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March For Our Lives 8.61K subscribers #OurPower is an unstoppable force. Our footsteps have awakened quiet streets, have brought the NRA to its knees, and have shaken the halls of Congress. It’s time to vote and commit to continue to take action after election day.
Paula Gordon, Huffington Post11/07/2016 03:24 am ET Updated Nov 07, 2017
If you think a police state will make America great again a.) you’re wrong, and b.) you’ve got your candidate — Donald Trump and the Deplorables are your self-evident choice.
In a national forum, Trump promises to lock up his opponent if he wins. And there are the Chants: “lock her up,” “execute her.” And the blind rage at his rallies against foreigners and immigrants and women and Jews and Muslims and reporters and anyone else who does not toe the Trump line … wherever it is that day. And the contempt for due process, laws they don’t like, the government, anyone who disagrees with them. And the claim that anything that doesn’t turn out as they want is “rigged.” And the refusal to accept results they don’t like, e.g., the expressed preference of American voters. And the willingness to try to intimidate those voters who might not vote as they want, voters who might be women or Hispanics or Blacks or the poor or foreign-born Americans or … democrats. And, always, the threat, implicit and explicit, of violence.
If you think a police state will make America great again c.) do you really want the alt-right running your life? and d.) do not think it cannot happen here.
For my part — and with my vote — I’m choosing the path toward “Liberty and Justice for ALL.”
Green is good for business. Not greenwash, GREEN. By working with nature rather than despoiling nature, Ray Anderson has led his company to high levels of success and profitability.
Ray Anderson died this week, of cancer. And the cancer is not incidental to this story. Ray was a friend and an inspiration. A lot of people talk about the environment. Ray did something. A lot of people say that we have to choose between a livable environment and a prosperous economy. Ray showed them that they were wrong, and he did it in an industry which is one of the most toxic around. Though it is impossible to know with absolute certainty precisely what causes a cancer, Ray spent much of his early career in the old-fashioned carpet industry … one which used (and still uses) bioactive, petroleum-based chemicals to manufacture the carpets. There’s a very good chance that long-term exposure to those chemicals caused the cancer that killed Ray.
Paula Gordon, Huffington Post 10/19/2014 02:37 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2014
Ebola’s the open secret no one wanted to know about. This is anything but a new story. The Hot Zone caused a stir early in the ‘90s’; Virus Hunter toward the end. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a chronic problem with the media. Headlines moved on to the next crisis de jour. Our program chose to look beyond those headlines. What we found is eerily prescient — virologists (people who study viruses) imploring us, begging us, to pay attention*.
What America, and therefore the world, got instead was the result of virulent Republican loathing of our government (except when subsidizing or protecting big business). Public funds plummeted while private funding was living down to its promise. In this cut-government-at-any-cost world, we’re now paying a deadly price for the stunning cuts. One example suffices: The 2013 Republican orchestrated “sequestration” required an National Institutes of Health across-the-board $1.55 billion cut in every area of medical research.
*We could easily have titled this piece “We Were Warned, and Warned, and Warned…” In 1997 we broadcast a program with Dr. C.J. Peters, then Chief of Special Pathogens at the Centers for Disease Control (and author of Virus Hunter).
Paula Gordon and Bill Russell: Conversations from People on the Leading Edge