The 20 Worst Wall Street Banks Funding Our Filthiest Polluters | | AlterNet

. . . in 2010 we had the highest CO2 emissions since the beginning of industrialization. And there’s a question of who is financing these emissions? Who is paying for the plants that are causing these emissions?

This article focuses on the financing of the coal industry because the COAL industry is the biggest polluter — from the mining operation (listening, Utah?) to the burning to produce energy.  What use is cheap energy (again, Utah?)?   I’ll just bet that the savings in power bills doesn’t offset the higher doctor bills resulting from breathing filthy air.  Talk to the parent of a child with asthma and see if they would have preferred to pay$10, 25, even 50-100 more on their energy bill rather than have their child deal with the lifelong effects of pollution-caused asthma.

JP Morgan, Citi and Bank of America top the list.  Anyone surprised by this?  Just another reason to go local with your money!

The 20 Worst Wall Street Banks Funding Our Filthiest Polluters | | AlterNet.

Am I Mad? YES!

Someone who will remain nameless posted a criticism of the Occupy Movement and those who support on that social networking site that cannot be named.  It made me stinking MAD!

Thinking People everywhere should question the American Occupy Movement, especially if they agree with the sentiments expressed by the protesters. Most of the occupiers are no doubt part of the American 99%. However on a global basis when you consider humanity as a whole, most of them are in the top 1%, or at least will be once they get into their work life.

Yes, they want the top 1% in America to shift wealth and income downward to them. But, no, they are not willing to shift their wealth, income, and privilege down to the truly needy in the third world.

They are asking of others what they are unwilling to do themselves.

Mr. FB poster, don’t you even begin to try and make this the common person’s problem!  Your post definitely shows in which category you fall, 99 or 1%, because you are trying to make me feel guilty for wanting to have a roof over my head, a job, and food on the table.  Are you suggesting that we should go without?  Will that cure the poverty problems of the world?  Your post, SIR, shows how lazy you are, how unwilling you are to upset your status quo.  Ours has already been upset by the financial greed of the corporate machine and the power drunkenness of our politicians.

The Occupy Movement is about making CHANGE! Do you ever ask why the banana farmers or diamond miners in So Africa or people in oil-exploited countries are so very poor while the leaders of many of those countries are corrupt and rich? What about the Corporations (most of them with U.S. roots) that are in those countries who keep the leaders in place so that there are no regulations, no labor laws, no environmental protections for the exploited workers? What about those Corporations, oil, agriculture, mineral extractions, etc. that keep the poor exactly where they are?   What about Chevron in the Amazon?  What about the garment workers in Saipan? What about banana farmers in the Philippines?

The Occupy Movement is about making Corporations responsible not only for how they treat us, but also about how they treat the poor of the world. It is about breaking the connection between Corporate money and buying of policy not only here but all around the world.  The Occupy Movement is about changing the SYSTEM!  If you are not willing to find out and accept what is really going on, here’s what you can do:

Save Bryce Canyon from Coal Mining!

Save Bryce Canyon from a proposed coal mine

More Valuable than Coal.

THESE ARE OUR PARKS!!  THESE ARE OUR LANDS!!!

Bryce Canyon National Park and public lands (yours and mine) managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are under attack from the State of Utah and Strip Coal Mining!  This is the “Alton Tract Lease — a proposal to mine coal on public land adjacent to Bryce Canyon. The mine would pollute the air from hundreds of coal trucks spewing dust, endanger wildlife, dirty the water and negatively impact the local tourism economy.”

“Mining would pollute the region’s clean water and air, flood Bryce Canyon’s world-famous dark night skies with light, destroy habitats and mating grounds for sage grouse, mule deer, and kit fox, create noise disruptions, and generate toxic coal dust from hundreds of trucks.

Coal is one of the dirtiest forms of energy, one that we must move beyond. Mining it right next to one of America’s most treasured landscapes is further insult to injury.”

Sign a petition against a strip mine on BLM land proposal right outside Bryce Canyon National Park.  This is dirty coal, a STRIP Mine, right next to a national park known for its pristine air.  PLEASE SIGN!!!  PLEASE TELL THE BLM NO, DO NOT APPROVE THIS PROPOSAL!

How did we get here?:

On the same day [Utah State] Gov. Gary Herbert sat down with a coal company that complained regulators were taking too long to issue a strip-mining permit, his campaign aides were cashing a $10,000 check from the company.

The pleas from Alton Coal Development LLC did not go unanswered. According to a memo obtained by The Associated Press, state regulators at the meeting agreed to fast-track a decision approving the mine near Panguitch, despite opposition from residents. source

Bryce Canyon, We are ALL owners!

Want to be Self-Sufficient?

(click red for your listening pleasure. The Tullymore Polka-The Witch, from Waking Ned Soundtrack)

The infographic below looks pretty intimidating — even for me and I live on a quarter acre urban lot.

Positives: My house roof is ideally situated for solar panels and I have removed much of the original lawn and replaced with productive gardening space.

Negatives: I haven’t installed the solar panels yet; my garden includes only two fruit trees, both peaches which are vulnerable to late spring freezes; I have been thinking about adding chickens but have yet to do so.

The Plan (in this order):

  1. plant two apple trees
  2. widen garden space in order to produce more vegetables
  3. research solar panels — cost is a factor!
  4. get serious about the chickens!

This will not make me completely self-sufficient, but it will get me closer to that point.

Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the Grid

Selling Yourself to the Highest Corporate Bidder? There’s another name for that….

Bought by the "stars," paid for by the 99%.

Politicians have prostituted themselves to remain in power.  They (and we) might want to think that the payments are merely donations, given from the goodness of their corporate hearts*.  A corporation (or individual) has millions and millions of dollars just sitting around doing nothing.  Not paying a mortgage, not buying food, not paying the utilities to keep the lights and heat on, not buying school clothes for the kids or putting gas in the car in case we have a job and need to get to work, no, those millions and millions of bucks are just sitting there making baby millions of bucks.  For writing simplicity, I’m going to call the Corporation/Individual entity “SHI” (that’s for “she,” “he,” “it”)**, it’s just easier for me to write and for you to read (as long as you know what I mean!).

When a citizen (member of the 99%) donates to a political candidate it is usually a small amount, <$50***, so if it is noticed at all they just get a smile and a nod and are quickly forgotten.

SHI on the other hand can afford to give big bucks to a campaign (remember those millions and millions of bucks?) and can now do so anonymously so no one knows who SHI is (“This political message has been brought to you by the U.S. Supreme Court and Friends”).  It is the donations with lots of decimal points, not just the one or two that most of us can give, BIG bucks that politicians and their handlers notice and remember.  When a politician gets a donation with, say,  5 or 6 decimal points (examples:  $10,000-$900,000), I’ll just bet there’s an “oooohh, goody!” moment.  Then they’ll say something like “Oh how sweet,” “It’s lovely!” “Just what I wanted,” “You didn’t need to”, and on and on (you know what I mean).

The point is: the politician remembers that donation.  The little ones from the rest of us?  Well, I think you can figure out what they think of those.

That’s why a corporation donates to a politician.  SHI can can send a Christmas card just to say Remember me?  It’s very simple, most of us are aware that this has been going on for a very long time.  We, citizens of what we consider to be the greatest country in the world****, are soon forgotten. Whenever someone in congress (or the President) gets a crazy idea to do something for the citizens or for the good of the country as a whole (silly idea, I know) SHI can just call up or send a sweet note to friend politician — remember me?  They’re trying to____ (enter whatever word you think is appropriate — e.g. regulate, stop, restrict, etc.) me; honey,I don’t like that; I won’t be able to give you any more if you don’t stop Them.

Now SHI has refined the process to where it doesn’t even have to cost a donation!  They can simply threaten to withhold or, horrid thought, give it to the political opponent!  Now SHI gets the goodies for free!

I may be writing tongue-in-cheek, but this is serious.  I am serious.  Occupy Wall Street is serious.  This is OUR problem.   Our politicians do not have the will to stop prostituting the themselves and our government.  Therefore, as long as they live in our house, they abide by our rules.  We must lock the doors and not let them out at night (so to speak).  Anyone have any ideas on how to do this?

My ideas:  We might have a chance at cleaning things up (i.e. vote incumbents out) if we vote for candidates who will write new laws:

  1. campaign finance laws that restrict corporate giving
  2. term limits for ALL (say, 12 years max. combined Senate, House, President).

What?  SHI has a heart?  Then Corporations ARE people, my friend!

**  aka the Whore(s) of Babylon — actually I think this descriptor fits both sides of this shady relationship.

*** Why so small? Because it has to be what’s left over after we pay for everything in para. 1.

**** Ever wonder what people in those other countries say about where they live?  (I’m so proud to live in the second greatest country in the world.) — yes, I’m borrowing this from Stephen Colbert….

Occupy Wall Street: Stop the Affair!

The Seducer

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is about stopping the affair between corporate interest and our government.  Let me say right in the beginning that it isn’t “Government” itself that is at fault here, as Government is like the roof and walls within which we all live.  The fault lies with the elected representatives in Washington, the politicians, that do the governing.   OWS tells us that those representatives have been having a metaphorically adulterous relationship and it MUST come to an end.

While we have been faithfully building our homes, families and communities, the politicians serving in government have been having an illicit fling with Corporate Interest, receiving the massage of campaign finance donations in return for gifts of legislated tax breaks and corporate subsidies at the expense of the 99%.   The problem ahead for these guilty partners is that OWS is breaking the sad news to the citizens of this country, much like a betrayed spouse, what is and has been going on.  We’ve been told before but didn’t really want to believe either that it was true or that it was as harmful as it is.  Now armed with the truth, we must demand accountability and a return to faithfulness.  Elected representatives are responsible for government’s pledge, much as a marriage covenant, to honor and obey the citizen, but instead have been having the equivalent of a liaison based on mutual infatuation and self-gratification with corporate interest.

To those who say “but we know these representatives, they wouldn’t do anything to hurt us, they love us” I say, STOP!    Too many times our representative attends to his/her governing business distractedly fingering a little memento in the pocket with a caressing voice in the back of their mind softly saying, “just something to help you think of me….”      We can and must have representatives who remember and honor their pledge to their constituents. We must have representatives who will be morally responsible, who have the integrity to stay away from the promises of  glittering gifts waiting behind the curtains. We are the 99%.  We elected them and will hold them accountable.

Can we stop this?  Yes!   We now stand in the living rooms of cities all around the country and say, This Must Stop!  We make our decision to either keep or divorce the unfaithful representatives in the elections.  Our government must listen because DIVORCE is an option!

To our Representatives, Senators and President:  Remember us?  We are the citizens of this country.  We elected you. We demand you keep faith with us and honor your congressional oath.  Sign pledges to this or make promises to that on your own time, not ours.  If you will not do so, WE WILL REPLACE YOU.  WE ARE THE 99%!