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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the most critical one, to protect Oak Flat, sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, in the Tonto National Forest, from John McCain's efforts to privatize this national forest and turn it over to Rio Tinto Mining, an Australian mining company whose record by comparison makes Monsanto look like altar boys, to be developed as North America's largest copper mine. This is monstrous and despicable, and yet only Bernie's Save Oak Flat Act (S2242) stands in the way of this diabolical plan.
Now, we have added "in 2020!" to the group name, as at this point Bernie Sanders is still the best to succeed Trump.
I am an art gallery owner in Santa Fe since 1980 selling Native American painting and NM landscapes, specializing in modern Native Ledger Art.
I have always been intensely involved in politics, going back to the mid's 1970's, being a volunteer lobbyist in the US Senate for the Secretary General of the United Nations, then a "snowball-in-hell" campaign for US Senate in NM in the late 70's, and for the past 15 years have worked extensively to pressure the FDA to rescind its approval for aspartame, the neurotoxic artificial sweetener metabolized as formaldehyde. This may be becoming a reality to an extent in California, which, under Proposition 65, is considering requiring a mandatory Carcinogen label on all aspartame products
Bills to ban aspartame were in the State Senates of New Mexico and Hawaii, but were shut down by corporate lobbyists (particularly Monsanto lobbyists in Hawaii and Coca Cola lobbyists in New Mexico).
For several years, I was the editor of New Mexico Sun News, and my letters to the editor and op/eds in 2016 have appeared in NM, California, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and many international papers, on the subject of consumer protection. Our best issue was 10 days before Obama won in 2008, when we published a special early edition of the paper declaring that Obama Wins! This was the top story on CNN for many hours, way back then....
My highest accomplishment thus far is a UN Resolution to create a new Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection, strongly supported ten years ago by India and 53 cosponsoring nations, but shut down by the US Mission to the UN in 2008. To read it, google UNITED NATIONS UNDERSECRETARY GENERAL FOR NUTRITION, please. These are not easy battles, any of them, and they require a great deal of political and journalistic focus. OpEdNews is the perfect place for those who have a lot to say, so much that they exceed the limiting capacities of their local and regional newspapers. Trying to go beyond the regional papers seems to require some kind of "inside" credentials, as if you had to be in a club of corporate-accepted writers, and if not, you are "from somewhere else," a sad state of corporate induced xenophobia that should have no place in America in 2017. This should be a goal for every author with something current to say: breaking through yet another glass ceiling, and get your say said in editorial pages all over America. Certainly, this was a tool that was essentially ignored in 2016, and cannot be ignored in the midterm elections in 2018 and in the big elections in 2018 and 2020.
In my capacity as Editor of the Santa Fe Sun News, Fox interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev: http://www.prlog.org/10064349-mikhail-gorbachev
Fact checking the Texas Senate debate by Texas Tribune and by Associated Press
NBC did a great job fact checking both candidates in the first Texas Senate Debate. Both Texas Tribune and the Associated Press did a superlative and thorough job examining claims in this second debate conducted Tuesday evening in San Antonio. The larger question of who tells the truth to be trusted to do the right thing~ in my view Beto wins again, so that fence sitters get off the fence and give Texas the Senator it deserves
Tuesday, October 16, 2018(4 comments)
Beto O'Rourke vs.Ted Cruz, Second Debate ~ What this Race Symbolizes ~Trump Tweets "Beto is a Flake"
Without exaggeration, and with no hyperbole intended, I believe this campaign is truly a contest between Good and Evil, between "We, the People" vs. the corporations, between the humble working and thinking classes, and the billionaire plutocrats. Want to learn about cheating at the polls, how it is done, when it started in the 21st Century? Watch this 80 minute film on YouTube: Uncounted: the New Math of American Elections.
A Worried Ted Cruz Spews the Usual Richard Viguerie/FedUp Blather~~Letters to Editors for Beto Needed Now
What do YOU think of this vitriolic deranged right wing nonsense? Please take ten minutes and write a letter to 3 editors in Texas about how this Senate race has become NATIONAL, pitting Cruz's conservative corruption against Beto's tough idealism, and that the nation needs Texas to retire Ted. The contact info for all of these papers are all listed at usnpl.com TX Those same editors will be writing their endorsements soon!
Saturday, October 6, 2018(1 comments)
Beto O'Rourke Speaks Out on Kavanaugh: "If I were in the Senate, I would have voted no."
