I have been to Russia, eastern Russia, Kamchatka, 25 years ago, an unforgettable trip, 1994, three years after the Soviet Union dissolved. Long story, but along the way, on a bus coming from a little town called Anavguy in the north, a man in a uniform got on, from an army base we passed. He could speak a bit of English. He gave me a business card, because this was freedom, right? The hustle, and the Russians picked it up fast. I asked him what he was doing in his army base and he looked at me and said, “Protecting our nation from you.” He was dead serious. Back then I thought he was a little crazy. No more. Grab a cup of coffee, no, several cups, and listen to this piece by someone who is a true independent journalist, who has worked for Russian media and U.S. media. Well worth the time, believe me. The best summary of what happened after the Soviet Union ended I can offer….
I stumbled on this video tonight and, as someone who worked in China for several years, made many trips there, and made many friends there, and as someone who grew up listening to my father recount his year there in 1934 while on a scientific expedition, this video made compelling sense to me. It is dark, but it is real, and in the three years since it was produced I suggest nothing has changed….The initial section on Bikini Atoll is a work in itself…
This is worth a cup of coffee. A good read.
Grab a cup of coffee an watch this interview with a candidate for Congress in New York City. I worked in NYC 1984-1990 and while there spent a lot of time in Brooklyn and the Bronx. I thought when I left in 1990 I was done with reading about Trump and Guliani, which clearly was not the case, and while there I had some exposure to city political machines and I also spent a lot of time at the Fulton Fish Market (another long story). I came to love working in New York, the people, the energy, the scandals, the…life! And, for all the articles we read and hear about how today’s youth are spoiled and entitled, this interview demonstrates there are those now coming into their power who should give us all reason to hope. It will be interesting to see how she does on the June 26th election, coming up. I know this, if I were registered in New York, of whatever party, she’d get my vote….
Here’s an article by a Seattle plutocrat, I guess you could say a neighbor of mine, though he runs in circles I surely never see. I’d say this is July’s must read. It’s long but well worth it.
Medicare for all, now. Cover everyone. This will reduce financial fears for millions immediately. This will bring optimism and hope, and will reduce desperation.
Three trillion dollar jobs program, now. Construction of roads, sewer systems, parks, schools, border fence (?), sustainable energy systems, whether equipment or retrofits for efficiency. Finance with quantitative easing but to the firms and workers not the banks. Millions of jobs. More hope. More money.
Jawbone and provide tax benefits to manufacture here, bring jobs back to U.S. More jobs. More hope.
Stop bombing everywhere else. Bring overseas bases and soldiers back and reopen or expand US bases here. Reduce military budget by giving construction jobs first to retiring soldiers. Less bombing means fewer future terrorists. Fewer refugees.
Stick to a rational, proper immigration system. Grandfather those already here. They live here, pay taxes here, have kids here, and by and large do the jobs nobody else wants to, jobs that need doing.
Apply social security tax to all income from whatever source and remove caps on top income – this will make system solvent forever
Apply graduated income rates to all income whether employment or passive. Keep rates where they are but for incomes over $400,000 charge 45%; $800,000 charge 65%; anything over $3 million charge 80%. Our financial problems will be over and the impact on 97 percent of us will be unseen.
Mostly, be practical, not ideological. Zealotry is the biggest deadly sin not on the list.
- Health care as a right, not a source of financial fear and drain
- Millions employed, earning that three trillion and spending it within the US to live
- More jobs for more millions as manufacturing and making things expands
- Less cost for war, bombings, and bases, leaving peace overseas and more funds at home
- A sustainable future, built by all of us, for all of us
Forget Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Progressives, Liberals. This is about people, all of us, finding a way to survive, prosper, and live in relative peace.
This is my granddaughter Lucy, two. Don’t we owe this to her and all the others like her? And all the generations to come?