Now We Can Finally Get to Work

Published on Let’s Try Democracy, by David Swanson, Nov 9, 2016.

Dear Democrats, are you finding yourselves suddenly a bit doubtful of the wisdom of drone wars? Presidential wars without Congress? Massive investment in new, smaller, “more usable” nuclear weapons? The expansion of bases across Africa and Asia? Are you disturbed by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Can total surveillance and the persecution of whistleblowers hit a point where they’ve gone too far? Is the new Cold War with Russia looking less than ideal now? How about the militarization of U.S. police: is it time to consider alternatives to that?  

I hear you. I’m with you. Let’s build a movement together to end the madness of constantly overthrowing governments with bombs. Let’s propose nonviolent alternatives to a culture gone mad with war. Let’s end the mindset that creates war in the first place … //

Dear Republicans, Your outsider is threatening insiderness. He’s got the same tribe of DC corporate lobbyists planning his nominations that Hillary Clinton had lined up for hers. Can we resist that trend? Can we insist that the wars be ended? Can those moments of off-the-cuff honesty about dinosaurs like NATO be turned into actual action? Donald Trump took a lot of heat for proposing to be fair to Palestinians as well as Israelis, and he backed off fast. Can we encourage him to stand behind that initial inclination?

Can we stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and end NAFTA as well? We heard a million speeches about how bad NAFTA is. How about actually ending it? Can we stop the looming war supplemental spending bill? Can we put a swift halt to efforts in Congress to repeal the right to sue Saudi Arabia and other nations for their wars and lesser acts of terrorism? … //

Dear United States, Donald Trump admitted we had a broken election system and for a while pretended that he would operate outside of it by funding his own campaign. It’s time to actually fix it. It’s time to end the system of legalized bribery, fund elections, make registration automatic, make election day a holiday, end gerrymandering, eliminate the electoral college, create the right to vote, create the public hand-counting of paper ballots at every polling place, and create ranked choice voting as Maine just did … //

Dear World: … //

… It’s time that we all began treating the institution of war as the unacceptable vestige of barbarism that it can appear when given an openly racist, sexist, bigoted face. We have the ability to use nonviolent tools to direct the world where we want it to go. We have to stop believing the two big lies: that we are generally powerless, and that our only power lies in elections. Let’s finally get active. Let’s start by ending war making.

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Russia is ready to restore relations with US – Putin on Trump victory, on RT, Nov 9, 2016;

Congratulations vs shock, world leaders & politicians react to US election result, on RT, Nov 9, 2016;

Prop. 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank: How California Can Save $10 Billion on a $9 Billion Loan, on Web of Dept, by Ellen Brown, Oct 18, 2016;

6 règles d’or pour que votre cerveau continue à fabriquer de nouveaux neurones, dans Science et, par Stéphane Desmichelle, le 12 sept 2016: saviez-vous que, à n’importe quel âge, votre cerveau a le pouvoir de fabriquer en permanence de nouveaux neurones ? A condition de respecter quelques principes … mais: les expériences chez les souris ont montré que cette capacité pouvait diminuer, voire même disparaître (en cas de stress) selon l’environnement. Au contraire, dans un environnement adapté, la neurogenèse chez les rongeurs a été multipliée par trois en quelques semaines … par exemple: 3. Bannir anxiolytiques et somnifères …;
Voir aussi sur YouTube: S3ODEON, PIERRE-MARIE LLEDO – des cerveaux à neurones ajoutés, 9.12 min, mise en ligne par S3Odéon Sciences Santé Société, le 7 sept 2016;

Sinnliche Philosophie, zum 150 Todestag von Arthur Schopenhauer, 52.35 min, von Juan Doa am 11. August 2016 in der Sternstunde Philosophie von SF1;

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