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Sheldon Adelson’s Frontman in China Is Focus of Inquiries

Sheldon Adelson’s Frontman in China Is Focus of Inquiries | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it
An inquiry highlights how politics and profits are often intertwined for Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican donor.
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EPA Provides $950000 to Improve Water Quality Using Green Infrastructure in ... - Environmental Expert (press release)

EPA Provides $950000 to Improve Water Quality Using Green Infrastructure in ... - Environmental Expert (press release) | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it
EPA Provides $950000 to Improve Water Quality Using Green Infrastructure in ...Environmental Expert (press release)WASHINGTON -- The U.S.

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Bernie Sanders On How The Supreme Court Sold American Democracy To The Highest Bidder

Bernie Sanders On How The Supreme Court Sold American Democracy To The Highest Bidder | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it

by KIMBERLY H., Formidable Republican Response via MoveOn.org

 

How do we create a thriving democractic republic? 

 

My friend, Ike, posted this Bernie Sanders quote on his facebook page, along with the following empassioned statement, "Can the people be involved somehow? Is it possible anymore? What is this country to our kids, if they know that there are much more powerful voices than any citizens' group? Seriously people! Let's get smart about this. We need to strategize and pick apart this corporate monopoly over everything we do. The taking and taking and taking of our real valued resources that belong to us. They belonged to us. We gave them away. There are real things we can do. Just as they built their castles, we can dismantle them. More simply than we think. Just think about it. What do you specialize in? What is your strength? How have corporate America passed thru loopholes?"

 

I agree that we need to strategize and work to address the injustices in our electorate process and corruption in our government.  I like his questions, "What do you specialize in?  What is your strength?"  I think our personal and collective answers to those questions are very important to solving our country's problems.  I think many in my generation, what Newsweek entitled Generation Screwed, know our strengths but aren't in the practice of using them because we can't find a way to to monetize our talents. We are used to laying down our talents to slog away (underemployed and undercompensated) at unskilled, mindless labor.  Well, I think the time to inject our democracy with all of that wasted human capitol is now, whether we are compensated for our efforts or NOT!

 

Yet, there is a certain attitude that I find within activist organizations, my political party, and especially among the anarchist arm at Occupy events here in Minnesota that plays into the agenda of the 1% in the name of civic engagement.  It is an attitude that was best captured in one of the comments following Ike's post.  

 

Rob replied "Want to win....... get off the grid somehow. Grid meaning, not being forced to take part in certain aspects of the market. I.E. grow one's own food, produce own electricity, find a way to live without a car or needing their public transit and don't get sick. Basically, roll the clock back to 1800s."

 

Really?  The 1880s?  My response to this idea begins, "‎...except that the 1% existed in 1880, and in 1920's, etc... just ask the slaves, the women and the children..."

 

I think that ignorance, apathy and its mistress, tribalism, are the biggest threats to our democratic repulic.  Tribalism is embedded in nearly every Faux News story, and I think its result is a rejection of the social contract needed for a just and democratic society.  Tribalistic ideology lies in the Libertarian argument that we all "just get off the grid," just as it is the root of anti-immigration and anti-tax policies.

 

Solution:  Get involved... be THE of, by, and for! When we opt out, we give those in power more power, not less. There are many people who will not have the knowledge, ability, or health to grow their own and walk everywhere, but they could hold the corrupt accountable! and vote! and run for office! and be the legislature that passes the standard of living we need to preserve our planet and social justice. As long as the majority is apathetic, and uninvolved, while the educated are apathetic and checked out, the 1% media megaphone will continue to manipulate the majority into a hatred of the "other" so that it votes against its own interests, and the health of this planet.

 

We have a democratic republic, and a social contract created by visionaries who brilliantly laid out the planks for a just society (even though they could not fully realize it). Tribalism is the antithesis of democracy and freedom... (see Pakistan, Iraq, the Congo). Democracy requires the magnanimous man to rise up and give more... not less.

