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is fully committed to promoting the absolute best interests of all human beings and our Mother Earth.
Small, traditionally organized quasi-communal tribes, that comprised societies of peoples ancestrally indigenous to these lands, who had a totally symbiotic relationship with the natural world, evolved thought processes, perceptions, and relationships with the natural world that are light years different from the impersonal chaos of this Eurochristian industrial based society in so many ways, that the word "better" as apparently meant in the OP subject line, is probably inappropriate.
Who in their right mind would willingly assimilate into this totally insane ass backwards system that sees the destruction of the universe as progress?
When your entire evolutionary process was outside the box, stuffing yourself into the box is not really all that appealing.
"My young men shall never work, men who work cannot dream; and wisdom comes to us in dreams. You ask me to plow the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mothers breast? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest. You ask me to dig for stone. Shall I dig under her skin for her bones? Then when I die I cannot enter her body to be born again. You ask me to cut grass and make hay and sell it and be rich like white men. But how dare I cut off my mother's hair?" ~ Smohalla
Huggins: "You say that wisdom comes in dreams, and that they who work cannot dream ; yet the white man, who works, knows many things and can do many things of which the Indian is ignorant."
Smohalla: "His wisdom is that of his own mind and thoughts. Such wisdom is poor and weak."
Huggins: "What is the wisdom of which you speak, that comes in dreams ?"
Smohalla: "Each one must learn for himself the highest wisdom. It cannot be taught in words."
Like the difference between apples and oranges.
Posted by Zorra | Tue Oct 14, 2014, 12:34 PM (2 replies)
Unfortunately, for the people of the world, I was not nominated. It's too late now, it was a one time offer; best to make hay while the sun shines. You snooze, you lose. Things are now way too far gone for me to be able to fix now, the Third Way has totally destroyed the Democatic Party in service of the 1%, and now only non-violent revolution can bring about the changes necessary to create genuine democracy in the US.
Could I have done better than Obama? Well, let's just say, I would definitely have at least made a serious effort to do so.
It's not so much what Obama didn't accomplish, it's mostly that he didn't even make an effort to accomplish the critical things that needed to be done, and made no explanation to us as to why he did not even try to accomplish these very necessary things.
Anyway, here's my offer, the underlined paragraph below is a current edit.
Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 02:29 PM
I guess I'm gonna run for President.
Edited on Tue Mar-29-11 02:44 PM by Zorra
I don't really want or need much, so if y'all just pay me $10 an hour (just for 40 hrs a week, no OT) so I can pay for my food, and some reasonably affordable medical bennies, I'll work for you. I'll live in an RV powered by solar on the WH grounds so I don't have to cost y'all much to support me. I'll use my own car and bicycle, and take public transpo when flying somewhere necessary. I can make my own lunches, too.
I promise never to lie to you. You can put everything I do as President on live video, (except for some hours when I sleep, or shit like critical national security issues that can't be in the open cuz it would counterproductive, but you can televise all the entrances to my place 24/7 and monitor communications if you want) kind of like a reality show, only real reality. I don't really want anything, except for everyone to be as happy as posiible and have enough to eat and stuff like that. So I have nothing to gain except to serve my people and create a better world for everyone. I don't particularly want to do this cuz it will be a real hassle, but I think I would do a really good job at it, so I'd do it for awhile, I don't have much of anything better to do but contemplate existence and that gets old after awhile. And hey, if someone wants to shoot me, no BFD. I'm gonna die someday anyway. Can't scare me.
I will lean on Congress so hard that they will either do what is right for the American people or I will clearly expose their corrupt ulterior motivations (gaining wealth and power through service to wealthy private interests) individually and collectively for everyone to see.
The first thing I will do after my inauguration is issue an Executive Order ending all lobbying of public officials by anyone or anything (corporations are NOT people) and making it a major felony to offer public officials money (other than their salary/bennies of course). In the same EO, I will make it a major felony for a public official to accept money. Punishable by life in prison. I'll shoot it out with SCOTUS later.
