Event: Innovative Solutions to Money in Politics

Sightline Daily

Next Thursday, join our executive director Alan Durning to discuss how unfettered money has changed the political landscape and what Oregonians can do to make sure their voices are heard. There will be a live jazz performance by the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group after the event (note that even though the “Innovative Solutions to Money in Politics” event is free, there is a $6 cover charge for the concert). Money by Tracy O used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Should Home Egg Farmers Vacinate Against Avian Flu?

Green Prophet

And I bet in other locales too –– places too busy with political reform and uprisings to take stock of the problem. Everyone hates needles, but don’t be a chicken if you want to vaccinate them against the new avian flu. If you’ve been reading the news you’ll know that there is a deadly outbreak of the avian flu virus circling the globe again. This one appears to be deadlier than every, UN health authorities are reporting.

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Citizens Re-United?

Sightline Daily

When the conservative majority of the US Supreme Court this week blew up caps on the contributions the richest Americans can make to political parties and federal candidates, it was Citizens United redux : champions for those richest Americans gloated in newspeak about “free speech,” political reporters predicted even more private money flooding the air waves with attack ads, and reform leaders issued outraged statements. Political money, like water under pressure, leaks.

Social contract

Green (Living) Review

Hereunder the representation of the idea of Rousseau found on Wikipedia and other sources: Of The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right (Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique) (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is the book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way in which to set up a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society which he had already identified in his Discourse on Inequality (1754).

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The Gulf Co-op Council is a European Union Arab-style

Green Prophet

GCC is a political and economic alliance between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia (KSA). Similarly, KSA’s Shi’ite population has also been showing signs of restlessness, but the real threat lies in that nation’s majority Sunnis, who, if they were to become politically active, could underpin the kingdom’s absolute monarchy. Members differ over the pace and extent of political reform.

The G-Word

Sightline Daily

Political analyst Andrew Levison, who works for the Democratic Strategist , summarizes in one sentence a recent set of public-opinion studies concerning attitudes toward government: “The level of anger, cynicism and disgust is almost impossible to overstate.”. But voters are basically right that the political system is thoroughly corrupt. Lessig’s book , e-book , TED talk , and new four-minute video and are the best introductions to the topic of money in politics, bar none.)

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A Call for a Green Enlightenment

The Green Changemakers

The principles of the 18th century Enlightenment, especially universalism, liberty and sympathy, prompted the great reforms of the 19th and 20th centuries from which we now benefit. We need a comparable "green Enlightenment" to prompt the next set of reforms: those necessary to combat climate change. Amendments to the Charter of Rights, the broader Constitution, many statutes (notably corporations acts), tax policy , electoral reform and government procurement codes are all needed.

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