"We will ensure that the senators voting on lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court fight for people, for our rights, for our future. That they put country over party. That they bring a sense of civility and decency to what is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world. We will do it because Tex is the epicenter for the maternal mortality crisis"--"three times as deadly for African American women."
Bernie's Statement on Raising Amazon Wages to $15/Hour~ Jeff Bezos thanks Bernie
"The time is now for Walmart, McDonald's and the fast food industry, the airline industry, and the retail industry in general to start paying their workers a living wage -- at least $15 per hour. The American people are tired of having to subsidize profitable corporations who pay their workers wages that are so low that many of them are forced to go on food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing and other federal programs."
Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Debate #2 postponed; Beto Victory Totally Depends on Hispanic Vote
This Texas race is such a huge election in which I have taken a keen interest. So much depends on Beto's victory, on many vital and urgent levels.
I also want to see Idaho Representative Paulette Jordan win the Governor's race in Idaho, and here in New Mexico, I support former Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham for NM Governor. Things look better and better every day for that big Blue Pendulum the 1st week in November!
Friday, September 28, 2018(6 comments)
Senator Jeff Flake: You did the Right Thing ~~ Please Don't Leave Public Service!
Flake did the right thing, for sure. This move came after he and Senator Coons Delaware pulled Flake aside for a private conference, as they are friends. Maybe he appealed to their friendship; maybe he lowered the boom on what an impending electoral disaster awaits the Republican party; maybe he suggested a one week FBI investigation as a compromise that Flake needed to move forward with, to break this very angry log jam.
Bayer/Monsanto Asks Court to Throw Out $289 Million Award, Legal Experts Say: On Flimsy Grounds
Monsanto will have difficulty getting verdict tossed. legal experts said; the judge considered whether to allow Johnson's scientific evidence under California law and reached a defensible conclusion that the jury should hear it. David Rosenberg, Harvard Law professor , said editorializing in a courtroom needed to be egregious for a judge to even consider throwing out a verdict. "Such remarks are part of the game during trials"
Wednesday, September 19, 2018(6 comments)
Ipsos/Reuters poll: Beto up by 2% vs Quinnipiac Poll Texas Senate Race puts Cruz up 9%
These two polls must galvanize and fire up the efforts to get out the vote, especially among unregistered fence-sitters, Hispanic, African American voters. Beto has never relied on nor consulted pollsters, always basically saying: "Why should I? I am talking directly with hundreds of thousands of Texans all over Texas; I don't need anyone to interpret what they are saying and what they want!" Beto will diligently fight to win!
Senator Udall: Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings Reveal Troubling Views on Indian Law and Policy
More serious concerns about this nomination to the Supreme Court. Few in the Senate have the legal insights, background, and experience regarding Native American issues than Senator Tom Udall. (I clearly remember Tom's father, Stewart, Secretary of Interior for Kennedy and Johnson, late in life, approaching 90, marching in Farmington, New Mexico with the widows of the Navajo Uranium miners.) Tom is carrying on those concerns.
Saturday, September 15, 2018(1 comments)
Star Power vs. Editorial Page Power vs. Trump's Stadium ~ Willie Nelson Rally for Beto O'Rourke
How will it all shake down in Texas? Editorial page endorsements could make huge differences all over the United States, not just Texas. Will this vital race boil down to corporate money vs. The People? I welcome comments~ Please take the time to share this article. Willie wrote: "Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine." And up against Ted Cruz? Should be a no-brainer!
Saturday, September 15, 2018(2 comments)
New Mexico's US Senator Martin Heinrich Demands Full Transparency On Kavanaugh's Record
To Grassley: "I am troubled by your unilateral and unprecedented decision to mark many of the documents 'Committee Confidential,' essentially blocking Senators not on the committee from conducting their constitutional due diligence necessary to perform our role of 'advice and consent.' Judge Kavanaugh's documents from his time in the White House and the Office of the Independent Counsel illuminate his thoughts and approaches.
Thursday, September 13, 2018(1 comments)
New Mexico's Senator Tom Udall's Statement on Why He Opposes Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
Former Attorney General of New Mexico, now Senior US Senator from NM lays out some memorable points: "Our campaign finance system is broken and in need of urgent repair. Unless we change the rules - either through a Supreme Court decision or congressional action and constitutional amendment - we will continue to see the kind of perverse results where a few super-wealthy individuals and big corporations drown out the many."
