the forces of life. We must rebel, not for what we may or may not eventually achieve but for who it allows us to become. This is the fight of our lives. The last fight. If we lose this one, we lose everything:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kshama’s Rally Chris Hedges”)

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