Milton S. Hershey Philanthropist | Franklin D. Roosevelt warning of the Tyranny of ‘Economic Royalists’ i.e. Republican Party

Because I was born in Hershey hospital and raised in a town next to Hershey, PA, I decided to check out all that this man, Milton S. Hershey contributed to this town which was named after him. Milton S. Hershey was born September 13th, 1857. There was just a celebration in the town commemorating his birth 155 years ago. He started out with the idea of manufacturing candy. Ultimately, he came up with the creation of ‘milk chocolate’ and the building of a chocolate factory, which is still a thriving business today. This region has rich soil and an abundance of dairy farms. What is most remarkable is what this entrepreneur did with his money. His legacy is his philanthropy.



Similar to Franklin D. Roosevelt who had a plan to put America to work, “The New Deal”, on a smaller scale, Milton Hershey’s vision evolved into creating a number of different enterprises for the local community. Among his creations was the construction of an elegant hotel on a hill for his wife. Hotel Hershey still looks over the town in splendor. Hershey also created gardens, horse-riding stables and an amusement park. He also established the notorious ‘Milton Hershey School‘ for orphans; originally just for boys, it now accommodates the education and shelter for girls as well. His intention was to provide for those in need and to raise the quality of life for all of the people he invited to work in the factory he built. Hershey continually reinvested. He built an empire of products and services to accommodate the townspeople. The beauty of the town and quality of its attractions have resulted in it being a popular tourist destination. He built an elegant community center for the arts. In the last decades, this elegant building has housed the Hershey Symphony; composed of a core of quality volunteer musicians whose excellence reflects the dynamic current conductor, Dr. Sandra Dackow, who brings the music to the audience with an articulate educational description of the works that are being performed. He also built a zoo. Each of these establishments are still flourishing; a testimony to one man’s intention. Presently, the town has a dynamic population of international students and workers employed at the Penn State University Hershey Medical Center.

As opposed to the Western trend (the past 15 years or so) of cutting jobs, downsizing and outsourcing – which ultimately deprives communities of work due to greed-driven incentives to cut costs – Hershey’s actions were noble. So many lives were positively affected and enhanced through his efforts to introduce conservation, education and culture to the community. All created through one man’s vision.

Here’s a video documenting the history of Hershey Park and Milton S. Hershey’s philanthropism. Upon creating a town with the success of the chocolate factory he created, he then continued to introduce all sorts of things to entertain the citizens of the town:

Milton S. Hershey, ballroom

Milton S. Hershey built among many things, a grand ballroom to entertain his town.

a park with picnic tables, fabulous sunken gardens, a tremendous fountain, an immense public pool, a grand ballroom and also a boys orphanage, which continues today, now co-ed. Milton S. Hershey is remembered as a kind person who showed care and consideration for everyone in the community, a man of great character. 

 

 

I compare Milton S. Hershey to Franklin D. Roosevelt as representative of individuals whose altruism and humanitarianism built their leadership; their entitlement coming through their dignity, integrity and the caliber of their actions, rather than through the persuasion and corruption of money. F.D.R rescued the American economy through bold measures, creating programs to establish a myriad of new jobs across the nation. Roosevelt’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention of 1936 for his second nomination for Presidency warned of the tyranny of the “economic royalists”:
“For too many of us the political equality we once had won, was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other peoples’ property, other peoples’ money, other peoples’ labor-other peoples’ lives. For too many of us, life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.”

I have addressed this in another blog talking about the unequal distribution of money. https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/the-collusion-of-big-money-eroding-the-quality-of-life-for-all/

It was later in a 1938 message to Congress, that FDR warned that the growth of private power could lead to fascism.

Here are more pics revealing the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania today, and all that are the legacy of one man’s vision and generosity.





The funny thing about the center of town, is that the streets have names of chocolate, the street lights are Hershey kisses, both unwrapped and wrapped.

Hershey Kiss

Hershey Kiss wrapped

Hershey Kiss

Hershey Kiss chocolate candy and street light design in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The original Chocolate factory is there in the center of town.


