Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Report

Jan Resseger has a blog up on the report of the Chicago Teachers Union strike in September 2012.  This, my friends, is what a democratically run union looks like.  Other unions TAKE HEED.

The teacher’s and counselor’s passion is evident in this report.  They care about these kids and what the profiteers are doing to them. Note how the police, fire, parents, and community stepped up and supported them.  Good for them.


More on Saucedo background

Here’s the background on the rally today at Saucedo Elementary in Chicago.

It’s pretty serious when a teacher is threatened with termination if she/he refuses to subject the kids to this form of bullying.

Let’s Move…? **edited

Really?  In ties and hard shoes instead of workout clothes and good sports shoes?  Once a week?

I mean, really, if you’re going to be an example, you might try to act the part. And it is recommended that 30-45 min. at least three times a week for exercise benefits health.

As I posted in the Grain Brain blog, aerobic exercise is best because it not only benefits the body, but the brain, as well.

My favorite tape to workout is by the National Aerobic Champions (NAC) Interval Challenge.  It has been one of the most thorough workouts that I enjoyed doing over and over.  It takes a few workouts before getting coordinated, but then you get in the groove.

They have two instructors on the left of the screen for low impact or you can do the more intense, which is pretty much jumping through all the moves.  Here’s another website review.

They offered this tape in combination with two others —Body Parts, another good toning workout, and Measured Intensity, which personally I found ho-hum and too mild.  I bought them in the 90s, way back in the old days of VHS …so I went to see if they had a DVD out–unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they transferred it to DVD.  Oy.  Tough luck when the VCR eventually breaks (thanks for cheap plastic crap,  Milton Friedman!! /snark)

I found more reviews of them is from a 66 year old woman *still* doing them. Woot!! Go grey hairs! :p

**edited to add:  I wanted to note that as I got sicker with mercury poisoning, it became more difficult to exercise.  I grew tired more easily. I got migraines after exercising.  I also started yawning during exercise–this is a warning sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen, which is what mercury does–deprive your body of oxygen.

Alert: Chicago Parents and Public Ed Supporters

Fred Klonsky has this up on a rally for Chicago Teachers Union and parents against the testing, testing, testing mentality of the education profiteers and their toadies.

Rally is at 3:30 p.m. at Saucedo Elementary at 2850 W. 24th Blvd.  Wear red in support!


Removing the Dust

Warrior Publications has this up from John Kane on relearning what our ancestors knew…

Some folks are so far removed from nature that they don’t have even the very basic knowledge of…living.  Living in harmony, that is…

We’ve been fed this false belief that technology is superior to nature…when nothing trumps nature.  Just look at the powerful force of nature during any storm…and how technology takes a hit every time.

Technology has put up a wall between us and nature.  We lose that connection.  We lose the talent of our senses without engaging them daily. (Think of folks walking into water fountains or walking into traffic while talking on cell phones.)

…and when we lose that connection, we lose the ability to value nature–to understand nature.  And as the post says–we lose the ability to know our place within nature and our time here.

Being poor helps with that–washing clothes by scrubbing them on a washboard gave me a sense of accomplishment–I knew that I could do a decent job of it; learning how to manage on so little helps one really learn how to prioritize on what is important–you learn what is fluff and what is substance;  and the biggest re-connect with nature is your own sense of self-worth and pride in that you made it.  You survived.  And nature is better for it because the balance of give-and-take is restored.  You no longer take and take, but realize you must give, too.  Not easy…but ohhh so worth it, in the end.  You gain something so much more valuable.



Keystone Pipeline Exposed **updated

PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
CONTACT: Nick Surgey,, (608) 260-9713


MADISON — Today, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new short film and launched a series of major investigative reports debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline, as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.

Over the past seven months, CMD has interviewed experts and activists in Port Arthur, Texas; Detroit; and Washington, DC; and examined detailed tax, safety, economic, environmental, and campaign finance studies in assessing the claims made by proponents of the pipeline, which would carry more than 3/4 million barrels of tar sands oil a day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

“We made this film and investigated the public relations campaign for the Keystone XL pipeline because the fake ‘facts’ about jobs and energy security peddled by industry-funded politicians and uncritical pundits has left too many Americans deeply misinformed,” said Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy. CMD is the publisher of the award-winning “ALEC Exposed” investigative reporting project about the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The film, “Keystone PipeLIES Exposed,” highlights little known facts about the KXL pipeline project such as the corporate exemption for tar sands oil from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and the limits on taxes due for foreign oil imported to foreign trade zones like Port Arthur. The film also includes footage from major tar sands oil spills in the U.S. and Canada that were only briefly in the headlines despite the enormous damages they caused. A short excerpt of the film is available at:

CMD’s short film documents that, despite the claims of politicians and others backing KXL:

—  KXL will not directly create 100,000+ jobs but 3,900 short-term and 50 long-term ones.

— KXL will not produce billions in corporate tax revenues, due to tax loopholes most Americans have never heard of.

— KXL will not be safe from disastrous leaks, but it will be exempt from corporations paying into a key disaster insurance fund because it is “unconventional oil,” which puts taxpayers on the hook for billions.

— KXL will not make America energy independent; and, in fact, most of the tar sands oil is planned for export from the Gulf of Mexico via tankers to foreign countries.

— KXL will not be climate neutral — in spite of that suggestion made in an assessment prepared by an industry-linked group — but it will speed climate change and global instability.

Dave Saldana, the Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer of the film, commented: “The Keystone XL pipeline is a phenomenally bad idea. I looked at the claims as a lawyer; what did the evidence show me? The evidence shows that its job creation claims are grossly inflated; that better, greener alternatives would aid America’s energy independence and put more Americans to work for a longer time than the pipeline; and that the pumping of tar sands oil across the U.S. primarily for export to foreign countries poses enormous risks to America’s water supply, food supply, and air quality. And that’s before you even get to what it does to climate change.”

