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June 23, 2015

Maybe we are Waking Up.

serveimage-3By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE

Here are two very telling articles:

Someone finally polled the 1% — And it’s not pretty

On May 22, The Campaign for America’s Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a “center-right” country. Follow link…

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302820/-Someone-finally-polled-the-1-And-it-s-not-pretty?detail=facebook_sf

Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires

You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine.Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#ixzz3dtaipxpE

Yes, the rich ARE different from you and me and it is about time we woke up to that fact. They know that they are different. Hell, they rejoice in it. Thing is if it were just a matter of bank accounts they could probably rest easy. No one that I know begrudges making a living, earning up to a person’s worth. I don’t think a one of us wants to see American citizens lining up to get monochromatic Mao couture.

What I and a lot of us “others” resent is this attitude. This attitude and the desperate actions that the one or two percent elites have made their scripture since FDR is the root cause of the friction between the rest of us.

We have been set against ourselves for decades upon decades. It’s worked pretty damn well too.

I’ve given examples before of steel and coal magnates using cultural divides from the old countries and poverty to set worker against worker until the unions convinced people to set aside old grudges and hatreds to find strength in unions. It was a bloody fight but the unions gave us living wages and our pride back.

Now, we see the monster of racism growing bolder and more deadly from being fed on poverty wages and right wing hate speech. Speech that is well funded by the heirs in spirit of those same folks that brought in the deadly strike breakers and U.S.troops to slaughter families marching in the streets.

Pay attention. They are using us again. This is especially true of these people that cling to this White Power ideology. Wake up, wake up, Wake Up! You are being used just as you were before, during and after the Civil War. STATES RIGHTS MY ASS! Look up just how many folks owned plantations OR slaves. Bet you’ll find that there were a whole lot more poor whites than even well off whites, let alone plantation or factory owners. But, when it came time for the wealthy to keep the status quo and not give up one cent, when they could have just free their slaves and hire them as workers; they declared a war that was mostly fought by poor whites.

How did they convince poor white men and boys to march off to one of the ugliest wars ever fought? The same way with the same rhetoric that hate groups and right wing media uses today.

The mogul in the second article I have here is right to be worried. Maybe we have finally woken up. Maybe they have too. If they have and IF they change there will be-

Peace

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January 30, 2015

Protesters Surprise Henry (The Troll) Kissinger, John (The Insane) McCain Calls Them ‘Low Life Scum’ – “Only the Good Die Young”

Filed under: Film Video,Opinion — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Citizen Journalist Exchange @ 12:05 pm

Code Pink protesters interrupt the start of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz. Senator John McCain, Chair of the Committee, has the protesters removed. Watch the complete hearing here:

January 12, 2015

CHARLIE

Filed under: News,Opinion — Tags: , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 12:54 pm

charlie-hebdoBy Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE –

http://time.com/3657256/charlie-hebdo-paris-attack/

It’s important to know just what type of magazine CHARLIE HEBDO is before you can make a fully informed opinion. Even then, unless you live in France you and I still can’t really know just what it endured OR just how sharp of a stick it used to poke and provoke.

Me? I fully support the right of free speech even when its expression at times might make me wince a bit or piss me off. Klan marches here do that every time but if they want to march they have that right. I have the right to hope they get blisters on their feet!

I had never heard of CHARLIE WEEKLY but then again I live in Pittsburgh not Paris though one of Pittsburgh’s old nicknames is “Paris of the Appalachians”.

They have 60 thousand subscribers – big I guess for France but here even WORLDWIDE HIPPIES CJE has over 11 thousand on-line fans. Anyway, I looked them up and thought some of their cartoons were less satire and more just crude but that is just my personal taste. I usually like more of a clever touch than the poke of a sharp stick or whacking someone or some institution with a club.

BUT I, like many others are CHARLIE now. I stand with the MILLIONS of others that believe in the sanctity and the need of free speech and the absolute condemnation of violence. To me radicals of any religion that feel the need to defend their holy people or their deity with violence are the type that would be drawn to ANY cause that promoted violence at worst and at best, are so arrogant and at the same time think so little of their SUPREME BEING; that they have to defend instead of waiting for that being to go smite whoever offended.

Peace ( is the answer)

December 17, 2014

A Society of Captives

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , , — Citizen Journalist Exchange @ 9:17 am
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

By Chris Hedges, Truthdg – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to launch a pilot program in New York City to place body cameras on police officers and conduct training seminars to help them reduce their adrenaline rushes and abusive language, along with the establishment of a less stringent marijuana policy, are merely cosmetic reforms. The killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island was, after all, captured on video. These proposed reforms, like those out of Washington, D.C., fail to address the underlying cause of poverty, state-sponsored murder and the obscene explosion of mass incarceration—the rise of the corporate state and the death of our democracy. Mass acts of civil disobedience, now being carried out across the country, are the only mechanism left that offers hope for systematic legal and judicial reform. We must defy the corporate state, not work with it.

