Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Neo Cons want us to go to war again. - Bill Moyers

Bush's Toxic Legacy in Iraq

Peter Bergen
June 16, 2014
The Bush administration presided over the rise of precisely what it had said was one of the key goals of the Iraq War to destroy: a safe haven for al Qaeda in the heart of the Arab world.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter injured in clashes with members of ISIS lies in a hospital in Irbil on June 18., ,
(CNN) -- ISIS, the brutal insurgent/terrorist group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq, has seized much of western and northern Iraq and even threatens towns not far from Baghdad.
From where did ISIS spring? One of George W. Bush's most toxic legacies is the introduction of al Qaeda into Iraq, which is the ISIS mother ship.
If this wasn't so tragic it would be supremely ironic, because before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, top Bush officials were insisting that there was an al Qaeda-Iraq axis of evil. Their claims that Saddam Hussein's men were training members of al Qaeda how to make weapons of mass destruction seemed to be one of the most compelling rationales for the impending war.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

March for Democracy

Take Action Saturday in Sacramento

Host: Lawrence A.

Where: Fruitridge Community Center on Fruitridge 

When: Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

What: Please join this community meeting with the legendary civil rights activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta. We will identify how money in politics is harming our community and what we can do about it. This event will be hosted by the California March for Democracy as they walk through South Sacramento on their 480-mile journey from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Come hear why our walkers have been walking since May 17th and what they, and we, can accomplish. This is an opportunity to a part of history! 

Can you join us in Sacramento on Saturday?

Friday, June 6, 2014

VOODOO PALOOZA!! -- A Haiti Benefit Concert on Cameron Park Lake


A Haiti Benefit Concert on the Lake Featuring
Island of Black & White
With Special Guests Diversity
Saturday June 14, 5pm
3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park
(2 miles north of Highway 50, Cambridge Rd. Exit)
Suggested Donation: $5 or a
Bottle of Children’s Vitamins
For Info or to RSVP:
Seating is limited... please RSVP as soon as possible!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Defend Community Colleges - Friday


Friday, June 6th
Cesar Chavez Plaza Park
10th and J, Sacramento
Gather at 10:30 AM, Rally at 11 AM
Wear yellow and red for public ed!

The first week in June, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) holds its twice-yearly meeting in Sacramento, where it will make important decisions about City College of San Francisco’s future, as well as the future of all of our community colleges. Community college advocates from around the state will gather to demand fair accreditation for our community colleges and a fair deal for City College of San Francisco.

Questions? Contact CFT Organizer Alayna Fredricks at 510-502 -8418 or

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tianamen Square - 1989

Andrew Nathan
On the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, it is worth reflecting on the effect that tragic event had on labor conditions in China.

Struggling to Get by in the Walmart Economy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Financing of Infrastructure Costs More than the construction

Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More than Construction

By Ellen Brown
“The numbers are big. There is sticker shock,” said Jason Peltier, deputy manager of the Westlands Water District, describing Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive water tunnels through the California Delta. “But consider your other scenarios. How much more groundwater can we pump?” 
Whether the tunnels are the best way to get water to the Delta is controversial, but the issue here is the cost. The tunnels were billed to voters as a $25 billion project. However, that estimate omitted interest and fees. Construction itself is estimated at a relatively modest $18 billion. But financing through bonds issued at 5% for 30 years adds $24-40 billion to the tab. Another $9 billion will go to wetlands restoration, monitoring and other costs, bringing the grand total to $51-67 billion – three or four times the cost of construction. 
A general rule for government bonds is that they double the cost of projects, once interest has been paid. 
The San Francisco Bay Bridge earthquake retrofit was originally slated to cost $6.3 billion, but that was just for salaries and physical materials. With interest and fees, the cost to taxpayers and toll-payers will be over $12 billion.