Occupy Wall Street Movement: Nebraska Senate Race Is Huge.

Posted on July 10, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-32While thinking about ways to increase support for Dan Buhrdorf in his run for United States Senator from Nebraska, the television was on and tuned into C-SPAN and the Senate. Those who’ve spent time watching the Senate proceedings on C-SPAN know that there are those long breaks where Senators stand around and talk while waiting for the next item on the agenda.

So, my gaze went from the computer screen to the TV screen for a moment and there was Senator Jay Rockefeller moving across the Senate floor with his walker assisting him. Mr. Rockefeller is up in age and deals with the body’s deterioration like everyone else, a common fact of life that no men or women, even billionaires, are immune to.

At that point, thoughts turned to the dramatic scenes in movies where actors portraying a solitary man or woman character deep in thought are captured on film. Perhaps the film’s main male or female character is in a scene where they are sitting alone in their living room at midnight staring out the window at a star-filled sky while considering their life circumstances. Maybe the scene is of a man or woman who has climbed a mountain, and is sitting while thinking about the world and ideas for improving the lives of the people who live in it.

Gary Cooper was an actor who has become remembered for his ability to “speak volumes” from the movie screen without saying a word, using only his facial mannerisms to convey what was going on inside. It was that kind of contemplative moment that occurred while simultaneously thinking about a post for Dan Buhrdorf and seeing Mr. Rockefeller moving across the Senate floor.

That contemplative moment led to an increased intensity of realization that Dan Buhrdorf has ideas which would transform America into a better nation, turning the page from Wall Street/Rockefeller concentrated money power and domination to the next evolutionary chapter in America’s history. It led to wonder at how the internet isn’t full of articles about Dan and the profound potential that could become actualized if he became elected to the United States Senate.

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) activists – and those who are in agreement on the basic concepts that led to America’s largest public demonstrations since the Vietnam War – have in Nebraska an opportunity to truly get the ball rolling. To the point, every man and woman in America who shares the general philosophy which sparked and fuelled the OWS movement should seriously consider – in Gary Cooper-like contemplative moments, perhaps – helping Dan Buhrdorf get elected in Nebraska.

Change of historic nature and proportion

OWS demonstrations – gatherings across the United States of America – were attended by men and women whose primary, experience-based concerns and intentions were all about change of a historic nature. Go to Dan Buhrdorf’s website danfornebraska.com, read his program points, then ask yourself if those points don’t add up to precisely what OWS men and women demonstration attendees want – change of a historic nature and proportion.

During my fastpitch softball playing days (baseball’s legend/home run hitter Hank Aaron played fastpitch softball before becoming a professional), every time one of our big hitters would step to the plate, he automatically heard “get the feeling!” encouragement from us in the dugout. “Get the feeling” came from the time when he was about to get his turn to hit and he told us he “had a feeling” he was going to hit a home run. Sure enough, and to the great surprise of us as his teammates, he got the “sweet spot” of his bat to intersect with the riseball thrown by the opposing team’s ace pitcher, smashed a rising line drive home run that met the left-center field light pole halfway up its length, then jogged around the bases as we stood in awe in the dugout thinking, mumbling or shouting “he got the feeling!”

This is the kind of spirit Dan Buhrdorf – who has stepped up to the plate in the political equivalent of the “big-league” – needs now from men and women in every state of America, and especially Nebraskans. Just like my old softball friend and teammate, Dan is in the batter’s box, has “the feeling,” and is waiting for encouragement from his teammates – the American people. Nebraska is huge.

The implementing of Dan’s ideas, which will come about after he receives the “dugout” support from like-minded citizens all across the United States and wins Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race,  would be a “home run” for America and the world. Nebraska is huge.

The stars and the universe, the world economy, and situations of war and peace on this Earth have become aligned in 2014 in ways that show the wisdom of helping political candidates like Dan Buhrdorf become able to engage in the work of a generation – necessary historic change.