The second EO will declare that the recent SCOTUS bench legislation allowing unlimited funding of political campaigns is an imminent threat and clear and present danger to our country, and that the SCOTUS bench legislation is moot. I'll shoot it out with SCOTUS later.
The third EO will outlaw electronic voting and establish a transparent voting system that will be as incorruptible and foolproof as is humanly possible, probably based on the Canadian model.
I'm real good at managing money. If Congress cooperates, I will balance the budget by ending wars, cutting defense spending, and taxing corporations and the wealthy at the same rate that was in effect during the Eisenhower administration. Balancing the budget really shouldn't be too hard if given an honest try. I will assemble a team of talented, dedicated, honest people with no ulterior motives (corporate interests) eliminating unnecessary spending that is not fully geared to the benefit of human beings. Banks and corporations will be regulated beyond their ability to cause deliberate economic harm or any significant economic harm caused by incompetence or unabashed greed. Fines for violating these regulations will be massive enough to be a very strong deterrent to corruption. Severe ciminal penalties will be in place where applicable. No company will want to risk it.
Then, New Deal II begins ASAP, with the cooperation of Congress, of course. Anyone that wants to, and is willing and able to work, will be able to get a job. Might be minimum wage, but that can't be helped. Rebuilding infrastructure and implementing alternative energy systems en masse will be main projects of New Deal II. A major investment in education will be at the top of the agenda.
Universal single payer healthcare will be established during my administration.
The primary key to the success of my administration will be absolute honesty, integrity, incorruptibility (is that a word? you know what I mean if it ain't) and all around ability . It will be all out in the open, no secrecy, no bullshit. Any pol tries to pull dishonest bullshit I'll personally call them out and shame them in public. You'll see exactly where your money is going, and what your government is doing.
I will do everything in my power to protect you from economic, social, political, and physical harm caused by wealthy private interests and any governments or terrorist agents they may employ to attempt to overthrow our government again.
Guess you already figured we won't be wasting our money on unneccessary wars anymore, so we close up shop in whatever countries we're occupying at the time, and bring the troops home.
Anyway, that's a start. We'll have to work some of the bugs out of course. But here's the thing: We can do this. Again, simple honesty and transparency, common sense, reasonable intelligence, will, dedication, imagination, sincere motivation, character, and ability are all we need to retake our government, and create for ourselves a really awesome nation to live in and raise our children in.
If someone caps me, the ball will still be rolling. I guarantee my VP will be smarter, more capable, more dedicated, and better looking than me.
If you want real change, the rough blueprint is above. That's pretty much all I have to say. Oh, yeah, don't ever send me any money.
So, anyway, vote for me, my name is Zorra, and let's get this thing done so I can get back to hangin' at the beach ASAP.
Thanks. Have an awesome day.
Posted by Zorra | Sat Sep 27, 2014, 11:50 AM (0 replies)
destiny has been stolen from us by the 1%, and the only way to get it back from them is to take it through focused, extremely well planned, effective, and relentless non-violent democratic direct action, that has in place foolproof safeguards that will prevent conscienceless, greedy authoritarian egotists from ever assuming power before and/or after transition.
The next step is to insure that the people are well provided with the necessities of life during transition, and maintain the degree of freedom and safety to which they are accustomed until the new democracy is able to increase their freedom to the point where we can genuinely democratically choose our own national destiny as one united people, and effect our own means to increase our safety and happiness, free from interference from the self-interested greed and megalomania of those who would seek to control our government for their own pleasure. Which they are doing right now to the extreme detriment of all the other people in our country and our world.
Changing the power structure is always risky business; rulers from the economically privileged and morally/ethically bankrupt class never give up their place, and their power willingly, and will commit all manner of crimes against humanity in order to maintain and increase their wealth, power, control, and authority.
