Although voluntary ignorance seems to be a favorite goal for the GOP and fundamenralist religious people, it is still a bad idea. Bill Nye, the science guy, adds his two cents to the conversation.
Representative Alan Grayson has introduced HR 5353, a common sense bill that would cut separate funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Co-sponsors of this bill include Ron Paul, Walter Jones, John Conyers, Lynn Woolsey, and Dennis Kucinich.
The $159 billion saved by this bill will be used to eliminate federal income taxes on every American’s first $35,000 of income.
HR 5353 would help re-invigorate our economy so quickly I guarantee that you will not hear a word about it through any mainstream media outlet.
Power-mongers and war profiteers depend on Americans feeling desperate so Death, Inc. will not allow their Republican puppets to vote for it during an election cycle.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this bill to simply vanish.
There’s No Tomorrow takes a sober look at what it means to stake the survival of our species (and ultimately the entire planet) on a paradigm of infinite growth while living on a finite planet.
In just under 35 minutes, practically all of the issues concerning energy, economic growth, politics and the environment are laid out plainly for consideration.
This is not easy information to digest since each of these areas overlap one another in inextricable ways. Solutions will not be simple because improvements in one area often produce negative ripples in another.
Even so, it’s time to start having new conversations; conversations that rise above antiquated economic theories, indistinguishable political parties and imaginary national borders.
Perhaps Henry David Thoreau was right – it’s time to “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”
Watch the video first. It’s narrated by Woody and conveys his message very well. If you want to slow down and dig deeper into what he’s written then check out the transcription below. It’s an amazing piece from a man of peace.
THOUGHTS FROM WITHIN by Woody Harrelson
I sometimes feel like an alien creature
for which there is no earthly explanation
Sure I have human form
walking erect and opposing digits,
but my mind is upside down.
I feel like a run-on sentence
in a punctuation crazy world.
and I see the world around me
like a mad collective dream.
An endless stream of people
move like ants from the freeway
cell phones, pc’s, and digital displays
“In Money We Trust,”
we’ll find happiness
the prevailing attitude;
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac
is somehow symbolic of food.
Morality is legislated
religion is incorporated
the profit-motive has permeated all activity
we pay our government to let us park on the street
And war is the biggest money-maker of all
we all know missile envy only comes from being small.
Politicians and prostitutes
are comfortable together
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.
This government was founded by, of, and for the people
but everybody feels it
like a giant open sore
they don’t represent us anymore
And blaming the President for the country’s woes
is like yelling at a puppet
for the way it sings
Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?
A billion people sitting watching their TV
in the room that they call living
but as for me
I see living as loving
and since there is no loving room
I sit on the grass under a tree
dreaming of the way things used to be
which of course is before the rivers and oceans, and skies were polluted
before Parkinson’s, and mad cows
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way
as they continue to today.
This was Pre-us
back when the buffalo roamed
and the Indian’s home
was the forest, and God was nature
and heaven was here and now
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air
living in community with animals and people who care?
Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down
are you going to make the rich man richer
or are you going to stand your ground
You say you want a revolution
a communal evolution
to be a part of the solution
maybe I’ll be seeing you around