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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs…

Another bunch of great ideas from Fran Korten-she and her husband have already explained how to re-tool our economy and society into a world that works for everyone-without any outside intervention at all. All it takes is “People Power”.

10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem

 Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?
posted Sep 02, 2010
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Photo by Alex Ferguson

As the midterm political season heats up, one word on every politician’s lips is “jobs.” And for good reason. People are hurting—they can’t pay their mortgages, send their kids to college, pay their dental bills. Young people are wondering if they have a place in the work world.

So the economic pundits cheer when car sales go up, housing starts rise, consumer confidence strengthens. But as the oily ooze in the Gulf tars yet another beach, we all sense something is terribly wrong. We can’t keep tearing up the planet to keep ourselves employed. There must be another way.

So—imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?
Here is my starter list. You can add your own ideas in the comments to this article on the YES! website.

 1. More farms, less agribusiness. Agribusiness substitutes chemicals and machinery for labor and employs remarkably few people. Small organic farms are far more productive per acre and bring the people back.

 2. More repair, fewer products. Instead of tossing those shoes, that toaster, that computer, let’s fix them—and employ repair people in the process.

 3. More recycling, less mining. Ray Anderson of the Interface flooring company says we already have enough nylon to meet the world’s carpet needs forever. The same may be true for aluminum, steel, copper, and other easily recyclable materials. We just need good systems for recovering them.

What if we stopped subsidizing advertising with tax breaks and focused on educating people to lead satisfying lives?

 4. More renovations, less construction. Our nation has 129 million housing units. We build new ones and let old ones deteriorate. How about renovating what we have and in-filling our cities to use existing sidewalks, gas pipes, water mains, and roads?

 5. More restoration, less destruction. Whether it’s forests, Superfund sites, or oil-laced wetlands, it’s time to restore. Some restoration can even pay for itself, as in restoration forestry where folks make products from the fire-prone, small-diameter trees normally considered too small to market.

 6. More bike paths, fewer highways. They both cost money, but one is good for our health and good for the planet. What’s not to like?

 7. More local businesses, fewer megastores. Locally owned stores employ more people per goods sold and you can often talk to a decision-maker about your purchase.

 8. More dishwashing, fewer throw-aways. What if we got rid of all the disposable containers in fast food restaurants? At my friend Ron Sher’s Crossroads Shopping Center near Seattle, the food court vendors share a common crockery supply. No trees needed. It works.

 9. More education, less advertising. Let’s face it. Advertising is about making us feel inadequate for something we don’t yet have. What if we stopped subsidizing advertising with tax breaks and focused on educating people to lead satisfying lives?

10. More clean energy, less fossil fuel. Here we do need new stuff—wind turbines, solar panels, insulation, passenger trains. Politicians are providing some—though not enough—funding for these sources of “green jobs.” It’s the other items on this list they’re not even talking about—but need to.

You may be thinking that my list isn’t realistic because these options cost more or depend on government funding. But that’s partly because governments subsidize oil, agribusiness, nuclear plants, ports, highways, advertising, and other unhealthy choices.

So the next time you hear a politician talk about jobs, try comparing the solutions offered to this list. By breaking out of the narrow range of options that keeps policy discussions stuck, we can create jobs that not only sustain families, but also build community and restore the living systems of our planet.


Fran Korten, 70pxFran Korten wrote this column for A Resilient Community, the Fall 2010 issue of YES! Magazine. Fran is publisher of YES! Magazine.

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People Power “>” Bombs

I love Yes! magazine. In a world full of bad news Yes! is the antidote-always something uplifting, empowering and hopeful. This article goes along with what I’ve been saying for a long time-we are far more powerful than we realize and violence is a trick to keep us blinded and suffering.

A Meditation on Revolution

From Tel Aviv to Baghdad, a lifelong peace activist remembers why true transformation comes from the power of nonviolence.
posted Jul 29, 2011
Tahrir Square father and daughter photo by Kodak Agfa

Tahrir Square, February 2011.

