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Apathy: The Towering Enemy by Rocket Kirchner

  • At the end of the day there is only action, not talk, but action. You and I have heard the drill and we know it well: That which does not advance goes into retrograde, you can’t stand still on a moving train, all it takes for evil men to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Yes, it drones on like a cancer growing growing growing tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, with the silence being shattered only by the sound of the thud of a falling child at the bottom of a well.
  • "Silence like a cancer grows." --Simon And Garfunkel

Rocket Kirchner, Dandelion Salad

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February 12, 2016 | When Gandhi was asked what he thought about Western Civilization, he said that he thought it was a great idea. In the marketplace of ideas about Western Civilization the foundational debate in Antiquity was between the Stoics and the Christians. The Stoic idea was to conquer sorrow, desire, fear, and pleasure. This was called the four part doctrine of Apathia, where we get the word apathy from. The Christians crashed the party with a passionate form of love in action throwing all caution to the wind. The Stoic endgame was duty to the Roman Empire. The Christian endgame was duty to one who was condemned by the same Empire. Dispassion verses Passion.

Now, let us travel to the Far East, shall we? The great schism in Chinese thought came with two Confucianists: Mencius vs Hsun Tzu. Mencius around 400 B.C. contended that human nature was good. His example was that if a child was sitting on the edge of a well about to fall in, most people would try and prevent this from taking place. He called this “Instinctive Sympathy.” Hsun Tzu around 300 B.C. disagreed and believed that human beings were born evil, but could be trained to do good by a teacher, namely by studying Confucius’ Analects. Mencius was dealing in what Aristotle called the Actual. Hsun Tzu was dealing with the Actual and the Potential.

Rocket Kirchner, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Stop Pfizer from deserting America

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  • Sign the petition to Congress:"Stop Pfizer from dodging billions in taxes owed to the American people by passing the Stop Corporate Inversions Act, which would block companies from hiding their profits by moving their tax address, but not their business, overseas."
  • Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chief

Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_-__2013-04-26_at_3.01.52_pm.jpgMarch 12, 2016 | One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies makes billions off of U.S. government contracts, develops and sells its drugs here, relies on our roads and workforce – and is about to desert Americans to the tune of billions of dollars.

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently announced that it would be merging with Allergan, a tiny European rival, in a move designed to move Pfizer’s tax address offshore – while it continues to do business here in the U.S.2 Called a “corporate tax inversion,” the move would help Pfizer dodge taxes while robbing Americans of revenue that could fund infrastructure or education.

Murshed Zaheed is the Deputy Political Director for CREDO Action, which is a social change organization with 3.5 million members that runs a mobile phone company to fund progressive activism and raise millions of dollars for non-profit groups.

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Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chiefMurshed ZaheedCREDO Action

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  • Petition to the United States Senate: "Oppose the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as head of the Food and Drug Administration. At a time of rising prescription drug prices and safety risks we need a champion for American families, not an insider so closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry."
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In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis.

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By confronting the power of the fossil fuel industry, we can create space for something better to grow in its place -- clean energy, local solutions, and a just transition to a new kind of economy.

Matt Leonard350.org

March 9, 2016 | Every country in the world has now agreed to tackle the issue of climate change, historically low prices have sent the industry into a financial tailspin, and two consecutive years of record global temperatures have galvanized support for climate action. There has never been a better moment to confront the fossil fuel industry and break its hold on our economy.

This May, organizers on every continent are planning a global wave of mass actions to leverage this moment -- to break free from fossil fuels and spark a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

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Matt Leonard, Director of Special Projects, 350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. 

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$%@*! this deal!

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Whose interests is Obama looking out for with these deals?

  • There is plenty of information available on TPP -- a genuine disaster in the making.  Please contact your members of Congress, regardless of who owns them, and tell them TPP is intolerable.
  • Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016

Paul, Emma, Anne and the team at SumOfUs.org

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http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpg  Wed, 21 Jan 2015 | President Obama is negotiating two massive trade deals that will put our democracy, food safety, Internet freedoms and access to life-saving medicines in danger. Last night during the State of the Union, along with a slate of progressive ideas, he disturbingly called for a bill that would allow these deals to bypass Congress, forgoing Constitutionally-protected democratic oversight.

World leaders are working alongside major corporations to pass these dangerous deals -- and they are refusing to tell us what's inside the agreements.

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Petition Text: Stop negotiating in secret and release the text of the TPP and TTIP immediately!

SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.

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Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/images/Stencil.jpg/image_large  Below we provide fact-based sources of information on the key issues surrounding the TPP.
  • Obama’s unexpectedly brief mention of the TPP may simply reflects that the pact is very unpopular across the political spectrum and talking about it more only makes opposition grow.
  • Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
  • Part 1: The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administration’s Claims
  • Part 2: Is The TPP Still Obama's Top Priority?
  • Part 3: TPP Is Obama’s #1 2016 Priority: Why Only 28 Seconds in the SOTU?

How Do We Build Movements Based On Vision and Values?

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  • Movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. 
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

Manuel Pastor, LinkTV

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Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

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5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book, Ethan Corey and Jessica Corbett, In These Times

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  • Klein … illustrates how people can use climate change to come together to build a greener society. 
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  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet

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