Jefferson thought it out very well while he was writing the Declaration of Independence, but he and the other revolutionaries of his day were unable to install the safeguards necessary to prevent wealthy sociopaths from taking over the government because of the necessity of compromising with those who were already asserting that the rights of commercial interests needed to be recognized as sometimes necessarily taking precedence over the will and rights of the people. The 1% sabotaged democracy in the US pretty much before day one, and the conundrum we face today regarding our national situation is the direct result of the founders not implementing safeguards to prevent wealthy sociopaths from usurping the government of the United States.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security...."
It takes a village to raze a government.
Posted by Zorra | Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:54 AM (2 replies)
lose the Democratic base, and destroy the Democratic party forever.
This way the 1% takes complete control of the population and any and all hope of electoral democracy is gone forever.
If Obama and the large Democratic majorities elected in 2008 had done what the left elected them to do and expected them to do, republicans would not have slaughtered us in 2010. By following a pro-democratic agenda, Democrats would have become more popular and increased majorities with each election.
We could have had it all; we could have begun progressing and evolving rapidly, in a safe, sane, clean way. But progressing and evolving is bad for business, and the business of America is Corporations Uber Alles.
Instead, here we are once again, dropping bombs on
Because this has been the plan all along.
Doesn't matter though, does it? There is nothing we can do about it. Because republicans are far worse, and no genuine pro-democracy party can arise because the media has turned 75% of the American populace into vapid, sheep like morons, addicted to spending the majority of their free waking time watching idiots say and do idiotic things on television, and then living their lives being who they were taught to be.
The same idiots they watch on television.
A Video Lobotomy.
Posted by Zorra | Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:09 AM (8 replies)
abstraction and conceptualization.
The majority of DUers get Occupy instantly, it is natural for them.
Others...not so much.
Those that get Occupy intrinsically understand that you can't kill an idea. (No matter how hard you try!)
Try this: Think of Occupy as a seed of a tree that cannot be killed. The seed has sprouted, and the tree is now growing, spreading roots and branches. Recent events in Scotland are a small branch of the young, healthy Occupy tree. Someday the roots of the Occupy seed will take all the nutrients from the noxious weeds among which it has sprouted, and the bad weeds will die. The shade of the mature Occupy tree will prevent the seeds of the noxious weeds from ever growing again.
Posted by Zorra | Thu Sep 18, 2014, 07:43 PM (0 replies)
are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
Do you get it now? Hopefully, this clarifying statement made by Donald Rumsfeld in 2002, outlining the absolute necessity of perpetual war, will remove all doubt from your mind about the need for the US to go to war...somewhere.
Congress understood this infallibly logical reason to go to war back in 2002.
Now do you get it? Because Isis is double extra evil, we need to strike quickly to destabilize the status quo in Outer Mongolia, or somewhere else. For clearly, we are dealing with unknown unknowns...you know, the ones we don't know we don't know.
I trust this was helpful.
Posted by Zorra | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 04:56 PM (1 replies)
But...no. Wouldn't it make more sense to simply stop destroying the planet, and stop depleting all of our resources in service of profit interests? The system is based on exploitation, profit, waste, and death. People who have been displaced and had their homelands and ability to produce food taken from them because of the greed need of our planet killing system won't have food no matter how much is produced...because they don't have any money to pay for it. The system is what is starving, and killing, people and the planet.
UN Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oil seeds, meat and dairy plus 30% for fish.
Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).
The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).
U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year
February 27, 2014 3:02 PM ET
The sheer volume of food wasted in the U.S. each year should cause us some shame, given how many people are hungry both in our own backyard and abroad.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided us with a way to understand our flagrant annual waste in terms of calories, too. It's pretty mind-boggling — 141 trillion calories down the drain, so to speak, or 1,249 calories per capita UN Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction per day.
