NOTE: I am NOT a member or fan of the NRA, nor do I want our schools further turned into fortresses (holding cells for the school-to-prison pipeline.)

But this is an important read, if you dare. I’ve been saying all along that these knee jerk reactions do NOTHING to address the actual problems. They are a way to avoid the hard questions and face up to some really ugly realities. And in the bargain for perceived safety, handing over even more control to the fascist state.

ecowatchorg:

The Low-Down on How Sequestration Would Impact Environmental Health
If sequestration, the series of automatic budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, goes into effect as scheduled on March 1, it will have a disastrous impact on our wildlife and ecosystems.

Besides environmentally, it’s going to hit this National Park area and others that rely on tourism and government employment HARD. The NPS, to its credit, says it will not try to downplay the impact of cuts, rather highlight them so the public will know.
Hubby has his furlough date, so officially unemployed next month. Barring some deal in the works to reverse or stop this, I believe SHTF time has finally arrived here in the U.S. We knew it was coming…just a matter of when and how.
I think every average American should not pay another dime in federal income tax until this hostage-taking stops. The government took trillions of taxpayer dollar to bail out corporate America (much of which pays a net zero or even negative tax rate), after all. Further, every member of Congress and the President himself should forgo their own paychecks. The super committee and this sequestration deal was illegally and un-Constitutionally done. Time for this madness to end.

ecowatchorg:

The Low-Down on How Sequestration Would Impact Environmental Health

If sequestration, the series of automatic budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, goes into effect as scheduled on March 1, it will have a disastrous impact on our wildlife and ecosystems.

Besides environmentally, it’s going to hit this National Park area and others that rely on tourism and government employment HARD. The NPS, to its credit, says it will not try to downplay the impact of cuts, rather highlight them so the public will know.

Hubby has his furlough date, so officially unemployed next month. Barring some deal in the works to reverse or stop this, I believe SHTF time has finally arrived here in the U.S. We knew it was coming…just a matter of when and how.

I think every average American should not pay another dime in federal income tax until this hostage-taking stops. The government took trillions of taxpayer dollar to bail out corporate America (much of which pays a net zero or even negative tax rate), after all. Further, every member of Congress and the President himself should forgo their own paychecks. The super committee and this sequestration deal was illegally and un-Constitutionally done. Time for this madness to end.

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It is our current paradigm of scarcity that makes people afraid to step outside of the current system and feel distrust, or even fear, about doing things differently.  But once people do step outside of it, incredible richness and creativity can flow through – and does.

Julie Gouldener

Excerpts:

It’s not just American paychecks that can no longer support or sustain unmitigated consumerism – it’s also the planet. When David Brooks or Fed chief Ben Bernanke or even “progressive economists” talk about “consumer spending” as key to “getting the economy back on track,” they fail to take into consideration the finite nature of that living, breathing organism we call Earth, without which we all perish.

Author and environmentalist Richard Heinberg drives home this point in his book, “The End of Growth,” making a compelling — and I would argue readily apparent – case that that the world and everyone in it is subject to environmental limits. And unless we are willing to recognize and come to terms with the fatal flaw of conventional economics and its primary article of faith — that these limits don’t exist and that anything can be replaced for the right price – it’s game over.

The current “financial crisis,” is only a symptom of a much deeper disease – one whose manifestations are being experienced (and are in full evidence) all over the world: Our lives and livelihoods are being wrecked, not just by debt, but by resource depletion, accelerating climate change and environmental devastation.

Those lives and livelihoods won’t be “saved” unless and until we reconcile this deeper dilemma.

There just isn’t time to confront the corporate purveyors of the wreckage we see all around us in an inch-by-inch, piece-by-piece fashion. That may have worked (to a limited extent) in the past. But it’s the 21st century, and the stakes are far too high now for incremental approaches. The models — from community gardens to solar rooftops to small banks that serve the interests of the community – are there. We need to draw from those models NOW – then pursue them with a vengeance.

Disabling the corporate plutocracy means never forgetting who it is that keeps the plutocrats on top and enables them to condemn the rest of us to a life of “consumer servitude.” It means remembering that it is we, and we alone, who have the power to change the course of history. If we refuse to fight, there can be no war; if we refuse to work in jobs that destroy our planet, our future and our souls, we can transform the workplace.

It has never been more clear than now, in the 21st century, that dissent is the essence of democracy.

"Protected from criticism and debate, capitalism in the United States could and has indulged all its darker impulses and tendencies. No public exposure, criticism and movement for change could arise or stand in its way as the system and its effects became ever more unequal, unjust, inefficient and oppressive. Long before the Occupy movement arose to reveal and oppose what U.S. capitalism had become, that capitalism had divided the 1 percent from the 99 percent."

Richard Wolff, economist and author of Occupy the Economy. Rumor has it he’ll be appearing tonight on Charlie Rose.

Read more from the intro to Wolff’s book.

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7 Billion Strong (by greenforall)

Power to the People. Let’s get to work.

Written and curated by Denise Aday.