I received this message from Credo Action a while ago, but I felt it merited discussion, because it once again highlights our government’s greater concern for the business world, rather than the health of Americans. This is doubly galling, because the very corporations that are poisoning us, refuse to pay taxes on the huge profits they rake in.
Tell Congress: Keep poison out of our water and ban atrazine now.
The petition to Congress reads: Atrazine is known to cause cancer and birth defects, and it is contaminating 80 percent of U.S. drinking water. Keep poison out of our water and pass HR 2044, the long-overdue ban on atrazine in the U.S.
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.
The United States Postal Service is the finest, most reliable postal service in the world Everyone knows this, and the fact that we can send a letter to any place in the United States to any other place for forty-six cents is frankly amazing. I appreciate the ease with which I can ship packages all over the country with a minimum of fuss or trouble, and the certainty that my numerous internet purchases will make it to my door safely. The USPS workers are our friends and neighbors; it is and always will be a large part of the fabric of American life and business. So why all the fighting over the state of the USPS on the House floor?
Correct me if I am way off base, but aren’t we guaranteed a Postal Service in our Constitution? And aren’t most retirees unlikely to live seventy five years past retiring, let alone all? Why was the United States Postal Service saddled with that stupid rule rather than businesses in the private sector? You can imagine the furor if Fedex or UPS were federally mandated to pre-fund seventy five years of health benefits? Continue reading →
How’s the sequestration treating you? Most may ask, ‘What Sequestration?’. Alot of folks stopped paying attention to this sort of thing, due to fatigue, so it is understandable that they would not know. It’s a state of broad departmental budget cuts to government programs and services. We are gifted with this albatross because the last Congress could not pass a budget. The doomsday scenarios the White House and some Democrats warned against haven’t happened. Yet.
The country has not imploded yet, nor been invaded by a foreign entity.Personally, I haven’t been affected at all by sequestration, which I think is indicative of the experience of most Americans, because I am self sufficient, I have no special needs that require federal aid. Unless you need a service of any kind…..that you depend on to eat, take care of yourself and family, to educate children. You know, nothing of real importance to the media, or the average Senator and Congressperson. Like booking a flight home from Washington!
Isn’t it funny that in our quest to be healthier we add to the world’s pollution problem? Our desire for the cleanest fresh water has built up an industry that essentially sells us our own familiar tap water,and at a significant profit.
This video spurred me to purchase a bottle with a water filter built in about three weeks ago. It’s sturdy, easy to take with me where ever I go, and I can refill it for free. By using that to filter my drinking water, I avoided having to dispose about a hundred empty water bottles, and saved at least $250.
This video may surprise you. It may even make you angry. It should frighten you. Because the last thing you need when you are seriously sick is being subjected to courses of treatment that will not work, and may even kill you. Take a moment to watch another excellent TED talk.
If you are like me, you are deeply suspicious of industry that extracts fossil fuels, even “natural gas”. The pressure from wealthy interests to get the ok to proceed with fracking projects in New York State is mounting on Governor Cuomo, especially for the jobs they supposedly would bring. But when you see how other state’s environments have suffered after fracking, it is clear it would be a bad bargain for New York. Last chance to express your position on the issue, folks. Read on from Credo Action:
Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” paving the way for Governor Cuomo to make a decision on fracking in New York. That means now is a vitally important time to put pressure on the governor to ban fracking.
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
In February, we won a small victory in the fight to ban fracking in New York: Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that it would take more time to decide whether to open New York to fracking, saying it needed more time to study the health impacts of fracking.1
But, recently, Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” Continue reading →
Unlock your phone? Sounds crazy, yet when you think about it, the fact that you cannot do so whenever you want is pretty foul. Maybe its the consumer that gets the benefit of some deregulation for a change! Check out the message from Al Franken.
If you have a mobile phone, this is a big deal.
Right now, even when your contract with your mobile provider expires, you can’t legally “unlock” that phone — which would allow you to switch carriers. That’s right. It’s against the law.
But wait a minute. That’s your phone. You bought it, fair and square. Why should your cell phone company be able to tell you what you can do with it even after your contract is up? And why should the law be on their side? Continue reading →