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Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future? (First real MSM coverage?)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?


Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?

Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
“Tar sands oil has the highest carbon content of any oil that we know of,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve on the April 1 edition of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. “And right now, the spill we’re seeing in Arkansas is a devastating problem. And the real shocker about it … is that this pipeline carries one tenth of what the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry.”
One Mayflower local recorded a video of the spill:

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not sure if rules allow embedding the video from the original MSNBC post, but that and the rest of the story here:
http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/01/is-the-arkansas-pipeline-spill-a-glimpse-into-our-oil-soaked-future/

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines

I don't even know what to say.

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines


The movie could have been called "Mr. Squid Goes To Washington."

Unfortunately, Goldman Sachs has rejected a shareholder's proposal that it run for political office as the next logical step in the corporations-are-people paradigm. Goldman's declaration, first reported by Bloomberg, came in response to a request from shareholder John Harrington, citing the Supreme Court's decision, in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, that corporations are people that have a right to exercise free speech by spending unlimited money on politics.

Harrington says Goldman is already warping the political process by pumping cash into political action committees and filling the ranks of government with its alumni. Everybody would be better off if Goldman just went ahead and ran for office itself, Harrington says.

"The Proponent believes that such activity would do less to undermine the integrity of the national political process and the company's reputation than the manner in which the Company currently wields influence over the U.S. government," Harrington's proposal says.

more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/goldman-sachs-political-office_n_2955632.html

I don't know what is going on, but I do know this....

So help me God, if the Democrats give one more inch on *anything, it will be a bloodbath in 14. I have said it before here, and I will say it again. The mood of the country is exactly that, and if the powers that be can't figure that out, God help us. We have the power, right now, at this moment, to get our party back to it's roots and put a stake in the heart of the Republicans for a couple more presidential election cycles, as well as set this country back on it's proper and historic course. I don't know what kind of back-room deals are being played right now, but I, for one, am over it...and there are millions like me. Just look at Ed's polls, night after night. I guess we have to take a few more to the woodshed, it looks like, and 14 is the name of the game. If you feel like I do, you need to be burning up the phone lines to your delegations and the White House. If you are at all able, get active with your local party. If you are able, for God sake RUN FOR OFFICE. NOW. This is the time, and it appears they still don't get it. If you can't run, volunteer. Make calls. Stay engaged. Communicate with your neighbors. Continue voter outreach and registration unabated. If you think this last cycle was horrendous, next time will be harder, as it won't be a presidential election. We have to motivate everyone to get out again, just one more time, en masse. This is the world we live in now. It is our reality.

If I wasn't trying to fundraise right now for my charity, I would have

reposted this FB thing. Alas, I couldn't. But I did see another "Usually I don't post these" threads earlier, so I will take my turn- with the admonition that I refrain religiously, lest we turn DU into FB Lite. This, however, is so succinct and poignant, I just have to:

I have a proposal for Congressman Paul Ryan.

In light of his continued dogged quest to stick it to our seniors with cuts to Medicare (raising the age), I have finally seen the light. He might be right. In examining the budget issues, the so-called defect crisis, etc for lo these many months and years now, I have come to the conclusion that belt-tightening is, in fact, in order. First, there is absolutely no way that our elected representatives can be considered employees of the Federal government, because they are not. They are elected representatives. Since they are not employees, I suggest we strip them of any benefits they may be (in fact, most certainly are claiming). I suggest they plan for their retirement with the advisor of their choosing, who can steer them to available plans in the open market. At 175k per year, I'm sure Mr. Ryan will be able to do a better job at planning for his senior years than just about anyone. Which brings me to my next suggestion: $175,000 per year really seems salty, if you ask me. Being that Congress is generally in session only about 3 days a week when they are even in session, it really boggles the mind when you break it down per hour. (I will forego any mention of evaluating the quality of the "work" performed, and pretend it is of at least average quality, enough to avoid termination if he were an actual employee). I say we build on Sen. Claire McGaskill's lead with the sequester legislation she introduced on the pay cuts, and extend it to the general deficit discussion. There must be a million ways our congress-critters have built a cushy life out of the "job" in Washington. Not having been there myself, there are probably others here who could add ides to the discussion. What do you all think? Cut their pay, dismantle their benefits and turn them loose to the open market?
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 04:01 AM (7 replies)