Monsanto's subpoena on Avaaz is Quashed by Manhattan Judge! by Avaaz's Ricken Patel
The judge absolutely DESTROYED Monsanto's subpoena on Avaaz! He said the subpoena would have a "tremendous chilling effect", saying "no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known" and gave Monsanto a lecture on democracy and free speech! This subpoena would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of dollars digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything our team had written for years.
Thursday, September 6, 2018(5 comments)
How Many Innocent and Unsuspecting People in 2019 Will Die Because of the FDA's Revolving Doors?
The Revolving Doors at the FDA has always been a serious subject, but in the past two years, it has gone from serious to catastrophic. How many people will suffer and die in 2019 as a result of the failed regulatory processes in the very agencies that were created to protect the American public? This ghastly imbroglio affects every single American plus other nations who still believe FDA is "so stringent"! What a cruel joke.
Senators Henrich, Van Hollen: Cuts to Medicare paid for Tax breaks for wealthy; Bernie Sanders on Medicare
"We recognize the need to address budget deficits, one of the main reasons we were opposed to Trump's unpaid-for tax giveaway. In issues of taxes and federal spending, we need a system of shared sacrifice and shared responsibility, but asking families dependent on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest among us~as President Trump and Republicans are asking us to do~can't be the way!"
Friday, July 27, 2018(5 comments)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Article: Plaintiff Testifies in Landmark Monsanto Roundup Trial
In any normal judicial frame work, this watershed case could turn the international tide against the corporate regulatory onslaught. Johnson suffers from brain fog, memory loss, chemotherapy depression, lives in constant pain, has lost the pleasure of intimacy with his wife. "There's been times where intimacy is out when you're looking like that," pointing to graphic photo of the sores carpeting his ravaged body on the video
Shaun King Wins, with Removal of Lewd Racist San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney
He said: "Being a loud-mouthed c-word in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b---h by now." Yeah. He said that. To be clear, he doesn't even deny it. He has a long history of being deeply bigoted and offensive online. Those are his words. Public employees, particularly ones who hold life and death in their hands with the justice system, should be held to an even higher standard!
Aspartame's Mitochondrial Damage to Sperm Does Permanent Damage to Human Gene Pool
Fertility specialists are aware that since the advent of aspartame for human consumption, only human sperm quality is precipitously falling~ chemical sensitivity engendered by NutraSweet/Aspartame makes damage from other toxins millions of times worse, like the Persian Gulf Syndrome~~ 85% of human spermatozoa are genetically damaged: sluggish, lack motility and are fragmented with DNA damaged methyl alcohol and formaldehyde!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018(18 comments)
GMO Blowback Enlarges with South Korea Rejecting Canadian Wheat and Flour, Might Even Bite Back Bayer!
The whole rotten corrupted GMO thing is slowly blowing up in the faces of these Canadian wheat farmers; under these circumstances, they will grow increasingly furious at how they have been lied to over decades by Monsanto, now subsumed into Bayer. Will they and their government be angry enough to dump the agribusiness GMO takeover and revert to the prior 8000 year history of agriculture by getting rid of Bayer? We'll see, eh?
Rep. Beto O'Rourke: Taking Action on Detaining Children Taken Away from Their Parents
"Today we were able to bear witness, to ensure that this is on us, on our conscience. And that we bear that burden now because we know it will be unbearable for long -- that it will force us to act, to push, to pressure, to ensure that our laws reflect our kids, those kids, and that idea and ideal of America that we still hold true." NPR, UK, CBS coverage, plus Washington Post Editorial excerpts, making Ted Cruz look inhumane
Friday, June 15, 2018(1 comments)
What Will We Do To Resist? an Editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican, plus NY Times Editorial on Detentions
The policy of the U.S. government to separate parents and children caught on the border will be viewed with disgust. Sessions has instituted the family separations as part of his zero tolerance policy of stopping illegal entry, dismantling the system that grants asylum to people seeking a safe refuge. This affects not just new asylum-seekers, but tens of thousands of people here; many will face death if they forced to return.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018(20 comments)
Morally bankrupt ~~ Children in Cages! From US Senator Jeff Merkley
U.S. agents are tasked with taking the children out of their parents' arms and putting them into cells. Imagine a family that is persecuted abroad for its political engagement, or a family targeted by a drug gang. The family escapes to the United States. This is wrong. Terribly wrong. Ripping the children away from their parents induces anxiety for the parents. Where are their children going? Will they ever see them again?"
