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Cigarettes are the paradigm for global nonviolent change.

1051. Cigarettes are the paradigm for global nonviolent change.

1051a. We are in the infancy of our capacity to prove what harms.

1051b. For the first time in history we can base ethics on values and scientific certainty.

1051b1. Scientific certainty is never entirely certain.

1051b2. Scientific certainty grows as time proves out its premises.

1051b3. Scientific certainty is useless if we do not agree on values.

1051c. The values that underlie ethical science are tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry.

1051d. Cigarettes are still a massive global problem.

1051d1. Cigarettes show how Triadic Philosophy works globally.

1051d2. Harm > Proofs > Whistleblowing

1051d3. Governance > Struggle > Successes

1051e. The challenge of cigarettes demonstrates the need for global democratic revolution.

1051f. Cigarettes is the paradigm for global democratic revolution.

The above is drawn from the continually growing book Triadic Philosophy. Please check it out on Kindle.

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Contemplating John Boehner

John Boehner must be an archetype. Amazing that such realities come into being. Here are three contemplations of the Leader.

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Boehner Cry Poem

Can I Make John Boehner Cry with a Poem? I doubt it strongly. The tan man has thick skin to get where he is. Those tears have to do with a streak of sentiment that does not extend a centimeter beyond that skin.
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Logic John Boehner

Applying ideas of Charles Sanders Peirce to our living. Captions are drawn from Charles Sanders Peirce as cited in James K Feibleman’s remarkable, largely ignored “An Introduction to The Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce” MIT 1969 (1946) 499 pages.
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Philosopher John Boehner

Updated, April 2011. Captions are drawn from Charles Sanders Pierce as cited in James K Feibleman’s remarkable, largely ignored “An Introduction to The Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce” MIT 1969 (1946) 499 salient
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If Congress Fails to Pass the Obama Health Care Plan

Conservatives (Blue Dogs) Have Most To Lose Opposing The Obama Health Reform Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

As you say:

“They often come from districts that are more conservative than those of their colleagues. They have the least margin for error if they cast a vote that causes swing voters to shift their electoral allegiance. They are the targets of ad campaigns from groups trying to influence their votes. They hear the most from conservative advocacy organizations and interest groups.

“But in fact, history shows that these swing district Democrats have the most to lose if Congress fails to pass President Obama’s sweeping health care proposal — and for that matter the other major components of his economic agenda.”

Thanks for saying this succinctly and convincingly.

https://stephencrose.wordpress.com

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Response to Sam Stein’s Suggestion That Obama Offers “Vague Reassurance” On Public Option

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

The following is a comment in response to the story linked to above.

This is hardly tentative on the President’s part. Or vague reassurance. Or temporizing. Or any other media spin. The public option will be what is voted on and those who reject it go down at the polls in 2010. And maybe Rahm goes too unless he is playing good cop to Obama’s firm position.

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Let’s See What These Folk Do on Health Care

A List of Senators and Congress Members and Their Receipts from Health Care Interests

I found the following list. I have looked for such a list for a while. I assume its accuracy. I found it here. The link was to here.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): $7,504,867
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $7,341,399
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA): $2,149,503
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): $1,795,949
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): $1,743,835
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT): $1,685,890
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC): $1,350,454
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): $1,346,574
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ): $1,321,457
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA): $1,160,826
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): $1,081,378
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC): $ 999,611
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): $ 994,699
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): $ 980,417
Sen. Thomas Harkin (D-IA): $ 935,711
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): $ 919,793
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR): $ 896,067
Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow (D-MI): $ 827,294
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD): $ 797,185
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT): $ 788,650

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA, 6th): $2,090,127
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ, 6th): $1,627,024
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX, 6th): $1,518,285
Rep. John Gingrey (R-GA, 11th): $1,392,343
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY, 15th): $1,304,569
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI, 15th): $1,148,060
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA, 7th): $1,136,519
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO, 7th): $1,102,468
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA, 7th): $1,058,786
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA, 9th): $1,046,519

I would like to see this list enlarged if anyone has sourced information. The second link above is to a piece in the Huffington Post which is trying to create some standards for claiming that they are operating on a competent journalistic basis.

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Let The Senate Pass The House Plan

Let the Senate Pass the House Plan

A simple way to avoid a truly sickening compromise is to indicate to every Senator of all parties that, if they dilute a public option from the House-passed legislation, we will dilute them in coming elections.

The health insurance industry is on the march with lies and the Senators are on their dole. It is that simple.

The hopes of the vast majority of Americans including people in the Senators’ own states are in the balance. Our weapon is the power to bring to a crashing end the careers of Democrats and Republicans who frustrate the reform with compromises that will rob it of any power to work for all Americans or to reduce costs overall.

The easiest way to create a battle cry is to say:

Let the Senate Pass the House Plan

The House will have it right.

The Senate will waffle while the media ramps up a compromise anthem and a flood of industry ads replays the early-90s.

A RELATED POV FROM ROBERT REICH

It is time to say NOW that we will not compromise. We will however accept what the House decides.

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How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option, And What Obama and the Rest of Us Must Do

How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option, And What Obama and the Rest of Us Must Do

This is it, folks. The concrete is being mixed and about to be poured. And after it’s poured and hardens, universal health care will be with us for years to come in whatever form it now takes. Let your representative and senators know you want a public option without conditions or triggers — one that gives the public insurer bargaining leverage over drug companies, and pushes insurers to do what they’ve promised to do. Don’t wait until the concrete hardens and we’ve lost this battle.

READ ROBERT REICH’S JUNE FIFTH WARNING AND THEN WROTE YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATORS AND DECLARE FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPAIGN TO BRING HEALTH CARE REFORM TO THE US

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