Another view of the original factory. One of the rides – ‘the turnpike’ was incidentally where I worked as a high school student Hershey’s enterprises have employed many people in the area !-)

the entrance to the Zoo the monorail which goes through the park. and one of several rollercoasters
Then there’s the Hotel Hershey on the Hill with it’s array of attractions; horseback riding, swimming, spas, you name it. This is next to the Milton S. Hershey Boy’s High School (which since 1977 has allowed girls to attend the school). He was an exceptional man who put his fortune into the orphanage and built up the entire town. I commemorate him, yet wanted to add the mention of his contemporary, Franklin Roosevelt, whose vision for America is even more profound today in the 21st century. As I mentioned in an earlier blog http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/america-in-decline-built-through-a-series-of-great-steals-written-by-louie-davis-june-26-1988-for-his-elderhostel-students/ on my carolkeiter.wordpress site, I cited an article those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it!

The Population Elephant | “The Problem” we choose not to discuss | by Kurt Dahl

I was sent this article a week ago, and upon reading it, feel that it needs to be circulated !-o


The Population Elephant

A resource for those who are willing to think

http://www.populationelephant.com

Why overpopulation and the population problem are never discussed – the taboo topic of overpopulation.

The problems with the “The Problem”


The Real Problem

Some things are so preeminent within their context that they need no adjectives or explanation. Ask any American football fan what is referred to by “The Play” and they will tell you abut the final play in the 1982 Cal/Stanford game when, after several laterals and a mad dash through the Stanford band, Cal scored the winning touchdown as time expired (do a Google search on “the play” and see for yourself). Likewise, “The Open” refers only to the British Open golf tournament, even though there are dozens of other “Open” athletic events.

The world today is beset with a host of major issues – oil depletion, climate change, food shortages, resource wars, species extinction – to name but a few. But these are only symptoms of the one true problem. “The Real Problem” – the one that spawns all others, and the one that mankind must face at some point – is that there are simply too many human beings on this planet.

Therefore, I suggest, that like “The Play” and “The Open” – hereafter overpopulation should be referred to as “The Problem”.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, we are content to address only the consequences of the The Problem – climate change, energy depletion, food shortages, etc. This is the same classic mistake that a physician makes in treating only the patient’s symptoms, and ignoring the fundamental disease.

So then, the million dollar question is: “Why aren’t we addressing the real problem?”

First – A brutally honest reality check is necessary

World population stands at over 6 billion today. Every four days one million more people are added. Reasonable projections put world population at between 9 -11 billion by 2050. Rocket science is not required to understand what that implies for the host of issues (symptoms) listed above.

CO2 emissions are causing global warming. This is a fact. Many in the scientific community propose that an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 is necessary to forestall the extreme consequences of global warming. But how can this be done when at the same time we are adding 3, 4, or even 5 billion more people to the world?
Get real – it can’t!

Likewise for energy and food consumption – the addition of billions of people means that these commodities will dramatically increase in consumption. But these are finite resources, already we are far above sustainable levels. So, can this go on forever?
Get real – it can’t!

Can the use of new light bulbs, hybrid cars, cloth grocery bags, and mass transit offset the sharply upward consumption demand that will come from both the increasing world population and the dramatically increasing standard of living of the existing populations in developing countries like India and China? No way!
Get real – it can’t!

So why aren’t the sirens blaring, why isn’t the alarm sounding, why isn’t this even being discussed?

In fact, the opposite is happening. There have been several recent opinion pieces in the Boston Globe and the New York Times expressing the belief that we have a problem with decreasing population! Absurd.

Why then is overpopulation not discussed? The Problem, it turns out, has many fatal problems of its own:

Five Fatal Problems with The Problem:

1. There is no money in it.

Going “Green” is a huge industry. Thousands of companies are trying to sell you efficient light bulbs, hybrid cars, cloth grocery bags, solar panels and a host of other gimmicks and gadgets.

Alternative energy sources need massive investments in capital expenditures and research and development. Government grants to universities, venture capital, bond issues, etc., all create a whirlwind of financial activity.

Money is to be made everywhere. And with these massive financial opportunities come huge profits, well financed lobbyists, publicity, and media creation. Indeed, the media explosion surrounding “going green” is a major industry all by itself. Everyone benefits financially by “going green”. Though, in the end, it is not a solution. At best, it will only modestly delay the dire consequences of our current over-consumption.

