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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
How Does the U.S. Senate Expel, Censure, or Refuse to Seat any New Member?
Regardless of the Alabama outcome, we are compelled to research the history of Senate Expulsion and Censure; at this late date, we hold out the lofty and long range chance that the Democrat Doug Jones and the sane Alabamians will prevail, particularly those who care about morality and ethics in elected officials from all states and nations. The Committee hearings would be an internationally observed PR bloodbath for the GOP
To Beat Doug Jones: Richard Viguerie's Plan to Drive Alabama's Catholic Anti-Abortion Vote to Roy Moore
This incredible monstrous plan laid out before you, verbatim, just might throw the election to Roy Moore! I wondered why he has been talking about such things, but now it is clear that he is doing so at the recommendation of Republican pundits and strategy craftsmen at the highest level. We must counter this to not be blindsided by such diabolical tactics! Your comments are vital, so please do comment and share this widely
Monday, November 27, 2017(16 comments)
Mexico Rescinds Monsanto's Permit to Grow GMO Soybeans - Major Boost for Consumer Protection
I thank the Mexican Ag officials and Judges who ruled against Monsanto to protect Mexico, the birthplace of corn, after millennia of experimentation. If only Americans official and judges showed this level of intelligence free from the egregious corporate manipulation and coercion upon Monsanto thrives. How in the world (and for what good reasons?) can Bayer proceed with buying out Monsanto? THAT question needs more research
Sunday, November 26, 2017(21 comments)
Diphtheria Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine Causes Autism? Sourced from Manufacturer's Own Warning Sheet
What could be more obvious? Potent mixes of toxins and bad chemicals in vaccines are harming babies as young as 2 months, and causing neurodegenerative harm. Judge for yourself, please. Ex-Congressman Burton chaired a six year committee investigation on this summed it up: "Mercury is toxic to the human brain." Can't decide who is telling the truth? Then, best not to take chances with your child's health and future.
All Eyes on Alabama: A Litany and Chronicle of Republicans Agree that Roy Moore Must Step Down
A serious analysis of the dozens of Republicans now lining up against Roy Moore, who could still win in Alabama, but things are looking bad for him, given the almost universal condemnation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Alabama; this makes me personally VERY happy if we are able in due course to include Alabama's Doug Jones as a US Senate Democrat! Stranger things have happened, but not very many! Please comment
Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature, recorded in Los Angeles June 4, 2017.
Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature. Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. This is a brilliant lecture which I am honored to present, and I have added two prior press conferences and an interview with Ed Bradley for some historical perspective and some very compelling nostalgia on an excursion into the past 52 years.
Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, "Emperor," whose Genius is Unparalleled in Music History!
What a joy to write about the most beautiful and most magnificent piano concerti, adding to my prior articles at OEN on Sibelius, Stravinsky, Mozart, Mahler, Brahms, and Chausson. Writing about any of Beethoven's music is like writing about God or the Ocean or the Mountains, monumental, yes, daunting, to say the least, but still an inconceivable honor to add my thoughts to those of far more able classical music critics!
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 4, The Finnish Symphony about Existentialism and Psychoanalysis
Underappreciated and comparatively unknown, compared to his Violin Concerto and his 2nd and 5th Symphony, the 4th deserves to be performed far more often, as a rewarding and powerful excursion into existentialism, to me; it completely transcends the usual superficial geographic programmed interpretations of the forests and lakes of rural Finland. There is much more to this one; I hope you will take time to listen to all of it.
OpEdNews author, Maurice Webster, 90, author of series on Machiavelli, passed on this morning
Maurice Webster, a great educator, OpEdNews writer, intellectual, and political activist passed on this morning in Santa Fe at home, when his heart stopped beating. His OpEdNews series of articles on Machiavelli and contemporary politics are worth re reading. This series was the last in his long life, although there are ample notes for a future (posthumous) article soon on his ideas on how to improve education in America.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017(8 comments)
Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor Stands Far Above All of His More Cheerful Piano Concerti
Mozart in the Key of D minor: this concerto, Don Giovanni, the Requiem Mass, from the same period as Prague Symphony, the Clarinet Trio, the C minor Concerto~~~all stem from the same deepest state of mind. Performed here by Lili Kraus with the 7 next piano concerti that followed after the monumental No. 20; this is considered to be a "recording of the Century," by Lili Kraus, graduate of Budapest's Franz Lizst Academy.
Right Wing Venue, Liberty Planet, Nails Down Schneiderman's Obfuscation on NY Primary Election Fraud
Finally, someone gets this right! "Even though Schneiderman claimed he was very interested in resolving election fraud in New York State's 2016 Democratic primary, he turned a blind eye to clearly documented issues such as incompetent poll workers, broken voting machines and one in eight Brooklyn voters being dropped from voting rolls, all of which allowed Clinton to steamroll over progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders."
