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How Many Plutocrats Does It Take to Change the World ?

Could Nick Hanauer's New Capitalism Save Capitalism From Itself? Spend 20 minutes to watch this thought provoking Ted Talk

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The Sacred Sperm Swims On!

As assaults on a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body continue, one has to believe that truly a sperm has been endowed by its creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of any egg within sight!

Not only can a woman not say NO and have it stick but she cannot choose to wear something that might be construed as "inviting" to a man, nor can she even sniff a cork in mixed company for fear of having some substance poured into her drink without her knowledge and then wake up, ravaged, alone and pregnant without the ability of ridding her body of its unwanted tenant.

But Godforbid, that she tamper with that sperm!

Now I ask you, what penalties will befall the masturbater? 

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Why The Federal Budget is Different From A Family Budget - An Illustrated Lesson

The right wing keeps harping that the Federal government HAS to balance its budget by using the argument that you and I have to do so. BUT, there are a few differences between a sovereign state (like a COUNTRY) and a private citizen (like you or me). The following graphic illustrates some of these:

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MISOGYNY AND ECOCIDE

This video has an interesting slant on the relationship between a society's views on women and its views on the environment. WARNING: it is an hour long, so plan for extended viewing!MYSOGYNY2.png

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This is a Video We all Need to See - MANY TIMES!

This vid was created for the recall. It is still usable. Just put up a banner before or after saying "Vote Democrat" or "Vote for So and So."

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Why we need to WORK!

Wisconsin has a significant choice to make between now and November 4, 2014. We can elect to do one of several things: we can sit on our hands, at home and do nothing about our future; we can talk to our friends and convince them to do something with us to change people's minds about the way that the state is going; or we can actively seek out others who may not know us to try to convince them that we need to change the way our state is going. 

Even if we do not particularly like the person at the head of the Democratic ticket, we MUST work for the Dems DOWN TICKET in November, especially in Senate races! If the Republicans hold the Governorship, the Senate AND the Assembly, with their conservative majority in the state Supreme Court, you can kiss the environment and local control over health and welfare of citizens goodbye. And plan on total corporate control of your and your children's lives for the next four years!

I, for one, am beginning to like Mary Burke, and I am willing to work for her, as an adjunct to my work for DOWN TICKET Dems. BUT, my focus is on the Assembly and Senate races - not particularly on the governor's race.

PLEASE WORK WITH MARY for Governor and vote for her in both August November! Remember that there are statewide Democratic partisan primaries on August 12 for Attorney General, GOVERNOR (Mary Burke vs. Brett Hulsey), Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer and a Dane County Democratic primary for Sheriff.  

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Why This November ( and the time before) Matters!

Wisconsin has a significant choice to make between now and November 4, 2014. We can elect to do one of several things: we can sit on our hands, at home and do nothing about our future; we can talk to our friends and convince them to do something with us to change people's minds about the way that the state is going; or we can actively seek out others who may not know us to try to convince them that we need to change the way our state is going. 

Even if we do not particularly like the person at the head of the Democratic ticket, we MUST work for the Dems DOWN TICKET in November, especially in Senate races! If the Republicans hold the Governorship, the Senate AND the Assembly, with their conservative majority in the state Supreme Court, you can kiss the environment and local control over health and welfare of citizens goodbye. And plan on total corporate control of your and your children's lives for the next four years!

I, for one, am beginning to like Mary Burke, and I am willing to work for her, as an adjunct to my work for DOWN TICKET Dems. BUT, my focus is on the Assembly and Senate races - not particularly on the governor's race.

PLEASE WORK WITH MARY for Governor and vote for her in both August November! Remember that there are statewide Democratic partisan primaries on August 12 for Attorney General, GOVERNOR (Mary Burke vs. Brett Hulsey), Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer and a Dane County Democratic primary for Sheriff.  

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Community Bill of Rights

July 4, 2014

Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

Dear Editor:

            It is my wont this time of year to reread the greatest of our foundational documents.  If you decide to join me in rereading The Declaration of Independence, resolve with me to do so slowly and with understanding.  You will find that it has everything to do with the natural rights of man and woman, flesh-and-blood human beings.  You remember the rights: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.  Later, then, when the Constitution came about, they further enumerated more of those inalienable, flesh-and-blood human rights: religion, speech, assembly, self-protection, and others.  At our last local election, we passed two community referendums, reaffirming that the rights we speak of as natural and inalienable are the rights of flesh-and-blood human beings, men and women, not the rights of made-up entities like corporations and unions.  "We the People," we reaffirmed, means "We the People."