The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites. These elites have committed $26 billion in financial fraud. They loot the U.S. Treasury, escape taxation, drive down wages, break unions, pillage pension funds, gut regulation and oversight, destroy public institutions including public schools and social assistance programs, wage endless and illegal wars to swell the profits of arms merchants, and—yes—authorize police to murder unarmed black men.

Police and national intelligence and security agencies, which carry out wholesale surveillance against the population and serve as the corporate elite’s brutal enforcers, are omnipotent by intention. They are designed to impart fear, even terror, to keep the population under control. And until the courts and the legislative bodies give us back our rights—which they have no intention of doing—things will only get worse for the poor and the rest of us. We live in a post-constitutional era.

Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. They have, in the process, demolished civil society. Karl Polanyi in “The Great Transformation” warned that without heavy government regulation and oversight, unfettered and unregulated capitalism degenerates into a Mafia capitalism and a Mafia political system. A self-regulating market, Polanyi writes, turns human beings and the natural environment into commodities. This ensures the destruction of both society and the natural environment. The ecosystem and human beings become objects whose worth is determined solely by the market. They are exploited until exhaustion or collapse occurs. A society that no longer recognizes that the natural world and life have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, commits collective suicide. Such societies cannibalize themselves. This is what we are undergoing. Literally.- Continue reading…

December 15, 2014

Lace Up Those Walking Shoes

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , , , , — Worldwide Hippies @ 6:03 am

By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE – 

The time seems to have come round again. Marches, sweet hippies, marches! This weekend showed the way back to the beginings.

Hope, that’s what blossomed this weekend. Hope, and the spirit to try again. The powers that be may have thought they had us beaten down but it looks like they were wrong and that this is just the beginning! That’s the thing about a big multi- city event, especially when it includes D.C. it’s a crack in the dike of oppression of every sort. And, there’s a lot of oppression in that dike. I know that this weekend can be the start of the people rising up and remembering their power.

We let them take away that belief, that knowledge in the power of the people but it’s not too late! Sadly, there are a myriad of causes to fight for and oppression to fight against. All we have to do is look around us. The injustices are threatening to crush us but our spirits are strong. Watching these marchers and listening to their words gave me hope. When the people rise up and our feet hit the pavement even the robber barons and their pet congresscritters are going to have to listen.

RIGHT ON, sisters and brothers, all people of justice, truth and love,

MARCH ON !

Peace

December 10, 2014

We’re All Tired – Protests Against State Violence Go Worldwide

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , — Citizen Journalist Exchange @ 7:18 am
A vigil for the 43 students missing from Mexico's Guerrero state. (Photo: Brooke Binkowski / Flickr)

A vigil for the 43 students missing from Mexico’s Guerrero state. (Photo: Brooke Binkowski / Flickr)

By Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence | Op-Ed – Posted at;truth-out.org

On the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks of protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students from the traditionally left-leaning Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, in the city of Iguala. It is widely believed that the students, who were on their way to protest unequal hiring practices, were intercepted by drug gangs coordinating with the police and state government of Guerrero, the southwest Mexican state where Iguala is located.

Mexican activists were joined November 20 by solidarity protests in the United States and around the word. Under the banner of “Todos Somos Ayotzinapa – Todos Somos Ferguson,” a number of demonstrations in the States were intended to stand with Mexican organizers and the 43 students abducted, along with the U.S. community of Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury there decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. At a rally in New York’s Union SquareNovember 16, protesters held signs in Spanish saying, “Your son could be number 44″ — eerily reminiscent of an earlier rallying cry: “I Am Trayvon Martin.” Protesters also called attention to the role of U.S. policy and trade agreements — including the proposed and controversial “Plan Mexico” — in fueling the drug war that has terrorized the country over the last several years, and was accelerated under the presidency of Felipe Calderon, beginning in 2006.

Simultaneous protests for Ayotzinapa were held in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries. At the action in New York City, demonstrators gathered for a vigil in Union Square and then moved to the Mexican consulate. Participants were asked to bring flowers and candles, and held up portraits of the missing 43 students. Vigils were also held in Ferguson and around the country this past summer to commemorate Brown and other, inordinately black and brown victims of extra-judicial killings. Groups like the Organization for Black Struggle, Color of Change and many others are continuing to organize against racialized police brutality in the lead-up to the grand jury’s announcement. Continue reading…

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