Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clinton Endorsed by George H W Bush

New reports confirm that former president George H. W. Bush has "plans to vote for Hillary Clinton."  (source)  This is just another example of the kinds of support that Clinton doesn't need if she wants to inspire and motivate progressives and independents.  But what better way to affirm that the USA has become a corporate duopoly run primarily by two wealthy white families?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Clinton Cash

I just finished watching this documentary.  Based on the book by Peter Schweizer, this film essentially "follows the money" from despotic dictatorships and rapacious transnational corporations directly to the Clinton Foundation.  It identifies the incredibly high speaking fees that Bill Clinton commands in locations that coincide with important matters that Hillary Clinton considers in the State Dept.

From deforestation, fracking, and uranium mining to human rights violations and global neoliberal economics, this film makes the case that the Clintons are personally profiting from all of it.  While edited in an overly-dramatic fashion, the film cites credible sources throughout and offers a compelling argument that the Clintons are and always have been for sale to private interests - and that doing so compromises the very ideals that form the basis of their public live.

... and because this is America, the rebuttal article has already been produced!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Comparing Conventions

Alright, let's be honest.  After having watching convention coverage from Cleveland and Philadelphia, Republican and Democratic parties, I've drawn the following conclusions:

  • The Democratic Party has ambition, hope, ideas, vision, optimism, and a value system of inclusion and diversity; the Republican Party has paranoia, fear, avarice, backwards-looking pessimism, and a reactionary, xenophobic worldview.

  • The Democratic Party has an amazing collection of celebrities, policy makers, and engaged citizens who are young or young at heart in which dissent is a healthy function of democracy; the Republican Party has the remains of a few has-been or onetime personalities, disgraced party leaders who tediously support their nominee, and angry, uninformed voters who are headed to a nursing home within the next decade.

  • For the Democrats, the future looks to be full of promise and potential; for the Republicans, the future is a frightening series of dangers and enemies to be destroyed.

  • For the Democrats, leadership means working together and bringing many voices to the table to overcome common challenges; for the Republicans, leadership means a strongman who will single-handedly solve problems by virtue of his ego alone.

... But those are just my opinions, I could be wrong.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Picturing Peru

A calendar of images from the Andean highlands, the forests of ManĂº National Park, and along the Madre de Dios river is COMING SOON.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Don't Second Guess Democracy

You know, I have seen so little actual actual argumentation for/against each candidate in this election cycle.  Instead, I see editorial piece after editorial piece that plays 3D chess or some complex metagame with this election like it's 20 layers deep with all sorts of side bets and secondary assumptions.

Just get informed on the issues, view speeches and policy positions by each of the four major candidates (Clinton, Johnson, Stein, Trump), take an online quiz matching you to your candidate, review their records, and make your own decision as a participant in this democratic republic.  But whatever you do, get registered and make sure to vote.