Larry Wines: Because of miserable political shenanigans, a surprise “rule” vote this afternoon is set to protect, rather than stop, the blatantly illegal US war funding and support of Saudi Arabia’s brutal war on the civilian population of Yemen.
Larry Wines: It’s rather shocking that there is no special programming scheduled today on any of the major networks for either the 100th anniversary of the armistice or Veterans Day. That should scream volumes for all of us.
Larry Wines: If you’ve heard the questions posed in hearings when the heads of tech giants have testified, you know what boobs our lawmakers are when it comes to even a basic ability to comprehend the capability of the internet.
Larry Wines: We cannot afford to maintain public works infrastructure to have lead-free drinking water and pothole-free roads. But we can spend hundreds of millions to give tax cuts to the richest among us.
Larry Wines: How does this happen, and keep happening, in the United States of America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the only place on Earth where gun murders and maimings and assaults exceed the death tolls of all the world’s active war zones combined?
Larry Wines: The best way to energize your activism is to find inspiration in diverse places, to feed your heart and spirit as well as your intellect.
Larry Wines: For the first time in decades, there are no active campaigns to regulate anything that rich interests want to do, no matter how destructive to the planet and the animals and planets who share it with us.
Larry Wines: A fair characterization would be a portrait of a snake oil salesman driven by ambition and obsessed with influencing others to produce very narrow, often divisive victories.
Larry Wines: The cable channels salivate when billionaire Tom Steyer comes to buy more air time. The ones with strong viewership that corresponds to Democratic Party registrants, anyway.
Larry Wines: More baubles. More bling. More ostentatious expressions of your ability to buy expensive stuff you can’t afford, but that you must buy to show the Joneses you’re ahead of them in the pecking order of consumerism.
Larry Wines: As a native-born U.S. citizen, the last thing I ever expected to do was register in my own country as a ‘foreign agent.’
Larry Wines: Because we change nothing, we must reckon that we are all too likely to be in this same place yet again — though we claim to be sincere, even desperate, in our longing for change and a better world, we are left to weep because we are frauds.
Larry Wines: Once there was a time when adventure and exploration did not consist of hunting virtual cartoon creatures on a three-inch screen.