But, conversely, who would benefit financially from reducing the Earth’s population? No one! There is absolutely no money to be made in the one and only solution – fewer people.

So – one problem with The Problem is that it is a pauper, and therefore has no friends.

2. Not my problem – the short term view.

The United Nations provides the basic population projections that everyone else quotes. There is some arbitrariness necessary to create these models. For instance, the year 2050 is the endpoint for their current set of projections for no reason other than it is a convenient round number.

Almost every article written about population growth quotes the figure of 9 billion people by 2050 (though the UN projects other possible 2050 outcomes of 7, 11, even 13 billion). And then the reader of the article goes: “So what, I won’t be around by then.” As if the problem won’t happen until 2050.

I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I would strongly assert that in the United States, the “event horizon” for concern about the future, is short and getting shorter. A major problem that arrives in 2050 is too far away for most people to even think about, much less do anything about.

Not only that, but you can’t reduce The Problem to a short time frame and have it make sense to the average person. To say that there will be two million more of us on the planet in just a little over a week (a true statistic) also gets a big “So what?” “These two million newcomers aren’t in my neighborhood, so why should I care?”

Unfortunately, even though the problem won’t manifest itself for several decades, the solutions must begin now!

So – one problem with The Problem is that by the time it becomes obvious to the average person, it will be way too late.

3. The world’s fundamental systems oppose it.

Today there are three dominant systems that define and control the culture of human beings – democracy, capitalism, and religion. And unfortunately, all three of these fundamental systems work against addressing The Problem.

Democracy, to our great benefit, allows us the freedom to make certain personal choices. Among those is the choice of how many children we are allowed to have. No democratic government would even consider limiting that choice – because, at the first opportunity, they would be voted out of office. Simply put – it is impossible to imagine a situation where any mandate resembling population management could be enacted under a democracy.

Capitalism requires growth. Anything other than growth in consumption and demand under capitalism is considered bad – a recession, or worst case, a depression. But, The Problem is only solved by a declining population and declining consumption – or negative growth. It would be hard to conceive of a model of capitalism that could “succeed” under such a deliberate, sustained, long term, decrease in demand.

Imagine how capitalism would function if population declined steadily over several decades to levels approaching one billion people. The excess quantities of goods alone (think of housing) would virtually eliminate demand and eliminate the incentive for the constant struggle to achieve the ever bigger income. Capitalism, at least as we know it today, simply wouldn’t work in a declining population scenario.

Organized religion’s primary goal, like living organisms themselves, is to continue to exist. Religions always strive to increase the flock, whether by conversion or by birth. And in today’s world, they have even become competitive with one another to see who has the bigger numbers and thereby will “rule” here on Earth.

What would happen to the Catholic Church if each Catholic couple only had one child? It would shrink dramatically – heaven forbid! That is why they continue with their completely irrational stand against birth control.

And all religions work to obfuscate The Problem by proposing bizarre superstitions like the rapture. We will all be taken up into heaven soon, so why worry? Or even more simply: Worry not, God will solve this problem.

All religions work actively, aggressively, and with massive resources, to discredit any hint of activity that might be construed as population management. Considering the influence that the world’s religions have in today’s world, it is assured that The Problem will never be allowed to be addressed in any meaningful way.

As proof that these three fundamental systems work against a solution, look no further than China. The only successful approach to population management in the world is China’s “one child per family” mandate. Without this program, China alone would have several hundred million more people today, and perhaps a billion more by 2050. As it is, China’s population will increase by only 100 million by 2050 – in contrast, India will increase by almost 600 million in the same timeframe. China’s policy is by any reasonable measure, a great success. And yet, it is relentlessly attacked, here and abroad.

And now, with the dramatic rise of capitalism in China, internal attacks on the one-child policy are beginning. The capitalists in China are raising concerns about whether a declining young demographic can “support” (read – continue to grow consumer demand) an aging population. And concerns are being raised about China’s internal market not growing fast enough. If China’s one-child policy is ever watered down or eliminated, it will be because of this increasing pressure from the pro-growth, new Chinese capitalists.

So – one problem with The Problem is that it requires a godless socialist dictatorship in power in order to mandate any actual action.

