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There is a huge list of different issues and challenges that progressives, the 99%, democracy and the future of freedom and justice face. But they boil down to four root problems. If we can break the impasse and make progress on any of these, serious progress could happen and it could lead to really big trickle down effects upon the other problems. Currently, the Democrats and Republicans and the Whitehouse-- the duopoly-- are throwing crumbs or promises of crumbs to constituents-- crumbs that are comparable to breaking a faucet when the problem is the water supply. 

The other day, the State Department declared the Keystone XL Pipeline safe.  The problem is, it used a report created by a a company working for Keystone XL..  Brad Johnson writes for the Huffingtonpost,

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" The State Department's " don't worry " environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, released late Friday afternoon, was written not by government officials but by a private company in the pay of the pipeline's owner. The "sustainability consultancy" Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline's massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable.

The department's contractor-written Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement even says the pipeline will be safe from the climate impacts to which it will contribute."

What does this duplicity mean?

Obama has an incredible array of tools he can use to confuse us, to deceive and misdirect the media. 

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But you knew that. You know that the government deceives us a lot. They distort, they mislead and they outright lie. 

That makes it really easy to believe just about anything anyone says about the government or any of its agencies or representatives. It includes the various departments, the military, the state department-- we know from Wikileaks and heroic whistleblowers that it is standard government policy to lie and deceive. 

But that realization of government deception and duplicity also puts us at risk. Our openness to believing the worst of the government puts us at of  risk being deceived by people who want to use our mistrust of government. 

There are so many theories and stories that are out there that can distract us from what's really important.  Even some of those theories seem important. 911 is one. The huge question is, "how did 911 happen?"   It's an important question. But what do we do about it now, with our current political and justice system? Answer-- not a goddamned thing. We can dwell on it or we can choose to pay attention to issues that are higher up in the "we are fucked" hierarchy, with the hope that by getting some change happening with them, the other problems, which are really inaccessible to changing now, will become malleable and at least translucent, if not transparent later 

We have a few huge problems that, by my mind, supersede all the others, and, if addressed effectively would have a systemic trickle down effect on the other, longer list of problems. 

Here's my list of the core systemic problems that are enabling all the other problems- first just the list, then more details.

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1- Corruption of the election process and system

2-Corporatization of politics

3-  Privatization  of the commons-- Shock Doctrine in America

4- Corporate Globalization

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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