Hi there. This is Eddie Che from the frontlines. We are now trying to come to a point of unity before branching out; we see this as a trade between freedom and a collective existence. Art has come close; see links on my blog:
There’s a question of what is real — well for a career undergraduate with art on his mind, an experience of economy as well as international relations, I don’t know yet. So, we can use this opportunity as a collective manifest.
Occupy Berkeley — sleeping bag, and enough for a coffee occasionally. Extra points for a laptop or kindle fire.
Occupy Oakland . – Make art
We hope to correctly represent the cities we are in, we occupy. 1-2 small artists like me in every occupy community of the country would represent a wonderful common sense that is new since the very invention of paper. We hope that this represents adequately any of the emotions here incurred. I hope that a new art and … works for all.
Economics/Environmental Policy/ International Relations graduate here. Your ideas guy “I’m your left-hand man”!
I wanted to share with you a post that’s been REAL popular with the true remaining environment movement. It’s entitled, “Environment: Ten Things Obama Must Do”. How the president can help heal the environment without waiting for Congress on any one of them!
The article, originally published on Rolling Stone, has been liked and forwarded and tweeted many times, with long discussion comments and RTs. The link is at http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/environment-ten-things-obama-must-do-20110914
-Eddie Miller, “A Global Organic Mindset”
I just drove home through the country of New Russia Township, greeted by wonderful explosions of light and color. The giant flowering trees of cherry, apple, pomegranate, blueberry.. This, is my Fourth of July Post.
Seeing America all go out for the fireworks is a reminder that our country is still working– the trucks are still moving, the families are still having dinner conversations, the cars still droll to work each morning. The backyard barbecue is something that’s so American, to see them happening means that life for many still goes on.
If and when the higher oil prices come, many will find that they still have this life, and they still have what matters (especially if you haven’t divorced your spouse..) AND furthermore, that the adaptations they make for the recession will be mostly a welcome change. It’s not the money that matters — just basic expenses — and if we can provide food then we remain a proud, independent nation. Let’s show the world that we can do more than consume oil and bully internationally; if/when the time comes, let’s be followers for a while. Proudly.
America is a great country. It’s the rural folks and the non-rural folks, the countryside and city gardens and parks, the trees land and air that make is so. We have abundant resources to make use of once we grow in ideas that do not require fossil resources. Despite what will happen to some farmers, our food system will be okay.
Politically, I have a great hope that Barack Obama’s last year in office will be a good one. There are many ideas on this very blog that can make it so if he listens. I would happily advise the president on Economic and Environmental Policy.. in fact it is what I got a degree on. If you’re any closer to the White House than I am as a blogger and small farmer, pass it on!
I am happy to be in America, with or without money, and hoping to stay here for a while. Happy fourth of July, for it’s a good year to be in the USA.
-EM “Che” Fernando Miller
Source: Bloomberg, May 15, 2011.
Possible! When “financial stuff” gets serious. I have written about this here here and here. In short, the government needs to reduce how much money it spends while stimulating the Economy to do something.
By Roger Runningen
May 15 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said failure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by early August might disrupt the global financial system and plunge the nation into another recession.
If investors “around the world thought the full faith and credit of the U.S. was not being backed up, if they thought we might renege on our IOUs, it could unravel the entire financial system,” Obama said on a broadcast taped for today’s “Face the Nation” program on CBS. “We could have a worse recession than we’ve already had.”
Obama is reaching out to Republican and Democrat lawmakers to win approval of an increase in the debt ceiling. The government projected this month that the $14.3 trillion debt limit will be reached tomorrow. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says that while he can juggle accounts for a time, he will run out of options for avoiding default by early August.
Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are seeking trillions of dollars of spending cuts and no tax increases in exchange for supporting a higher debt limit. Obama on April 13 proposed a long-term deficit-reduction package of about $4 trillion over 12 years. It includes $2 trillion in spending cuts, $1 trillion in tax increases and $1 trillion in reduced interest payments.
Obama held talks with Senate Democrats and Republicans May 11 and May 12, and appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead negotiations with congressional leaders to try to strike a deal on reducing debt and deficits.
“I’ve said, ‘Get them in a room, hammer out a deal, and make sure that we don’t even get close’” to defaulting on the nation’s debt, Obama said.
Debt reduction must be “balanced” and include tax increases, Obama said.
“Are we going to make sure no single group — not seniors, not poor folks, not any single group — is carrying the whole burden? Let’s make sure the burden is shared,” Obama said on the CBS program, which was taped on May 11 in Washington for broadcast today.
Obama said he would resist cuts in such areas as medical research, infrastructure such as roads, bridges or railroads, or college loans for needy students.
“My hope is that Congress is going to say ‘This is so serious, we can’t play politics with it,’” Obama said. “Have faith that usually after trying everything else, we end up doing the right thing.”
–With assistance from James Rowley and Laura Litvan in Washington. Editors: Andrea Snyder, Leslie Hoffecker
To contact the reporters on this story: Roger Runningen in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at email@example.com
This post is terribly overdue. Following up on my series of articles about change and how to interact it, I’m here highlighting a theoretical conflict that goes back to the cold war (which, unfortunately, defined a LOT of how people who are older than 35 see the world). I point out that the conflict doesn’t really need to exist any more, and rather everyone doing their own part is okay.
Hello, (and sorry for not updating for a while):
Life has been hectic (setting up in Boston), but good. I have been on my bike to many different events, and a stellar mix of people/places/things to enjoy around the city. In this post I talk more about my former work, maybe you have heard about it, at the Small Planet Institute in Cambridge.
For quick updates about what we’re doing, follow @SmallPlanetInst on twitter. For the implications of some of the research I was doing for the book, read on dear reader: