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Oppose billions more for war! [28 Nov 2006|01:01pm]

paddymac
From Just Foreign Policy. Take action here: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/involved/iraq.html

Some in Washington refuse to acknowledge that the majority of Americans, like the majority of Iraqis, want an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. USA Today and Congressional Quarterly report that the Bush administration will ask Congress for a record amount of war money in 2007 - perhaps as high as $160 billion. That would be in addition to the $435 billion in military spending Congress already authorized for 2007.

That would mean one out of every five of our taxpayer dollars next year would go to military spending, and that's not even counting $17 billion on US nuclear weapons.

Money spent on the military and war is money that will not be available for pressing domestic needs, like health care, schools and combating poverty. Senator Kent Conrad, the Democrat who will oversee the Senate budget next year, told USA Today the high military price tag "is going to increasingly become an issue." He said it could restrict the availability of money to expand Medicare's prescription drug coverage.

We set up a web page that makes it easy to write a letter to your senators and representatives asking them not to pour more money into a failed and destructive policy in Iraq. More money means more young American soldiers will die and be horribly injured in this needless war and more Iraqi civilians will die at the hands of our troops.

Our suggested talking points also ask senators and representatives to place conditions on any money that is appropriated, setting a firm deadline for the withdrawal of all troops and requiring the administration to directly engage Iraq's neighbors, especially Iran and Syria.

We encourage you to use our talking points as a guide, since personalized letters may have more impact.

For more information, click here to see the story in the USA Today and here to see the Congressional Quarterly article.
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Bush Nazi connection. [25 May 2006|12:16am]

nakedpiper
[ mood | distressed ]

I met this guy named John Buchanan a few years ago. He is an freelance journalist who discovered new doccuments in the national archives exposing the Bush family's role in funding the Nazis during WWII. Since he exposed this information in the New Hampshire Gazette, he's been constantly harrassed by the CIA and been charged with various bogus charges that could put him in jail for five years. Check it out: http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/092704buchanan.htm

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Sept 24th Peace Rally compilation thread [24 Sep 2005|08:55pm]

gpv
Pictures, audio clips, videos, reports from on the ground:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/thought_express/14261.html
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[14 Sep 2005|04:20pm]

teletubbydarko
[ mood | enthralled ]

I just wanted to say that i adore ralph nader! i live in a really conservative town, and 90% of the people havent heard of him (the other 10% being people I've told about him). Anyway I'm glad that I found a community that agrees with me! i <3 nader!

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Action alert! Tell congress and the media the Katrina investigation must be an independent one [11 Sep 2005|03:44pm]

gpv
http://www.livejournal.com/community/thought_express/14030.html
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The humane or the insane? [04 Sep 2005|09:43pm]

nakedpiper
[ mood | enraged ]

I find it stunning that the richest nation in the world is being offered help from the poorest nations in the world because we're too concerned with maintaining world hedgemony. Namely, Fidel Castro!!! Fidel Castro. Our sworn enemy! Or one of the many.

If anything, I would say that this is going to be an event that hopefully opens the eyes of the world, awakens them to what is really happening. This catastrophe will indeed separate the good from the bad.

What is our answer America? Where are your priorities? This is the test! This is judgement day! Is humanity going to rule? Or will it be insanity?

And why are people shooting down helicopters? Gee, I wonder why!

This is yet another example of compassionate conservativism. But at least Bush and company can have their oil.

For shame, Mr Bush! At long last, have you no decency?! You should be tried along side Saddam Hussein, tried for crimes against humanity...not to mention treason. Damn you to hell!

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[14 Jun 2005|08:05pm]

sydpenguinbunny
Save John Lennon's Honor PetitionCollapse )
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re: the energy bill due out on the senate floor on mon. if activism= your thing, PLEASE HELP! [10 Jun 2005|10:43pm]

ameforstars
We would like @ least 100 copies of this letter sent to the sen. specter and santorum's energy aids that the Center for Creative Cooperation met with in DC on Wednesday, 8 June 2005. (letter = under this lj cut)Collapse )
Present at the meeting were 5 representatives (including myself) from a newly formed NEPA "activist umbrella" called The Center for Creative Cooperation, which is a center for activists groups who support sane energy policies, environmentalism and general social justice issues to coalesce and support one another. The Center fully advocates the autonomy of each group, but is in place to help garner support and numbers for grass roots organizations.

The first section of the letter highlights some of what they SAID to us during out 90 minute conversation/debate. The second section is what WE support (as the Center for Creative Cooperation). Between all of us and our groups, these aides, Mr. Dower and Mr. Beynon, need to receive at least 100 hundred of these emailed letters this weekend, since the energy bill hits the Senate floor Monday.

We fully understand that these letters may not change the course of energy bill history. HOWEVER

1. These letters will put these guys on notice that we weren't kidding when we said that we represented a "strong coalition of concerned citizen groups," I wasn't making it up - they need to know we have some numbers here.

