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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:09 PM
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31. Good point! I had been saying "50 years to the death of planet earth" but then
I corrected myself to "less than 50 years," because the WWF report actually says "by 2050." I first read the report in 2000. It's now 2011. The clock is ticking. And the U.S. has done nothing but go backwards on environmental protection since that report, including President Obama announcing increased offshore oil drilling just days before the BP oil disaster and then announcing increased federal funding and permits for nuclear plants days before the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Uncanny bad timing! But this insanity is not just his. It is across the board in our political establishment.

It is mind-boggling--and it is one of the many examples of our loss of democracy in the U.S..

We're all worried about Barry Bonds using steroids? Not. But who makes it SEEM AS IF everybody's worried about such trivia. The corporate 'news' monopolies, who write these scripts playing up bullshit and ignoring--not to mention lying about--the very real peril that our planet is in and that our democracy is in. Some of the most blatant idiots ever to have a public forum are now running the U.S. Congress. Who put them there? Not the American people. But do we hear even a breath of objection, from the so-called 'news media,' to corporate-run, 'TRADE SECRET' voting machines all over the U.S. in every state (not to mention the monopoly control of these election theft systems by one, private, far rightwing connected corporation--ES&S, which just bought out Diebold)?

The environment--the survival of our planet-- like war (and the war profiteers), has been placed out of our control.* We the People have NO control on these issues--and of course on other vital issues that involve the profit of the very rich. The corporate media lies, and looks the other way, and makes up bullshit to distract us with, and, like a self fulfilling prophecy, the corporate-run voting machines empower the stupidest among us (and the most corruptible) to write the laws.

A new thought cannot even be born in this atmosphere--that dolphins are sentient and that the ocean is THEIR home, and that dumping nuclear or other toxic waste into it is criminal for that reason (among others).

But check out what Bolivia has done. They've placed the right of Mother Nature ("Pachamama") to exist and prosper, apart from human needs and desires, in their Constitution! That's the kind of thinking that real democracy produces--thinking that is relevant to the crisis at hand. We need to look to Latin America for real democracy these days. They have it. We no longer do.

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*(It's quite interesting that the $3.9 billion e-voting boondoggle that spread corporate election theft machines all over the U.S. was passed by the Anthrax Congress in the same month as the Iraq War Resolution--Oct '02. I think this was done partly in anticipation of the American people revolting against the Iraq War--with nearly 60% of the American people opposed to it during that period (Feb '03, all polls)--to keep Bush/Cheney in the White House and the war on track--and partly for future uses, like the fascist junta running Congress now. The corpo-fascist planners must be laughing out loud at how easily they put that one over on us--the 'TRADE SECRET' voting machines. One of things we need to understand is that they couldn't have done it without the collusion of the Democratic Party leadership. Lifelong Democratic voter and supporter here, so I don't make that accusation lightly or easily. Our leaders utterly betrayed us on this--out of fear or out of collusion, probably a mixed bag. It was, after all, the Anthrax Congress. But NOTHING excuses them NOW. It should have been Barack Obama's first act in office to de-privatize our voting system, and the fact that he hasn't shown the slightest interest in this fundamental of democracy points to "a deal." I do think he was elected but he was also permitted to be elected, and that's the problem. Believe me, they can easily--EASILY!--replace him and put anyone they want to in the White House in 2012.)
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