4. The Problem has no voice.

It is hard to think of any issue in today’s media saturated world that doesn’t have several advocacy groups speaking and lobbying for or against it. If you are a newcomer to this population debate, I am certain that you assume that an issue as important as The Problem has many powerful voices advocating for population management, sustainable population goals, etc. Unfortunately – you would be wrong.

But, you say, surely the environmental groups all support population management and sustainable population goals? After all, isn’t their primary responsibility the health of the Earth’s ecosystem? Well, once upon a time they did, but ˇ˝ no more – not even one of them.

More remarkably, the group created solely for this purpose – ZPG (Zero Population Growth) – its name identifying its position – began turning away from any specific population management agenda in the 1990’s. And now, it has even abandoned its own name! (Too confusing to have a name that says “Zero Population Growth” when that is no longer your position, I guess.) It is now called “The Population Connection” – a happy name, sounding like an arm of “Sesame Street”. Now it specializes in educating young people.

There are several reasons given for this complete abandonment of the issue by the very groups that strive to protect the planet – starting, once again, with money.

For the reasons stated above, The Problem has no friends. And no friends, means no money from contributions, memberships, grants, etc. In fact, many grant-giving entities would shy away from any organization that advocates positions directly opposed to such powerful institutions as the Catholic Church. So, no matter how important The Problem is, if it doesn’t generate any income (or might even cost money and members), the big environmental groups have no use for it.

And in addition, as it turns out, The Problem runs afoul of several Liberal sacred cows (Just an FYI – I’m a knee-jerk liberal personally, so don’t think this piece is some kind of veiled right-wing political agenda – it is not).

Understand, the big environmental groups are primarily American institutions, and so they generally take an American perspective. Population management from a solely American position (specifically – managing America’s population) becomes then a discussion of immigration policy, or of minority fertility rates. Since the Liberal “politically correct” tradition is to not offend any minority groups, serious population management strategies cannot be discussed.

But the killer blow for population management advocacy has probably come from the women’s-rights movement. Women have made incredible progress toward equality in this country in just the last forty years. The women’s rights movement is now a large and powerful force. And one of the foundational rights of women, is the right to personally control their own reproductive choices. Obviously, this is in direct conflict with most population management solutions (China’s one-child policy, for example).

Population lore even puts a time and place when the women’s movement usurped any meaningful population management advocacy. In 1994, at the U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the paradigm for population management dramatically shifted from “population control” to “the empowerment of women”. Virtually all environmental advocacy groups now promote the education and empowerment of women as the only acceptable population management strategy.

Now the world, facing a horrifying disaster in the making, is left with only a grassroots effort by a handful of individuals with personal websites trying to sound the alarm.

So – one problem with The Problem is that no one speaks for it.

5. There is no positive approach (spin) to solving The Problem.

Our culture thrives on optimism. We believe that every problem must have a positive solution. I recently watched Al Gore’s newest version of his global warming slide show. The first third of the presentation now emphasizes how optimistic Mr. Gore is about both our ability to fix the problem, and how positive the fix would be for us – a true win-win – problem solved, and a richer world to boot.

Politics works the same way. To the politician, all situations, all problems have a wonderful and positive solution. Perhaps the last politician to even remotely suggest that things will get worse and stay that way, was Jimmy Carter, and he was roundly criticized for his “negative” approach, not to mention being roundly defeated in the next election.

But there is a simple and obvious solution to The Problem – one that has been tested and proven to work – one that causes no unnecessary harm to anyone – and one that costs absolutely nothing: the one-child per female policy. If implemented today, calculations show that world population would be reduced to a sustainable level of 1 – 2 billion people on earth by 2100. Within one hundred years the problem would be solved at no cost, and no harm – so simple.

But the one-child solution is considered completely onerous by almost all cultures on this planet. To almost everyone, it is a terrible choice, with difficult and frightening possible consequences that would require a rewiring of our thinking. No positive spin can be applied to this solution – except that in a hundred years, people will still be here and will be living on an increasingly healthier planet.

So – one (last) problem with The Problem is that the only reasonable solution is the worst possible choice – except for all the others.

If you have read this far – thank you. Now, go forth find your own way to sound the alarm. It is up to us to speak the harsh truth – the powerful will not.

