Lisa

Huffington Postmortem continued-- please repost this too

Here are some news sources that I will be using now that Progressive voices are so completely silenced by the corporatist-fascist media.

www.altern­et.org
www.dailyk­os.com
www.democr­acynow.org
http://lit­tlegreenfo­otballs.co­m/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world


There's also triangulation-- we all know where to get the Corporatist version, but here are some news sources representing other known interests.  There never was such a thing as really unbiased news, but triangulating from multiple perspectives with known bias is the next best thing:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
http://english.aljazeera.net/
http://www.npr.org/

If you think of others, please don't hesitate to post a comment.  I don't need corporate sites, though-- if I need a corporation's perspective, it's not hard to find its websites.
Lisa

And another thing....

This is the kind of thing we need to be doing-- this is how we need to start spreading the word.  We cannot rely on the ever-consolidating corporate media oligopoly to report the news.  I do think we need to get the FCC to regulate them, but it's also important to spread the word-- things don't "go viral" on their own.  The .com bust taught us that the 'net doesn't spontaneously generate infinite free money, so we need to also recognize the fact that it won't spontaneously generate infinite free publicity either.  The truth is out there, but if we want anyone to find it, we have to tell people.  Here is an important perspective that is now pretty seamlessly erased by the corporatist media oligopoly.
The following is reposted from etcet :

Originally posted by ladyqkat at Dear GOP - the collective you are an Idiot
(Post originally seen in this post by ramblin_phyl. I have been notified that it was originally posted by suricattus in her journal post. The story and words are hers, but I do believe that it needs to go viral and that as many people as possible need to get their stories out there. Only by making a noise about this can we make a change in our society.)

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

From another writer friend: One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

My husband worked for the government for 30 years. We have government employee (retired) insurance. It is the only thing of value he took away from that job. His pension is pitiful. He still works part time. My writing income has diminished drastically. Our combined income is now less than what it was before T retired fifteen years ago. Inflation has diminished it further. In the last 30 days I have racked up over $8000 in medical bills for tests and the beginning of treatment. Our co-pay is 20% after the deductible. And there is more to come. Our savings are already gone. I have the gold standard of insurance and I still can't pay all the medical bills.

Another friend lost her insurance when her husband lost his job. She couldn't afford medication and ended up bed ridden for three months at the end of over a year of no job and therefore no insurance until he found work again.

It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along.




I'm going to post my story as the first comment to this post if anyone would like to read it. If anyone wants to tell their story, please tell it on your own journal and post a link in the comments. Maybe, just maybe, TPTB will listen to the slaves peons who clean their toilets before they have to clean their own.
Lisa

Huffington Postmortem-- please repost

The media are more and more tightly controlled by fewer and fewer corporations.  Here's what I know.  If anyone knows of a planned protest, please comment!  Egyptians took to the streets for their own freedom, and it seems to me that the consolidation of the corporate media oligopoly leaves us no choice but to do the same.  If anyone knows of a planned protest, please tell me, and I'll spread the word.  Otherwise, I'll organize it myself! Yeah, I'm talking about a meatspace protest.  You know, the kind where you physically show up, like, with signs and stuff, in front of the FCC headquarters.

-Write the FCC, call the FCC:
http://www.fcc.gov/contacts.html.,

-Contact the President
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Contact your Congressional delegation
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
http://senate.gov/ (upper right-hand corner)


And spread the word, yourself.  YES YOU!  Don't just count on it "going viral" The .com bust showed us that the Internet doesn't spontaneously generate infinite free money.  I have a feeling it doesn't spontaneously generate infinite free publicity either. 
See also: http://www.eff.org/action.
Lisa

Republicancer or: why negotiating with hostage-takers is bad

The Rethugs got their tax-cut-for-the-ultra-rich by threatening economic ruin (by taking the middle-class tax cut and unemployment insurance hostage), not to mention holding up medical care for 9/11 first reponders, and giving material aid and comfort to nuclear terrorists (through their obstruction of the New START treaty).  Yes, we got these things passed finally-- but only after acquiescing to the Rethugs' demand for a deficit-exploding giant giveaway to the ultra-rich. 

Their tactics were beyond repellent; they arguably qualified as outright treason. AND THEY WORKED!  Those tactics worked-- we rewarded hostage-takers--- and no surprise, they took another hostage.  Now they are threatening to force the country into bankruptcy, which will also have some pretty dire consequences for the whole world economy. 

Has anyone ever seen Torchwood: Children of Earth?  Well, this is the same principle. If they get their way this time, what do you think they'll take hostage next? 
Lisa

I survived the Cold War for this? or everything you need to know about John Kyl (R-Iran)

