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The winter solstice is the solstice

It is the time at which the Sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. [2] In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year

Just another rant… more like a response

I ,like everyone else left of center, have been receiving several emails with an urgency to jump on the wagon to fight President Obama’s new tax deal. Honestly, I have not heard enough that would make me sign a petition stating my President is wrong, loony or just does not know what he is doing.  There are strong feelings, passions and possible misunderstandings by rwnj’s but this new panic button lefties seemingly have called it game over, yet the game of negotiating clearly is just beginning.  Again, I have strong opinions post other folks opinions and views, but I don’t always side with all of them. The point to my blog; is to blow off steam … offer up some info from those who know, maybe question and challenge some who think they know and ask plead or yell for a call to action with signatures that can create change … Words do Matter contrary to how most conservatives seem to feel.

I thank everyone who even takes the time to visit my blog let alone read and respond to the articles blasts and even some actually sign petitions … I thank you … much gratitude.

The Fiscal Cliff, the end of days, gun control legislation, Christmas and what life will look like for the middle class after the New Year is still filled with the Audacity for Hope and Change.

Happy Holidays

AlterNet … reminders


Undercover Cop Pulls Guns and Threatens Oakland Police Brutality Protesters

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Another example of why the protests continue. READ MORE»

 

Cop Mistakes Pill Bottle for Gun and Another Black Man Dies

Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Numerous witnesses challenge the cops’ version of events. READ MORE»

 

 

Walmart Manager Allegedly Wanted to ‘Shoot Everyone’ Organizing for Better Working Conditions at Store

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Walmart has been ordered to stop making illegal threats against OUR Walmart members. READ MORE»

 

Cop Mistakes Pill Bottle for Gun and Another Black Man Dies

Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Numerous witnesses challenge the cops’ version of events. READ MORE»

 

The 10 Most Offensive and Tasteless Things Sold in 2014

Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Further proof that capitalism has run amok. READ MORE»

 

Plan on Protesting? What You Should Know About Your Rights and the Powers the Police Have

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Advice and reminders from experts for citizens protesting abusive policing. READ MORE»

 

Jim Hightower: Frightening SWAT Team Raid Called in on Business for ‘Barbering Without a License’

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Armament giants have discovered a new market: the militarization of our local and state police agencies. READ MORE»

 

The Corporate State Gets Stronger Every Time a Cop Kills a Citizen with Impunity

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Mass acts of civil disobedience, now being carried out across the country, are the only mechanism left. READ MORE»

 

 

How Millionaires Buy Up Farmland And Hoard All Our Water

By Karen Piper, University of Minnesota Press

When FOX News stands up for “family farmers,” they are really fighting for Murdoch’s rich friends. READ MORE»

AlterNet


The Age-Old Question: What’s Better for You, Coffee or Tea?

Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Some surprising facts about coffee and tea will make you happy. READ MORE»

 

10 Economic Trends that Spell Doom for America’s Workers

Alex Henderson, AlterNet

We’re becoming an industrialized nation marked by an ultra-wealthy minority and widespread poverty. READ MORE»

 

 

 

Matt Taibbi and Bank Whistleblower on How JPMorgan Chase Helped Wreck the Economy and Avoid Prosecution

Amy Goodman, Juan González, Democracy Now!

A whistleblower reveals how JPMorgan Chase got away with cratering the economy. READ MORE»

 

Russell Brand: $4 Billion Spent on Elections, But Feeding the Homeless is Illegal

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

The British comic says homelessness can be ended with what Americans spend on Christmas decorations. READ MORE»

 

What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

By Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence

This election further demonstrated how intertwined the climate is with issues of economic and racial justice. Here’s what organizers need to do about it. READ MORE»

 

What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

By Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence

This election further demonstrated how intertwined the climate is with issues of economic and racial justice. Here’s what organizers need to do about it. READ MORE»

Just in: the new food revolution starts NOW


 {UCS
Tell President Obama it’s time for a National Food Policy.

Mr. President, we want a food revolution.

Our food and agriculture system is broken. A National Food Policy would transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

ACTION ALERT
Tell President Obama: It’s Time for a National Food Policy

 

Have you heard? In this weekend’s Washington Post, UCS joined prominent food leaders Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Olivier de Schutter in a call to President Obama. It urges the president to do something bold and necessary: issue an executive order establishing a National Food Policy.

We all know our food and agriculture system is broken. For decades, UCS has demonstrated the costs of diet-related disease, the environmental toll of industrial agriculture practices, and the iron grip corporate giants have on information about what we eat. Government policies have contributed to this mess, and legislative attempts to fix it have been disjointed, lacked a clear direction, and often just made the problems worse.

A national policy for food, health, and well-being would, for the first time, define a comprehensive vision for our health, the sustainability of agricultural lands, and social and economic justice. It’s the first step toward the massive overhaul that we need to transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

This won’t happen overnight. But right now, the real work begins—with you.

Sign the petition today to tell President Obama that you want a National Food Policy.

Take Action

Sincerely,
Ashley Elles
Ashley Elles
National Field Organizer
Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Twitter: @acelles

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