2. They understand that for every letter they get, there are 10 more people in our groups who support what the letter says.

Please, spread the word to groups/people who you think may be interested........we would like @ least 100 letters/emails to be sent to these guys by monday.

If they only get a few, our impact int he future will be considerably less--if they get more than a few, we will matter more. GRASS ROOTS WORKS ON NUMBERS - So let's show them we have numbers!!!

All you have to do with the letter is:

paste the following two emails into the address line:
Matthew_Beynon@santorum.senate.gov Thomas_Dower@specter.senate.gov

if you know friends or other PA groups who would be interested in voicing similar (or the same) concerns, please forward this email to them, and have them send this message (or something similar...) to the email addresses listed above.

then, please sign your name (and address if you're from PA) under the "sincerely".

One more thing, i have recently started a (potentially... still have to file the paper work) non-profit group called S.A.F.E.R. (Student Action for Environmental Responsibilty). The only requirement to support this group is to be a student or a supporter of students/student action, so if you are interested in this (and you do not have to be a PA resident to "join") please let me know via a comment and if you are interested and choose to send a letter to san/spects reps please include something like:

Amie Monte
Member of S.A.F.E.R. (Student Action for Environmental Responsibilty)

after the closing "sincerely" of the letter.

thanks! if anyone has any ?'s about the meeting/lobbying for a sane energy policy lemme know:)

peace!

one more time: the letter we would like forwardedCollapse )


and please comment if you are forwarding the message because we would like to keep track of how many emails are being sent to the senators. thanks!!!

(cross-posted)
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Your thoughts on the electoral challenge? [06 Jan 2005|12:28pm]

gpv

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an interesting election candidate quiz [14 Dec 2004|03:06am]

graeme_qewe
Hello all. I'm from Europe, but still take interest in American politics. While doing some searches for candidate quizes/polls, I found this one. It's really interesting. And very accurate. The only negative thing is that it takes quite some time.

The concept is, that you chose some of the candidates (it's best if you take them all) and then read their comments on cerain issues, and you chose who you agree with. I guess it cemented what I always expected, that Kerry was only mildly different from Bush, although I was surprised I agreed with him as little as I did. To bad no one really knows about Ralph here.

If anyone has the time and interest, the test is here: http://www.votebyissue.org/wbur/
I'm interested in what some of you might get.

my results:

You agreed with David Cobb (Green) on 15 issues
You disagreed with David Cobb (Green) on 5 issues

You agreed with George Bush (Republican) on 4 issues
You disagreed with George Bush (Republican) on 16 issues

You agreed with Ralph Nader (Independent) on 16 issues
You disagreed with Ralph Nader (Independent) on 4 issues

You agreed with Michael Peroutka (Constitutional) on 4 issues
You disagreed with Michael Peroutka (Constitutional) on 16 issues

You agreed with John Kerry (Democratic) on 5 issues
You disagreed with John Kerry (Democratic) on 15 issues

You agreed with Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) on 10 issues
You disagreed with Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) on 10 issues
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What political party (if you do) do you belong to, and why? And what are your [29 Nov 2004|08:03am]

gpv

test results...
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Shameless Self-Promotion [16 Nov 2004|07:08am]

sydpenguinbunny
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE join my new community mccain2008 Even if you're not sold on the idea of a McCain presidency, come, learn, make new friends. Punch and pie. :)
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[09 Nov 2004|09:25pm]

lubiekrowy
PRETZEL BOMB 2005

On January 14th, 2005, we Americans who are furious with the current President will each send one grab-bag-sized bag of pretzels to the White House (just to show we care) at the following address:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Spread the word!
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[08 Nov 2004|11:51pm]

dandysruleok
Hi everyone...I just joined the community and figured I'd introduce myself :)

My name is Alfonso and I'm a 21 year old junior at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

I first learned of Ralph Nader when I was 17 during the 2000 election season. I like to think that I became attracted to his campaign because they were the only party that condescended enough to talk to and hand out campaign literature to someone like me, but in reality, I researched Nader's platform on the internet, and was startled to find that I loved and agreed with EVERYTHING he stood for. I joined Nader's side in my Political Science class' mock election debates. I was infused with a youthful enthusiasm and a hope for real change, if not now, in my lifetime.

Oh, I got as sure as you did, as open Nader supporters, the "you'll throw the election" stuff...luckily in our gang of four - three of us were Nader supporters and we had to deal with the Gore supporter cause we loved her just the same.

Anyway, a student here at Beloit College who is the volunteer coordinator for Ralph Nader in Beloit (Angela Erickson) sent a campus e-mail about her Campus Greens club my Sophomore year. I joined and we talked. We discussed the merits of Cobb versus Nader, and all three (in a school of 1400....groan) members decided Nader was the better choice.