Because – as it is now – mankind heads to the abyss, knowing why, and doing nothing.

Copyright “The Population Elephant” and Kurt Dahl January, 2009 – All rights reserved.

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Matt Taibbi | Wall Street has no incentive Not to Commit Crimes |

An informative interview with Matt Taibbi. He’s very articulate and educated about the subject he speaks of and has written a book about; wall street getting away with it, American complacency, the media not necessarily being manipulated from the top-down, but influenced with what will draw the best advertising money….

Repercussions of Monsanto

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html

Politicians in Corporate Sponsored Suits

This was posted today on FaceBook, among my community of friends on the Left Coast of the USA.

not | Bank Robbery | but | Robbery by Banks |

Dwight D. Eisenhower in his exit speech on Jan.17, 1961, warned the American people about the military industrial complex.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

I was just reading this message by Michael Moore that was in my inbox…and simultaneously received this nudge from a friend who sent the link of the same reverberating theme, covered in an interview by Amy Goodman in Democracy Now. “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/22/matt_taibbi_why_isnt_wall_street_in_jail

In the meantime, here in Berlin, Germany, I encountered a former Spanish housemate whose parents, (like mine in the USA) had their savings dramatically sliced. Her parents had their money in an Icelandic Bank. Point is, that all over the world, hardworking, honest people have had their savings from a lifetime wiped away in a matter of months; while the robbers, who work in the banks, have gotten away with their pockets (assets) stuffed.

-.-.-. “America is not Broke” by Michael Moore -.-.-.

Here’s his speech live on video to the people of Wisconsin.

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have the same wealth as half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer “bailout” of 2008, now have as much loot, stock and property as the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can’t bring yourself to call that a financial coup d’état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.

And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we’d have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic — and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.

I have nothing more than a high school degree. But back when I was in school, every student had to take one semester of economics in order to graduate. And here’s what I learned: Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows when we make things. It grows when we have good jobs with good wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs. It grows when we provide an outstanding educational system that then grows a new generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and thinkers who come up with the next great idea for the planet. And that new idea creates new jobs and that creates revenue for the state. But if those who have the most money don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the state can’t function. The schools can’t produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. If the wealthy get to keep most of their money, we have seen what they will do with it: recklessly gamble it on crazy Wall Street schemes and crash our economy. The crash they created cost us millions of jobs. That too caused a reduction in tax revenue. Everyone ended up suffering because of what the rich did.

The nation is not broke, my friends. Wisconsin is not broke. Saying that the country is broke is repeating a Big Lie. It’s one of the three biggest lies of the decade: 1) America is broke, 2) Iraq has WMD, and 3) The Packers can’t win the Super Bowl without Brett Favre.

The truth is, there’s lots of money to go around. LOTS. It’s just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates. They know they have committed crimes to make this happen and they know that someday you may want to see some of that money that used to be yours. So they have bought and paid for hundreds of politicians across the country to do their bidding for them. But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ve got their gated communities, and the luxury jet is always fully fueled, the engines running, waiting for that day they hope never comes. To help prevent that day when the people demand their country back, the wealthy have done two very smart things:

1. They control the message. By owning most of the media they have expertly convinced many Americans of few means to buy their version of the American Dream and to vote for their politicians. Their version of the Dream says that you, too, might be rich some day — this is America, where anything can happen if you just apply yourself! They have conveniently provided you with believable examples to show you how a poor boy can become a rich man, how the child of a single mother in Hawaii can become president, how a guy with a high school education can become a successful filmmaker. They will play these stories for you over and over again all day long so that the last thing you will want to do is upset the apple cart — because you — yes, you, too! — might be rich/president/an Oscar-winner some day! The message is clear: keep you head down, your nose to the grindstone, don’t rock the boat and be sure to vote for the party that protects the rich man that you might be some day.

2. They have created a poison pill that they know you will never want to take. It is their version of mutually assured destruction. And when they threatened to release this weapon of mass economic annihilation in September of 2008, we blinked. As the economy and the stock market went into a tailspin, and the banks were caught conducting a worldwide Ponzi scheme, Wall Street issued this threat: Either hand over trillions of dollars from the American taxpayers or we will crash this economy straight into the ground. Fork it over or it’s Goodbye savings accounts. Goodbye pensions. Goodbye United States Treasury. Goodbye jobs and homes and future. It was friggin’ awesome and it scared the shit out of everyone. “Here! Take our money! We don’t care. We’ll even print more for you! Just take it! But, please, leave our lives alone, PLEASE!”

