Archive for the 'Jim Bupkis Renacci' Category

ET GO THE FUCK HOME…!

April 27th, 2017

Not this ET, this ET. Energy Transfer Partners (and its newest acquisition, Sunoco Logistics have a track record worth of a Cleveland sports franchise, with far more devastating consequences that bruised egos. From Earthworks: Today, a diverse coalition of communities represented by more than two dozen organizations across the country launched a coordinated effort to […]

SAVING OURSELVES FROM RAGE AND RAPCITY…

April 27th, 2017

We know what unregulated capitalism looks like. We only have to read the works of Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair to see, in horrifying detail, the depths capitalists will go in the add a penny or two to their wealth. People’s lives are destroyed, people die for those pennies, yet, because we somehow believe that […]

WALL? FENCE? DITCH? BLIMP? STERN WARNINGS…?

April 26th, 2017

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THIS IS HOW CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY LOOKS…

April 24th, 2017

I know that this has become, perhaps, an annoying reminder that I repeat and repeat, but I don’t think I state this fact often enough: corporations have one, and only one, function, they must, by law, always, always, always, maximize shareholder value. Nothing must be allowed to hinder the reaching of that goal. Absolutely nothing. […]

HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP LEARNED TO USE FEAR…

April 24th, 2017

There is a motivational speaker trope—popularized by then Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (and driven home my Lisa Simpson)—that repeats the inaccurate translation of the Chinese word for crisis as a combination of danger and opportunity. Naomi Klein, in her interview with author Kim Philipps-Fein, compares Philipps-Fein’s new book Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
GIVING CONSTITUENTS LAND TO THE BILLIONAIRES…

April 23rd, 2017

Strictly speaking eminent domain involves paying what the buyer (and possibly the courts) consider the fair market value for the land taken, but if you really don’t want this kind of scar bifurcating your farmland, well tough shit. The oil, or in this case, natural gas, must flow! Lou Whitmire, reporting in Pipeline altering countryside […]

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING SUNDAY NIGHT…

April 21st, 2017

I’ll be watch8ing Sunday night. You should be too at or a watch party near you, too. Our Revolution emails: Our Revolution is thrilled to host an energizing national livestream event this Sunday, April 23rd to kick off our summer of organizing. In a showcase of our grassroots organizing efforts since our work officially began […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
POISONING OHIO ONE TWO SPILL(S) AT A TIME…

April 21st, 2017

Perhaps Governor John Richard Kasich would have been smarter to deploy those 37 Ohio State Troopers he sent to North Dakota to protect Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline to watch another of the company’s pipeline projects—The Rover Pipeline—which may have dumped millions of gallons of toxic liquids into Ohio’s farmlands, wetlands and rivers leading into […]

SO, WHY IS THE PRESIDENT’S SO MUCH SMALLER…?

April 20th, 2017

The hometown Boston Globe offers a litany of reasons because, well, it’s complicated, but you got to protect the brand, right? Here’s what The New York Times had to say: During a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, President Trump singled out several members of the New England Patriots, including […]

ARE OUR BILLIONAIRES BETTER THAN THEIRS…?

April 19th, 2017

Maybe. I suppose. I feel really uncomfortable with that idea. If there was one central trope to the 2016 campaign to make Senator Bernie Sanders President of the United States, it was that Bernie was not supported by the billionaires. He made no distinction between bad billionaires and good billionaires. That was, and I think […]

ALEX JONES CONFESSES THAT HE’S FAKE NEWS…

April 19th, 2017

KASICH, TRUMP & THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPE LINE…

April 17th, 2017

While I continue to post daily updates on important stories concerning the Dakota Access Pipe Line under the Keep Carbon In The Ground banner, two stories popped up this morning that I feel deserve front-page treatment. The first concerns our governor John Richard Kasich and his decision at the beginning of November 2016 to send […]

TRUMPCARE MAY HAVE SAVED SINGLE-PAYER…

April 17th, 2017

I never imagined myself saying this privately, let alone in public, in print, but here I go: Thank you House Speaker Paul Davis Ryan and President Donald John Trump for awakening the sleeping giant and making Universal Healthcare a real possibility in America. Ralph Nader, writing in Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare […]

NAOMI KLEIN: HOW TO JAM THE TRUMP BRAND

April 13th, 2017

Corporations are apolitical. They have a single purpose: maximize shareholder value. Every other goal is, by necessity and law, second to increasing wealth for those who own the business. Threaten that raison d’être and a corporation will take the fastest, most certain path to neutralizing that threat. Want a corporation to pivot? Jam the brand. […]

WHAT WE’VE RELEARNED FROM THE DAPL FIGHT…

April 12th, 2017

Back on 28 March, in response to a Guardian Long Read by Rebecca Solnit, I wrote: Occupy was to millennials, perhaps, what the anti-war movement was to me and my fellow boomers. In many ways we lost our way in the ’70s and ’80s, but even then protest, the desire to fight for that society […]

HOW PROGRESSIVES, HOW WE THE PEOPLE, WIN…

April 11th, 2017

How can we all not be moved by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan? Of course, Khan is far from alone…

FINANCIAL IGNORANCE ENABLES OUR OPPRESSORS…

April 11th, 2017

In my day job I work with a range of students to help them more from their studies. While my work covers the gamut of topics, I probably spend more time on maths skills than any other subject. One of the messages I do my best to reinforce with my charges is that those who […]

WHEN REPRESENTATIVES CHOOSE THEIR VOTERS…

April 11th, 2017

COMING 13 JUNE: NO IS NOT ENOUGH

April 6th, 2017

I pre-ordered my copy of Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need this morning from my local, independent bookstore. This is, of course the way you should go. If you don’t have a local, independent bookstore, Mac’s Backs is more than happy to mail you a […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
RENACCI’S TAKE ON WHY TRUMPCARE CRASHED…

April 5th, 2017

So, I made phone calls and sent emailS regarding the impending passage of Trumpcare on 23 and 24 March encouraging my member of congress in the House of Representatives. I encouraged Rep. Jim Renacci, to stand up and not throw thousands of his constituents, including veterans, under the bus by replacing the Affordable Care Act […]

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