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Name: Nick Xylas
Gender: Male
Hometown: Bristol
Home country: England
Current location: Bristol
Member since: Sat May 13, 2006, 07:28 PM
Number of posts: 5,776

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An unorthodox Orthodox financial system

Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with either the author or the website that this article comes from. I present it without comment:-

A serious question for Martin O'Malley supporters: who are you?

Please believe me when I say that I mean no disrespect to you or your candidate when I ask that. It's just that the narrative regarding Hillary v Bernie is fairly clear. To put it broadly, in the least inflammatory way that I can, Hillary appeals to more establishment Dems and Bernie to those on the left of the party. But I am still trying to figure out what distinguishes Mr O'Malley from the other two candidates, or what section of the Democratic Party he appeals to. So I figured the best way to find out was to ask.

Building the movement

Bernie has made it very clear that he doesn't want to be seen as some sort of messiah. And whilst I don't want to catapult the propaganda about Hillary's inevitability, we have to at least consider the possibility that Bernie may not be the next POTUS. Therefore, I wanted to start a thread on building an alternative economy that can function whoever is in the White House at any given time. I found this article on a traditionalist Catholic website, and whilst most of us here are not part of the intended audience, I thought it contained some useful information nonetheless. I hope that others will chime in with additional solutions to reclaim the American economy from the oligarchs.


Bernie meme spotted on Facebook

Apologies if this has been shared before:

Genius trolling

Check out the first response:

Crowdfunded bailout of Greece

Hardly realistic, I know, but wouldn't it be great if the forces of austerity and capitalism-without-democracy were defeated by millions of ordinary people showing #SolidarityWithGreece


Transportation emerges as crucial to escaping poverty

Even the New York Times (finally) gets it:


Petition to Facebook to allow use of monastic names

As you may be aware, Facebook has recently instituted a new policy that monastic names are no longer allowed. Abbot Tryphon, an Orthodox abbot, was ordered to use the name on his birth certificate, a name he has not used in over 30 years. This petition specifically relates to Orthodox monastics, but I know Catholic monks and nuns are given new names when they are tonsured too. I don't know if there is a separate petition for them. I don't want to sound like one of the "war on Christmas" crowd, but this seems like a petty regulation that benefits nobody. Please sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-maxine-williams-stop-stripping-orthodox-christian-clergy-of-church-names-on-facebook?hc_location=ufi

Pittsburgh Bald Eagles

Webcam in an eagle's nest:


My wife is completely addicted to this site.

Public Transportation Trends Expose Ecological, Economic and Social Crossroads

U.S. travel by public transportation soared last year to its highest level in nearly six decades, a report revealed MondayŚmarking what many say is a positive step that underscores the need for broader environmental and social justice.

"This is a very good thing with respect to global climate conditions, but we need more improvements nationwide," said Barbara Lott-Holland co-chair of the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, in an interview with Common Dreams. "If we are serious about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, we need to dramatically change the mode of transportation from single passenger automobiles to zero emissions public transit."

With a record 10.7 billion trips nationwide, public transportation use has been climbing for decades, reveeals the report released by by the American Public Transportation Association. Ridership is up 37.2 percent since 1995, yet the U.S. population has only increased 20.3 percent since then. Furthermore, the report finds that 2013 was the eighth year in a row that ridership exceeded 10 billion trips across the country, amounting to an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous year, compared with a 0.3 percent increase in vehicle miles nation-wide.

Virginia Miller, spokesperson for APTA, told Common Dreams that use of public transportation increased "when the economy started to come back." She said that "nearly 60 percent of trips on transit are for work commute," citing data the association collected between 2000 and 2005.

More at: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/11-5
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