The executives in the board rooms and hedge funds could not contain their laughter, their glee, and within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes. But there was no revolt (see #1).

Until now. On Wisconsin! Never has a Michigander been more happy to share a big, great lake with you! You have aroused the sleeping giant known as the working people of the United States of America. Right now the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge. Your message has inspired people in all 50 states and that message is: WE HAVE HAD IT! We reject anyone who tells us America is broke and broken. It’s just the opposite! We are rich with talent and ideas and hard work and, yes, love. Love and compassion toward those who have, through no fault of their own, ended up as the least among us. But they still crave what we all crave: Our country back! Our democracy back! Our good name back! The United States of America. NOT the Corporate States of America. The United States of America!

So how do we make this happen? Well, we do it with a little bit of Egypt here, a little bit of Madison there. And let us pause for a moment and remember that it was a poor man with a fruit stand in Tunisia who gave his life so that the world might focus its attention on how a government run by billionaires for billionaires is an affront to freedom and morality and humanity.

Thank you, Wisconsin. You have made people realize this was our last best chance to grab the final thread of what was left of who we are as Americans. For three weeks you have stood in the cold, slept on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois — whatever it took, you have done it, and one thing is for certain: Madison is only the beginning. The smug rich have overplayed their hand. They couldn’t have just been content with the money they raided from the treasury. They couldn’t be satiated by simply removing millions of jobs and shipping them overseas to exploit the poor elsewhere. No, they had to have more — something more than all the riches in the world. They had to have our soul. They had to strip us of our dignity. They had to shut us up and shut us down so that we could not even sit at a table with them and bargain about simple things like classroom size or bulletproof vests for everyone on the police force or letting a pilot just get a few extra hours sleep so he or she can do their job — their $19,000 a year job. That’s how much some rookie pilots on commuter airlines make, maybe even the rookie pilot who flew me here to Madison today. He told me he’s stopped hoping for a pay increase. All he’s asking for now is enough down time so that he doesn’t have to sleep in his car between shifts at O’Hare airport. That’s how despicably low we have sunk! The wealthy couldn’t be content with just paying this man $19,000 a year. They had to take away his sleep. They had to demean him and dehumanize him and rub his face in it. After all, he’s just another slob, isn’t he?

And that, my friends, is Corporate America’s fatal mistake. But trying to destroy us they have given birth to a movement — a movement that is becoming a massive, nonviolent revolt across the country. We all knew there had to be a breaking point some day, and that point is upon us. Many people in the media don’t understand this. They say they were caught off guard about Egypt, never saw it coming. Now they act surprised and flummoxed about why so many hundreds of thousands have come to Madison over the last three weeks during brutal winter weather. “Why are they all standing out there in the cold?” I mean, there was that election in November and that was supposed to be that!

“There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you …?”

America ain’t broke! The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it’s one person, one vote, and it’s the thing the rich hate most about America — because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!

Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together.

¿ Is the world going crazy, or merely some, getting away with murder ?

I was distracted from my ‘work’ today, after perusing the news. Frankly, I’m just wondering about how undeniably confused and bizarrely maligned, some people’s intentions are in the world that we live in. I guess you could call it, “off balance”.

A splash of the headlines:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/03tampa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

It took the mother three (3) days to acquire the gun in Florida, which she used to murder her adolescent children. Let’s keep those loose gun laws intact, NRA! Fire away USA!

And then there are the headlines from Pakistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03pakistan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Shahbahz Bhatti was murdered yesterday by Muslim extremists, who had been threatening him. He was dedicated to trying to repeal the Islamist law imposed in 1986, which seeks the death penalty for anyone accused of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad. Bhatti worked towards abolishing this law, within this climate of extreme intolerance. He was among the 5% Christian and Hindu population, among the predominantly Muslim one, making up Pakistan’s 180 million inhabitants.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849

An example of what Bhatti was fighting for, is this woman in Pakistan, who was accused of saying something blasphemous about the Prophet Muhammad… uhh, and she happens to be a member of the only Christian household in her village. The real discussion was over water rights, among her female Muslim neighbors with whom she would pick berries, who were her accusers.

