Saturday, September 18, 2010

OK, we won a big victory, as President Obama turns the corner on financial reform and appoints Elizabeth Warren to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (at least at the beginning)!! I can't even begin to express my relief that this is happenning.

Elizabeth Warren's Greatest Hits from Official Channel on Vimeo.

Please, every Progressive that helped make this happen, take a bow, pat yourself on the back, and DO NOT STOP. We first need to make Warren's appointment permanent. Then we need a populist uprising at her back to insure the financial oligarchy that captured our government is running for the hills.

Friday, September 11, 2009


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Doing so is the test of character.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Joe gets out & mixes it up on King St.

The Stone Soup Block Party had some great moments. Like Joe O'Brien mixing it up with the DJ. Way to go Joe!

See more pics here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Barney Frank in Dartmouth

A few of us here in PDW drove down to Darmouth August 18th, to participate in the Town Hall meeting called by Congressman Barney Frank. Well worth the drive. While I love our Congressman, he just doesn't have the "ethnic heritage" for such chutzpah. Hoorah, Barney, way to go!

"Ma’am, having a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table, I have no interest in doing it."

See more rubutal at:

On a more serious note, I had the opportunity to ask Barney about ACES and the derivatives market that will emerge from its enactment. Quote "we will regulate this derivatives market to insure safe passage of ACES." The future of the world is in your hands, Barney. Thanks for caring.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Colbert challenge to the Nation

Colbert to the Nation: "People all over the world, when you wake up in the morning, set your oven to 350 and leave it on all day long!" October 24th
International Day of Climate Action

The reference article mentioned is "Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?" by James Hansen et al.; ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE J. 217, 217-18 (2008); found here

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kunstler on progressive politics

Should be no suprise to anyone that I espouse the peak oil thesis of why we have economic troubles, and will have for some time to come. Hence, I'm a bit of fan of James Howard Kunstler, and hope he succeeds waking up America.

In circles that pass for “progressive” these days, the natives are getting restless. Their agitation seems pretty inchoate for the moment — still resting on vague, poorly-defined wishes for “change.” These vague promptings need to be focused on specific action that is realistic within the context of comprehensive contraction and transformation. A big piece of this would be the recognition that our suburban sprawl economy is dying, and that we now have to bend our efforts to reorganizing American life on the most fundamental physical terms. We have to inhabit the landscape differently, move around it differently, generate food out of it differently, and make things on it again. Whatever remaining real capital there is in the system can’t be squandered on cash bonuses for Wall Street employees. (see post)

Any progressive politics (as this blog presumes) must be based on a likely vision of the future. Rebuilding a plausible economic future for Worcester means dealing with peak oil reality, a sustainable energy future using the means we have now, like wind & solar, and a relocalization of all the essential goods and services on which society depends. I've posted before on Small is Beautiful and its corollary, Relocalize Now.

The next Mayor and City Council of Worcester need to adopt a new vocabulary. Don't trust any candidate for pubic office who doesn't know what it means to relocalize or prepare for a sustainable future. Building another cog for the global economy will only waste precious time in preparing for the emergent reality. Joe, hope you're listenning.