Sunday, June 3, 2012

Things to Know - 4 June

1.  Noam Chomsky is here to open our eyes to the fact that atrocities are not just things that other people or nations do.  We have more than our share, and we have no talent on how to accept responsibility, either morally or legally:

2.  As long as we are exposing corporate power abuse, let's turn to Honeywell.  Remember those old black and white photos of hired muscle and guns beating union strikers, here is how it is done in the 21st century:

3.  Citizens United has created, or allowed a real problem, to exist that upends our open democracy.  Not very many rulings by the Supreme Court are pivotal in our history, but this one sure is.  One way to chip this one back is an appeal involving the State of Montana that has as one of its laws that corporate money cannot enter into state elections, and that law is 100 years old.  Indeed, this will open up discussion, and reflect upon how crappy Citizens United is for us.  In the discussion and decision of the Montana case, it may turn out that Citizens United is turned back, at least on any and all state levels, and possibly at the Federal level, which dooms Citizens United.  So what does the conservative Roberts Court do on this - it schedules the review on the Montana case to occur AFTER the November election.   Isn't this a sweet country or what?:

4.  Boehner, Romney, McConnell, and all those running around pushing the privatization of public agency, and demanding cuts in both taxes for the wealthy and cuts in benefits at the bottom - PAY ATTENTION:

5.  This is an interesting, and for the most part unbiased, article on which candidate would be the best one to fix the nation's economy:

6.  Another way to look at the game plan that the Republicans say that they will institute is ....well, let's put it this way, according to Paul Krugman, we are already doing what the GeeOpee says they are going to do - slash taxes and cut spending.  And, look what it has got us...and why do we need to pile on more?

7.  This editorial from the NY Times makes a good case for making an end run around the Citizens United block in road:

8.  My opinion on this editorial is that the kid should trade in the car and get a Toyota Corolla or Kia, and put the rest up for his UCLA education and his wireless phone bill:


"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise." 
       -- Bertrand Russell
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
       -- George Best
"The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking." 
       -- Louis Vermeil
"Imitation is the sincerest form of television." 
       -- Fred Allen

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