Before sharing Dan Buhrdorf’s words from his website, just a few more thoughts. As said earlier in this writing, it is puzzling that more men and women who were directly involved with America’s Occupy movement – or agree with the fundamental philosophy and principles behind its birth, high importance, and relevance – have yet to focus on Nebraska. Many people who were on the ground at Occupy gatherings look back and describe how they were profoundly moved by the sense of brother and sisterhood, and an anticipatory “feeling” of real, good change which warmed the hearts of all.

Ask yourself if living conditions for Americans will improve if Dan Buhrdorf does not become Nebraska’s Senator, if American lives would improve if Dan Buhrdorf became Nebraska’s Senator, then act as creatively as possible in accord with the answers to those questions. Do you have men and women friends who would agree with and endorse Dan Buhrdorf? Talk to them and help Dan win. Do you know men and women who have small, medium, or large contacts with the public with the capability and willingness to spread the word about Dan’s Senate race? Then, like the Nike commercials: “just do it.”

Do you know any multi-billionaires who would help Dan, who have “just a tad different” political philosophy than the Koch brothers or Wall Street super-rich political power masters?

The absolute truth inherent in that Occupy “feeling” is a great, noble, honorable, and democratically possible vision for Americans and humanity.

Nebraska is huge.

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(The following comes from danfornebraska.com)

About Dan:

Abraham Lincoln famously warned that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”The once-proud Republican and Democratic parties have divided the American people against each other. The loyalty of our politicians to Wall Street, the war machine and the super-rich knows no bounds.

There is another way – I ask you to stand with me and fight for it.

My name is Dan Buhrdorf. I am a fifth-generation Nebraskan. I was born and raised in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska. After a career as a school principal overseas, I came back home to care for my parents when their health failed.I was able to provide comfort to my WWII-generation grandparents and my father during their final days. I have cared for my sick, widowed mother since.

Our older generations endured great hardship and sacrifice for American values and our economic rights. I consider it a duty and privilege to care for them, and to carry their legacy forward. I’m doing that as a candidate for US Senate.These American values have been lost.

Republicans like Eisenhower and Nixon protected Social Security, public schools, industry and family farms. Today’s Republicans have nothing to offer but savage budget cuts, free trade and empty populist rhetoric.

Democrats like FDR and JFK fought against Wall Street in defense of economic rights, and made historic commitments to infrastructure and scientific achievement. Today’s Democrats pay lip service to modest reforms while taking care not to bite the hand of Wall Street.

This is still New Deal America. Americans believe that wealth should be earned through industry, not stolen through financial speculation on Wall Street. Americans believe in a strong social safety net to protect seniors, the disabled and those who have fallen on hard times. Americans believe it’s the government’s duty to protect industry against free trade, to protect farms against Wall Street, and to advance the common economic interests of all Americans.

In this race, I don’t claim the resume with the most government and insider jobs or the most arguments before a judge. I don’t have millions in campaign contributions from Wall Street or ready access to the mainstream media. But I do have the best ideas, and I will fight for them.

I support family values. And I support the economic basis of family values. As Senator I will fight for the economic reforms for Nebraskans and all Americans to have quality housing, good and plentiful jobs, valuable education, 21st Century transportation, and the support needed to raise strong and healthy children.I believe that establishing a strong, Constitutional government to fight for our common interests is both our right and duty as Americans. Join me and fight.

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Join Dan and fight. For more information on how, please visit danfornebraska.com

The Real Truth On Ukraine: Michel Collon.

Posted May 18, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

– THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) 3rd President of the United States

ocean11While reading an article on the internet, one particular website had historian-political commentator Webster Tarpley listed on its blog roll. So, Webster Tarpley’s weekly radio program is available on YouTube, and that is what led me to listen to his May 17 broadcast. One of the guests historian Mr. Tarpley talked to on this show was a woman historian from France – Ms. Annie Lacroix-Riz.