Ind. Senate calls for U.S. constitutional convention

Source: Indy Star

Indiana would seek a U.S. constitutional convention — the first ever called by the states — under a measure that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The idea is being pushed by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. When the Fort Wayne Republican found himself under fire from conservatives and tea party activists for blocking bills that defy the federal government — bills Long said were unconstitutional — he came up with an answer: Rewrite the constitution.

Long’s resolution, if it clears the House, will make Indiana the first state to seek a constitutional convention this year limited to two issues: restricting the federal government’s use of the interstate commerce provision and its taxing authority.

Long just needs 33 more states to agree. It takes two-thirds of the states to agree to invoke Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution to call for a constitutional convention to rewrite some or all of the document.

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130226/NEWS05/302260067/Ind-Senate-calls-U-S-constitutional-convention?nclick_check=1



All I would add is if they go there, I intend to be a delegate. Mods I originally posted in GD thinking it was a blog posting, but this is a news article from Indy Star.

This is rich...are you ready? Ind. Senate calls for U.S. constitutional convention

Ind. Senate calls for U.S. constitutional convention

Indiana would seek a U.S. constitutional convention — the first ever called by the states — under a measure that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The idea is being pushed by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. When the Fort Wayne Republican found himself under fire from conservatives and tea party activists for blocking bills that defy the federal government — bills Long said were unconstitutional — he came up with an answer: Rewrite the constitution.

Long’s resolution, if it clears the House, will make Indiana the first state to seek a constitutional convention this year limited to two issues: restricting the federal government’s use of the interstate commerce provision and its taxing authority.

Long just needs 33 more states to agree. It takes two-thirds of the states to agree to invoke Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution to call for a constitutional convention to rewrite some or all of the document.

More:
http://www.indystar.com/article/20130226/NEWS05/302260067/Ind-Senate-calls-U-S-constitutional-convention?nclick_check=1
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I posted here instead of LBN, not sure rules...this appears to be from the IndyStar blog. Sounds like Occupy may not have been out of bounds after all. Even the legislature agrees. I toss my name in the hat to be a delegate, should it ever pass. On edit: I don't think it's a blog, it's a staff story. I'm going to cross post to LBN.

Fascinating article about NationBuilder- a startup co to help anybody run a well-organized campaign.

At least I thought the concept was fascinating. From the article:

NationBuilder's potentially revolutionary tools help political campaigns quickly and efficiently build a website, accept donations and manage highly customized inventories of potential constituents and donors for as little as $19 a month, depending on how many people are in the database (called a "nation.")

also:

Although NationBuilder also markets its services to non-profits, businesses and local governments, Gilliam's real goal is to empower the 509,000 elected officials in the United States to run more organized and effective campaigns and, in turn, make the political system more democratic.

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/02/nationbuilder_los_angeles_startup_tech_election_tool_jim_gilliam.php

Kickapoo for Wihsadoo! :)

Defeat from the jaws of victory? The SS cuts (chained cpi) will mean a Democratic bloodbath in 14.

I, for one, will have a hard time being motivated about anything. The party, the national party, the DNC had better get right on all of this, and right quick. We are on the cusp on putting some firm footing under ourselves for the first time since I was a small child. But SS should remain off the table. Period. That's *NOT their money to cut. That money is supposed to be entirely off limits to politicos to settle budget issues with. That money is supposed to be in a trust fund. If Democrats stand firm on this, we will be on the right side of history. We will be where the people are. If we cave now, the party will have completely ceded all of the gains we made in 2012. We will cede all of the passion, the motivation, the pride that comes with being a Democrat. Where is my motivation to go out and canvass after the SS cuts? Those cuts will hit the youngest voters hardest, and those are the exact voters we Democrats are attracting. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
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