Photo by Kodak Agfa.

The first time I remember being in a very large crowd and feeling that I really belonged was in 1982.

Several months before, Israel had invaded Lebanon. I had heard rumors of a massacre at the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut as I walked to work in Israel. My Israeli coworker’s attitude, as he told me, was troubling. He was not bothered that Israel might have done something wrong—only that Israel would get blamed.

The next Saturday, my Israeli wife and I made the hour-long trip from Haifa to Tel Aviv for a protest. We got early seats at an outside table at one of the European-style pastry shops that surround this big square, where Yitzhak Rabin was later assassinated. It was like a huge family gathering.  People poured in from all over the country; there were hugs and kisses and greetings of friends who hadn’t seen each other in years.

Our addiction to violence has so accustomed us to public statements justifying our wars that we often don’t even notice that we no longer believe them.

A reported 400,000 Israelis showed up for this protest, representing about 10 percent of the entire Jewish population of Israel at the time. Imagine how we would feel if 10 percent of Americans—more than 30 million—came out to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

After the rally we walked by one Israeli man who stood atop a flat-bed truck taunting the crowd, jeering, “Begin, Begin, (Menahim Begin), King of Israel!”  I felt so much at ease that I didn’t hesitate to turn to the crowd and say, “Just ignore him!”

It was there that I first experienced the power that Gandhi called truth force—a liberating exuberance that I would recognize again this year as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Tahrir Square demanded that their voices be heard. As Adrienne Maree Brown wrote in YES! Magazine of her own reaction, “My heart is bursting from my chest today, tears on my cheeks, my skin covered in waves and waves of goosebumps as my body integrates the beautiful revolution in Egypt.” I felt just the same way.

But 21 years after my first truth force awakening in Tel Aviv, I watched Baghdad’s Firdos Square during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the contrast could not have been greater.

Mubarek photo by Antonello Mangano
10 Everyday Acts of Resistance
That Changed the World

Václav Havel called it “the power of the powerless.” How regular people, from Denmark to Liberia, have stood up to power—and won.

Firdos Square is a large traffic circle with multiple lanes of cars racing around a center that used to host a huge statue of Saddam Hussein. The U.S. military pulled down that statue and the scene was shown over and over on American television. Even though there were only a few hundred people there, the media played up the event of the toppled statue as if all of Iraq embraced the U.S. as liberators.

I knew better. I’d seen the great suffering of the Iraqi people firsthand during the preceding years of sanctions.

On my nine trips to Iraq, bringing medicines to ailing hospitals, I would stay at one of two hotels only a block away from Firdos Square. It was well known to me.

During these trips, I used to bring delegation members to these hospitals to show what conditions were like. We regularly saw water-borne diseases, a lack of medicine, and limited electricity. In one hospital the doctor showing us around got on the elevator with a flashlight. There was a shortage of light bulbs because of sanctions and the elevator was completely dark.

I knew this was due to the U.S. bombing of virtually all of Iraq’s electric plants during the 1991 Gulf War—followed by 12 devastating years of economic sanctions.

The tragedy of these sanctions is embodied, for me, in the memory of a very sweet young girl—she must have been around 8 years old—sitting on a hospital bed with her mother beside her.  Because Iraq was prevented from selling oil, there was no money to pay nurses. This young girl had childhood leukemia, a form of cancer which has a very high cure rate in the U.S. with proper medication.  In Iraq the cure rate was about zero. There were few cancer medicines available. I asked the doctor what this very poor family would have done before sanctions.  He told me the medicines would have been free for them. “Free as water,” he said.

Bert Sacks
Bert Sacks:
A peace activist defies sanctions to save lives.

If you want to understand what regime change by force versus regime change by an uprising of hundreds of thousands of nonviolent people looks like, this is it. In essence, it’s violence versus nonviolence. We don’t yet know what the final outcome in Egypt will be, but we can see the results in Iraq after twenty years of U.S.-led efforts: immense suffering and many hundreds of thousands of deaths from sanctions and invasion.

