Category: My Soap Box

Jan 21

Talking Carnage

[Translate] Pat Brown, the current California governor’s father, observed somewhere that in politics, the language always rides off in the opposite direction from the policy. So, if the policy promotes war, its advocates profess nothing but peaceful intentions, and if the policy gouges the poor, the language that wraps the package sparkles with phrases of …

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Jan 18

Berlin Bulletin

[Translate] By Victor Grossman Berlin Bulletin No. 125, January 17, 2017 Rosa and Karl: Like every mid-January Sunday in Berlin, their names are recalled by those with a social conscience. Once again thousands laid red carnations, brightening the snowy surroundings, at the monument honoring them and those named nearby who lived and died for a …

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Jan 14

Open Letter from Vets About Haiti

[Translate] Open Letter from Military Veterans about the 2016 Stolen Elections in Haiti January 9, 2017 President of the United States Barack Obama       Secretary-General Antonio Guterres The White House                                                    United Nations Secretariat 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW                             405 East 42nd Street Washington, DC 20500                                           New York, NY 10017 Your Excellency, President of the United States Barack …

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Jan 12

Bernie’s New Book

[Translate] Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders Published 11.15.2016,Thomas Dunne Books, 464 Pages Review by Tom Gallagher Reposted by permission A SWISS JOURNALIST working in the United States tells a story of people from her home country asking about the Bernie Sanders phenomenon and wondering if he is some kind of dangerous radical. She …

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Dec 18

Report from Standing Rock

[Translate] Temporary victory at Standing Rock Defiant tribes and 4,500 vets block oil pipeline By Dave Welsh Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Dec. 12 – Since last spring, volunteers from 280 Native tribes and countless other folks have been pouring into the various camps of the Standing Rock Sioux – ultimately up to 25,000 people, some …

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Dec 09

Ghost Ship Fire: Victims of the Free Market

[Translate] When I got the news of the Ghost Ship fire, I sent a panic text to my son who lives in Berkeley.  He’s the same age as most of the victims.  He’s in the arts scene.  He might have been there.  It was the same trembly, sinking feeling I had on 9/11, when my …

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Nov 27

Stein’s votes probably gave Trump Michigan and Wisconsin

[Translate] If further evidence of Trump’s backstabbing of allies were needed, there’s his recent attack on Jill Stein’s recount initiative. He should be sending Stein flowers. Trump is deeply indebted to Stein’s Green Party and her siphoning votes away from Clinton.  In two of the three recount target states, Stein’s votes exceeded Trump’s margin of victory …

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