R Petersen @drglitch ?

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  • R Petersen posted a new activity comment:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Not too much of a digression at all as your point is pertinent to the issue. To be more specific, I was referring more to the expansion of warrantless surveillance by the NSA that originated with the Patirot Act and the resulting abuse. Democracy Now! did a great four part special on this last year with National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney and others that revealed just how much abuse has and is still occurring. I think most U.S. citizens are not aware of the extent of what is happening and how we are creeping toward a surveillance state that without proper checks and balances will be much worse than that of the infamous Stasi in East Germany .

    That special is available on their web site where the transcript of it can be read or viewed at http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/20/exclusive_national_security_agency_whistleblower_william – It is well worth the time to read or watch.

    I believe that privacy is one of our essential liberties, so I think Benjamin Franklin’s quote applies in this case – ”They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    In reply to - R Petersen posted an update in the group Progressive Forum : Hmm, I find it interesting that what seems to be a complete paragraph from the Right wing’s current hot button issues was added to the description of this forum. Why should that list be used to frame the discussion? Missing is any mention of Global Climate Change [...] · View
  • R Petersen posted an update in the group AvatarProgressive Forum:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Hmm, I find it interesting that what seems to be a complete paragraph from the Right wing’s current hot button issues was added to the description of this forum. Why should that list be used to frame the discussion?

    Missing is any mention of Global Climate Change which should be the number one issue as it is the biggest threat to the US and the world. What about undue corporate influence and unlimited political spending that controls our so called ”Representatives”? Our second priority should be reversing the Citizens United decision by passing a Constitutional amendment to effectively remove corporate person-hood as a first step toward political finance reform. What about the ongoing increase of illegal electronic surveillance of US citizens, some of which has been legalized post facto? Drone surveillance is already surging in the U.S. What’s next, armed drones?

    Regarding the deficit, lending rates are at historic lows, and there is no better time to borrow and invest in rebuilding infrastructure and green technology. This would create jobs and increase revenues which would then reduce the deficit.

    The graph in this article tells the story of how the deficit got where it is quite well – http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

    The write up mentions that the recession is responsible for decreased revenues, but that is not the cause. The recession itself was kicked off by blundering Bush’s combination of tax cuts and the massive increase of military spending on illegal wars which two-faced Obama has continued and covertly expanded. That and the deregulation of the banking industry which allowed them to gamble with our money while illegally hedging their bets causing further erosion of the economy. Confidence also tanked because neither the war criminals nor the robber barons have been held accountable.

    Illegal alien influence” on earnings is miniscule compared to the sucking of jobs overseas due to NAFTA, let alone the right wing attacks on workers rights. This is potentially going to get worse when the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which is currently being negotiated in secret, takes effect.

    As a part of all of this, the 99% have it right – https://bobbiblogger.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/99.jpg

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      adoration · 1 year, 6 months ago

      I was with you up ’til the point where you said, ”the ongoing increase of illegal electronic surveillance of US citizens.” Not to digress but as one who believes in Robert Heinlein’s concept of the Fair Witness, it is safe to say the start and stop ”life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” line is drawn at serial killers, professional assassins and pedophiles – although ”they say” says, animal abusers as children turn out to be animal abusers as adults, if not serial killers. For some reasons, there are no stats on professional assassins. Lee Harvey Oswald was not a professional assassin. Lee Harvey Oswald was not an assassin at all, but that’s another JFK or 9/11 story for another day. Thanks, for your breath of fresh air, as they say, and for helping to revitalize the Progressive Forum. I will hope to reply further on your thoughtful comments, which I am mostly in agreement with. Between now and then, I am going to re-view some of the previous Progressive Forum posts, and I would urge others to do so as well. Among some of the earlier contributors are some of the best of the AS/N best; @sirvantes, @MattPrather, @j dailey, @jischinger, @Alison, and @RitaJacobs, plus many others who aren’t AS/N household names that spoke to the issues. Thanks to all!

      Sincere thanks, and cc: @RPetersen aka @drglitch

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        R Petersen · 1 year, 6 months ago

        Not too much of a digression at all as your point is pertinent to the issue. To be more specific, I was referring more to the expansion of warrantless surveillance by the NSA that originated with the Patirot Act and the resulting abuse. Democracy Now! did a great four part special on this last year with National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney and others that revealed just how much abuse has and is still occurring. I think most U.S. citizens are not aware of the extent of what is happening and how we are creeping toward a surveillance state that without proper checks and balances will be much worse than that of the infamous Stasi in East Germany .

        That special is available on their web site where the transcript of it can be read or viewed at http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/20/exclusive_national_security_agency_whistleblower_william – It is well worth the time to read or watch.

        I believe that privacy is one of our essential liberties, so I think Benjamin Franklin’s quote applies in this case – ”They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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          Alison · 1 year, 6 months ago

          I for one wholeheartedly agree with your post R Petersen.

          Thanks for speaking up!

  • R Petersen posted an update in the group AvatarProgressive forum:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Time for a little perspective by reflecting on the past – http://nader.org/2012/12/31/compare-the-1912-elections-with-the-2012-elections/

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      Alison · 1 year, 6 months ago

      AWESOME article! Thanks for the share!

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  • R Petersen posted an update in the group AvatarProgressive forum:   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Now that the US elections are over, Obama will probably bargain away Social Security and Medicare, even though they are not entitlements; most likely approve the rest of the Keystone pipeline (he already approved the southern half); continue to persecute and prosecute whistle blowers that expose illegal government activity; further expand the illegal surveillance of US Citizens; continue to murder innocents just to assassinate suspected terrorists; continue the current military spending for illegal wars; and maintain the belief that he has the right to be judge, jury, and executioner of US Citizens, Constitution be damned.

    Glenn Greenwald had some very insightful comments a couple of weeks ago on Democracy Now! about Obama and his second term which you may find interesting. Watch it or read the transcript here – http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/14/glenn_greenwald_starting_with_fiscal_cliff

    Folks need to get motivated and organized to get in his face, and even then I’m not sure that will be enough.

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      Sir Vantes · 1 year, 7 months ago

      You’re dead on with your assessment. We did not get a Progrtessive President, but we did not get McCain, a fact I am quite grateful for(bomb bomb, bomb Iran)

      Obama has already started by offering SSI, which does not contribute a penny to deficit being funded by a separate tax, for cuts via Chaiined CPI. I need to engage everyone here why the wealthy consider SSI their boogyman, a subject for future post.

      We need to stay in Leadership’s face, just as we sucessfuly did with SOPA and PIPA, clearly saying No!.

      Both Presidents Roosevelt (The New Deal) and Johnson (The War on Poverty) agreed with progressive policies but demanded that Congress (House and Senate) force him to enact them.

      In this age of flash polling and email, we can take the place of Congress with the President in continuing to move further to the Left on social policy such as SSI and Food Stamps. We have to stay active and engaged with our Congress-Creatures and the White House. Email, tweets, phone calls, polls, every option to express yourself should be taken whenever you can.

      In the 200/2004 Presidential Elections I was very discouraged by what we were forced to accept in Mr. Bush. But, America is my country and my Nation and giving up no matter the odds or opposition is not in my nature. I chose to stand and fight however I could and I continue to stand up where I can and how I can.

      I hope you, here, can find the courage and strength to do the same.

      ”When you are going through Hell, keep going”, Winston Churchill

  • R Petersen posted an update:   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    ”If the Democrats and Republicans were corporations, they’d be sued for and convicted of anti-trust violations.” — Ralph Nader

  • R Petersen posted an update in the group AvatarProgressive forum:   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    ”…where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” — Ronald Reagan

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