31 Dec 2011

Report from the UN Africa Environmental Conference

Below is a report from Judy Lumb at the recent UN Africa Environmental Conference. She had recently reported how the United States and Saudi Arabia combined to block progress.   The Rights of Nature The proposals developed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia bring together and build upon the progress

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31 Dec 2011

Happy New Year

It was only after her fourth Harvey Wallbanger that Stephanie got into the spirit of the evening… Remember: Keep the ‘u’ out of DUI.

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31 Dec 2011

Update on the Hawaii Senate Race

A week or so ago I wrote a diary in response to Adam Nagourney’s puff piece in the NYT cautioning that Dems could lose a Senate seat in Hawaii, with the retirement of Democrat Daniel Akaka.

As frequently happens, those who commented on that diary brought insight and additional information — far beyond what I’d initially included. One commenter, “Paiagirl,” was especially good.

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31 Dec 2011

A Normal Life

It has been one hell of a year for me as well; when it began I was living in a garage. Then I moved cross country from the warm and sunny South to the frozen North. I briefly visited Clear Lake Iowa where Buddy Holly’s plane went down with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valenzuela, I marched in the streets of the nation’s capital and I watched the sunrise over Freedom Plaza.

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31 Dec 2011

Obama should get out while the getting’s good.

I can think of very few reasons for Obama to want another term. Basic cost-benefit analysis indicates that the costs will far outweigh the benefits. Benefits: 1.  Continue his corporate masters’ and cement their rule.  He wants to be one of them one day, and he almost is.  He’s not

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31 Dec 2011

My New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise.

Lose weight.

Be nicer.

Work with not just this year but many future years and generations and centuries in mind.

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31 Dec 2011

“to own or not to own… that is the question”

More like “that is the QUEST” – no “ion” intended. Look at the spectrum of ownership. PUBLIC……inbetween…….PRIVATE. That is the struggle the world is grappling with today. And it is largely over land. the formula is simple… INCREASING POPULATION = DECREASING LAND. Let’s face it.. just like in the empire

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31 Dec 2011

Wisconsin Prosecutor Formally Requests Re-Opening of Lawsuit Against Anti-Union Law

The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation of Michael Gableman, the Supreme Court justice who received thousands of dollars in free legal services from a high-powered conservative law firm in the state which frequently works on cases before the Court (in a fitting twist, Gableman secured the law firm’s services to defend him in an ethics case). In fact, Michael Best & Friedrich, the law firm in question, worked for the state and Walker’s administration in the case of the anti-union law. Gableman never recused himself from the case, and provided the deciding vote, overturning the ruling from a Dane County district court judge.

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31 Dec 2011

Occupy Houston Update

When I received the Occupy Supply gift card the weather report suggested that a hot, ready to eat meal would be appropriated. My daughter and I visited Kroger on Christmas Eve and came away with $105 worth of groceries. Fortunately, temperatures in the forties meant I did not have to squeeze everything into my refrigerator. Best deals of the day were sweet potatoes at $0.68 per pound, 15 pound bags of russet potatoes for $3.97 and a 16 pound turkey for ten bucks. We also bought a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and a greatly reduced spiral ham.

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31 Dec 2011

Why Is The MN GOP So Messed Up? Sutton Running Buddy Ben Golnik is Part of the Answer

There’s not been much evidence over the years that the folks running the Republican Party of Minnesota are interested in getting to the root of its longstanding problems. Just look at Ben Golnik.

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