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50 years of life – part 2 addendum

Of course I can’t mention California state parks without a political side…..

Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed massive state park closures as part of his proposed budget, in an effort to "save" hundreds of millions of dollars.  AND he has rejected state Democrats’ proposal to add $15.00 to the state park fees for visitors.

News of The Terminator’s proposed park closures and parks on his hit list, which includes Sinkyone State Wilderness Park:

The People’s Bribe

Today I attended a very creative protest at the Utah Capitol: The People’s Bribe.
People came with dollar bills and pockets full of change to challenge Utah Legislators to show more interest in the people and less interest to business.

The protest was organized by the group Nuclear ReACTION, which is seeking more creative ways to protest. (Kudos to this group for breaking the mold of the same old rally with hours of long, boring speeches!)

You can see a news video at KSL.com:

Rosa Clemente – Subprime mortgage crisis and the Left

Rosa Clemente, Green Party Vice Presidential Candiate

Shared sacrifice with those who caused the economic crisis

How her family has been effected by the subprime mortgage crisis

Green Party strategy post Obamamania

Green Party fighting election theft

Defending non Greens on various issues

Who’s really progressive?


Shot by
Craig Seeman
Patrick Dwyer
Edited by
Craig Seeman

The Sugarhouse Debacle

It’s been well over a year since Sugarhouse merchants were forced to move from their locations so that a rich developer could level the building and erect a newer high rise structure. Well, the building was leveled (nearly a year ago), but nothing else has happened.

Today’s Deseret news reports that developer Craig Mecham has been issued the directive by Salt Lake City to fill the “crater” that sits in the middle of the Sugarhouse buisness district.

Of course Mr. Mecham has complained to the city about the cost of leveling the old structure and blames the city’s plannign commission for not helping him move his project along more quickly and claims that he is not in a financial position to obtain financing and feels he is being singled out.

Give me a break.

Mecham should have put all his ducks in a row before he ever evicted the tenants that made Sugarhouse what is was. As it is now, the tenants are gone, many of them not yet able to open their businesses elsewhere and the heart of Sugarhouse is ruined, inlcuding the economical impact of Mecham’s irresponsible, greedy actions.

Halloween this year….


Cynthia McKinney addresses “No tycoon left behind act”

Stole this from Green Party Watch which “stole that line from the national party mailing I got earlier today”.

Lets Get Out

Lets Get Out – Song sung by Lauryn Hill

My “souvenir” – a Euro

I usually don’t get many souvenirs when I’m traveling unless it is to purchase something that directly benefits an organization with a cause I support.

But yesterday while we were waiting for our connecting flight in Phoenix on our way back to Utah from our Maryland vacation, we walked into the International terminal and stumbled upon the currency exchange counter. We decided to purchase a Euro, the official currency of the European Union (since 1999), just for fun.

So….for $1.78 we were able to purchase one Euro:

I was curious what one Euro might buy , so I googled it and found these articles.

Well, since the dollar has fallen significantly against the Euro, not much (a few weeks ago, $1.00 was worth about 60 Euro cents. Yeseterday it was worth about 56 Euro cents). For a cup of coffee I’d have to spend 2-3 Euros but maybe as much as 8, depending on where I am.

Also, Wikipedia offers this information about the Euro.

As of around noon today [January 14, 2008], one euro was equivalent to about $1.49 and one pound was equivalent to about $1.96. Seen another way, $1 is equivalent to about 0.68 euros or £0.51.
(Staying Current on Currency: Another Day, Another Euro?, from January 2008 New York Tims The City Room)

In the article What’s the Cost of a Meal in Europe? Food Budgeting Tips 2008, a comparison is made between different countries of the cost of restaurant meals.

I found out that things vary in cost, depending on the country and where you go in the country.

I wonder how long it will be before the U.S. adopts the Euro as a legal form of tender?

Holiday Reading

This list was forwarded to me by a fellow Green who had received it from a colleague of hers.  He said he would add to this listThe Seventh Decade, The New Shape of Nuclear Danger which reveals the most inconvenient truth about the present status of nuclear weapons on planet earth.  This tragedy grows, like global warming, with the machinations of the present Bush administration.  The time to ban nuclear weapons is long overdue.