Mexico Continues to Prohibit and Interdict Monsanto's GMO Corn, This Time, by Court Decision
Corn was invented in Mexico from strains of grasses, so they are fiercely resistant to monstrous corporate lies~~ Monsanto is far worse than mere "corporate bad boys," and their practices in usurping, subverting, and abnegating 8000 years of farming history with their GMO madness: these aren't mere "shenanigans"! Their tactics are far worse than the Mafia's~Monsanto GMOs have ruined agriculture in many nations, like India.
Mandatory Carcinogen warning label on Monsanto's Roundup weed killer: Coming Soon in California!
A breakthrough for consumer protectionists, environmental lawyers, victims of Roundup poisoning and cancers, farmers who want to produce organic crops, and other farmers persecuted by Monsanto for daring to produce fertile seeds or to label their products as "no GMO," "pesticide-free," and "glyphosphate-free." This is important because the same legal machinery may soon result in similar labels on aspartame-containing products
Mexican Avocados vs. US GMO Potatoes: USDA's Vindictive Response Part of the Wall against Mexico?
Confrontation with our neighbor's refusal to pay for the Trump Wall against Mexico must not enlarge any further in retaliative tit-for-tat battles in the world of mere agriculture. The evidence for this may seem sketchy but most international confrontations are sketchy and usually concealed. Better buy up all the avocados you can as soon as possible: they don't cross the border in pipelines or through tunnels under the Wall.
Women's March, January 21: Overviews and Aerial Views from Helicopters and Tall Buildings
A series of aerial overviews, and Santa Fe's Mayor Javier Gonzales took part in the March and the speeches. The size of the march here dwarfed initial expectations: as many as 10-15000 people packed the city's streets as they made their way from the Bataan Memorial Building on Galisteo to the Plaza and then to the state Capitol. Includes a link to photos by NM photographer Risa Gandy, reminiscent of Peace Marches 50 years ago!
President-elect Trump, Please Tear Down that Wall Against Mexico Before You Build It!
Updates today from NY Times, Washpo and the Hill clarify discussion is ongoing. Yes we'll see changes and perhaps improvements in immigration policies. Throughout history walls have ugly histories; Congress may not allocate monies to build Wall Against Mexico, nor will Mexico. Mexicans supply a large part of the labor in jobs that Americans don't want to do. WHY SHOULD THEY PAY FOR ANYTHING like a wall between our nations?
Facebook and its Effects on American Politics, and now Cleaning up the Fake News; Who is Colin Stretch?
Woo! Getting real! Will Facebook manage to get rid of that phony deranged journalist publishing daily weepy fake obituaries of folks who haven't died yet, his favorite repeat obituary for Hugh Hefner?! These might stay around, despite my many letters to the Facebook Board of Directors, none of whom have ever responded to me. Why might this most glaring source of fake news on Facebook survive? Because his is paid advertising.
Thursday, December 15, 2016(2 comments)
Official Response from US Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) on Dakota Access Pipeline
This letter proves this battle has shifted entirely to Washington DC! Some Senators will emerge as real leaders during the coming confrontation hearings and any hearings or Senate Floor discussions on the Dakota Access Pipeline. As former NM Attorney General for 8 years, his ability to argue a case is strong and trustworthy, speaking as a long term friend and campaigner for his races, and as an active constituent and writer
Tribal Coalition in Montana Predicted Zinke as Trump's Interior Secretary last May
Every bit of the contents of this article are far too important to anyone who cares about not privatizing national forests and about Native Americans, that I must go beyond a mere quick link to this article or summarizing it clumsily when it is so perfectly written and detailed. All Americans need to know this information, as originally published on Native News Online
Tuesday, December 13, 2016(2 comments)
Ugandan Nursery and Elementary School needs Malaria Clinic to Prevent Deaths of Children
This is an Oxfam photo of a mass grave for children in Africa. One in five deaths of children in Africa is caused by malaria. A friend's Ugandan school recently lost to this deadly disease a bright young girl with a promising future. The school has a fine track record and now wants to establish a Malaria clinic; this urgent need must somehow be met by direct financial help of more affluent donors and global foundations.
Please vote for Keith Ellison for DNC Chair in this DFA Official Vote!
DEADLINE: Monday, December 12, 12 pm
Raymond Buckley, Chair New Hampshire Democratic Party
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Jaime Harrison, Chair South Carolina Democratic Party
If the DNC is not taken over by Bernie Sanders, both his choice for Chair and his ideals, the Party is doomed to even more humiliating defeats in 2018 & 2020
Native American Lands Soon to be Under Assault by Developers Allied With Trump Administration
Jockeying to get that oil on the Reservations! Our fears before the election are becoming true. These concerns began in articles I wrote on Bernie's bill to Save Oak Flat in Arizona's Tonto National Forest and protect it from the plan by AZ's Senior Senator, John McCain, to privatize the national forest and turn it over to a partnership of copper mining companies, turning it into North America's largest copper mine