READ THIS
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-plame-wilson/arms-treaty-must-not-be-d_b_787586.html
The Wikileaks story is flashy, and probably loaded with all kinds of entertainingly  sordid details, but I'm a little focused on the whole not dying a nuclear apocalypse thing.  Plame lays out the case for the treaty-- it's pretty cut and dried, and it's not a coincidence that treaties like this almost always pass unanimously or near unanimously -- or they did before it became so easy to play such extreme hardball politics so very far beyond the water's edge.
Frankly, I think this needs to be the first priority, and I think that every loyal US citizen ( and really everyone who is loyal to this planet , because the actions of  the traitor Kyl threaten the entire world with nuclear annihilation) has a responsibility to keep it on the front page.
Repost this story.   Write letters to your editor about it . Call your Senators today: insist on a vote on this at once. Ask Republicans if they will denounce Kyl, and repudiate his actions; ask Democrats to commit to voting for censure or expulsion of the traitor Kyl, once his plot to sabotage our national security in order to score cheap political points has been foiled.
Your senators vowed to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," and I can imagine no more virulent domestic enemy than one willing to give material aid and comfort to domestic terrorists worldwide for political gain. The traitor Kyl swore to "bear true faith and allegiance to [the Constitution of the United States]," but he has proven beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt that his allegiance is to his class and his party and his political career, the last of which must end quickly and definitively if we are not to be at the mercy of the most unscrupulous, the most morally reprehensible, the most shamelessly vile elements in this country. 
Read it. Repost it. Call your Senators.
Lisa

Keep Calm and Carry On

This was a big loss, and it's worrying because crazypants Bachmann  wants to bring HUAC back from the dead, but it was nothing like the "Tidal Wave" the media predicted (and are still reporting, even though the Repugs didn't get the Senate, didn't get Reid's seat like they predicted, didn't pull the upsets the media predicted they'd make-- the media never let reality get in the way of their adherence to The Narrative).
 
A new President's party always loses seats in the first midterm of the presidency.  This was an unusually large backswing, but then
1. 2008 was an unusually large forward swing.
2. People feel that the President is being too conciliatory towards the Repugnantklan.  It was augmented by popular frustration with the President, but far from being a repudiation of the change he promised, it was a demand that it happen faster .  The American people still want the change Obama set out to bring about-- the support he lost was because it was taking too long for the American attention span (which, as you know, is approximately half that of a stoned mayfly).     We lost seats to Democrats staying home-- we were well ahead with overall registered voters.  
3. the corporate media constantly chanted "tidal wave, tidal wave, tidal wave," helping the Repugnantklan discourage Democratic voters.
4. The Grand Offshoring Party got a lot of help from foreign companies that can now pour unlimited money into US elections-- not only telling Latinos to stay home, but also poisoning our public discourse and turning off voters that way. 
Lisa

VOTE, damnit!

There is NO  excuse to sit this one out! I can't remember a time when there was more daylight between the two parties.

The GOP is getting lots of soft money advertising from the foreign companies that benefit when YOUR JOB gets moved overseas, and they are getting that soft money because they are willing to sell us out. The candidates that the Chamber Of Commerce (this is not your local chamber of commerce, this is mostly Asian companies that get the contract to do the job you used to get paid for doing before your employer chose to take advantage of the tax breaks that Republicans give companies that move their operations to the country with the lowest labor standards That's what the "U.S." Chamber of Commerce is) are anyone who might try to keep jobs in the US by any means other than giving companies that move your job overseas more tax breaks.  These are not American companies and they don't give two shits about the US economy. If it's more profitable to suck us dry, they will (continue to) suck us dry.  These are the real welfare queens-- welfare pays about half of Wal-Mart's payroll expenses. These are the real foreign usurpers.  These are the real anti-Americans.  
Carly "demon sheep" Fiorina has already moved thousands of jobs overseas when she was with HP (you know, before she got shitcanned for trashing HP's reputation by putting out a shoddy foreign-made product). They love Fiorina. They know she'll sell you out, she's already sold out 10,000 or more Americans. 

If the Repugnantkl Republicans get their way, the only thing this country is going to export will be jobs.   If we don't make anything, we don't have an economy-- people buying imported shit on credit at Wal-Mart is not an economy. It CAN happen here-- feudal systems have been the status quo for most of history since the Neolithic-- we have no reason to believe that democracy will survive, other than  US.

The danger is real, but  we do have a chance-- the pollsters are making the same stupid mistake that led to the infamous "Dewey defeats Truman" headline (i.e. polling only people with landlines, which is once again not a representative sample), but it will be close. 
The enemy has huge resources-- foreign companies that benefit when your employer moves your job overseas are trying to buy the election so that they can finish sucking our economy dry-- they want to make us serfs on the Wal-Mart plantation, trapped in eternal debt servitude.  They are like the kid who wished for all the money in the world and then they had nobody to trade with-- but they're okay with that. They are perfectly comfortable being feudal lords.  The only thing stopping them is YOUR VOTE and to any US citizen reading this, THIS MEANS YOU!  Don't count on someone else to do it. 

I say again, vote motherfuckers, VOTE!  We are outspent, the odds look bad, but this is AMERICA, DAMMIT, and that means WE THE PEOPLE (the majority, not just some noisy fringe group) RULE!   Are we going to just roll over and let some foreign corporate scumbags take over our country so they can drain the last of the lifeblood out of our economy.Are we going to cringe at Sharron Angle's vabgue threats of "second amendment remedies" and Rand Paul's jackbooted thugs?   Are we going to let the bullies win because they have power?  

I say, HELL NO!  Hell no to the Repugs and their foreign masters.  Hell no to TP thugs who would rule us by threat.  Hell no to the six media conglomerates that think they can erase dissent.

VOTE!