And if we could actually reduce this staggering quantity of food waste, the price of food worldwide might go down, according to a report from researchers at USDA's Economic Research Service, Jean Buzby, Hodan Wells and Jeffrey Hyman.
To come up with these estimates of all the food that was harvested but never eaten, the team the latest available data from 2010. This "lost" food encompasses all of the edible food available for consumption — including food that spoils or gets contaminated by mold or pests. It also includes the food that's "wasted" — i.e. food discarded by retailers because it's blemished, and the food left on our plates.
Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill
Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S.
land, and swallows 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the
United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165
billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S.
municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing food losses by
just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in
six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables. Increasing the efficiency of our food system is a triple-
bottom-line solution that requires collaborative efforts by businesses, governments and consumers. The U.S.
government should conduct a comprehensive study of losses in our food system and set national goals for waste
reduction; businesses should seize opportunities to streamline their own operations, reduce food losses and save
money; and consumers can waste less food by shopping wisely, knowing when food goes bad, buying produce that
is perfectly edible even if it’s less cosmetically attractive, cooking only the amount of food they need, and eating their leftovers.
All this hysterical
UNLESS WE USE GMOS THE CHILDREN WILL STARVE IN ETHIOPIA! GMO's ARE OUR ONLY HOPE!
argument is a bunch of propaganda put out by corporations who only care about their bottom lines and couldn't care less about starving kids in Outer Mongolia or anywhere else unless they can get a reasonable profit return my keeping them alive.
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
JOHANNESBURG, 7 July 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
WFP is appealing for US$186 million to maintain its food assistance to refugees in Africa through the end of the year, while UNHCR is asking for $39 million to fund nutritional support and food security activities to refugees in the affected countries. A joint report by WFP and UNHCR released last week warns that failure to prevent continued ration cuts will lead to high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children and the most vulnerable.
Worst hit have been refugees in Chad, Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan where a total of nearly half a million refugees are experiencing ration cuts of 50 to 60 percent.
The funding shortfall is not the result of shrinking budgets for either WFP or UNHCR, but a substantial increase in the need for food assistance generated by an unprecedented number of refugee emergencies in 2014. “The amount of large-scale, simultaneous emergencies has never been so high to the best of my memory,” said Paul Spiegel, UNHCR’s deputy director of programme support and management, speaking to IRIN from Geneva.
Posted by Zorra | Mon Aug 18, 2014, 06:20 PM (1 replies)
about the possible effects of GMO's on the environment must be Fox News watchers, right? Or is it the fact that we are stifling corporate interests and profits that has you so upset about people with legitimate concerns about the environment, and what we put into our bodies?
I'm a vegetarian, have been an organic food farmer, and have used Mendelian genetics (within the same species) to breed plants and create unique hybrid plants with specific desired characteristics. I have never watched Fox News, haven't watched TV for several decades, and as a liberal, I wouldn't be caught dead in a Whole Foods store. And I don't tell people what they should eat.
GM technology enables technicians to place into a plant's genome genes from other species of plants, from bacteria, viruses, animals, etc...and there's no fucking way on earth that we can know the long term effects of this inter-species gene swapping at this point in time.
This is a legitimate concern for many people. Until Monsanto, etc. stops their "don't worry children, this stuff will never hurt you, move along now, (we have tons of profit to make)" propaganda, and proves that there will not be any health, environmental, etc. problems caused by this unnatural inter-species genetic modification process, people will have this legitimate concern. And there is no way to prove that GMO's are safe without testing them on large subject populations and natural environments over a period of many decades. What GMO marketing corporations are doing right now is testing their GMO's on us to make sure that they are safe, and, of course, making gazillions in profit while using us as their lab rats, and the earth as their lab environment.
It's simply not reasonable to turn so many brand new organisms loose on the planet without substantial research proving that these organisms will not be harmful in the long term. The "don't worry, if it breaks, we'll fix it" argument doesn't work with anyone but idiots and corporations drooling over major profits.
