“The supreme court justices are pieces of trash just like Congress and the executive branch, treasury and military. This government is broken and so are the people of this country who stand silent against the elite, global corporations and banks pulling the strings using the people as nothing more than their wallets.
Some say it's always been like this. Well shame on the generations of people who tolerated their crap all these years and got used by them because there is an uprising in our future that won't be pretty.”
occupy government on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:42:25
“a bit harsh. but it hasn't been like this for generations. Reagan started this latest episode, as Alex Baldwin writes. Ronnie was a failed actor who played an amiable dunce, and he told people that you can't have a swimming pool because poor people want your money for food stamps and health care. The "welfare queens" were costing you. and you can't have the things you want because other people get things they need.
the conservative governing philosophy for 40 years has been to cut taxes for corporations and the rich and to pit the working class against itself and the poor. there was always a lot of racism, but there never was the level of universal social disharmony, lack of social conscience and rejection of civic duty until Reagan. That is why the Tea Party can blithely shut down government, with all the chaos and distress and feel no shame.
but the signs are favorable. with Yellen at the fed and Hillary in the white house, there will be more women on the bench and a kinder, gentler America.”
“I bring this up frequently as to why we have not made evey active effort to rebuild our economy based on post consumer and post commercial materials. Yes. Trash. A samsung III is about 4 oz - the paper packaging/manual 1.4 lbs. minus the shipping box. Massive waste and way too much clearcutting, drilling, mining and fracking. Theres a fortune is buying post consumer/commercial materials and millions of jobs of every job description from research and development, invention, designing clean manufacturing equipment, collection, separation, transport, and a zillion manufacturing related jobs just waiting to happen. Steel is already processed and it's a matter of remelting and making it into something else, ditto for plastics, rubbers, aluminum, glass, papers based materials and even food waste into compost. Guess it's called eco capitalism. This has to be better than sinking old ships in the ocean instead of reusing the steel. Zero waste and eliminating the requirement to drill, mine and clearcut- clean environment!”
pink4004 on Oct 6, 2013 at 20:53:24
“sand: Yeah....but what does that have to do with the price of wheat?? Hopefully you get my drift”
“And I'll bet they have money and own their home and vehicles too.”
pink4004 on Oct 6, 2013 at 21:01:40
“But mean while have they had any FUN? Have they enjoyed life by traveling, do they attend concerts, the theater, etc. I haven't heard it lately; but I used to always hear people say..."I'm going to Hawaii when I retire." If I want to go to Hawaii why in the H would I WAIT until I retire? I'm enjoying life as I go along. There is such a thing as balance.”
In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.
EPA records show that portions of at least 100 drinking water aquifers have been written off because exemptions have allowed them to be used as dumping grounds.
"You are sacrificing these aquifers," said Mark Williams, a hydrologist at the University of Colorado and a member of a National Science Foundation team studying the effects of energy development on the environment. "By definition, you are putting pollution into them. ... If you are looking 50 to 100 years down the road, this is not a good way to go."
As part of an investigation into the threat to water supplies from underground injection of waste, ProPublica set out to identify which aquifers have been polluted.
We found the EPA has not even kept track of exactly how many exemptions it has issued, where they are, or whom they might affect.
What records the agency was able to supply under the Freedom of Information Act show that exemptions are often issued in apparent conflict with the EPA's mandate”
“If Obamacare replaced insurance companies it would be more palatable. I would rather contribute to national health: medical, dental, vision, psychiatric and lose the insurance companies altogether. Why not just deal with the physicians rather than administrators? Keep it simple. Sweden and Singapore have both nationalized their health care and their citizens are healthy, not like in the U.S. where the crazies are on the streets.”
kbeth on Sep 25, 2013 at 04:03:39
“Crazies on the street, crazies in the House, We can do something to help the ones on the street but there is no hope for the ones in the House and Senate.”
MAH999 on Sep 25, 2013 at 02:07:03
“Most of us understand that but it was not political viable.”
“Banks began outsourcing their legacy banking computer applications starting in about 1978 to TATA in India. $35/hr American vs $15/hr Indian labor. Today 2.5 million jobs leave the U.S. every year. Cadilla is one of the latest to move operations to China. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323372504578468582435347210.html
What is the scale of American jobs lost? Front office postitions: Payroll/personnel, ar, ap, gl, fa, purchasing. Supplier & maintenance jobs gone. Back office: IT positions like programming, customer service, communications, intellectual property like patents, equipment and repair vendors, legal positions, manufacturing positions: design and manufacturing engineers, robots personnel, inventory control, manufacturing component suppliers, shop floor, warehousing, distribution just for starters. This is just one company. Multiply this by thousands. This is why Americans are reduced to merely consumers today, and without jobs to go to.”
