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A victory on Keystone XL… and the fight continues. | CREDO

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A huge victory against Keystone XL… and the fight continues.

Dear Reader,

This is why activism matters.

Six months ago, the Obama Administration was set to approve one of the single most environmentally disastrous fossil fuel projects imaginable.

Today, it’s dead.

The Keystone XL pipeline — designed to bring filthy tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas so that oil companies can profit by selling the oil overseas — was dealt a severe setback yesterday when President Obama said no to an election year blackmail threat by the American Petroleum Institute and its lackeys in Congress.

But President Obama didn’t reject Keystone XL because he wanted to. Or because he thought it was the right thing to do. Or because he thought it would help his reelection campaign. He rejected it because you made him do it.

It’s a victory for activists. But because the President rejected the pipeline on a narrow technicality,1 in no way has he set down a clear marker against the pipeline or the carbon bomb that burning Canadian tar sands oil in China represents.

We want to thank the many groups and thousands of activists, who, following the inspiring call of Bill McKibben (Seems JIM is the man pulling this string?), joined us in putting massive public pressure on the President. In fact, CREDO waged the single largest activism campaign in our history.2

It was this pressure that forced President Obama to initially delay the decision in November. And it was this pressure, combined with the Republicans’ overzealous and irresponsible demand of a 60-day deadline that forced him yesterday to reject the pipeline permit.

Our pressure overcame the lies and propaganda of Republicans and oil giants, and their threats of “huge political consequences” if he didn’t approve it.

Rejecting this pipeline was the right thing to do. But by rejecting it purely on a technicality, there are many things President Obama did not do:

  • He did not close the door to this pipeline once and for all. In fact, he specifically opened the door to the southern portion of Keystone XL, which would allow this oil to be exported overseas — the real reason TransCanada wanted Keystone XL in the first place.
  • He did not explain the imperative of stopping not just this project, but others that will expedite disastrous warming. Just the opposite — he touted the need to expand oil and gas drilling and made no mention of clean energy.
  • He did not refute the lies of Republicans and polluters, whose biggest “jobs plan” is a foreign oil pipeline whose chief purpose is to export oil overseas.

The time to lead us away from dirty fuels and prevent escalating global catastrophes from climate change is here. And President Obama still can.

Tell President Obama: It’s time to lead on climate. Make the case in your State of the Union Address. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Until President Obama makes a clear and compelling case to the American people for sweeping action to reduce our dependence on any and all fossil fuels, the pace of our transition will remain slower than what is required to stem the onrushing danger of climate pollution.

Until he refutes the false choice presented by Big Oil and Republicans — that we must choose between a clean energy future and a stable economy — he empowers and remains vulnerable to their attacks.

Until he shows his commitment to clean energy over dirty fossil fuels, the energy of progressive activists will be spent fighting individual bad decisions, instead of pushing to support needed progressive policies.

And ultimately, until President Obama takes the opportunity for a true moment of leadership that publicly raises the stakes on the fight to stabilize our climate, the State of our Union will remain deeply clouded.

Tell President Obama: It’s time to lead on climate. Make the case in your State of the Union Address.

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For now, it is clear that we must fight for every victory. It’s also clearer than ever that when we fight, we can win.

Let’s use this momentum to push for even broader victories to bring about the type of future that you and I know is still possible.

Thank you for being part of this historic victory.

Becky Bond, Political Director
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Proposed List (by OccupyWallSt.org) Of Demands For Occupy Wall St Movement!

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Posted Sept. 25, 2011, 3:46 p.m. EST (16 days ago) by anonymous

Admin note: This is not an official list of demands. This is a forum post submitted by a single user and hyped by irresponsible news/commentary agencies like Fox News (associated Press, Lucis trust, Lucipher Publishing Inc, AlJazeera etc) and Mises.org. This content was not published by the OccupyWallSt.org collective, nor was it ever proposed or agreed to on a consensus basis with the NYC General Assembly. There is NO official list of demands.


Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.

Lloyd J Hart 508-687-9153

Rep. Lamar Smith, Republicans, Conservatives and Other Communists: Please STOP the FAILED, Nation-Destabilizing, IMMORAL War on Drugs!