They not only want to kill her, but there’s a price over her head; a reward for anyone to kill her. Hey, I bet Prophet Muhammad would be all over this one, huh! I mean, would anyone with any spiritual attributes, condone slaughtering a person because of alleged accusations stemming from ignorance?

This blasphemy law, is also the reason that the Christian, Salman Taseer, was assassinated a week earlier; as he and Shahbahz Bhatti, were both publicly trying to change this law.

Ahhh, religious freedom and tolerance, go Pakistan! Jesus! will people ever learn? d’oh!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/business/energy-environment/01drill.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

Bounce back to the USA, to the Gulf Oil crisis which took place a year ago in April, 2010, in which the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, and spewed about 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Well, now the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has granted permission for deepwater drilling once again, in the same region. Yeah, we’re all over that too! “Let’s go to the Gulf and do some grillen’, just ignite the water with a match, and bar-b-q whatever surfaces!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/28/nation/la-naw-deepwater-cement-20101028

The one thing that sparked my attention about the whole incident in the first place, is that Halliburton had been in charge of the cementing process of the well. The cement mixture that was being used to seal the well, had been found to be unstable, prior to the explosion, yet they decided to go on with the process. “The cement mixture is used to secure the metal casing around the string of pipes and the drill bit as they penetrate the reservoirs of oil and gas lying deep beneath the ocean floor. Cement also is supposed to keep oil and gas from pushing back up the well, causing a blowout.” It obviously didn’t do the job, and populations of the neighboring states, as well as all of the wildlife in the area of the Gulf, have been the victims.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/us/01earthquakes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Speaking of Halliburton, I was just reading about the unprecedented number of earth quakes that have been occurring recently in Kansas, in the Midwest of the United States. Recently, a connection of these rumbles has been made to “hydraulic fracturing”, an invasive natural gas drilling technique, which I first heard about on the television program “60 Minutes” a year ago in the U.S. Not only is the process intensely disturbing to the earth, but there’s also indication that the process releases toxic contaminants, among them, radioactive material, into the waterways and ground water in the vicinities that this drilling takes place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/the-watchdog-clean-air-act_n_830183.html

Guess who is involved in this destructively greedy process, along with a laundry list of other contaminating and deceptive stuff happening all over the world, yes, evil incarnate “Halliburton”. Let’s just say, “corpocracy” rules again; greed and power, united to make the world a better place, through pilfering and destruction of the planet and it’s inhabitants! I vote for Halliburton, as the crème de la crème of the elite corporate corrupters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/opinion/03tue3.html

Regarding this drilling process, Dick Cheney, former Vice President, allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to get away with murder, of the environment. Entitled “The Hallliburton Loophole”, the EPA was stripped of it’s authority to investigate this new drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, when it was in its’ infancy.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/28/why-is-china-nervous-about-the-arab-uprisings?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Then spin the globe around to China, where authorities have become worried about all of the protests in the Arab world. Despite their stronger economy than most of these Arab nations, they’re so concerned about these various pro-democracy demonstrations, that they’ve been heightening their crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists, and words like “Egypt” and “Tunisia” have been blocked on some internet web search engines and social network sites, making them completely inaccessible.
It’s always valuable when you want to maintain your power, to keep your subjects afraid and uninformed.

For some comedic relief, check out Jon Stewart’s take on Gaddafi.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/jon-stewart-takes-libya-gaddafi_n_830706.html

Some more Insights on the Corporate Greed Abuses behind the Gulf Oil Crisis

What is scary, is that Amy Goodman informs that President Obama had two weeks ago, authorized drilling of oil in the waters off the coast of Alaska as well as in the Gulf of Mexico, opening up these areas to drilling for oil for the first time

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

More Crude Awakenings re: Corporate Slime & Bankers’ Greed sleeping with the Government & the BP | Halliburton Gulf Oil Disaster

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0513/gulf-oil-gusher-ten-times-worse-prior-estimates/

This letter written by Martin Luckett to my friend, who authorized spreading the information around.