Regulation of genetically modified organisms in the European Union
The regulations concerning the import and sale of GMOs for human and animal consumption grown outside the EU involve providing freedom of choice to the farmers and consumers. All food (including processed food) or feed which contains greater than 0.9% of approved GMOs must be labelled.
Twenty-Six Countries Ban GMOs—Why Won’t the US?
Posted by Zorra | Sat Aug 16, 2014, 01:37 PM (1 replies)
Aren't I good? Those feminist girls are bad, they won't do anything you tell them to do! They're bad girls, aren't they daddy?
Don't worry, I won't ever be like them. I know that daddy knows best."
Posted by Zorra | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 12:33 PM (0 replies)
President to do, and Democrats would have maintained their majority in the House in 2010 and thereafter, and would probably have elected and maintained a 60 vote majority in the Senate. 2010 was the key; we lost our shot at an FDR type Democratic dynasty because Obama is simply too conservative, and did not attempt to tackle the issues that were important to dear to the hearts of a Democratic base that was hungry for progressive change after the fascist horrors of the Bush years.
On turnout, the numbers were not evenly balanced for Democrats and Republicans. Only 65 percent of Obama’s 2008 supporters stuck with the party in 2010 and voted for a Democrat in the House. The remaining 28 percent of Mr. Obama’s voters took the midterm election off. By comparison, only 17 percent of McCain’s voters from 2008 sat out the midterms.
We wanted to see a strong attempt at undoing the damage of the Bush years. We got lots of rhetoric instead and futility instead. People were disappointed because they did not see much of an attempt made to solve the real problems that they wanted to get solved. When we saw that our concerns were only going to be minimally addressed, we lost enthusiasm. And the stupid voters among us, as stupid voters will always do when they don't get instant gratification, did not vote. Bad strategy, bad policy, terrible long game by Democrats. They should have all crushed republicans into submissive compliance on day one, instead of asking them to the prom, and then acting so surprised when republicans raped them after the dance.
Just read progressive posts on DU between 2009 - 2010, and you will get a clear picture of why we were slaughtered in the 2010 election, an event that led to what has been, to a large degree, a type of lame duck presidency for Obama.
I'm a lifetime country girl, and one thing every country raised person knows better than anything else:
You gotta make hay while the sun shines if you want to survive.
If you don't make hay before the rain, your hay is useless for feeding the critters or selling for cash, and all you have left is straw that's only good for mulch or bedding.
Now, I'm not saying that Obama hasn't gotten anything of value at all done, he's been pretty good on some civil rights issues, and I am grateful for this. It's just that Kucinich would have done so much more. Kucinich would have made an attempt to subjugate Wall St., and neutralize some of their power.
And, we'd have Medicare for all right now, and private health insurance casinos would be out of business.
One of the biggest differences between Obama and Kucinich is that Kucinich is streetwise, and Obama is so naive he actually thought he would be able to work with republicans. Seriously duh. And Kucinich would never have appointed republicans and conservatives to anything, or let holdover republicans hang around and sabotage him. etc, etc,
Anyway, no use crying over spilled milk; it's useless. The problem is, most Democratic voters don't learn their lesson, and are propagandized into voting for whoever the 1% wants them to nominate, so we'll have another Third Way or New Democrat or DLC or whatever the hell they'll be calling themselves President next time around, except if some dumbass Democrats get disgusted and just give up and not vote, giving us a republican President, which will make the 1% even happier than a Third Way President.
And the status quo will be maintained. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer, the drillers will keep on drillin', the banksters will keep on robbing us, unions will keep getting busted, politicians will keep on privatizing, and corporations will take even more control of the government and our lives, there won't be a damn thing we can do about it except cry in our cheap Chinese plastic bowl of dollar store mac and cheese.
Sorry if I came off as a bit sanctimonious.
Posted by Zorra | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 03:54 PM (0 replies)