Rep. Lamar Smith, Republicans, Conservatives and Other Communists: Please STOP the FAILED, Nation-Destabilizing, IMMORAL War on Drugs!

The vast pools of blood spilled every day BECAUSE of the FAILED War on Drugs— which began only 40 years ago by corrupt politician Republican Richard Nixon – now rests with the Obama Administration and Congress, and particularly a man named Lamar Smith, Representative of Texas and head of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives. These are the men and women with the blood of scores of innocent people on their hands, since unrighteous laws can be changed, and these Communists refuse to stop the immoral War on Drugs, and so the suffering of the innocent will be upon their heads now.

The U.S. Congress created the Cannabis Prohibition law in 1937 and later the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. These two immoral laws combined together created million of outlaws out of otherwise law-abiding citizens pursuing their constitutional right of freedom of expression and freedom of religious expression. Smith has said that his committee will not even consider the Barney Frank/Ron Paul marijuana legalization bill. Here is his nonsensical and communist answer as to why he won’t give states the right to decide whether to legalize cannabis or not:

“Marijuana use and distribution is prohibited under federal law because it has a high potential for abuse and does not have an accepted medical use in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease.

Decriminalizing marijuana will only lead to millions more Americans becoming addicted to drugs and greater profits for drug cartels who fund violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policy flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent.”

His first two points are moot, since alcohol is highly addictive and massively abused, and alcohol has not (as far as I know) been determined to help any “condition or disease.” If millions more Americans CHOOSE to smoke cannabis rather than drink alcohol, wouldn’t that lessen alcohol abuse, which is MUCH more ruinous to the individual than cannabis? And how is legalizing cannabis going to make the Mexican Drug Cartels richer? As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, they have been wrong about Black Americans being 100% human, along with other decisions, and they are WRONG about Congress being able tooutlaw drug consumption.

Does the Congressman admit that there are many legal drugs that are abused, and children are now sniffing household items to get high, with deadly results? Does Mr. Smith think he can trump his Creator and call Him a liar? This is what Elohim has said to the whole world:

And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

   12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and Elohim saw that it was good.

29And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which isupon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

   30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

   31And Elohim saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

I used to be a big defender of the War on Drugs, not knowing what Law and Government is supposed to stand for and what they are to protect. People do not get together to form Government and to make Law to keep people safe from themselves, but rather for people to be FREE TO CHOOSE to harm themselves if they so choose (unless it is a dictatorship), unrestrained by government decree unless it is a nuisance to OTHERS. This is why one cannot bring oneself to Court, since one cannot get compensation from oneself, and Courts are made to secure Justice for the Rights of Citizens.

Our Constitution prohibits our Federal Government from inhibiting the pursuits of its citizens — no matter how destructive to the person pursuing his happiness through any given activity it may be — to do things that are repugnant or politically opposing to others in our Republic, UNLESS it infringes on other enumerated rights found in the Constitution. This is not communism, but rather freedom of Religion. The Communists (Dictatorships, Religious Regimes) have always sought to control the population of a nation through Drug Prohibition, from the Islamists centuries ago to the Catholic Church throughout the centuries, to dictatorships and Communist countries of the world today. This is also whydictator-in-the-making Comrade Obama doesn’t want to bring MILLIONS of jobs to America and slow the growth of the increase in innocent blood being shed in the world through AMERICA’S immoral War on Drugs.

These Communists will invoke children and effects on society and on the individual users, but they cannot cite their evil Communist laws in the Constitution, which forbids such things UNLESS it is done by Constitutional Amendment, like the dozens of others Amendments that have passed, including the infamous FAILED Prohibition on Alcohol Amendment that made millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens pursuing happiness become criminals, ushering in criminal gang violence and ever-increasing innocent bloodshed.

The very same thing has happened again, but this time it went world-wide, corrupting governments and destabilizing not just nations, but whole regions of the globe. Mexican Drug Gangs are destabilizing Mexico, with other parts of the world suffering terrible drug gang violence, while virtuously every big and medium-sized city (and even many small cities) in America has a dangerous and destabilizing gang problems, while assassinations continue around the world because of the War on Drugs and the violence associated with letting criminals handle these outlawed substances.

The very same Republicans, Conservatives and other defenders of Drug Prohibition will not want to go back to Alcohol Prohibition, citing the FACT that it failed, even though the evidence PROVES alcohol abuse is a plague of problems that touches virtuously EVERY home in America EVERY year. They don’t want to outlaw cigarettes, since Communists do such things, but cigarettes cause much more damage in terms of death and fire than even alcohol. And they don’t want to regulate how much food an obese person can eat, since they do want to be known as Communists, even though obesity causes many more deaths than even cigarettes do.

So we are left with these Communists and THEIR moral feelings trumping our Constitution and common sense, while they oppose other communistic remedies to other problems in the country. This is hypocrisy and self-righteousness combined with pride to form Communist principles of punishing those of opposing viewpoints and making them into outlaws of the state. Meanwhile, they say, “pass the beer or cigarette or caffeine – which kills over 1,000 in the U.S. every year.

urge all to contact (D.C. 202-225-4236) Mr. Lamar Smith and Mr. Obama (202-456-1111) and your Representative and two Senators and tell them to STOP the immoral and failed War on Drugs, letting them know that innocent blood is being spilled and many lives ruined around the globe because of America’s pushing and bullying of other nations to go along with this Communist scheme.

Thanks for listening,

Medical Cannabis | People United For Medical Marijuana

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Urge Utility Companies to Make Better Energy Choices

For years, utility companies have relied on dirty fossil fuels to power our lives. They often even import vast quantities of coal—while neglecting local, home-grown, renewable energy resources and energy efficiency opportunities. They’re polluting our air, sending our money out of state, buying dirty coal, and shipping our clean energy resources overseas. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Please email the largest utility company in your state to find out where your power comes from (Note that in some cases, you will be contacting the parent company of your state electric utility). Ask for their current energy mix and plans for increasing investments in clean, renewable sources of electricity and energy efficiency. The choices the largest utility companies make have the most significant impact in your state and greatest potential to initiate industry-wide shifts in practice.

Utility companies have a lot of say in how our energy dollars are spent—but they’re not the only ones who have the power to transform the U.S. energy system to one that is cleaner and more sustainable. In the coming months we’ll be asking you to weigh in on the state and national energy policies that can also help shape these decisions. Stay tuned. And please email us at cleanenergy@ucsusa.org to let us know how your state’s largest utility responds!

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George Soros Lecture at Columbia University – “The Sovereign Debt Problem”

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Below you will find the text of a lecture that George Soros delivered  at Columbia University in the morning of Oct. 5, 2010.


You can watch it live now online at http://www.worldleaders.columbia.edu/events/sovereign-debt-problem


Soros will argue that the Obama administration’s plan to cut the deficit in half by 2013 is the wrong policy for the ailing US economy.  Instead, he calls for investment in education and infrastructure.


An excerpt from the lecture can also be found in today’s Financial Times.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/61a77634-cfeb-11df-bb9e-00144feab49a.html.

All best,

Columbia Lecture

“The Sovereign Debt Problem”

5 October 2010

As you know I have written several books which serve to explain the crash of 2008. Two years have elapsed since then – it is time to bring the story up to date. That is what I propose to do today.

The theory I shall use is the same as in my previous books, so I shall not repeat it here. The main points to remember are, first, that rational human beings do not base their decisions on reality but on their understanding of reality and the two are never the same – although the extent of the divergence does vary from person to person and from time to time – and it is the variance that matters. This is the principle of fallibility. Second, the participants’ misconceptions, as expressed in market prices, affect the so-called fundamentals which market prices are supposed to reflect. This is the principle of reflexivity. The two of them together assure that both market participants and regulators have to make their decisions in conditions of uncertainty. This is the human uncertainty principle. It implies that outcomes are unlikely to correspond to expectations and markets are unable to assure the optimum allocation of resources. These implications are in direct contradiction to the theory of rational expectations and the efficient market hypothesis. Continue reading

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