“When this thing blew up, BP told us it was 500 barrels a day, now we know 26 days later they had a video that Obama made them release, showing tens of thousands per hour. Now they are estimating it’s the equivalent of one Exxon/Valdez spill every four days! And they admitted to Congress they knew the blowout preventer had a dead battery and could not do the job if called on.

I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to place some blame here. Those energy state Texas shitheads Bush and Cheney relaxed all the safety regulations the last decade, let the Kenny Boy’s of Enron game the markets, staffed the Fed Minerals and Resources with idiots who literally, literally slept and snorted coke with employees from the oil companies. And, oh, I’m gonna die from surprise, the same company that got billions in no-bid contracts to build infrastructure in Iraq that featured showers that were electrocuting the soldiers, was in charge of laying the concrete to seal the well, and was confirmed to have failed a test 22 hours before the explosion. This company is Halliburton.

This situation is a CLUSTER FUCK. The world economy is FUCKED, Europe is FUCKED, California is FUCKED, Goldman Sachs FUCKED Europe by allowing Greece to massively borrow to stage the ’04 Olympics without anyone knowing it was Greece doing the borrowing, something they never would have done if they knew Greece was the borrower…Goldman Sachs were the shitheads behind the first Big Depression, allowing simple investors to buy stock with only 10% down, so when the margin calls came they were wiped out. It was Reagan who repealed all the laws on the books that came about to stop another crash, and immediately we get the Savings and Loan debacle, the Junk Bonds crash, the Internet Bubble crash, and now the Housing Market Wall St. crash.

I’m sorry…feel free to plagiarize the shit out of this, clean it up if you have to, Tell Bob to put this in his pipe and smoke it.”

Amy Goodman’s Look Into the Corroded Politics beneath the BP Oil-Ill Calamity in the Gulf

This link to Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast, reveals detailed information about not only the 20,000 square mile oil slick caused by the BP oil well leak casualty, in which the oil continues to bubble up from its’ source at 5,000 barrels per day, but also about the politics gushing to the surface.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/30/spewing_5_000_barrels_of_oil

What’s disturbing, was hearing in her report that President Obama had two weeks ago authorized a plan for a vast expansion in oil drilling, opening up large areas in the Atlantic as well as off the coast of Alaska, for the first time in decades. Uh, did I hear this correctly? There had been a 27 year moratorium against off shore drilling and Obama just wooshed it into non-existance? Now I flash back to when I was exhilarated hearing Barrack speaking before an excited crowd in Berlin, Germany two summers ago, and shocked when he mentioned something about maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan…I thought, did he really just say that? Is this the President elect who stated firmly that he’s against war?

And now I’m thinking about the bank bailout, and wondering, is it perhaps true what Eva Morales of Bolivia stated in a previous interview on Democracy Now. Regarding whether he sees a difference between Bush’s presidency and that of Obama’s, he retorted, “only their skin color is different.”

Now I really don’t want to point the finger at Barack Obama, as I’ve always felt intuitively that he genuinely does want to empower people and make massive positive changes. And I always felt that he spoke from the heart, that he means what he says and has integrity…did.

What I do believe, is that for him to have gotten to where he is, and to maintain his position, that he has to do an enormous amount of bending-over, to the corporate globalized powers that be, who continue to throttle and persuade and bottleneck any wayward opinions from their vision and path of ascendancy. However a downward spiral of reckless fallout is what appears to be sneaking into our faces.

What can we do about this? I guess it’s a matter of willingness to listen and understand what is going on, and then to let our voices be heard – through whatever means – individually or through joining with groups mobilizing to simultaneously inform us and give us a voice. Specifically, we all need to take actions, which reflect being clear and knowledgeable about the repercussions of whatever we do, what we purchase and the activities we participate in. Whatever sort of ‘direct action’ we can make, towards responsibly making our voices heard and changing our habits, towards supporting more environmentally sustainable practices, are examples for others to follow as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action

To Your Health,

Carol

“You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” Woodrow Wilson Address at Swarthmore college, 1913.

Keep your thoughts positive, because they become your words.
Keep your words positive, because they become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because it becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because they become your values.
Keep your values positive, because they become your destiny.
Mahatma Ghandi

• An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
• Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
• Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
• Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
• Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.