Tags: gun violence, Newtown, NRA, Sandy Hook Elementary school, school shooting
Tags: Bush tax cuts, Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax, Glass–Steagall Act, MichaelMoore, Occupy Wall Street, Thanksgiving, United States, Wall Street
No, not marriage. Read on.
Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? …a proposal from Michael Moore
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement’s “vision statement” to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:
We Envision:  a truly free, democratic, and just society;  where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;  where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making;  where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;  where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments;  where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few;  where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings;  where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible;  where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.
The next step will be to develop a specific list of goals and demands. As one of the millions of people who are participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement, I would like to respectfully offer my suggestions of what we can all get behind now to wrestle the control of our country out of the hands of the 1% and place it squarely with the 99% majority.
Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:
10 Things We Want
A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
Submitted by Michael Moore
1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).
2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.
3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.
4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.
5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.
6. Reorder our nation’s spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that improves our lives.
7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.
8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.
9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out at this idea because you think workers can’t run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)
10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:
a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.
b) A constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This amendment should also state that the interests of the general public and society must always come before the interests of corporations.
c) A constitutional amendment that will act as a “second bill of rights” as proposed by President Frankin D. Roosevelt: that every American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and full education, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.
Let me know what you think. Occupy Wall Street enjoys the support of millions. It is a movement that cannot be stopped. Become part of it by sharing your thoughts with me or online (at OccupyWallSt.org). Get involved in (or start!) your own local Occupy movement. Make some noise. You don’t have to pitch a tent in lower Manhattan to be an Occupier. You are one just by saying you are. This movement has no singular leader or spokesperson; every participant is a leader in their neighborhood, their school, their place of work. Each of you is a spokesperson to those whom you encounter. There are no dues to pay, no permission to seek in order to create an action.
We are but ten weeks old, yet we have already changed the national conversation. This is our moment, the one we’ve been hoping for, waiting for. If it’s going to happen it has to happen now. Don’t sit this one out. This is the real deal. This is it.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Tags: Genghis Khan, parody, satire, t-shirts, what would Jesus do?
My new favorite T-shirt. There are other products here with the same image; the perfect answer to what would Jesus do?
Tags: Adrian Peterson, chemtrails, footbal, NFL, slavery, Sports
Maybe the chemtrail crazies are right, and the chemical being used is stupid juice. Adrian Peterson, a football player for the Minnesota Vikings had the audacity to compare NFL owners’ treatment of players to modern-day slavery. Really? This from the mouth of a guy who makes a base salary of ten million bucks a year. Aside from the utter stupidity of the statement, what an insult to those who were slaves and their descendants. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to infer from the color of Peterson’s skin and his last name, that he is very likely, himself, descended from slaves.
I wonder if he has any idea what it meant to be a slave. Ok, granted he does work in a field, but he’s not picking cotton and nobody is forcing him to be there. Slaves didn’t get paid, you moron, they were not playing a game, and they didn’t have the freedom of choice that you enjoy.
So, Adrian, if you think you have it so bad, you are free to NOT play football. You are free NOT to make obscene amounts of money, just as you are free to make an ass of yourself, for all the world to hear, by making such a stupid statement; just as I am free to call you an ignorant ass.
- Ryan Grant takes issue with Adrian Peterson’s slavery comment (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Adrian Peterson: How out of Line Was AD with His ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ Remarks? (bleacherreport.com)
- Want To Get Quick Sympathy Points? Compare Your Cause to Slavery! (thehalshow.wordpress.com)
Tags: Africa, Bingu wa Mutharika, farting, Flatulence, Law, Malawi, strange laws
I can’t stress this enough. When traveling to a foreign country know the law. Something seemingly innocent can land you in some hell hole of a prison, a public caning, or who knows what unspeakable punishment may be in store for your unintentional misdeed.
For example, if you visit Malawi DO NOT fart in public. From Afrik-News:
Malawi government is set to introduce a set of laws that would render life, in one way or another, interesting for its citizens.
While no country wants its citizens to be idle, disorderly, or drunkards who cause nuisance in any public sphere, the Malawi is reportedly set to make a set of behaviours punishable by law.
Theled administration is to introduce a raft of legislation that seeks to criminalize an everyday natural occurrence of “passing gas” with the intention to “mould responsible and disciple citizens”
I can’t imagine how this law can possibly be enforced. If there’s a group of people hanging out on the corner and one of them breaks
wind this law, you know that everyone will be pointing fingers elsewhere, and if there is a dog present the poor creature will get the blame. The article didn’t specify whether or not it is also illegal for animals to pass gas. Will they employ specially trained dogs to sniff out the offender? Will people seek revenge on their enemies by filing erroneous fart reports? Have the Malawi heads of state really thought this through? And exactly what is the punishment? Will the accused be allowed a trial by a jury of his/her peers? Now that’s a trial I’d love to watch.
These are all questions that need answers. I encourage everyone who reads this to write to Bingu wa Mutharika and ask these and any other wildly outlandish questions (you can think of) in regard to this law.
- What’s More Embarrassing Than Farting? Being the Country That Criminalizes Farting. (abovethelaw.com)
- The President Of Malawi Wants To Make Farting Illegal (businessinsider.com)
- No More Farting Around In Malawi! (lukewilliamss.wordpress.com)
Tags: airport security, enhanced airport security, full body scanners, pat downs, radiation, Transportation Security Administration, travel, TSA
I’m afraid someone might break into my house and murder me so I put three very high quality locks and an expensive, state of the art, alarm system on my bedroom door. My front door is wide open so the bad guys will be lured, like a fly to a spider’s web, to my boudoir where they will be caught up in my high level security system. I know what you’re thinking; that Honjii is one smart cookie.
