Is dictatorship when open reporting and citizen communication is stifled?  Money isn’t Speech but can stifle Free Speech.  Why aren’t more people talking about Citizens United?

C-Span–8:00AM–Thom Tillis, R-NC—-wished his wife Susan a Happy Valentines Day on air because he couldn’t be with her due to his responsibilities in the Senate.  Mr. Tillis expressed his pleasure in functioning as a Senator while listing the positive aspects of his job.  Other benefits—-

*Excellent remuneration with the ability to raise one’s own salary on a whim and pass laws that promote one’s personal economic ability to gather wealth

*Health care that is unavailable to most US citizens

*Access to big-money campaign contributions for selling one’s legislative activities

*Ability to benefits of socialism paid for by the remainder of Americans forced into abject capitalism

One is hearing a growing awakening among some Americans about foreign nations that are buying up US farmland, with some quite near to US military bases, according to reports.  Tpp included language that could violate US human and environmental rights in favor of multi-national corporations.  Should we discuss the US legislative pandering to world oligarchs that seems unhealthy for the US public?  

https://popularresistance.org/hundreds-of-thousands-rally-across-spain-against-attack-on-public-health-services/    —

Spain – On Sunday, February 12, massive mobilizations took place in several cities across Spain, organized by health workers, trade unions, and left-wing groups. The protesters demanded an improvement in public health services, which are currently suffering from a lack of resources and understaffing.

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https://www.syracuse.com/news/2007/06/spanish_company_to_acquire_nys.html   –Iberdrola S.A., an energy company based in Spain, said today it will buy the parent company of two Upstate New York utilities — New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric.The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion cash for Energy East Corp., of Portland, Maine, which owns NYSEG, RG&E and four utilities in New England. The price equates to $28.50 per share, a premium of 20 percent compared with Energy East’s average share price for the past month.

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It feels ironic to some Americans that foreign nations that offer the public health care to their citizens that is denied to Americans, may profit from business activities paid for by American consumers.  Especially considering rates that rise without compensatory service improvement or reliability.  This feels as hypocritical as the European nations vying for entrance into NATO to support the “Western values” that denies to Americans a health care system that isn’t predatory.  Taking this one step further, entrance of European nations into NATO could provide the cash in the USA for our citizens to benefit from a 1-payer public health care policy, if said foreign nations paid their share of costs of NATO; which experience informs won’t happen.  The USA will continue to bear the cost of NATO, seems plausible. And by the way, a 1-payer public health care system could be less costly due to relieving consumers of the need to enrich middlemen.

Thanks to RemaLoeb for offering an opportunity to support reality  —  https://www.facebook.com/rema.loeb/posts/pfbid06Xk29isoqYR3RSyvNSj5yrtPEw5ztV4WPDnUwmnkqu2WGnKf4UmTVRsMvJAfzYGxl       ————–https://actionnetwork.org/letters/2023-2024-cosponsor-drive-for-mass-indigenous-legislative-agenda?source=facebook&&fbclid=IwAR1fY8KyH4Q0RcEQ_MGdQSx2Rhx_Zz_E6tfgHZ8ejrQeueFbeR7bP41Pb3A      –=The 2023-2024 MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda includes 5 priorities: Remove Racist Mascots, Honor Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrate and Teach Native American Cultures & History, Protect Native American Heritage, and Support the Education and Futures of Native Youth. Please urge your state legislators to co-sponsor these 5 important bills today!

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Thanks to Billhuston for continuing input on danger to people and nature due to outside interference into local communities—-

https://www.facebook.com/billhuston/posts/pfbid0Jn3ZusfyxKc9zzFZifGxUwoyZXc5nqh1RZ67Zz5WF4aZ3uqPH55rWAD8hyT6FVoRl        —-end of tweet—-https://planetwavesfm.substack.com/p/please-send-to-palestine-ohio-interview?fbclid=IwAR24duJ5RlX0JB6dpkiQyY9LYazw5WClxRS24IldiN-EgxP5uS82Vpo2o6w#details  —

Early in my work covering PCBs and dioxins, I met document collector and author Carol van Strum. She has helped me navigate the political and scientific maze of this notorious chemical.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdvXilQMKfQ      —

Erin Brockovich FURIOUS Over East Palestine Ohio Train Explosion, Government Response

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From MRonline  —  https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?e=2833cdb99b&u=36ce609ae68971b4f060ad9c7&id=459b4c6d26   –

Chomsky and Prashad: Cuba is not a state sponsor of terrorism

How Precision Scheduled railroading at Norfolk Southern caused a toxic Vinyl Chloride mushroom cloud over East Palestine, Ohio

Biden to Syrian earthquake victims: DROP DEAD

Capitalism in Black and Blue

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Work toward a life where looking to the skies will be to gain understanding and knowledge rather than to shoot down enemies.  This will take only a small ratcheting of our thinking.  Sort of like our bureaucrats and politicians regarding the public as subjects rather than objects.   —     https://wildhunt.org/2023/02/a-week-of-celestial-activity.html      –TWH – While there has been a lot of attention focused on the skies lately, most of it has concerned foreign objects like the Chinese spy balloon, and other items that have yet to be identified. Spoiler alert: the unidentified objects are not space aliens.

There is, however, a lot going on when it comes to celestial activity this week. Thanks to the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), recent activity on the sun’s surface was observed that had never been seen before.

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****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!

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