CORPORATIONS + PARALLEL UNIVERSES reprise

The Edge.
The Edge.

CITIZEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS (an open letter):

Politics and economics are increasingly moribund time wasters against the accelerating decay of our earthwide ecosystem.  All the varieties of life upon this planet are imperiled and no rationale, no pontification, no obfuscation, or self-deception can reverse or avoid the consequences of this deadly situation.  Your decisions are critical path for the globe right now.  Your integrity and belief in posterity – if we are to have one – is dependent upon your right action.  Nothing less than full commitment to clean energy and freedom from corporate and ideological insanity can favorably impact the outcome.

It is almost too late to act.  Please try to see the future plain.  Do the right thing.

Just the Facts, Folks!

The Planet’s Future: Climate Change ‘Will Cause Civilisation to Collapse’
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/07/13-0

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (an open letter):

Dear Mr. President:

The G20 needs to agree on a global rescue package that protects vulnerable emerging economies — preventing a deeper global crisis and saving millions from poverty.

Whether or not it’s in America or anywhere within the G20, the powers that be had better respond to this crisis positively and unselfishly, or they will cease to be powers of any kind.  The world’s situation is that critical, as you well know, all homilies and obfuscations to the side.

As long as you personally support the Wall Street thief’s den and the G20 power brokers, the rest of humanity will suffer, and their pain, and their agony will drag G20, America, and the World down with them.

The choice is truly yours.

Sincerely,

John Legry, Citizen, USA, 1-04-2009

CITIZEN PAINE:

Thomas Paine may be the only true revolutionary in our American Revolution.  His ideals bring common people together as a community.  No one is above the lawJustice and fairness shall prevail.  Everyone gets to vote.  He argued for social security, childcare reform, universal health care, animal cruelty penalties and animal shelters 230 years ago!

Paine warned us to watch, guide, and stop the powerful elite if we want humanity in general to succeed.  He proposed that any bill that enriches a corporation or grants a corporate charter should be enacted in one session of the legislature, and confirmed in a second, after a vote of the people, to stop corporate raids on the public treasury.

CORPORATE GIVEAWAYS:

What are the corporate giveaways?  The active variety includes agribusiness, military contractor subsidies, loan guarantees, bailout of the S&Ls, and computer databases.  The rights to lumber and minerals on federal lands are routinely granted for $5 per acre, making the United States the only country in the world that virtually gives away its depletable natural resourcesDrugs developed with taxpayer money are routinely given to drug companies for monopoly marketing with no restraint on price, or royalties returned to the people.  The major television networks get free broadcast licenses with minimal public responsibility or obligation.

Passive corporate giveaways come in the form of tax breaks and loopholesPrivate individuals pay taxes at higher rates than corporations.  The investment tax credit designed to increase economic activity is historically taken as a windfall.  Tax breaks granted to be put back into productive equipment, plants and jobs, are commonly used to buy out other companies, creating no new jobs or wealthSubsidies actually debilitate innovation and efficiency.

In the debate over budget deficits, many ask, “How can we take food out of poor kids’ mouths and continue to subsidize the rich?”  Scant legislation has been introduced to rid us of tax loopholes for the rich. There’s been no serious move to initiate cost-benefit analysis of corporate giveaways, in the same way they’ve meticulously reviewed health and safety regulation for years, and assaulted affirmative action and the minimum wage.

One problem is that connections are frequently not made between things that people don’t like and what causes them.  Well-funded corporate lobbies and toadies are too adept at directing people’s anger against government in a massive, daily, FOX Noise hate-your-government drumbeat.  They work to keep the focus away from corporations, which are the dominant institution in our society. They provide cover for sneaky billionaire thieves such as the Koch brothers.

Government has been only a minion, a simply willing agent, for transferring tax dollars to corporate coffers. We are the richest nation in the history of the world and our richest (corporate) citizens behave as if divine providence, rather than selfish market decisions doom the poorest citizens.

However, if the corporate greed issue is connected with people’s deprivation – and we brand-name the greediest corporate kings in the United States – we can turn the tide against the self-interested, compassionless and undemocratic aspects of the corporate institution.  Corporations should pay their fair share to the citizens and communities that enable their success.  That can result in real tax reform, without creating unnecessary hardships for the poor and middle class.

GET INVOLVED AND INFORMED (Info-Action links):

http://www.wunderground.com/

Weather Underground is committed to delivering the most reliable, accurate weather information possible. Our state-of-the-art technology monitors conditions and forecasts for locations across the world, so you’ll always find the weather information that you need.

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/

The Newseum displays these daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised.

http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock.swf

World Clock: time, and real-time statistics: population, death, illness, environment, energy, us crimes, food, more.

http://www.nrdc.org/

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.

http://www.sierraclub.org/

Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

http://www.wecansolveit.org/

WE are 2,313, 499 people determined to Solve the Climate Crisis and Re-power America with 100% clean electricity within 10 years.”  The We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection— a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore.  The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis — in part through re-powering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years.  Our economy, national security, and climate can’t afford to wait.

http://www.defenders.org/index.php

Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them.

CODA:

Wherever we are is always less than where we were yesterdayEden is always lost.  Paradise is always ahead.  But, things are a lot more like they are now than they ever were before, or will ever be again. – 7/1/05

“If you don’t help me, I’ll have to ask total idiots for help, and they are notoriously unreliable!” – Sheen, Jimmy Neutron.

Note/Poem?

Parallel universe

“m” theory

“membrane”/”magic”/”madness”

The universe is a complicated

“membrane”

multi-verse

infinite number of

“uni-verses”

on the Science Channel.

GOLD!
LAST WORDS:

All arrivals in heaven have to go through a bureaucratic examination to determine whether admission will be granted. One room has a clerk who inputs computerized records of what each applicant did on his or her last day of life.

The first applicant of the day explains that his last day was not a good one. “I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She claimed she had just gotten out of the shower.

“Well, her hair was dry and I checked the shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our 9th floor apartment and found the SOB clinging to the rail by his fingertips. I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flowerpot. He let go and fell, but awnings and bushes broke his fall.

“On seeing he was still alive I found super human strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man and killed him. At this point the stress got to me and I suffered a massive heart attack and died.”

The clerk thanked him and sent him on to the next office.

The second applicant said that his last day was his worst. “I was on the roof of an apartment building working on the AC equipment. I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th floor apartment but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot. I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed and was hit and killed by the chest.”

The clerk couldn’t help but chuckle as he directs the man to the next room.

He is still giggling when his third customer of the day enters. He apologizes and says, “I doubt that your last day was as interesting as the fellow in here just before you.”

“I don’t know” replies the man. “Picture this: I’m buck naked hiding in this cedar chest…”
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