But I didn't vote for Nader. Or Cobb, for that matter. I threw my vote away to Kerry. I feel so guilty about it. As if he's any better than Bush. It's the same old two-party politic game. I wish I was informed and not as susceptible to the influences of my friends and family who all blindly follow whichever Democratic candidate is spoonfed to them.


I want real Democracy. Maybe I'm an idealist but I think we can do better than what the television's talking heads tell us are our choices. I think we can move towards a better world and it frustrates me that we aren't being given the chance.


Well, I hope you'll accept me, nonetheless. Learn from your mistakes, right. I still feel guilty and sick and disgusted at myself for my idiotic choice...

Peace,
Alfonso
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Ham Operators, check in please. [08 Nov 2004|07:48am]

gpv

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It is time for a progressive people's alliance, perhaps under the banner of the Green Party. [06 Nov 2004|06:40pm]

greenlantern46

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New Electoral System? [06 Nov 2004|05:46am]

tkwrinklefiber
I've been working for some time on a new electoral system that I thought might show promise as the most precise method of proportional representation feasible. If nobody minds, I'd like to run it by you guys (this is my first post here, by the way).

Anyway, the centerpiece of the system would be a fundamental reform in House elections. I'm sure we'Re all aware of the problems there are currently (the two-party system, corporate domination, gerrymandering, first-past-the-post systematic disenfranchisement, and so on and so forth). My system proposes multimember constituencies of roughly equal population (by roughly, I figured a band of between 500k and 900k people, with a 750k target - for the most part, districts would be formed along county lines, or along county subdivision lines as determined by the Census Bureau - no more of this census tract-level gerrymandering). Candidates could run in the primaries with a small processing fee and a few signatures, and then in the primaries the candidates would be narrowed to one per party for the general (in order to prevent the two big parties from maintaining control by running clone candidates in the general to edge out smaller parties). Each constituent would cast a ranked ballot in the general election. A candidate would be elected when he or she received some set minimum proportion of the cast votes (I like 15%, personally, because it keeps the maximum number to six, so that the House doesn't get too bloated). Any candidate not receiving 15% of the first choice votes is eliminated, and the next choice of all voters who voted for such a candidate first would be considered - the first vote for a remaining candidate would be considered. Each winning candidate, ultimately, receives the same number of votes in the House as the number of voters who voted for that candidate.

Example: In Constituency X, 200,000 people vote, and thus the election cutoff is 30,000 votes. 100,000 vote for Candidate A, 75,000 for Candidate B, and 25,000 for Candidate C. Candidates A and B are elected, while C is eliminated; since 10,000 of C's supporters supported A second, and 15,000 supported B second, Candidate A will have 110,000 votes and Candidate B will have 90,000 votes in the House.

This reform would make it easier for smaller parties to win seats, remove the incentive for gerrymandering, and give the public a concrete example of the power one's vote can hold. Hopefully, it would break the two-party system's hold on elections and allow for alternate voices, which should decrease voter apathy.

These House reforms would, by necessity, remove the Electoral College, although if necessary it could be replaced (on a Nebraska-Maine style system) with a distribution per unit of population of electoral votes, with the slight weighing of smaller state's values. I would also propose that three or four senators be elected per state (since the unfair nature of the Senate itself cannot be removed by amendment, at least it should be able to represent more voices). Both the presidential and senatorial elections should also be executed by either ranked ballot or approval voting, in order to ensure that the inroads made in the House work on all levels.

The disadvantages I've been able to identify so far are:
-The size of a theoretically maximum 2400-person House would require more money in salaries and benefits, plus extensive renovation of the current House or construction of a new one
-The size would also create problems with the current House committee system, although compensations could be made
-Congresspersons with smaller numbers of votes may be to some extent left out of the bargaining and negotiation processes
-Remembering every representative's voting power would be quite a chore

Anyway, what do you guys think about this system? Do you like it? Do you like it better than the European systems of proportional representation? Do you think it would work if instituted? Would you like living under this system? Do you see any problems or major flaws in it, and do you have any suggestions for improvement upon it? Did somebody else out there already come up with it? Thanks for your input.
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More inspirational writings [05 Nov 2004|10:07pm]

lunarpollen
This time, courtsey of someone else (found on tribe.net)... his e-mail is at the end of his essay...

What one person had to say about voting for NaderCollapse )

And he forgot to mention Clinton's unjust war in Yugoslavia, which we were all lied to about, which no one saw fit to protest (because it wasn't a trendy war to protest)... It could have strengthened his "evil villian" argument about motivating people to protest...
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We need election reform in the USA and we need it now! [05 Nov 2004|08:13am]

gpv
FIGHT! Take this country back one town and state at a time!
http://www.geocities.com/greenpartyvoter/electionreform.htm
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