Krugman Misses the TPP Forest for the Tariff Trees | Food & Water Watch. This article discusses the horror of the potential TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement, which, by “harmonization”, threatens to lower a host of standards among signatory countries. Moreover, the details are being kept secret, and may still be when and if it is voted on. We cannot allow our leaders to ram any treaty, especially one as dangerous as TPP, down our throats. The Trans Pacific a Partnership must be stopped.
Today is Thanksgiving. Even though this has been a mixed year, we have many things to be thankful for:
- The planet has survived, so far.
- Mitt Romney is not president.
- Paul Ryan is not president.
- Chris Christie not president, at least not yet.
- This country did not go to war with Syria and create amother quagmire.
- The economy, while anemic, is much better than it was after the Bush (Great) Recession took hold.
- The Affordable Care Act exists, and , despite lacking a public option, gives some of the uninsured a chance to obtain insurance.
- Hawaii and Illinois became the 15th and 16th states, respectively, to implement marriage equality.
In sum, though things are tough and we are still under siege from the right wing, we have much to be thankful for.
When I heard that the U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to play a friendly against Brazil in Orlando - which is all of 90 minutes away from my home - I am not lying when I say my heart nearly pounded straight out of my chest with excitement. And when we bought the tickets? Well...have you ever seen video of those kids who find out they are going to Disneyland?
According to the Huffington Post, the Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed the bill, recently passed by the state’s legislature, legalizing gay marriage. This makes Hawaii the 15th state to embrace marriage equality (Illinois is expected to become the 16th soon). The measure takes effect on Dec. 2.
Halloween season has been in progress for weeks now. I have taken to long to post on it, but better late than never. I will start with my favorite horror genre of all time. When I was growing up I never idolized superheroes. The only heroes fictional heroes I ever had were Atticus Finch and Karl Kolchak.
iI consider Kolchak to be a progressive hero. He fought the establishment and in one episode, “Primal Scream”, he fought an oil company. Instead of fists he used his brain, writing ability ( the pen is indeed mightier than the sword), connections in low places, and more courage than I or most people have.
I was introduced to him a birthday party 38 years ago where we watched the above- mentioned espisode of ” Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” I fell in love with the show immediately.
I later found out that, of course, the series was preceded by two TV movies. The first of these, “The Night Stalker”, was broadcast on ABC in 1972, and was the most watched TV film ever up to that point. It is definitely a classic, what one critic one called a brilliant combination of comedy and horror, one that I watch every year. This unique drama is food for thought, especially for a progressive activist.
Without further ado, here is “The Night Stalker”