Paxus Calta-Star The cop who killed Tamir Rice shot him within 2 seconds of getting out of the police car. The judge deemed there was sufficient cause to charge him with reckless homicide and dereliction of duty. You are right reality matters. http://thinkprogress.org/…/what-everyone-should-know…/
“Preaching to the choir” may be egotistically rewarding, but changes nothing. Refusing to engage people with opinions other than your own also changes nothing. I wish you the best of success in all of your undertakings.
Peace and Best Regards,
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What if you could fight climate change by changing your agreements with your friends? What if you could work less but have greater access to resources? What if you could be building more trust in your life instead of making making profits for someone else?
All this might sound too good to be true, but a collection of resource and income sharing communities in central Virginia have been doing this for years. These communities create libraries of tools, cars, clothes and media while learning to live together. One upside of this lifestyle choice is an 80% reduction in each member’s carbon footprint.
The catch is you have to trust people. This requires deep and occasionally difficult conversations and a willingness to look at yourself and cooperate in ways we are not used to.
This presentation explores the tools and traps connected with embracing an income sharing lifestyle. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.
We are also doing a Communities in Crisis: How to manage and mend workshop in Binghamton NY on May 6th.
Paxus Calta is the co-founder of the Point A project which is an audacious project to form urban income sharing egalitarian democratic ambitious engaged communes in the cities of the American East Coast. He has lived at Twin Oaks Community for 18 years. Twin Oaks is a secular 100 person income sharing community which grows most of its own food, builds its own buildings, runs its own businesses and educates its own kids. The community has been doing this successfully for 49 years.
On the first of May of this year, we will be launching the CommuneLife.org blog. We are putting together a collection of articles and photo essays about the challenges and benefits of collective living. We are especially excited about the flavors of community where there is a high degree of resource and income sharing.
The proposed format for this blog is that we will do three postings each week:
- Monday – New article of general interest on community life
- Wednesday – Photo essay from communities across the country
- Friday – Historic blog posting which was popular and remains current
We are stocking articles and photo essays now. If you would like to be involved in this volunteer project as a contributor, editor, social media promoter, photographer or in another capacity, please comment on this post and we will get back to you.
The CommuneLife.org project is part of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC) Point A project. While the Point A project is promoting new communities in north eastern US urban areas, the CommuneLife blog is promoting both rural and urban shared living solutions across North America.
Against all odds, Bernie Sanders still has a chance to become president. Why do i say “against all odds”? Well, it starts with the media.
Way back in December, the Sanders staff did an analysis of the mainstream media (MSM) and found that ABC’s World News Tonight had spent 81 minutes on Trump and 20 seconds on Sanders. Other MSM outlets were similarly uninterested in the popular Jewish socialist running for the country’s top office. Even the NY Times can’t bring itself to report on this anti-establishment candidate, while it rails endlessly on the establishment ills.
Conventional wisdom would claim that Trump is saying more outrageous and newsworthy things. I would be hard pressed to disagree on the outrageous part. But someone advocating for free college tuition and expansion of the ever controversial Obamacare program to cover all US Americans with free health care is saying some pretty newsworthy stuff. Despite Sanders being remarkable, the MSM is still owned and controlled by a class which finds his radical views unacceptable.
As a political candidate for president in the US you need to have exposure. What i found canvassing for Sanders in Virginia was lots of people had not heard of him. So if you can’t get the MSM to cover you, then you need to pay for ads, but these are crazy expensive. Here is where Sanders is again running against all odds.
Sanders raised $140 million from individual contributions through the end of February. Clinton raised $160 from people over the same period. But add to this $60 million in Super PAC money for Clinton and you can see how things are harder for Sanders.
Sanders does not take money from Super PACs. [For a reality check Republicans have raised almost twice as much money as Democrats and over half for the GOP money is from Super PACs, contrasted to 15% for Democrats.]
The thing about long shots is you need to know when to double down and when to walk away. I don’t generally give money to politicians. Despite voting, i am still an anarchist and find most of the personality politics repugnant. I am giving Sanders $27, which is the average amount he has received and feels like a good number to me.
The reason you double down on the right long shot is not because you are going to win, but it is to be part of the springboard of hope. Sanders has amazing momentum. Consider helping the campaign in non-monetary ways if you can, especially if you have friends in NY or California.
After the recent set of landslide victories in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska (which were largely ignored by the MSM), it is time to double down. The odds are still against us, but the odds are always going to be against us. I am sending my $27. I hope you will too.
The petition is only one week old and it has garnered 50K signatures. It is the Change.org petition to make the Republican National Convention in Cleveland an open carry zone. This means anyone with a legal gun is permitted to carry and display their firearm.