OldTulsan on Sep 22, 2013 at 04:32:20
“China Cadillac plant is making cars for the Chinese market
"SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. executives broke ground for a new Cadillac factory in China today to target luxury buyers in the world’s biggest auto market, though they said the segment would grow slower than expected this year..."
If they were for the U.S. market, they probably would be built in Mexico.”
OldTulsan on Sep 22, 2013 at 04:27:28
“Hundreds of U.S. hospitals use offshore radiologists...
On many nights, detailed body scans of patients at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem zip through Internet lines to a suburban Minneapolis office. From there, they might be rerouted to Texas or California, or to France, China, or India, where doctors study the images for signs of disease.
More than two dozen other medical institutions in Massachusetts send their CAT, MRI, and X-ray scans to doctors in other states or foreign countries who often render crucial medical judgments.
To many local hospitals, these so-called ''nighthawk" radiology services are godsends, a global solution to a local problem: a rapidly increasing demand for patient scans, but a shortage of trained radiologists to analyze them. Doctors in other time zones analyze the scans while radiologists here sleep. Often, emergency room doctors on the night shift treat patients based on these far-off diagnoses. Some local radiologists said the volume of work would overwhelm their practices if nighthawk services were not available.
''The bottom line is, did we manage to survive? Yes, we did, using the nighthawk service," said Dr. M. Christian Semine, radiology chairman at North Shore Medical Center, which contracts with one of the nation's largest nighthawk firms, Virtual Radiology Consultants of Minnetonka, Minn..."”
“We had several generations of politicians who actually were capable of seeing poverty and who had, like Martin Luther King for his people, a dream of ending it.
What we have now are politicians whose fetish is money, the most corrupting of all fetishes because it replaces all else as the focus of self-value in those individuals and by their policies in the society as a whole.
When a society makes money the center of power it becomes the focal point, the determination of value. By that standard those who have money are good, and those who don't aren't and have no value. And those who have it, by the circular logic of those minds, got it all by themselves because they're deserving with the help of no one and nothing else, or if with the help of "something else" because they're good and deserving.
And those in this world who don't have money aren't deserving. Those who are in poverty, by the judgment of this modern generation of Conservative politicians, deserve to be in poverty. They have no intention of "ending poverty." They have every intention of enacting and enforcing policies that intensify the differences between our haves and our have nots by allowing those who have to have more which they will have by denying it to those who in their judgment just aren't deserving.
If they were deserving they'd have.
Argument won. Welcome to the Gilded Age.
Credit to John F. McBride, Seattle, WA”
“Solution. An eco economy - develop recycle, remake, reuse. Look in your trash. Every single item is a candidate for a new purpose, instead of mining, drilling, fracking, clearcutting, etc unless it becomes necessary. Think about it. New jobs for every skillset, from laborers, drivers, development of new manufacturing equipment, development of capture, separation, transport (supply chain). Furthermore, an eco economy includes returning the fresh water supply to pure (aquifers, lakes, streams), getting the junk out of the ocean will take scientists, ocean technology, personnel of all skillsets, people who can monitor the health of the oceans and streams, ocean life and return them to pristine.
Also develop new methods of building that reduce heat and cooling energy, develop fuels for vehicles that get 500 mpg, not puny 50 mpg.
It will take money to move forward - remove the subsidies to petroleum companies, big ag, big renewable energy that is a total scam and permanently get out of the countries where we now have troops. Use these many trillions of dollars to transition to an eco capitalistic society and there will be jobs for every single working age person for the next 100 years.
In the meantime, write a new Constitution that forces our government personnel at every level to be treated as "at-will employees" like the rest of us.
“Gee. I wonder if he would take any stake in believing a group of climate scientists who tell him how to treat his patients and that they are more knowledgeable than him about his craft, actively second guess his medical decisions, cut funding for medicare payments to him and best of all denies he's a qualified physician who should be trusted?”
