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Posted by Emerald1943 On Nov - 13 - 2011 96 COMMENTS

The long-term implications of shattered young lives, lost jobs, and lost opportunities for so many people cannot be measured. As we find out more details of the story, the circle of victims grows wider.

Posted by Emerald1943 On Oct - 2 - 2011 30 COMMENTS

A most interesting article from Alternet, looking at the reasons for numbers of young people taking to the streets and risking arrest and possible police brutality to make their voices heard. By David Graeber With No Future Visible, Young Activists Have Few Options but to “Occupy Wall Street” Is it […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Sep - 22 - 2011 14 COMMENTS

In recent months, we have seen a drastic and alarming increase in the number of laws passed that would restrict a woman’s right to choose. After the elections of 2010 when the Republicans swept many state legislatures and governorships, it has been much easier to push through right-wing legislation with […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Sep - 12 - 2011 9 COMMENTS

An article appeared today on OpenSecrets Blog concerning ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the corporations who support their efforts, some 23 of the world’s largest. ALEC, for those who are not familiar, is made up of many corporate CEO’s and legislators, and writes “template” or model legislation that is […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Aug - 23 - 2011 31 COMMENTS

The first American Dream conference will take place October 3 – 5, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  I am posting a number of emails that I have received and will update this thread as more information becomes available. Please note: I am just no good at using WordPress and apologize for […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Aug - 3 - 2011 19 COMMENTS

  Good morning, Planeteers! I trust you all are doing okay, having come through all this angst. Now that Congress is on their five-week PAID vacation, we can all step back a little and take a deep breath. They can’t do much damage while they’re gone! But not to worry…they […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Jan - 16 - 2010 8 COMMENTS

My son was good enough to send me this copy, knowing full well that I was stewing over Pat’s asinine comments about the earthquake virtually destroying Haiti: The ‘Devil’ Writes Pat Robertson A Letter January 15, 2010 By Frank James The Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a letter from Satan to evangelist […]

Categories: Speakers' Corner
Posted by Emerald1943 On Jan - 4 - 2010 82 COMMENTS

The quickest way to let you all know of a breaking news story is to post a new article that hopefully everyone will see. Richard Wolffe, an analyst on MSNBC, reported tonight that his White House sources have told him that the President and his security team are investigating the […]

Categories: News & Politics
Posted by Emerald1943 On Jan - 1 - 2010 49 COMMENTS

I find myself here again, asking for the help of the Planet community. I received a phone call a few minutes ago that shocked and appalled me. The mother of a dear friend of mine was attacked in her home today, here in North Carolina. She is now in Intensive […]

Categories: Speakers' Corner
Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 31 - 2009 125 COMMENTS

In perusing the headlines at HP, I stumbled upon a very interesting article by Congressman Eric Massa of New York. Apparently, the most recent personal attack on President Obama by a certain former vice-president has finally provoked a strong response from a Democrat. In the article, he also cites Senator […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 29 - 2009 41 COMMENTS

I wanted to tell all of you here of the miracle, a miracle that I believe you all helped to bring about. Most of you are aware of my sister’s most critical illness, having been found unconscious on the floor at her home, three days before Christmas. She was admitted […]

Categories: PlanetPOV
Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 29 - 2009 10 COMMENTS

My very first effort at writing here on PlanetPOV was about this subject, one that I believe to be of vital importance to the future of our democracy. After a discussion this morning about the Republicans’ plans to regain control of Congress in the next election, I felt that this […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 27 - 2009 46 COMMENTS

I found this article by David Isenberg over at HP and thought it was something we all should be aware of. Mr. Isenberg has written extensively on private contractors in Iraq. Yes, KBR, Congress is Talking About You “Although it was not mentioned by name there are some provisions in […]

Categories: News & Politics
Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 25 - 2009 25 COMMENTS

Christmas is a secular holiday for me. I guess it’s tradition that keeps me looking forward to it every year…the tree, the lights, and the smells of cinnamon and apple, turkey and trimmings coming from the kitchen, the candles and sweet spices, and the warm fuzzy feelings this time of […]

Categories: PlanetPOV
Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 18 - 2009 18 COMMENTS

I have been writing about this subject since I first heard about it earlier in the year. In my opinion, this is one of the most important and far-reaching stories of my lifetime. It is about the actual death of our democracy. No, I’m not just being hyperbolic this morning. […]

Posted by Emerald1943 On Dec - 13 - 2009 79 COMMENTS

A Reckoning Long Overdue

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