Now, what she had to say about the history of Ukraine was interesting. She asserted that reports of forced starvation of Ukrainians by Joseph Stalin were untrue, and that no evidence of such an occurrence has ever been found, including, as she mentions during the interview, any photographs taken during those years confirming starvation implemented by Stalin in Ukraine. So, now the focus was on hearing more from Annie Lacroix-Riz.

Her English isn’t great but, although she struggled finding words during Tarpley’s radio show, Ms. Lacroix-Riz was understandable. She speaks on a good number of YouTube videos in French (none in English), but for whatever reason, unless someone adds English subtitles to the video, YouTube’s French-to-English translated subtitles are, in all honesty – horrible. After listening and reading the worst translations ever of Ms. Lacroix-Riz’ talks, then gathering nothing of value from viewer comments where translations are good from French to English, one of the videos off to the right caught my eye.

The title was something like “Michel Collon etc., Ukraine etc.” so, because it seemed like gaining any more about Ms. Lacroix-Riz was somewhat futile, I listened to Michel Collon’s talk about Ukraine. Today is the first time I’ve ever heard of Michel Collon from France, but he apparently has been a geopolitical, investigative journalist/author for over 20 years, and he has appeared on national television in France through the years.

This particular report by Michel Collon on Ukraine has had over 175,000 views in the two months since it was produced by him. I used YouTube’s translation option from French-to-English and, once again, found it horrible. So, as happens when watching non-English speakers, I looked to the comments (there were hundreds of them, all in French) for clarification of what he was saying in the film. Most of the comments, after clicking “translate”, were very positive on Mr. Collon’s analysis of what is really happening in Ukraine.

My only problem was that the comments, although virtually all praising Collon’s analytical work, did not specify his points sufficiently for me to truly break through the horrible YouTube translated subtitles. So, another search began to find more recent talks by Mr. Collon in hopes of finding one or more with English subtitles. After typing “Michel Collon” in YouTube’s search-box, four or five lines down read, “Michel Collon English”, so I clicked it. The video results showed that an English-subtitled version had been produced by “Vaughn Hollund” channel, and that video is found here.

What I discovered when comparing the YouTube French-to-English “translated” version to this Vaughn Hollund channel version with added English subtitles is that they were completely different. The lesson is “don’t rely on YouTube’s language translations, only rely on video versions with added subtitles or voiceovers”. This English-subtitled version brought home strongly the reasons why all of those French commenters were praising and thanking Michel Collon for his production.

I cannot adequately explain how it happened that a notice of Webster Tarpley on a blog roll led to the discovery of an absolutely astounding – searing and truthful – geopolitical analysis of what has occurred in Ukraine. Perhaps there is an explanation that relates to the belief by some that “there are no coincidences.”

Explanations are irrelevant.

All that matters is you are about to learn the truth about Ukraine.

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(A very special thank you to Vaughn Hollund at YouTube)

World’s First Internet Tax Haven Database Now Open For Business.

Posted March 5, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

– James Otis (1725-1783) 

Earth 444Looking to find out if a particular world politician or transnational corporation, a particular business tycoon or Hollywood icon, or your local drug smuggler is using a tax haven? Perhaps you just have a hunch about a person, or persons, or company – that they are probably using a secretive tax scheme to hide money from their government to avoid paying their share of taxes.

Now you have an internet website with a tax haven database to search/check for yourself.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (icij.org) has established a place for any man or woman in the world to go for information on tax havens, where users are able to search by nation, corporation, or individual. This is an historic accomplishment that holds out great promise for the people of the world. Why? Because, as ICIJ’s Gerald Rye points out in the following film by his ICIJ organization, 1/3 of the wealth in the entire world is parked in tax havens. Because, as Mr. Rye also points out, 1/2 of the entire world’s trade flows through tax havens.

The ICIJ tax haven database website (offshoreleaks.icij.org) gives men and woman from every nation on Earth the ability to report what they know about people, corporations, and other tax haven users to ICIJ, in effect the ability to report tips on illegal tax avoidance activities. If people are concerned about the hundreds of billions, trillions, of dollars of uncollected tax revenues because of the existence of tax havens – and have the desire to expose tax cheats – there is now a place to get involved and make a real difference.

