We all know that the will of the people doesn’t really get any traction these days in the Senate and House floors these days. The fact we are still waiting for a balanced budget, immigration and gun law reforms, and a real plan for job creation to become a priority is evidence of that. I know I am tired of hearing about fruitless attempts to repeal Obamacare and legal abortion. I am dismayed by the power Monsanto wields over and in concert with the legislative and executive branches of American government.
With that said, enjoy the latest dispatch from Represent Us regarding the latest efforts to get big money out of our politics.
We survived the 112th Congress, regarded by most politics watchers as a ‘do nothing Congress’. And the latest group of legislators in the 113th Congress are no picnic either, judging by the sequester we still find ourselves in. I sometimes think the wing nuts like Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Rand Paul spend more time blowing smoke up conservative bloggers skirts, and grandstanding on talk shows than actually working at the House of Representatives.
Well, even John Huntsman thinks the current political obstructionist culture is stupid. Continue reading →
Kids, we have to curb our addiction to petroleum products, plastic bags especially.
Even though I personally use my own bags for shopping daily, I see these bags littering my little Queens neighborhood quite frequently, and it drives me nuts. Not a day goes by without seeing a plastic bag sadly caught in a tree or carelessly thrown in the gutter, which tells me, there are way too many out there. I don’t even like to think about the ones that actually make it to the dumps and landfills.
This is why I have shared this petition email with you. It’s time for New York City to clean up it’s plastic habit! Read on:
Below is an email from Eric Schaal, a MoveOn member in New York City. Eric started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,
New York City is a horrible offender when it comes to plastic bag waste. We carelessly throw out 100,000 tons of plastic bags every year and pay other states to take our trash because there’s nowhere for it to go. We are creating countless piles of this trash that will never biodegrade. Continue reading →
My secret crush and America’s most charismatic astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, makes some great points on the circumstances that affect the country’s willingness (or unwillingness) to pull together for big projects, and his disappointment on the reasons why it happens, and how rarely that even occurs.
That also gave me cause to wonder; Why does it have to be that way, as us versus them, instead of innovation for the sake of advancing the quality of life?
With the passing of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, the decisions made by Governor Chris Christie in regards to filling the liberal lion’s seat have been watched and analyzed on all sides….a conundrum for a potential 2016 presidential hopeful! I don’t think the special election idea is making anybody happy, whether conservative or liberal.
Even Americans For Responsible Solutions are weighing in with an eye toward their particular issue; sensible gun reform. Please read on to enjoy another nugget from my Inbox for your perusal:
Cecelia -Frank Lautenberg spent a career working tirelessly to reduce gun violence in our country.He authored important legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, and one of the final votes he cast was in support of expanded background checks. He was wheeled down to the floor for that vote, as his colleagues applauded his determination.Senator Lautenberg cannot be replaced. However, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie must now select a successor. And he should pick one who supports expanding background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the deranged.
Earlier this year, a Quinnipiac University poll found that ninety-six percent of New Jersey residents support expanding background checks, including ninety-five percent of gun owners. Continue reading →
This is one for those of you who enjoy science, and graphs I suppose….. Personally, I have to admit it — the article, while interesting was a bit beyond my education level. Color me intimidated and depressed for just a moment, thinking about all the black nasty gunk we emit from our farming, industry and lifestyles. I try to shop responsibly, use public transport, purchase grassfed meats, abstain from consuming petroleum products. Continue reading →
Oysters, who knew they were so very important? I know I love them, especially with cocktail sauce, lemon and crackers……..Delicious, yes! But, apparently they can lower the acidity levels in the sea. Mindblowing, right? Knowing what they can do has made me respect them in a new way.
Check out this article. It’s pretty interesting, I just wish the folks in charge could appreciate how every thing we throw and flush away affects the life giving sea…..and how the creatures that live there make the ocean, and the planet cleaner than before. How the Ocean Grows Its Own Medicine.
As we brace ourselves for the next cycles of state and national elections, I wonder if we can tolerate another round vicious scrapping for power. The whole process is so nasty, “primary” has become a verb, as in: “The senator voted no on the bill because she did not want to be primaried.” Guess it is one of those delightful words, like ‘wedgied’….. Continue reading →