Gandhi once said that there is a coin with “nonviolence” written on one side and “truth” on the other.  I think we have become accustomed to a different coin, with “violence” on one side and “untruth” on the other.  Our addiction to violence has so accustomed us to public statements justifying our wars that we often don’t even notice that we no longer believe them.

Violence shows a lack of imagination. It’s time to get serious about imaginative nonviolence.


Bert Sacks wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Bert is scheduled to appear in Federal Court on September 19, 2011, for refusing to pay a fine incurred when he broke U.S. sanctions in Iraq to bring medicine to children. Find out more at iraqikids.org

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Bombing is NEVER a “Moral Duty”

This is an important issue-maybe set of issues. The constant hiding of the truth has got to stop-especially when hiding the truth allows people to use our taxes to create nightmares for others. Blowing people up has got to stop! There is simply no good reason to blow people up(really!) Life is not a video game and those brown people “over there” are not npc’s(non-player characters) they deserve the same rights to a safe, peaceful and fulfilling existence as anyone. They are just as intelligent and capable of handling their own affairs, and countries as we are-possibly more so since the cabal of nightmare creators is based HERE.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

European Commission head calls NATO bombing of Libyans a “moral duty”

José Manuel Barroso / Wiki Commons

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

For weeks the mainstream media has been calling the uprising in Libya a success, despite any support for their position.

Despite this false narrative, which included the capture of Tripoli from loyalists long before any such thing could be claimed, NATO is saying that they must continue to destroy what’s left of the Libyan infrastructure through their over-the-top bombing campaign.

The NATO operation has resulted in countless civilian deaths in Libya, yet the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, characterized the mission as a “moral duty”.

Is it NATO’s “moral duty” to support non-democratically elected, terrorist-linked rebels to the detriment of the people of Libya, even if it means they will die in the process?  If you ask Barroso, then yes, it is definitely NATO’s duty.

Barroso continued to cite unconfirmed and debunked claims that have been used as anti-Gaddafi and pro-NATO propaganda since the beginning of the Western-fomented uprising.

Barroso said that, “Libya is very close to Europe, and when the leader is going to massacre his people, it created indignation”. No consideration is afforded to the indignation created by forcing people of Western nations to pay for regime change in an African nation.

To make matters even worse, the al Qaeda-affiliated, non-democratic rebels who have been put into place by the West despite their unaccountability and highly questionable ties, continue to urge NATO to bomb what is supposedly their nation.

Would you trust a leader who asked a totally foreign alliance to continue to bomb your country and kill civilians in the process?

I can comfortably say that I know for a fact I would never support a leader that urged a foreign body to bomb America.

Why aren’t the Libyans holding their supposed new leaders responsible for every single cent in damages and every single death caused by NATO?

They very well could be but with the controlled picture we receive here in the United States and the total unaccountability of the rebel leadership, we will never know.

These Western airstrikes that continue to be requested by the new Libyan regime are, according to a spokesman for Gaddafi, responsible for over 350 deaths in one of Gaddafi’s remaining strongholds and his birthplace, Sirte.

The spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, said that the main hotel in Sirte was bombed, leaving 700 injured and 89 missing. This is unconfirmed as the town is currently being besieged by rebel forces with the help of NATO air strikes paid for by the broke nations of the West.

Of course, NATO is denying these allegations as they always do. The chief spokesman for the NATO bombing campaign in Libya, Colonel Roland Lavoie, said that NATO is “aware of these allegations. It is not the first time they have been made.”

However, it would not be the first time that NATO has slaughtered innocent people in Libya. NATO has been denying these deaths for months now.

In June NATO actually admitted that they slaughtered civilians, while claiming that it was the first time, despite all of the contradictory evidence.

I reject the notion that it is my “moral duty” to put my nation into more debt in order to kill civilians and enact regime change in Africa.

In fact, I consider it my “moral duty” to fight such statements with all of my intellectual might. I refuse to be party to murder and I appreciate Barroso outing himself as a corrupt individual who flouts every principle that democracy is based upon while supporting the killing of civilians.