Speaker for Sanity on Aug 27, 2013 at 19:13:10
“Unfortunately, no rational discourse occurred in this message. Perhaps, intelligible communication could occur in another try.”
“Step 1. IRS audit of each person is Congress, Treasury, Supreme Court judges, Wall Street and military heads. Remove the people with financial investments from their offices permanently. The corrupt will not stop until the people stop it. If you don't like what I say, too bad.”
missmo1951 on Aug 20, 2013 at 22:05:53
“Clarence Thomas first. He tends to be so "forgetful" with his finances.”
“I strongly support the legislators who refuses to accept science and the obvious fact that our planet is heating because of man made greenhouse gases heating our atmosphere, to be removed from their positions for incompetence and for lack of comprehension of the massive scientific evidence put before them as legislators.
These men and women are dangerous to the existence of life on this planet. I don't care if it's their religious belief or if it's because they owe favors to global energy companies who financially support their elections campaigns. I call for them to be tried as criminals for crimes against humanity.
If they think the fossil fuel waste water is safe for the masses to drink, I think it should be piped to their home water supply for them and their families to drink. If they promote drilling in the gulf let's send truckloads of the oil that is hovering on the bottom of ocean and dump it in their backyards by the ton, feed them the fish from the gulf to eat and GMO meat and produce to eat.”
tmqharley on Aug 20, 2013 at 03:33:18
“SANDCANYONGAL - the United States is a REPUBLIC which means we elect people who are supposed to represent the public. in cases like these politicians, the ONLY way to do what you suggested is to vote them OUT. come next November, you and I will get that chance. if we sit at home watching " america's got talent" or some other mindless t.v. show, instead of voting, we DESERVE what we get. in other words - WE are the only ones that can REMOVE them from office. NO ONE ELSE.”
“I'm not a historian but some of the global landscape and the occupation of my country in so many countries (Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq - who did I miss?) I'm not surprised we haven't risen up against our country, but then again, neither did the German citizens! Then the reality of the government's intentions rapidly unfolded.”
“I live in rural central California. The people are piss poor. There are no jobs. There was the promise that installing thousands of wind turbines in Mojave and throughout the Tehachapi Mountains would produce a plethera of jobs. There are jobs - specialized jobs withing the energy industry where many of the people are on per diem from Utah and Minnesota and Edison employees from Field Forces in Rosemead, CA. There are many people of color in the Mojave and California City communities. When I go to the local Stater Brothers their carts are nearly empty. These are jobless human beings. How dare this country cut out food for our people because all of the jobs have been outsourced to other countries or subsidized for the rich? Shame on the Democrats, Republicans and us for not caring for our citizens.
Cut the salaries of everyone in Congress, executive office, military and Supreme court by 90% to feed these people for God's sake. Shame on us and end this cruelty.”
“Our country is in total turmoil at the tipping point of instability thanks to both parties, a junior president, out of control military, treasury, Wall Street that are all under control of global corporations and banks. I'm not for violence but it may take another American Revolution to end this reign of terror on the people and the imperialism our country continues to inflict on the world. We have no voice and only taxation, without representation.”
“Simplw. Our enemies are obvious. It is any country that resists the U.S. from setting up contracts with U.S. companies to mine, drill and pipe out their natural resources. It starts with the propaganda machine and escalates to the U.S. sending in troops and drones to bring down the dictator and replace him with a new puppet. Once our military bases are established in the country the companies set up infrastructure like roads, power, bring in the engineers, equipment and start the work of setting up their businesses, Some history. http://www.globalpolicy.org/political-issues-in-iraq/oil-in-iraq.html”
MaxKramer on Jul 27, 2013 at 22:37:12
“And further to that, any group in the U.S. that threatens profits of big companies can now be considered terrorists by the government. They like to label environmental groups now as eco-terrorists whenever possible and many of activists end up on watch lists and even no--fly lists. The police of course will protect corporate wall-street and military interests as was so evident in the occupy protests or the G8 protests.”
I agree. When Warren Buffet, the 4th richest person on this planet gets subsidized, it's high time to end corporate welfare for the rich. With wind subsidies the company pay zero cost of construction and for the next 10 years is on taxpayer welfare. They can go to hell in 2013.”
“Do any of the have phds in climate science, worked in the field, completed their written and oral dissertation on climate change, worked for NOAA, a climate scientist, physicist? Credibility factors would be based on the person's bio. including education, experience and role in the field, not just a title.”