Tuesday, January 31, 2012

forget the sideshow

Over at Buzzflash.com, David Swanson has a list of 15 items more important than the Republican horse race the corporate media are running 24/7 to distract us from focusing on real news and our real problems.

And since the horse race will be over after today anyhow, ending the way most of us thought it would all along, there's no excuse for not paying attention.

Here are the three things out of the 15 I think are the most important.

War with Iran: Obama says, "America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible . . . if Iran changes course." Meanwhile his Defense Secretary, Panetta, says Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapons program. Stay tuned for more garbled messages and consonant dissonance, and watch for an Israeli first strike.

The justifications are wearing real thin and not selling well, but the warmongers are still in charge.

Independent Republic of California: Swanson says, "California has until Tuesday and is two senators away from enacting single-payer healthcare. This is far more significant that anything that has been done at the national level for healthcare." And it's being done in the most populous and arguably the most important of the 50 states. California could conceivably exercise a limited autonomy in this and environmental matters.

General Electric is not a person and therefore not a citizen: (From Buzzflash) The Montana Supreme Court has refused to comply with Citizens United. Cities and states are taking action. Stronger bills are being introduced in Congress all the time. The latest is HJRes 100. Rallies were just held in over 100 towns and cities. Join this movement: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5236

Don't be taken in by trivialities like the Republican horse race. The world is changing fast, and things are moving ahead.

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