“Where Do You Stand On … “


Over and over again, politicians are asked where they stand on an issue.

Left or right.

Red or blue.

For or against.

Our side or the other side.

This is stupid.

The correct question is “Do you have a solution to … ?”


“Can you solve … ?”

It is never an either A or B proposition.

It is what will solve/resolve the problem/issue.

And usually, it is NOT any of the options people want.

Both the democratic and republican parties are engaged in the “either/or” stupidity.

Neither one has a solution to any issue or problem.

The facts no one wants to read.

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Half global wealth held by the 1% | Business | The Guardian

The Tribune of the People

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

The charity’s research, published today, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5%.

Oxfam added that on current trends the richest 1% would own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016.

via Half global wealth held by the 1%…

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Google to manage federal airfield frequently used by top executives

Global News

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company’s billionaire executives.

The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield, a former U.S. Navy based located four miles from Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The airfield, which was built in the 1930s, has been managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center for the past 23 years.

Financial terms of the new arrangement still must be worked out among Google, NASA and the General Services Administration.

As part of the deal, Google Inc. must renovate the airfield’s three hangars, including one that is a Silicon Valley landmark because of its massive size and location off a major highway. Google also has agreed to upgrade a golf course…

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New Jersey: Bill to Stop Forced Public School Closings Passed by Senate Committee!

Diane Ravitch's blog

From a New Jersey public school activist:

“I am very happy to report that the Stop Forced Public School Closures legislation sailed through the Senate Ed Committee with 4 yes votes and 1 abstention. This is no small feat. But we had a lot of grass-roots support and it worked!

Here’s a bit of the coverage.”

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