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Friday, April 09, 2010

Changing World ?


As the days grow longer I find myself less interested in the politics of the world, for I have many other important things to take care of over the resistance to a world of insanity. However, the world I now live in will also will be the world of my shortly new-born son, so I still have to do my part in trying to change the world for the better.

SO, that said I am encouraging others to quit their silence and voice yourselves. Unless you are living under a rock or have buried your heads under the sand, I am sure you have heard that the US is still no closer to ending the Bush's immoral wars, despite all the rhetoric of CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. Although, I have not been marching in the streets, or working for change, my voice is still as strong as it ever was. I will not be silenced, nor should you...

I leave you with a recent letter, I drafted questioning the US's war path and in particularly the complacency of Vermont's Senior Senator Patrick Leahy. Those in Congress have moral obligation to end these wars. Please suite and write to end war, not for me, not for you, but for your children, my son, and everybody else's children.

Dear Senator Leahy,

I am troubled at the lack of attention given to the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (wars). Especially, now with the recent release of troubling videos and reports of improprieties by the United States military personal showing the slaughter of innocent civilians. Furthermore, the recent comments of Afghani President Karzai are especially alarming since he virtually has been the United States puppet leader up until this point. It should be clear to you that continuance of this war is severely flawed. Nonetheless I am troubled that you as a critic of President Bush’s war policy have been complacent to the current president’s war path.

As an elective Senator of Vermont, I urge you to question the policies of every U.S. President, whether it be a Republican president or a Democratic President. Vermont elected you to be their voice, not the voice of the president. Prevously, I have written you multiple times regarding the expanding quagmires and presently have not received a rational response from your office. From my viewpoint I feel as if a blind’s eye is being turned because this President is a Democrat. The same injustices that you once harshly criticized the Bush administration for following are now being followed by this presidency.

Once again, I urge you as an individual Senator to stand up and challenge the horrific direction the United States is following. Current United States foreign policy is exasperating a world of terrorism, and failing to create the world of hope and peace that many Vermonters thought the last election was about. We can create a world of hope and peace, but only be starting here at home and halting the use of American military dominance. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding,” was expressed by the worlds greatest thinker, Albert Einstein, I suggest we follow his words over the mentality of playground bullies.

Thank you for reading my concerns and your representation in Congress
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Peace
Robert Kidd

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No VT Nukes 2012- Let it SNow....


In many ways, today I am glad I live in Vermont.
  • 1. Today, the Vermont Senate voted to shut down the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in 2012 as scheduled. In any other state the big money influence of a nuclear power company would corrupt every politician in the state that the question would never be asked. One look to Oyster Creek in NJ and Indian Point in NY you will see that the NRC, the Nuclear Reactor Cheerleaders, easily relicensed those plants despite having many flaws and years of mishaps. So before I spout out at the Vermont Senate again on other issues, I just want to give them credit where it is due. (2 out of 3 of my Senators voted against the re license. (One Republican and a Democrat.)
  • 2.The other reason I am happy today it is snowing, and may I say heavily. After a lackluster winter Central Vermont is finally getting a good snow, so my wife and dog went for a beautiful snow-shoe along the North Branch of the Winnoski. Although, we were within the “city-proper”, we were in a complete winter wonderland and just a few miles away from this historic vote.(Instead of sitting around all day waiting for the vote, we were out playing in a blanket of snow, and made it home just in time to see it streaming live.)

So, while the rest of country seems to not enjoy snow, we in Vermont are happy to have it and furthermore while Barrack Exelon-Obama is bamboozling the rest of the country, Vermont’s Senate has spoken loud and clearly-NO NUKES.


Peace
Robb Kidd

“The discovery of nuclear reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind any more than the discovery of matches” Albert Einstein

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fox in the Hen House, Monsanto'sMan Muscles VTOrganic


As each day progresses forward of the era “change we can believe in,” I am steadily becoming more nihilistic, for no matter what the political event the issue has been corrupted or is merrily a political “dog and pony show” pretending to do something. This weekend while most Americans were still giddy from last week’s Super Bowl, excited with the start of the Olympics, or exuberant over the Daytona 500, the little discussed Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, spoke at Vermont farmers. (Please note questions were pre-selected and were not allowed by any of the general audience, as should be in a democracy.) Mr. Vilsack spoke with a panel that including Senator Bernie Sanders (the supposed “anti-big industry man”), Senator Leahy (the I speak to Vermont Farmers every Morning man) and their boy wonder Congressman Peter Welch (I love Local Food) at the Vermont Northeastern Organic Farmer’s (NOFA) Conference to trump the success of the organic food movement, however USDA policy is completely on a different path.

When I first heard that Vilsack was attending the NOFA conference I was outraged because this is similar to having Dick Cheney speak to an anti-war group on proposing methods for creating peace, or simply the fox managing the chicken coop. I am not sure, but supposedly NOFA was forced to accept Mr. Vilsack’s arrival and the pre-orchestrated format on the advice of the VT congressional delegation. Whatever the situation, this is classic example on how issues and politicians corrupt all movements to suit their own agenda, just like the “Green” agenda or the movement for “change”.

Nonetheless, for those of you who do not know, Tom Vilsack was the man designated by the Biotechnology Industry Organization as the Governor of the Year while governor of the Industrial Corn State of Iowa. Furthermore, Mr. Vilsack was a lobbyist and an attorney for Monsanto, the bioengineering giant who’s predatory behavior has destroyed America’s family farms, and now thanks to Obama’s favorable trade policies(previous presidents too), they are further expanding their outreach to the “undeveloped world.”