CMD’s film and related documentation are being released in advance of the March 7 deadline the State Department has set for public comments on the government’s recently released environmental impact assessment, which critics believe signals that the State Department is poised to give a green light to the pipeline’s expansion across the U.S.-Canadian border and to the Texas shores. On March 2, activists are preparing for KXL protests across the nation.


The production package for “Keystone PipeLIES Exposed” includes a 22-minute film, a fact sheet debunking the main myths about the KXL, seven 3-minute short videos for easy sharing, and other materials about the the experts cited in the film, which you can find at our new website Follow the conversation at #pipelies.

In addition, five in-depth investigative pieces will be published — each day this week — at CMD’s original reporting site, Follow us on Facebook, and Twitter


**UPDATED:  Please sign the petition against XL here.

Koch and Universities

I began looking for specifics with the country being bought by the Kochs after the great documentary “Citizen Koch”…

Here’s what I found:

Florida State University,  George Mason U, W. Virginia, Clemson.

The Koch Whisperers.

Note the Larry Kudlow of CNBC connection.  And Stephen Moore, a frequent “guest”  What toadies.

According to a transcript of the show: “Bill Koch filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that much of the oil collected by Koch Industries was stolen from federal lands. At the trial, 50 former Koch gaugers testified against the company, some in video depositions. They said Koch employees had a name for cheating on the measurements.”  It was called the Koch Method.  “The company used the Koch method with virtually all its customers.  In the 1980′s alone, Koch records show those so-called adjustments brought the company 300 million gallons of oil it never paid for. And it was pure profit.  Bill Koch says that profits from that oil were a minimum of $230 million…In December 1999, the jury found that Koch Industries did steal oil from the public and lied about its purchases – 24 thousand times.”


First, you have to get over the shock that one of the Kochs has a heart and a conscience…

Not only do these people not pay enough in taxes, they don’t even pay for the resources that make them wealthy.  It’s called stealing, Chuck and Dave.

A man worth $21.5 billion can hardly be expected to take note of the news that 43 million Americans now live below the poverty level; or that 50 percent of the population would not be able to come up with $2,000 within 30 days for an unexpected expense, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.


…because poor people are probably more honest that you, Chuck and Dave.  They could steal like you, and become wealthy, but they have a heart and a conscience and a soul.  You don’t take something without giving something in return.  This simple concept seems totally lost on the Koch brothers who just take, and take, and take.

From the Center for Public Integrity quoted in the article:

“In 2005, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, whose office has accepted 19 trips from Mercatus — more than any other — introduced a bill to amend the Clean Air Act and require the secretary of energy to construct 15 new gasoline refineries and sell them to private businesses.  Mercatus has sought to weaken the act and spoken of the need for more refineries — both scenarios that could benefit Koch Industries.


Keep in mind that the Koch petcoke pile that was near the Detroit River is now in….Ohio.

It’s really important to note here why the Kochs have spread their money in different places…just to say the same thing–one of the principles of Communications is to repeat a message.  It’s known that it takes three times before a person remembers the message.

This also applies to lies…if you repeat a lie enough times, people begin to believe it’s the truth.

On John Stossel and his Koch connection, ABC News and Kristi Kendall:

The 2011 Stossel in the Classroom teacher’s guide was written by Robert Schimenz, a teacher at the Queens Vocational and Technical School in New York. Schimenz is also the varsity baseball coach there.  One fascinating lesson plan focuses on “Needy Seniors or Greedy Seniors?”  It asks: “Are our senior citizens living at the expense of our youth? Shouldn’t senior citizens pay for their own health care? What was the purpose of Medicare?”  Then it turns to a programmed learning approach to launch class warfare between junior and grammy:

Directions: as you watch the video, fill in the blanks with the correct words.

1. It’s an issue that dwarfs everything else. Isn’t it time America did less for the ___________?

2. And even though these folks are doing quite well, they get a bonus. Thanks to __________, you pay for most of their health care.

3. ______________ likes getting free stuff.

4. Harvard Business School Professor Regina Herzlinger says Medicare cheats the __________.

5. How do they feel ___________ that they’re living in these $300,000, $500,000 homes and they’re still, you know, not paying for their own health care.



Jesus, Mother Mary.  So…I guess grammy should sell her home to pay for her healthcare…?  So…she’s supposed to become homeless in order to pay for medical care…?  They also seem to lack knowledge of how Medicare, S.S. work–people pay into the system their entire lives…so it’s not “free stuff”.

And as a side note~ Stossel recently stated that women are hypochondriacs and that is why they must be charged higher insurance premiums…because they complain visit doctors more often…

The article mentions the Donors Capital Fund, so I looked for articles on that:

Dark Money

The latest in Koch spending.  I’ve seen three commercials spouting the Koch/ALEC agenda in the past few days.  They must be worried if they’re putting ads up here in Indiana….not exactly known as a progressive state.

Mitch Daniels doing the bidding of the Kochs. He denied access to the donor list of the Right to Work (for less) ads.  More here.

Chris Mathews fawning over Mitch Daniels’ speech.  Seriously.  The guy has no clue. None.

Finally, the Koch/Daniels link to destroying public education.  Note the connection between Lumina Foundation and Bill Clinton spinoff New America Foundation.








Eye Candy

This week’s pics of beautiful Canada.  I was thinking about Neil Young’s song and the video of the Earth before the energy companies move in, and how much is lost that cannot be regained after they’re done stripping the land…