Friday, June 8, 2018(15 comments)
Monsanto Name to Disappear in Merger, and Bayer's Intentionally Giving AIDS to 5 Nations Remains Unpunished
Staggering, isn't it? Two of the most evil companies in the world merge; the only objections by major governments concern whether it is a monopoly, with zero concern about the health and agriculture ramifications! Get used to this on going catastrophe! The only remedy is consumer intelligence which must thwart the diabolical plans of these corporate monsters planning the end of agriculture as we knew it for the past 8000 years
Beto O'Rourke Statement on the Mass Shooting that Killed 10 in Santa Fe Texas
Beto O'Rourke~ What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those won't harm themselves or someone else-close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check. We can stop the new sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to ensure that firearms designed to kill as effectively as possible on the battlefield aren't used in our schools.
Health Canada's Step Backwards from Consumer Protection to Corporate Propaganda
Rather than accept the truth that aspartame is a neurotoxic carcinogenic poison, Health Canada responds with corporate driven misrepresentation concealing the medical harm done to Canadians' health by not prominently labeling the presence of this destructive chemical; expect more of this kind o thing in other nations, if Monsanto/Bayer merger goes unblocked for serious health concerns, not just legal discussions of monopoly
Wednesday, March 21, 2018(18 comments)
Please write to your Senators today, asking them to help to prevent the Merger of Monsanto and Bayer!
The approval of the United States and of Russia are necessary for this merger to take place. Russia may be the only possible nation to prevent this, given the Trump's likely acquiescence. The US Senate should be weighing in on these matters to protect the interests of not only American farmers but the health of Americans and most of the rest of the world. If Trump greenlights this, write to Putin and his Parliament and Duma!
Friday, March 16, 2018(1 comments)
New Mexico Senator Tom Udall on Protecting DACA and the Dreamers
"Unfortunately, while President Trump ended the DACA program, he is rejecting any reasonable bipartisan solutions, despite his promises to do so. Nevertheless, I will keep working to protect the DREAMers and their families and communities. I remain committed to comprehensive immigration reform that would provide an earned path to legal status for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States."
Friday, March 9, 2018(1 comments)
President Trump's $25 billion border wall boondoggle [by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico]
NM's Senator lays out the flaws inherent in Trump's too rapidly evolving plan, which is doomed to failure as a concept and as an deterrent for illegal immigration~~"I refuse to allow Dreamers to be used as political bargaining chips to advance the President's horribly offensive and wasteful campaign talking point. I will keep doing everything I can to protect Dreamers and fight for smart investments in our border communities"
Pakistan's Sindh and Khyber follow Punjab in Banning Ajinomoto's Monosodium Glutamate
The first domino is falling in the direction of eventual worldwide bans of Neurotoxic food additives; it can't be propped up by corporate bribes, threats, or lawsuits, thanks to the courageous health ministers in Punjab, Sindh, and now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, representing 92% of Pakistan's population. I think this will inevitably lead to Pakistan's banning of Ajinomoto's other neurotoxic carcinogenic poison, Aspartame.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018(31 comments)
Sen. Gillibrand Will No Longer Accept Corporate Political Action Committee Money
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's junior senator since 2009, has joined with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) in her promise to not take corporate PAC money. To my knowledge, only Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, Ro Khanna of the Southeast San Francisco Bay, Jared Polis of Boulder, Colorado, and three others are the only House members not accepting PAC money.
Sunday, February 11, 2018(31 comments)
Manipulating Voting Machines Far Surpasses Russian Interference and Facebook "Fake News"
Larger problems looming over the 2018 and 2020 elections are voting machine election fraud & vote flipping, which change state results and entire elections. Greg Palast has written articles detailing this; the best introduction to educating Americans that must take place before anything preventive is to watch this film on YouTube: Uncounted The New Math of the American Election. Not enough are officials on top of this.
Clinton Operatives Continue Pattern of Toxifying Facebook Political Groups: Bad Omens for 2018 and 2020!
Dirty Tricks against Bernie Sanders continue in Facebook political groups, while routine Toxic American Politics remain horrifying, if you still cling to any naïve hopes for collegial discussions, no matter which party you espouse. How to fix it? When Trump praises egregious strongmen in the Philippines, Honduras, Cambodia, Russia, and Egypt, he negates decades of (sometimes?) sincere American posturing against those leaders.