Ralph Nader’s Holiday Reading Recommendations

by Ralph Nader

‘Tis the Holiday Season and a time congenial for reading books. Here are my recommendations of recent books that relate to the quest for understanding today’s events:

1. Jeno: The Power of the Peddler, (Paulucci International) is the biography of 89-year-old multiple entrepreneur, Jeno Paulucci, of Duluth, Minnesota and Sanford, Florida. One of a kind, this human dynamo, starting from the raw poverty of the Iron Range, built company after company and sold them when they became successful. Along the way, he championed labor unions for his large companies, workers rights, sued even bigger companies, heralded the need to use the courts, defended prisoners unlawfully imprisoned and launched many other counter-intuitive initiatives. He just started another company before his 90th birthday. If you want to absorb human energy, read this book!

2. The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi by Les Leopold, (Chelsea Green) is the story of whom I consider to be the greatest labor leader of our generation. It was Mazzocchi who connected the labor movement with environmental group and scientists specializing in occupational diseases, with a broad humane agenda for working people so that they had a decent living standard and plenty of time for other pursuits. This World War II combat veteran probably traveled more miles, spoke with more blue collar workers and championed “just health care” more than any other American before his passing from cancer in 2002.

3. Corpocracy by Robert A.G. Monks (Wiley Publishers) summarizes its main theme on the book’s cover-”How CEOs and the Business Roundtable Hijacked the World’s Greatest Wealth Machine-and How to Get it Back.” Corporate lawyer, venture capitalist and bold shareholder activist, Monks gives us his inside knowledge about how corporations seized control from any adequate government regulations and especially from their owners, their shareholders, and institutional shareholders like mutual funds and pension trusts. This is a very readable journey through the pits and peaks of corporate greed and power that shows the light at the end of the tunnel.

4. Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots, by Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark (PoliPoint Press.) This is a practical book about on-the-ground, successful green businesses and neighborhood initiatives that live sustainability, not just talk it. There are also pages of crisp interviews with practitioners and thinkers including Rocky Anderson, Mayor of Salt Lake City and Lois Gibbs, the extraordinary organizer against toxics regarding this emerging sub-economy that challenges greed, concentrated power and destruction.

5. You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (paperback, The New Press) by Matthew Rothschild. This book by the editor of The Progressive magazine aggregates accurate stories of the post-9/11 violations of the civil liberties and and civil right of the American people, including veterans, by the dictacrats in Washington, DC. Ordinary people exercising their rights of free speech and assembly found harassment, arrest, expulsion from public meetings, surveillance and malicious prosecution to be their rewards. Rothschild end on a hopeful note, describing the resistance by freedom advocates and the various individual and community ways that people are fighting back to defend their Bill of Rights.

6. The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning, by Peter Gabel (Acada Books.) Law Professor, Law Dean and college President, Peter Gabel gets down to fundamentals about the “politics of meaning.” This is not a muckraking expose but rather a relentless push on readers to examine their isolation and alienation from one another, their neighborhood, workplace, and community without which a functioning democracy cannot evolve.

7. The Four Freedoms Under Siege, by Marcus Raskin and Robert Spero (Praeger/Publishers.) Raskin and Spero take off from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s proclamation of the Four Freedoms in his annual message to Congress, January 6, 1941 and apply them to present day America. These four freedoms are the freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. It is not a pretty picture. It can be changed, and this book contains wise words for such liberations.

8. Medicare; Facts, Myths, Problems & Promise (in Canada!), edited by Bruce Campbell and Greg Marchildon (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.) At last an authoritative answer by authorities on health care in Canada and the U.S. to the distortions, prevarications, smears and putdowns of the Canadian health care system by the Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh and other servers of their corporate paymasters. In 39 concise chapters, 39 specialists cover the achievements of Canada’s way of guaranteeing everyone health care, how it happened, the pressure by the corporatist lobbies and their thoughtless think tanks to undermine Medicare piece by piece, and the future development of Medicare toward prevention and sustainability. A tour de force for anybody fed up with the “pay or die,” wasteful, profiteering corporate morass that blocks comparable progress in the United States.

9. Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of The New Global Economy by John Bowe (Random House.) This book is an eye witness gripper of the conditions of the workers who harvest our fruits and vegetables and make our garments from Florida to Oklahoma to Saipan. Laws are weak, unenforced, and raw power takes over these defenseless workers’ lives. You’ll soon ask: where are the police, the prosecutors, the politicians? The real question is: “Where are the people to make the required changes on behalf of humanity?”

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His most recent book is The Seventeen Traditions.

World Fair Trade Day

Today is World Fair Trade Day
Here are links to info on WFTD:

Global Exchange
Fair Trade Resource Network
Transfair USA
Lutheran World Relief
International Fair Trade Organization

It is good to buy Fair Trade every day and the above links are to sources that provide a lot of information about that.