I love accolades as much as the next person but in all honesty I can’t take credit for my home security system, I copied the model from the TSA whose job it is to protect planeloads of people from being blown to smithereens. For those unfamiliar with how the system works; the airport is a huge building or series of buildings that anyone can enter without so much as a second look. But boy I have to tell you they have their act together when it comes to getting near one of the gates where planeloads of people wait to go through security; the area that keeps us from being turned into the aforementioned smithereens. Hypothetically speaking, say some evil terrorist came through the main entrance to the airport and wanted to blow up a bunch of people; they would be lured (like the above unsuspecting fly) to the area where the potential blow-upees are gathered like sardines. Said evil terrorist would need only to get into line behind hundreds of shoeless people waiting in lines, carrying items to be inspected while waiting to choose which form of humiliation they will suffer: being seen naked by, or groped by an unskilled low paid TSA worker who, by the luck of which job application struck pay dirt, is fondling your naughty bits instead of spitting on your burger at McDonalds. This system is keeping us safe.
Even as I’m writing this something doesn’t quite seem right, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m going to go eat a muffin and give this some more thought.
The muffin was delicious. I’ve figured it out, it was so obvious that I completely missed the flaw in this system even as I described it above. We shouldn’t be guarding the bedroom door, but the front door.
If some evil terrorist wanted to blow up a planeload of people do you suppose the objective would be to ruin a perfectly good plane or to kill a bunch of people? If the objective is to kill a planeload of people it doesn’t really matter whether the people are on the plane or not, so why not just blow them up before they go through the magic door to safety?
When I had this epiphany, I pondered whether I should share, lest I give anyone any new ideas for ways to commit mayhem. Then I realized something: there are no new ideas. Every original thought you or I have had, or thought we had, was being thought by millions of others – probably sometimes at the very same moment.
I’m wondering why the front door to the airport isn’t the point of security. If they paid as much attention to who enters there as they do to how long you stop your damn car to drop someone off…you literally just get to slow down and your passenger has to grab their luggage and jump out… that might actually make us safer. I don’t understand why we don’t have highly trained security experts checking every person who enters the airport. It’s no guarantee, but it would be a hell of a lot better system than the lame ass one we have in place right now.
And another thing that bugs me. If you, or I, or anyone is caught looking at a naked kid on a computer, you’re going to jail. If the potential hamburger spit applicator looks at your kid naked on a computer while he or she is going through the full body scanner he’s making us all safer in the sky. If a stranger rubs their hands all over your child it’s called molestation, and that’s another crime. If the TSA screener does it, it makes us all safe and secure in the sky.
We can’t seem to get a straight answer as to how much radiation the scanners dose us with, the TSA claims it’s an insignificant amount. I was listening to a discussion with a radiologist that is concerned about the scanners because not all radiation is created equal and a low dose, depending on how and where it is administered could be worse than a high dose. This is the example that was given: The scanner radiation is aimed at your entire body’s largest organ, the skin. It’s a thin protective layer. The radiation also includes your eyes, neck, and head. According to the discussion this radiation, even at a small dose, is worse than a larger dose concentrated on one particular area of the body, such as an x-ray. We have no idea of the long term effects of these scanners, especially on those who travel often.
Just for shits and giggles, if you opt for the body scan, you should strike a very seductive pose. If you’re not sure how to do that just google seductive poses for ideas and you will see hundreds of pictures of Paris Hilton. If you opt for the pat down, during the procedure start out moaning softly, then step up your game a bit by saying YES, YES, THAT’S IT..HARDER, FASTER..NO DON’T STOP and end by faking an orgasm (if the screener is very good at their job you might not have to fake it).
A note on the shirts pictured in this post: No shirts were harmed during the writing of this post. I have purchased one of each and intend to wear them when I fly to see how amused the TSA screeners will be (hopefully my next post will not be from behind bars). Clicking on each shirt will take you to where it was purchased, should you want one for your very own.
Tags: BP oil spill, environment, oil spill
Earthlings, we are screwed. Global warming and climate change are heavily debated issues. Some believe there are no issues, others think climate change is not caused by humans…who knows? What I do know is that climate is not static and our planet has gone through many periods of warming and cooling. I doubt that it’s possible to quantify how much can be attributed to us and how much is simply nature taking its course.
We haven’t treated our planet very well, and now that the heat is on (literally and figuratively) we are all scrambling to correct what is probably already FUBAR, as they say in the military. The BP (Befouled Planet) oil spill is very likely the last nail in our coffin; and will have far-reaching and dire consequences that will cause chain reactions that multiply those consequences exponentially. Even if we could take proactive corrective measures (as opposed to the oops we’d better start being conservative with our precious resources school of thought) we would be subject to the laws of unintended consequences.
We’ve been breeding like bunnies and there are too damn many people on the planet and it’s unfortunate we arrived at these numbers before we developed the technology to colonize other planets to screw up.
Nature has a way of self-correcting. We can observe these corrections on a small-scale in biomes (or ecosystems), and habitats. When humans feel the need to intervene to preserve one or more of the above, the results are not always what is expected or hoped for (unintended consequences).
In recent times we have seen more extreme weather conditions, in number and power, than we think of as the norm: earthquakes, severe storms, flooding, blizzards, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions,etc. In my humble opinion, this is nature’s way of self-correcting in attempt to decrease the earth’s population and restore balance.
To Melissa, I’m back. Sorry that praying I would never come back didn’t work for you. Perhaps your imaginary friend in the sky had more important things to do.