CAPITALISM AND YOUR DOG
Reference to capitalism when one could as well have used the label tyranny is based on a society that is obsessed with money as a measure of normal.
https://ourfinancialsecurity.org/2022/07/blog-antitrust-authorities-turn-focus-to-private-equity-role-in-monopolies/ –In April, Americans for Financial Reform called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to draft new guidelines for reviewing mergers that take into account the role of private equity in corporate concentration. It’s a relatively recent development, during the last decade or so, but is now a systemic problem that cannot be ignored, AFR argued in a joint letter with United for Respect and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
With private equity using this strategy in everything from nursing homes to for-profit prison contractors, there’s so many more industries that the government needs to police. We can’t let the momentum of this huge achievement stop with veterinary clinics.
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A personal anecdote on the topic of harm to consumers follows——A move 60 miles away from a privately-owned veterinary service resulted in use of a veterinary office transitioning from being privately owned to being owned by a conglomerate. I was informed that the cost for services, some as high as 4 times the original amount when I first accessed care, was unavoidable because “all of the veterinary offices” were monopolized. Consequently I’m driving pets 60 miles to access care by the original privately-owned veterinary service.
One also hears horror stories about family pets taken to shelters because the expense for care has become too high. I had contacted my representative for help in this diabolical situation that feels like monopoly or price gouging or both, and his reply (heavily paraphrased) was sucks to be you. Apparently Citizens United permitted campaign donations are working their charm.
The story about pet care is not limited to one, is not normal, can be legislated properly, and impacts the health of families.
Another horror is the war in Ukraine. Presumption of US military presenting in foreign nations seems to be the cause of open aggression and violence. In Ireland the same presumption calls out citizen activists with an interest in maintaining sovereignty along with respect for their Constitution. — https://popularresistance.org/the-roar-of-a-us-warplane-over-a-civilian-irish-airport/ –According to a report from Shannonwatch titled “Shannon Airport and 21st Century War,” the use of the airport as a US forward operating base began in 2002-2003, and this transformation “was, and still is, deeply offensive to the majority of Irish people.”
Article 29 of the Irish Constitution of 1937 sets in place the framework for the country’s neutrality. Allowing a foreign military to use Irish soil violates Article 2 of the Hague Convention of 1907, to which Ireland is a signatory.
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Consider use of a racist and sexist slur to name land stolen from those so offended. To so consider may be to shine light into the corners of patriarchy.
https://popularresistance.org/doi-removes-native-american-slur-from-650-locations-across-the-country/ –Federal officials have renamed nearly 650 sites across the country as part of an initiative to remove the ethnic slur “sq__” from federal lands.
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From Democracynow –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvSL6RZCkyI —
“The Myth of Normal”: Dr. Gabor Maté on Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture
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We can imagine and build a different reality. One has recently heard about people separated from reality. Which reality would that be?
****As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-
This is a reminder of how much we don’t know. This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought. We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate. Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United. But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy. Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbdkuU1edw —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate. Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary. This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People. Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM —
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”
Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly. It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-
That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM. In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican. The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.
Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic. Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped. The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show. Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored. (Access www.debates.org to understand the extent of duopoly control). The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression. Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable.
*******************************************************************https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx—-Political Party affiliation of voters.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”
WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!
Along with Climate Change, many people oppose the imperialism of the USA under control of the Republican/Democratic duopoly. Use of the wealth of our nation should be to enhance quality of life for We The People rather than for imperialism. Some people vote accordingly.