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At times I have been OK with Romney, but ...

At times I have been OK with Romney, but ...
His current Citizen's United PAC tactics have convinced me that he is as dangerous as WChris Matthews is dead right that Romney has helped expose the stealing of democracy made possibleby the Court's ill-advised Citizens United decisionI no longer see a way he could be a positive reality in this electoral processThe Cap Tip Club - note to friends and followers

Proportionality means doing no more harm than was done to you

Proportionality means doing no more harm than was done to you A hard enough stricture in itself
Karma occurs when there's no proportionality

How many wars have we fought
When we have so far exceeded in lives and casualties
The initial wrong that we sought by war to right
We know the answer
Legions  including the wounding and the death of non-combatants

This self-destructive way must be ended
In the name of national defense
In the name of security

For karma is the greatest of all dangers
Inexorable
And karma observes what we should have observed  Proportionality

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The world will change through crisis or through thought

The world will change through crisis or through thought  We the people need community  We have hardly chosen what we've bought  A move to simpler ways can set us free

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The Structure of Corporate Enterprise

The Structure of Corporate Entepriseis built entirely by the blocks bearing the labelsCarPrivate transportationIndividual garagesCars for all in the familyHospitals that must be driven to for all reasonsCars whose purchase and useDictates the structure of regional and local commerceThe creation of roads and highwaysThe whole kahuna of our livesYes oil is involvedYes universal emulation of this pattern is involvedYes the fatal decision to keep the car even with alternate fuel is involved
What is missing is the single entrepreneur who can envision the gold mine in the creationof car-free cyber-communitiesShe will come anonWhen she does We will all sayWhy didn't we think of that
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Bike Lanes Will Not Do it

No war on cars | Active Transportation Alliance:
"With 4,000 miles of streets and most of Chicago paved over to accommodate cars, it's hard to fathom how adding protected bike lanes and bus lanes to a tiny percentage of streets will force people out of their cars, as John McCarron insinuated in his article last week in the Chicago Tribune, "Chicago's war on Cars.”

This is no "war on cars." It is the city providing what most Chicagoans want: good alternatives to buying pricey gasoline to drive on congested roads, and safer streets that are walkable and vibrant.

Biking may not work for everyone, including McCarron, but it is an option for more and more people. Cycling has roughly doubled in Chicago over the past 10 years."

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We are at a deeper pass. Globally the move must be away from cars period. Let cars be used for drives in the country. Let trucks evolve into vehicles that can connect car free areas and make home delivery a viable a…

The war on cars has begun

Los Angeles Car Firebombings Set City on Edge - NYTimes.com:

"On this holiday weekend, Los Angeles was dealing with a new plague, this time an arsonist (or arsonists) who in the course of four days firebombed at least 55 cars in the Los Angeles area, many of them parked in carports, engulfing vehicles and apartments in gasoline-fueled towers of flame."

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This is my territory. The revolution will come when insurance is incapable of compensating for losses. The losses come from the structure of the corporate enterprise. The current economic crisis is the car-oil driven  collapse of the corporate enterprise. I do not believe this incident in LA can be seen as anything but the start of a war against the car. I have known this in my gut for most of my life. I love the car, but I know that it is the keystone of the arch that supports an economy in process of collapse because ultimately hollow, unsustainable, inhuman. Maybe there will be a proximate solution …

The NY Times Is Correct about Keystone

Where the Real Jobs Are - NYTimes.com: "This is precisely the moment for him to argue the case for alternative fuel sources and clean energy jobs — and to lambaste the Republicans for doubling down on conventional fuels while ceding a $5 trillion global clean technology market (and the jobs that go with it) to more aggressive competitors like China and Germany."

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Unfortunately the will needed to achieve the switch to a vibrant new economy is lacking. One reason for this is the absence of vision. What would an after-green world lok like. I have been advocating that forever but there are no takers. This is because the vision transcends specialization. It must to be adequate. Until the President can say car free along with beyond oil dependence, he will not get it. And =neither will we. Veblen would have. Peirce too no doubt.

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A Sociological Basis for Cyber-Communities

A long time ago Robert A. Nisbet A conservative sociologist Established the need for community as a balance to rampant society Community was face to face intensely educational developmental Society was impersonal and reifying turning us into commodities Others of Nisbet's time warned against ego-bolstering by society Today society can be equated with corporate and ego-bolstering is the very marrow of TV That and a sort of bullying subtext We are being fashioned by this force into compliant social beings
This is the sociological reason why cyber-communities are an apposite answer to the untrammeled advance of society -gesselschaftI wish folk like Chris Hedges and Cornel West would get their minds around this
A cyber-community is walkable A cyber-community is face to face A cyber-community places all elements of a city within a mile walk Schools work entertainment commerce residence Scaled to a population of no more than 10,000 A cyber-community requires the involvement of the corp…