With every day that passes with the rebels unable to take control of Libya the truth presented by much of the alternative media is just further cemented.

While the West continues to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into a totally incompetent rebel force incapable of enacting any real change except plunging their nation into chaos and perpetual conflict, I will stand aside and point out these facts.

If nothing else, this will allow future generations to look back and see what a massive failure international intervention is in domestic affairs.

Furthermore, they will be able to see exactly what Western war crimes covered up by a corrupt and illegitimate organization and the controlled mainstream media looks like.

This can serve as a blueprint of what exactly not to do in the future.

I just hope that the people of Libya will not suffer further and that the illegitimate al Qaeda-affiliated rebels will be ousted as quickly as possible.

The Libyan people need a real government that defends and serves them, not a regime installed by the West which has the sole purpose of raping their nation’s precious resources.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at admin@EndtheLie.com

http://www.activistpost.com/2011/09/european-commission-head-calls-nato.html


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Occupy Wall Street -Why?

There is a lot more background and current reporting on this-even tho there is a blackout in the msm-as usual.  All over the world people in the streets saying-no more! We are done with this old world order(that called itself new-like driving on the parkway and parking in the driveway, I guess).

Why There Are Protests On Wall Street: Their Actions Impoverished More Than 60 Million People

By Zaid Jilani on Sep 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

Today, over a thousand demonstrators began protests as a part of a campaign they are calling “Occupy Wall Street.” The protesters intend to engage in long-term civil disobedience to draw attention to Wall Street’s misdeeds and call for structural economic reforms. RT America covered the start of the campaign. Watch it:

As demonstrators converged on Wall Street — with police blocking them from reaching the New York Stock Exchange — much of the news media paid little attention to the protests. Meanwhile, much of the conservative punditry has taken to mocking the demonstrations, with conservative Twitter users lambasting the “hippies” in New York City. CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as “profoundly dumb.”

Certainly, debates about the tactics and strategy behind an anti-Wall Street campaign are warranted. But in a country where much of the populist energy has been absorbed by a movement that compared expanding access to private insurance to “death panels,” it’s worth reviewing why Americans and others should be protesting against Wall Street.

While many of the conservative defenders of Wall Street may be quick to portray protests against the American financial establishment as driven by envy of its wealth or far-left ideologies, the truth is that people have a very simple reason to be angry — because Wall Street’s actions made tens of millions of people dramatically poorer through no fault of their own. In 2010, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank conducted studies of the effects of the global recession — caused largely by Wall Street financial instruments that were poorly regulated by government policies — and found that the recession threw 64 million people into extreme poverty:

The International Monetary Fund estimates that the global economy contracted by 0.6 per cent in 2009 and the implications of this have been severe for many. Economic growth in developing countries was only 1.7 per cent in 2009 compared with 8.1 per cent in 2007. However, if China and India are excluded, the economies of developing countries actually contracted by 1.8 per cent. The World Bank has estimated that an additional 64 million people will be living in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 a day by the end of 2010 as a result of the global recession.

And nearly three years after the start of the global economic crisis — where taxpayers in multiple countries were called upon to save the financial industry — most of the banking elite’s top executives remain virtually untouched. There have been almost no high-profile convictions for fraud and related financial crimes, banking profits continue to soar, and unemployment not just in the U.S. but globally remains very high.

Given these facts, the question is not why more than a thousand people demonstrated on Wall Street yesterday. The question is, why aren’t even more people in the streets of the financial district in New York City?

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/18/321844/why-people-protest-wall-street/


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Agreement-Our Choice by Inelia Benz

I consider Inelia to be one of the most inspiring spiritual writers I have ever read. She is clear in explaining things, down to Earth and real. What she says is consistent, it makes sense and it works when you use it-what more could you ask? Her site is a wonderful resource-the link to this article on her site is below the article.

Agreement – our choice.

Create your realityWe don’t walk in reality, we agree what reality is, we then have an experience in it.