Along with this charade by Vermont’s congressional delegation, the Vermont media showed off their corrupted values by failing to report Mr. Vilsack’s basic history. The coverage was either purposely lacking or poor journalism because nowhere does the media cover Mr. Vilsack’s past, not even superficially when a related question was brought to table. The Burlington Free Press, (A Gannett/USA TODAY RAG), printed the following exchange:

He (Will Stevens) asked what Vilsak would do about the threat of contamination posed by generically modified seeds. Vilsak suggested new insurance products and more research on how to avoid contamination could help.

“I’m not going to take sides,” he explained later in an interview. “What is happening on the organic side is exciting.”

NOT GOING TO TAKE SIDES… and then the next line should have been VILSACK THE FORMER MONSANTO LOBBYIST…

Once again, American democracy hijacked by self serving politicians and industrial giants to feed their own egos and the corporate bottom-line. One of my favorite music quotes sums this situation up well, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows.”

Peace

Robb Kidd

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcom X…

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train.

I am sad to read that Howard Zinn, America's foremost historian and political commentator has died.

For those who have never read his works I begin by telling you should go out and get a copy of A People's History of the United States. A history of the people of the country not the spokespeople or false figure heads. History is not the George Washington's, nor is it the Barrack Obama's.

Thank you Mr. Howard Zinn
May He Know True Peace
Robb Kidd

“I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.” Howard Zinn

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Three of a Kind--Haiti Recovery ????

Seeing the damage and destruction of Haiti deeply saddens my heart. However unlike most of America I have been deeply saddened for years. It is merely criminal and immoral that so close to America one of the world’s poorest countries is allowed to exist. Nevertheless, it is not that America has stood by silent for all these years, America has been a willing participant in Haiti’s demise. America’s neo-colonialism is a direct cause of these conditions, and until America’s love of money and power are put to rest we will continue to see more catastrophes like this.

Lost amongst the train-wreck corporate run media is the questions that rational people should see with an event like this, however as you recall neither did any one do that after New Orleans was destroyed by Katrina.

  1. Why did America rob the Haitian treasury for most of the 20th century?
  2. Why did America prop up brutal dictators in place of democratically elected leaders?
  3. Why did America force horrific trade barriers that treat Haiti like a giant sweet shop?
  4. Why has America practically been a cheerleader for a country lacking environmental regulations or simple building standers?

Nonetheless, these questions may never be asked especially while the global triumphant of Clinton-Bush-Obama are raising money for “relief.” Does anyone recall the Bush-1 and Clinton New Orleans relief effort and how much of failure that is?

I hope that the Haitian people emerge out of this a stronger people, for as population Haiti has suffered enough, in the meantime while we Americans are living a life of luxury we need to ask ourselves who is to blame. Instead of sending money to a relief effort headed but multi-millionaires and corporate monsters let us all stop supporting an economic system that takes advantages of other humans.

Peace

Robb Kidd

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to who” Marie Curie




Sunday, December 20, 2009

Which Way is the Wind Blowing ?

I remember in my days in college reading the works of George Orwell and Aldus Huxley and being flabbergasted about the vivid scenes of their futurist society that were so manipulated by the political powers in order to continue their dominance of society. I was taught that not to worry about their forecast because we live in a democracy and a free and open society. Besides according to the teachers Huxley and Orwell were concerned with totalitarian like regimes such as Hitler and Stalin. However, looking at the week that just passed, I am not so sure about that for today we have a scene too reminiscent of a scene in 1984.

Beginning with the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama declares “A Just War,” which sounds like to me “War =Peace.”

Then we have a whole slew of criticism of an insurance laden “Health Care Reform” bill, however the American Media landscape credits Obama with a win for being able to obtain 60 votes for a compromised, of a compromised, compromised bill.

Furthermore, the American media also credits Obama with orchestrating a “deal” in Copenhagen on a Global Warming Treaty, although the international media are portraying the deal as a disaster and that nothing positive came out from it.

From the London Independent,

-“The most progressive US president in a generation comes to the most important international meeting since the Second World War and delivers a speech so devoid of substance that he might as well have made it on speaker-phone from a beach in Hawaii.”

and from the Friends of the Earth,

“Sham Deal Requires Nothing, Accomplishes Nothing”

The more I see of the news, the more I am tending to believe the weather man. At least he/she is right some of the times.

Peace

Robb Kidd

“You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows.” Bob Dylan

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Harder They Come, The Harder They Fall


As the campaign of Obama rose to it's historic exuberance, Americans far and wide thought that America had truly turned a page; however myself and a few others knew that President Obama was a charlatan and merely a puppet to the true forces of political power-Wall Street.

At times, I felt as if I was a lone dove, or Chicken Little screaming " the sky is falling", and as President Obama ascended to power I saw that what I though was really true and not a mere paranoia brought up in my mind.

Although, it became apparent very early there was no real criticism, unless you include the brain dead tea-baggers ralling against the non-existinent Obama Care and falsely labelled Socialism. Instead, Obama apoligists were still "giddy" over the election, or they were the ever so optimisitc who though that Obama was appointing the Wall Streeet thugs and Pentagon War-hawks as a strategy to keep his critics at bay.

Nonetheless, it has been a long year, but now after the charade of Nobel Peace Prize, we have the real Obama story in Rolling Stone. The real reason we are still asking for spare change is because of this .........................http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/31234647/obamas_big_sellout

If you ever thought change was comming, speak out now and Howl...

Peace
Robb Kidd

"Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss." The Who