While the new strategy, known as “Look Back Before You Act,” has raised concerns among people worried they will have to remember lots of events from long ago, the historians have assured Americans they won’t be required to read all the way through thick books or memorize anything.
Instead, citizens have been told they can just find a large-print, illustrated timeline of historical events, place their finger on an important moment, and then look to the right of that point to see what happened afterward, paying especially close attention to whether things got worse or better.
“You know how the economy is not doing so well right now?” Professor Elizabeth Schuller of the University of North Carolina said. “Well, in the 1930s, financial markets—no, wait, I’m sorry. Here: A long, long time ago, way far in the past, certain things happened that were a lot like things now, and they made people hungry and sad.”
“How do you feel when you’re hungry? Doesn’t feel good, does it?” Schuller added. “So, maybe we should avoid doing those things that caused people to feel that way, don’t you think?”
I don’t care about the twitter controversy surrounding The Onion today, this is brilliant.
A Massive Union Just Voted To Side With The Wall Street Protesters
" … According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night.
A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM.
The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country.
Occupy Wall Street has been picking up some decent support from unions in the past few days. Yesterday we reported that the Teamsters Union declared their support for protestors, and we also found out that the United Pilots Union had members at the protest demonstrating in uniform. … “
Pot-Heads, Drunks and Guns! (How About Smack, Coke, PCP ..... ?!?!)
ATF: No firearms for those who use marijuana legally!
" … Those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their state’s laws cannot be sold or possess firearms, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) memo issued on September 21.
" … Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use of medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition," the memo said. … "
" … Editor: We received the following from “Occupy San Diego”, which is planning on holding a solidarity action in support of the current “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations that have been occurring daily since September 17th in and around Wall Street in New York City. Who knows what state the Manhattan actions will be in by time the San Diego protest rolls around, but the San Diego organizers are planning daily meetings. … “
” … SAN DIEGO-Occupy San Diego is standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in NYC, and will begin a peaceful civil disobedience protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, by occupying an open space in the Gaslamp District indefinitely starting on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm. … “
ASLA Releases More than 475 Green Infrastructure Case Studies
Tags: aslaBest Practicescase studiesCongresswoman Donna Edwardsepainfrastructurelow-impact development (LID)nrdcThe Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently started a national rulemaking process, with the goal of creating a new, comprehensive program to reduce stormwater runoff. The E.P.A. announced that during this rulemaking it will evaluate green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and re-use stormwater. Typical green infrastructure systems for managing stormwater include green roofs and walls, bioswales, rain gardens, bio-retention ponds, and permeable pavements. Street and park trees also provide great stormwater management benefits.
Failed Trade Policies Have Erroded The Middle Class
by Karl Rusnak on September 27, 2011 - 1:40pm
But the same Republicans who are quick to use the term “class warfare” against anything that affects the rich are largely silent when it comes to policies that target the middle and working class, namely free trade agreements.
Free trade agreements may not be intended to be class warfare, but they have had the effect of further enriching the wealthiest members of our country while driving many previously middle class citizens into subsistence level service jobs. These agreements weren’t put into place by an outcry from the public begging for more trade, and they certainly haven’t been maintained because of it. These agreements, which include NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO, have been put into place because powerful moneyed interests have pushed for them. Most Americans now oppose NAFTA-like free trade agreements, but we have three more sitting on the doorsteps of Congress awaiting ratification.
“Calling for a third party is a quick and easy way to get yourself booked for a round of cable TV appearances. But many of those calling for a third party are refusing to reckon with an inconvenient fact: One of the two parties already occupies the approximate ideological space that these commentators themselves are describing…. That party is known as the ‘Democratic Party,’ and it alreadly holds many of the positions these commentators want a third party to espouse.” - Greg Sargent
In all of my years of Practice, I have never been a time of such desperate active segregation between The Religious and The Political. Religion has always been an aspect of Politics, but not THE Aspect. Between the Evangelical Tea-Party Followers and the Fundamentalist Christian Followers, Candidates from the Right are scrambling to the front of the line to be “The One”!
But, I have to wonder, “The One” … What?
Truly, there has never been such a time in our history of Educated Voters, a blatant display of Base Ignorance of Democracy and the Ideals behind it. Is it an example of a failure in our Educational System? I think not. I believe, more, that the reason for the dramatic increase in Pedantic Theology lies behind the rise in visibility of all of the Diversity that makes up this Nation; the citizens the Conservative Right knew were out there, but quietly allowed “Proper Society” to ignore, segregate and quiet their voices.
In a Diverse Religious Society, as exists in our country, Fundamentalism need not be seen negatively.They are extreme beliefs, usually confined to the respective community, wishing only the continuation of their way of life and the privacy to do so.
But the emergence of this New Pedantic Fascist Fundamentalism is Quite Dangerous. Not because of their Fundamentalist Beliefs, but because of their Righteous Demand their “Beliefs” must now become the Legal Standards of Living in our Diverse Nation. They are Fanatical; their understanding of Political Process is Distortion, Indoctrination and Initiation. Their goal is not be elected to meet the needs of our diverse citizenry, but to redefine the line between Acceptable and Unacceptable, and give the Acceptable the Rights they Earn, and the Unacceptable, the Deficits they Deserve.
These Are not Christians. Nothing They Support is Remotely Christian.
These are the Functionally Mentally Ill, The Well-Dressed Disturbed, the minority Pathological Fundamentalists in our Nation who present the appearance of Propriety as the patina disgising their hate.
As a therapist, I can confidently state these are not people who suffer the garden-variet neuroses which define the Human Condition. These people are the the Mentally Ill at the higher Level, Characterlogical. They are The Narcissists, The Borderlines, The Sociopaths, all justifying their symptomatic behavior with warped interpretation of Scripture which fuels their Resolve …… the Resolve to end the acceptance of their fellow Americans who represent something these Fundamentalists do not have the Characterlogical Strength to Tolerate. It’s not enough that that “population’ live their lives quietly among their peers ….. The Neo-Christian Political Right want t drive them back into Segregation and Discrimation.
We must all understand that Mental Illness doesn’t necessarily have a face! it has a voice, a series of disturbed ideas, ideologies, distortions in reason, obvious contradictions they follow as The Truth!
None of these Politicians must Win the 2012 Elections. They must be permitted to recede back into the rabble of their own voices, in their own communities, living their lives, freely … just like our Constitution Protects Everyone in doing. Should they gain Power, over Influence, our Constitution will no longer apply to our lives, will be re-written through battles from the Top, through the Court, and restrictions from the Bottom, through local legislation the New System will not allow to be critiqued.