And since we moved paradigms into the next “level”, this fact has to be part of our basic education.  At this new paradigm, it can no longer be an unconscious game.

Our agreement is personal, at a singular being level, and also collective at various levels.  We, each, belong to different collectives.  One is our immediate reality shared by others who live, or are, close to us at a physical level.  Another could be ideological agreement, another could be national, and another could be species collective.

Even at a species level, we could form part of various collectives, the ones who added genetic material to our “evolution”.  Or, the collective where we spent most of our evolutionary path on.  Many concentric circles (circles inside circles), which “forms” our reality.

What we experience, from a personal point of view, as well as social point of view, is what we agree with others is “real”.

One might say, “well, I don’t agree with the war in XYZ, so why is it still happening?”  And that is an excellent question, you see, we just moved away from a reality where those who knew how the game worked, worked very hard to make a very specific type of game.  One based on fear.  And, everyone being born inside that particular game, was sucked into the fear.  So, some will experience war, either in their own homes, or hear about it on the telly.

The blind following of the “masses” with regard war, murder, fear, paying for living on the planet, or whatever other ridiculous belief they hold to be necessary, creates the consensus of the human collective.

But there is something else that is happening and not being reported for fear, on the part of the powers that were, that it will annihilate them.  And they are right, it will.

The awakening, and disagreement of the masses to being led where they don’t want to go.  There has NEVER in the presently accessible history of human kind, ever been so many awakening teachers, or individuals deeply wanting to advance in their own personal evolution.  NEVER.   There has never been such free access to information to anyone who wants it in the history of human kind.  There has never been so much disagreement with having to pay to live on the planet, having to “accept” war, famine, or pestilence, or natural disasters.  There has NEVER been so many individuals and groups actively focusing their attention and intention on natural events, human created disasters and other potentially catastrophic happenings, and STOPPING THEM.

The powers that were are trying harder than ever, trying to create disasters, using the Fear Machine to the max, but it is not working for them.  Individuals are saying, “NO”, and opening their hearts instead.  The tremendous movement to create a society that only cares about personal survival above all else has collapsed.  More and more individuals will put themselves on the firing line to give a chance those who are cannot help themselves yet, to give them enough time to wake up.  Enough time to see that they are not victims after all, that they are in fact powerful eternal beings who can take charge of their own experience on the planet.

One might think, well, if we are influencing others, by casting our agreement or disagreement vote, are we not dictating what happens to them?  And the answer is “no”.  You see, they are as powerful as you are. And guess what, they will move into a reality where your agreement doesn’t win, but their does.  And you move into one where your agreement rules.  Multiple timelines.  Compatible vibrations congregate in compatible realities.  There are not “right” or “wrong” realities, there are just different ones.  Eventually this will mean that we move into a new form of experience, one based on a type of cosmic dance where we are the choreographers.  At the moment, of course, there are those who are fighting tooth and nail to stop us from casting our vote.  And… from teaching the masses that each person, each man, woman and child is an EXTREMELY POWERFUL INDIVIDUAL.  An individual that, when he or she finally accepts this fact, process all his or her fear around it, and around others being just as powerful, will be able to move through time and space in all directions, and no longer create an unconscious, or fear reality based on someone else’ vision of what their life should be like.

I agree with an empowered collective, where each and every individual has the power to CONSCIOUSLY create his or her reality.  It’s a big ability which comes with a huge response-ability.  Are you ready for it?  If that question gave you a twinge of fear, go and process that fear right away 🙂

Choose a person, situation, location, personal topic, or worldwide event, that you do not agree with.  Then, draw a red circle around it, and a line across it.  Say the words, “I do not agree with this”.  Next, visualize what you would like to see, what you do agree with, and place a green tick next to it. It is very, very simple, and quick. So much so, that one might think it is not life changing, but it is.  Try it.  Try it with the big things, and the little things. Use it every day, and watch. Inelia Benz

http://ascension101.com/en/ascension-information/48-september-2011/150-agreement-our-choice.html