            The time has come to build again on that assertion.  The time has come to enumerate further what we mean by God-given, natural human rights and to further protect those rights in law.  There are those who would subordinate our natural human rights to exploitation for economic gain.  For that reason, there has come to be in some political subdivisions around the country a legal instrument known as a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS.  That new bill of rights aims to protect by law and ordinance all human beings' access to clean water, clean air, clean soil, sustainable energy, sustainable local economies, public schools, livable incomes, decent housing, health care, healthy food, modern communications systems, natural ecosystems, and decent workplaces.

            We need to remember our human roots, planted on The Fourth of July.  We need to pass ordinances that state plainly our sacred values.  We need those community rights ordinances in place, before our current ordinances are co-opted by powers whose motivations would subordinate the rights of flesh-and-blood human beings to the blind and bloodless forces of the market place alone.

            Planning and zoning are good ways to protect our sustainable natural communities, ecosystems, and individual local residents.  However, planning and zoning are in danger of co-optation by economic interests.  It is not the fault of the economic interests, for profit is the motivation, and the quest for profit gives rise to many good things in the good life we enjoy.  We must make sure, though, that in the quest for the economic good life, we do not sacrifice the natural good life defined in the fundamental and inalienable rights of natural communities, ecosystems, and local human residents.  We must enact new bills of rights, adding to the older existing ones.  We need new, legally enforceable ordinances that supersede any that might jeopardize the inalienable rights of flesh-and-blood human beings.  We need a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS in every community in Wisconsin.

                                                Sincerely,

                                                John Scepanski

                                                DeForest, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Community Bill of Rights

July 4, 2014

Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

Dear Editor:

            It is my wont this time of year to reread the greatest of our foundational documents.  If you decide to join me in rereading The Declaration of Independence, resolve with me to do so slowly and with understanding.  You will find that it has everything to do with the natural rights of man and woman, flesh-and-blood human beings.  You remember the rights: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.  Later, then, when the Constitution came about, they further enumerated more of those inalienable, flesh-and-blood human rights: religion, speech, assembly, self-protection, and others.  At our last local election, we passed two community referendums, reaffirming that the rights we speak of as natural and inalienable are the rights of flesh-and-blood human beings, men and women, not the rights of made-up entities like corporations and unions.  "We the People," we reaffirmed, means "We the People."

            The time has come to build again on that assertion.  The time has come to enumerate further what we mean by God-given, natural human rights and to further protect those rights in law.  There are those who would subordinate our natural human rights to exploitation for economic gain.  For that reason, there has come to be in some political subdivisions around the country a legal instrument known as a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS.  That new bill of rights aims to protect by law and ordinance all human beings' access to clean water, clean air, clean soil, sustainable energy, sustainable local economies, public schools, livable incomes, decent housing, health care, healthy food, modern communications systems, natural ecosystems, and decent workplaces.

            We need to remember our human roots, planted on The Fourth of July.  We need to pass ordinances that state plainly our sacred values.  We need those community rights ordinances in place, before our current ordinances are co-opted by powers whose motivations would subordinate the rights of flesh-and-blood human beings to the blind and bloodless forces of the market place alone.

            Planning and zoning are good ways to protect our sustainable natural communities, ecosystems, and individual local residents.  However, planning and zoning are in danger of co-optation by economic interests.  It is not the fault of the economic interests, for profit is the motivation, and the quest for profit gives rise to many good things in the good life we enjoy.  We must make sure, though, that in the quest for the economic good life, we do not sacrifice the natural good life defined in the fundamental and inalienable rights of natural communities, ecosystems, and local human residents.  We must enact new bills of rights, adding to the older existing ones.  We need new, legally enforceable ordinances that supersede any that might jeopardize the inalienable rights of flesh-and-blood human beings.  We need a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS in every community in Wisconsin.

                                                Sincerely,

                                                John Scepanski

                                                DeForest, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Values

"...the idea that the private sector, the free market, on its own has all the solutions is just a myth."

"When it's just about the money, there are no values."

                                        - Tim Wu

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