 

Example: We can be like the generation, who after protesting Viet Nam and fighting Jim Crow, grew jaded during the recession of the 70's, and sat back and fed into the tribalistic Reagan argument of Big Bad Government (that pesky collectivism), and more and more obssessed with "the individualistic/tribalistic" propaganda, which resulted in undoing the protections enacted after the first depression.

 

Or we could emulate their protests and riots, which led to the end of Viet Nam and the small beginning of racial equity.

 

BUT, I would rather emulate the Greatest Generation!  Those who: rallied and marched and voted and held civic service meetings; joined their party's boards; vetted candidates; got to know and work with their neighbors; rationed and paid for their wars; and learned and understood the political process to be the of, by and for the people NOT the process to be of, by, and for the tv station!  That generation invested and invested and invested some more in unions, education, transportation, Social Security, etc... while holding the 1% in check!  AND guess who is still in the majority at every Democratic County board meeting, County and State Convention I have attended.

 

The leaders of that generation set taxes for the 1% at 90% to pay for the wars, while the top ten percent earned 10% of the annually earned income, not 49.7%, as in 2007.  Yes!  As a student of our democractic republic, I will choose to emulate that generation.  I will grow my "victory garden" <-- don't know what that means? Look it up! - and my community, by getting involved in educating, organizing, and mobilizing our citizens.  

 

I hope you have, or will, "check in" as well. 

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News Organizations Push Back Against Quote Approval

News Organizations Push Back Against Quote Approval | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it

by JEREMY PETERS

 

The National Journal said over the weekend that it was banning the use of quotations that have been massaged or manipulated, joining a growing chorus of news organizations that are objecting to a practice that has become increasingly common in political journalism.

 

In a memo to the staff, Ron Fournier, National Journal’s editor in chief, said, “If a public official wants to use NJ as a platform for his/her point of view, the price of admission is a quote that is on-record, unedited and unadulterated.”

 

Quote approval has become accepted in Washington and on the campaign trail, with politicians and candidates often refusing to grant interviews unless they have final say over how their quotations appear in print... [MORE]

 


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We Are Patients, Not Potheads

Medical Marijuana patients are no different from anyone else seeking medical help for a health problem; we just happen to be taking different medicine. We are not “drug seekers”…we are symptom relief seekers.

 

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George Monbiot's blog | Environment | The Guardian

George Monbiot's blog | Environment | The Guardian | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it
The Guardian's George Monbiot on green issues...
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Ecstasy Experience

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Here is one MDMA experience from a spiritual perspective. Drugs should not be abused, but used for one's personal transformation and evolvement.

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Three Myths About Job Creation

Three Myths About Job Creation | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL CHARNEY

 

If anyone should ever sit down to write a history of early 21st-century political rhetoric, I imagine that an entire chapter will be devoted to one of the most fraught phrases of the period: job creator...

 

The truth is that job creation—like nearly every other meaningful topic in politics—is far more complex than the left/right machinery wants us to believe. Examine, if you will, just these three simple myths...[MORE]


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Environmental Education & Our Planet [Infographic]

Environmental Education & Our Planet [Infographic] | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it

Environmental Education and STEM: science, technology, engineering & math...

The environment is a compelling context for teaching and engaging today's students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...


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Marijuana Activists Try Again On PTSD Petition - CBS Denver

Marijuana Activists Try Again On PTSD Petition - CBS Denver | Sheldon Adelson | Scoop.it
Marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying again to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana under Colorado law.

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Ace Cato's curator insight, April 14, 2014 10:26 PM

Honestly, I'm totally against Marijuana medication. Why? The largest percentage of cardholders is 18-to-34-year old who list stress, and insomnia as the reason for their desire to smoke dope. Less than 5% of the cardholders in California are listed as chronically ill or have debilitating life-threatening illness. In addition to this, research gas shown that smoking marijuana on a regular basis is not only harmful but can actually lower the IQ of teen users by up to 8 points.