If you have ever been to a political convention, one of the things which is very common is the consumption of alcohol. Many people who come are working or celebrating hard. Some are drinking because they are excited about their candidate’s success. Others are drinking because it now seems their candidate can’t win. And this RNC is holding its fingers on the amplifier knobs with the prospect of Trump having the nomination stolen from him in the second ballot. There will be a lot of drinking in Cleveland.
Ohio is an open carry state (though the Quicken Loan Arena is exempted). All three top Republican candidates are actively pro-gun, one of whom is the Governor of Ohio who could influence this circumstance.
What could you add to a sharply divided group of gun carrying strongly opinionated people? That would be thousands of protesters and a bunch of poorly trained riot cops (who can’t train because their riot gear is late).
What could go wrong?
Three different but related news events have happened in the last month and each in a different way bodes ill for the future of nuclear power.
In Japan, the district court has ordered the closure of two reactors at the Takahama complex. Reactor block 3 had recently restarted and block 4 was scheduled to be the fourth running reactor in a country which had over 50 reactors running before the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The surprise ruling cited the failure of the evacuation plan and lack of tsunami protection as the reasons the court agreed with the local plaintiffs. This is the first time a Japanese court has ever ruled against a reactor. And one of the very few times in any country that a court has stopped an operating reactor. It seriously endangers the Abe administration’s plan to return shuttered Japanese reactors to service, all of which were closed within a year of the Fukushima triple meltdown. Both people protesting nuclear power in Japan and the court ruling in their favor were nearly unthinkable before Fukushima.
In Europe, 30 northern European cities from Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are petitioning for the closure of two Belgium reactors which have had a long series of technical problems. The petition includes two lawsuits, one against the plant operator and the other directing the European Commission to block the continued operation of the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 plants in Belgium. There has never been such an international effort to block nuclear inside the EU before. These plants have seen a disturbing recent increase in cracking and unsolved sabotage strikes.
In the United States, for the first time since Gallop started asking in 1994, a majority of US American’s oppose the use of nuclear power.
The work is not done. The US Congress and Japanese parliament are both in the pocket of their respective nuclear industries and continue, against the will of their populations, to support these failed technologies. But even more writing is on the wall. Nuclear power is dying and almost everyone knows it and wants it to die.
Donald Trump has a problem. It is not that he is a fascist, he’s not. Trump has developed a brilliant presidential campaign strategy which uses “earned media” instead of paying for ads. Earned media is where you say or do sufficiently outrageous/interesting that the press covers your actions for free. The problem with this approach is there is tremendous competition for media attention and to get coverage consistently (as Trump has) you need to be increasingly shocking. You can’t simply repeat that Mexico is going to build a border wall for us, you need to threaten to attack them militarily if they don’t.
The latest chapter in Trump’s discount media strategy is inciting violence at his rallies. This has worked quite well. Television news is drawn to violence, especially when there are video images of it, like moths to a flame. He has “earned” tremendous media coverage with this approach. Former opponent-turned-apologist Ben Carson is warning this violence will escalate.
Trump’s problem is not the violence, of course. He is reveling in the increased media attention while simultaneously claiming his rallies are “love fests“. His problem is what he is going to do as a follow up act, because the media (driven by impatient viewers) has a short attention span and craves something new and different.
Trump has a bigger problem with violence that he is perhaps unaware of. Violence in a political context is a turn off. I’ve been involved in dozens of discussions in many cultures about whether violence, even in self defense, is a workable political tactic. Every one of these conversations, even with some very radical participants, decided that there was far more to lose than to gain from the use of violence. Leaving aside the important ethical discussion about people getting physically hurt around political disagreement, violence in every cultural context I have worked in does not fly.
It is dangerous to quote political pundits these days, because they have really blown it with some of their recent predictions, including Sanders shocking success in the Michigan primary. And it is worth pointing out that with the exception of Kasich and Sanders, all of the major candidates have had net negative favorability ratings (where disapproval number are higher than approval ones).
However in the end, unless apathy prevails (which is a bit unlikely in this contested election) it does not matter how excited your fans are, if nearly twice as many people don’t like you than those who do, you are not going to win the election.
Trump’s candidacy has always been an anti-gravity affair. Pundits confidently predicted he would implode early and not get the nomination. He has been defying these predictions for months now. And if recent polls are correct, Trump will handily win 4 out of 5 of today’s primaries (3/16) including all 99 of Florida’s winner-take-all delegates. This will put Trump way out in front and give him well over half the total delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination. It will also knock Marco Rubio out of the election for being unable to win his own home state.
It will also propel us on the rocky road to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18 thru 21 where we may well see more violence than any convention since Chicago in 1968.