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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
New York Times Exposed for Sabotaging Bernie Sanders 2020; How and Why This is Happening
Written by Brian Hanley; his 2 YouTube videos meticulously break down contrived attacks on Bernie Sanders' 2020 candidacy by NY Times writer Sydney Ember (I won't use "journalist" for her hacking articles). I analyzed the same kind of thing occurring in 2016, particularly the articles by Nate Cohn. The smear campaign is highly coordinated to curry favor with billionaires and Wall Street bankers still worried about Bernie...
Friday, January 4, 2019(4 comments)
Jimmy Dore: British Spy Found Inside Bernie Sanders Campaign, Operating in Iowa in 2016
The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign.The Anglo-american anti-Russian campaign, of which the Integrity Initiative is a part, has a wider target field than Russia. It is used to press for censorship of all unwelcome opinion that runs against the 'deep state.'
Sunday, December 30, 2018(6 comments)
Facebook Moderation Rule Book Leaked~~~Facebook Jail vs.The First Amendment
Articles about election integrity, Monsanto's weed killer Roundup, corporate lies coming out of a few mendacious politicians' mouths, or the carcinogenic sweetener aspartame: how are these deemed as dangerous or as "violating our community standards," as Facebook puts it with no clear posted rules whether determined by a robot in Menlo Park or a Facebook monitor sitting in a cubicle. I NEVER use hate speech nor incite violence
NY Times Already Smearing Bernie For 2020 ~~~~ Jimmy Dore's Brilliant Analysis
This TYT video above concerns a different subject than Jimmy Dore's other video, a brilliant analysis of the flawed slanted coverage at the New York Times, already twisting the facts looking toward 2020. Dore goes into a lot of further analysis of how Bernie is being and has been treated by political pundits, journalists, and armchair elitists. For sureslanted 20202 coverage minimizing and belittling Bernie is already starting
Sunday, December 23, 2018(4 comments)
Closed Until Further Notice~~~A Statement by Congressman Beto O'Rourke
"Take action on the most urgent issues of our day: climate change, healthcare, endless war, income inequality, immigration, the vibrancy of rural communities and inner cities, education and criminal justice reform. Define the goal in each area, build the coalition to achieve it, find the common ground (between parties, between branches of government), and move forward."
Sunday, December 23, 2018(4 comments)
Kyrgyzstan and Bhutan: Soon to Have All Organic Agriculture; No More Roundup and Monsanto/Bayer
Gross National Happiness? 2 Central Asian Nations, Kyrgyzstan and Bhutan, with totally organic agriculture? Pakistan, a nation with 197 million people, completely banning Monosodium Glutamate? A possible new Undersecretary General of the United Nations focused on Nutrition, Organic Agriculture, and Consumer Protection? No, we're not dreaming ~~~ these ideas are all have either occurred or are moving towards realization.
How to Beat the Climate Disaster Deniers at Their Own Game
Maybe Harrison Schmitt thought that his career as astronaut, Cal Tech undergrad and Harvard Ph.D. and former U.S. Senator would carry him through -- but the piles of letters from New Mexico Sierra Club members overwhelmed that~ as it should in a true democracy when constituents take the time to write in targeted letters. When Schmitt saw the Senate committee votes simply weren't there, he pulled the plug on his own nomination!
Tuesday, December 4, 2018(5 comments)
The Essence of Beto's Appeal to Americans: Why He Deserves an MSNBC or CNN Show of His Own
Branko Micetic, a New Zealand Croatian, weighs in on the issue of what Beto might do in 2020; I commend his research into Beto's legislative career, more thorough than any I read anywhere. I only fault the lack of perception of what the essence of Beto's appeal is to all Americans~his intelligence, independence, and his compassion, so needed in this era of international bad karma for America's actions and current policies.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018(2 comments)
The Jerome Bressler Aspartame Report - From Beyond the Grave
The Bressler Report (by one of 3 key FDA scientists who denied approval for artificial sweetener aspartame) which was shoved under the rug in FDA's haste to get it approved in 1981, so that Donald Rumsfeld could make a $12-15 million from the patent holder, GD Searle, getting it approved by POLITICAL means rather than medical or scientific. Rummy was filmed saying precisely that, by the way. Truth is stranger than fiction, eh?
Saturday, December 1, 2018(11 comments)
Facebook Jail is Politically Driven & Oppressive, and It Usurps the First Amendment and Free Speech
Until it happens to you, "Facebook Jail" will sound funny, or irrelevant. But for Bernie Sanders activists and for critics of racism & police brutality, this is a constant threat with no written rules about what is acceptable and what is not. I know dozens of FB Democrat activists that think of FB jail as a kind of badge of honor~if you haven't been there "you need to step up your game!" Some incisive FB critics weigh in here
ProPublica Staffers Win 2018 First Amendment Coalition Award for "Trump Town" Investigative Series
"The task that ProPublica took on was enormous-it fought and negotiated for access to public information to shed light where light was needed. Its work is a great example of just how important aggressive and meticulous investigative journalism is." (FAC Executive Director David Snyder) They found 188 registered lobbyists in Trump's administration, many of whom once lobbied in the same areas regulated by agencies they joined.