Not only is it important that this database website is available for computer owners around the Earth because it offers real potential to end tax evasion, it also allows people around the Earth to investigate a massive, secretive industry that has been operating for decades, known only to those who have reached a certain level of wealth accumulation. Frankly, the scene in the film with Britain’s David Cameron and America’s Barack Obama – because both Cameron and Obama are well aware that tax havens are a huge, multi-decade industry enabled by the largest accounting, banking, and legal firms in the world – where Mr. Cameron speaks about his “great concern” regarding tax havens, is almost laughable.

The rich and powerful on Earth have been using tax evasion schemes for decades, and this includes terrorist organizations, drug cartel operators, arms smugglers, sanctions breakers, and the whole vast array of criminal actors with wealth. ICIJ’s exposure of this, what may be the greatest scandal in the history of this world, will blow the lid off decades-old secretive actions that have been immense in their consequences for humanity.

For those men and women who have asked themselves how 85 people could have accumulated personal wealth that is equal to the combined wealth of 3.5 billions human beings, ICIJ’s database points them to the most logical source for the real answers.

After reconsideration of the absolutely immense implications surrounding this multi-trillion dollar, decades-long, immeasurably large hoodwink, perhaps one has the responsibility to reconsider the extent and all-encompassing scandalous nature of this historic activity that has directly affected the lives of every man, woman, and child on this Earth. With an amount of focus, thought, and reflection, it is safe to say with all certainty:

Tax havens are the greatest scandal in the history of this world.

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In the year 2014, it is essential that every man and woman becomes aware of the greatest scandal in the history of this world. Please pass this most important information on to your family, friends, news organizations, political representatives, and religious organizations. The sooner everyone knows what has been occurring, the sooner steps will be taken to correct a monumental series of historic and criminal human events.

Please visit: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, icij.org 

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(Thank you to TheICIJ @ YouTube)

For Governors In America, Public Banks Are Absolutely Essential.

Posted March 4, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.”

– Marcus Porcius Cato (234 – 149 B.C.)

whitekeys4-1Let me first thank the man in the following video, Mr. Scott Baker, for delivering one of the most, if not the most, articulate presentations on Public Banking that this writer has ever seen. Any man or woman who views this video, and especially those who are trained/experts in Public Accounting/Finance, will come out on the other end of this slightly less than 50-minute presentation and immediately begin planning, which leads to establishing, Public Banks in every state of America.

Mr. Baker clearly lists all the superior financial advantages that cities, counties, states, and nations will enjoy through their establishing Public Banks using government funding currently available. There is no doubt whatsoever that, when government entities seriously study then establish their own banks, their financial security becomes guaranteed to a greater extent than dealing with Wall Street banks and their casino-like speculative gambling.

Please disseminate this powerful video presentation to your city council members, your county board members, your state’s representatives and governor, your United States representative in Congress, your United States Senator, and the White House. Get this important information out in any creative way possible. Send out emails with the link to every newspaper, news organization, and social justice organization you can list.

Public Banking is not only financially advantageous for governments at all levels but, with the present enormous risks of bank failures due to their holding of hundreds of trillions of dollars in very suspect derivatives, an absolute necessity. Estimates of the total dollar amount held by banks in derivatives range from over 200 trillion to 1.25 quadrillion (1,250 trillions).

Scott Baker clearly shows that banks holding trillions in derivatives, if a small percentage of those derivatives bets place those banks on the losing side of the gamble(s) – losing bets which surpass those banks’ total assets – banks will go bankrupt. If a city, county, or state government has accounts in that failed bank, those deposits will then get converted to shares in the corporation bank and, since the bank has gone bankrupt for gambling/speculative losses, the deposits of the government entity, as well as every depositor, will be wiped out.

This video is specific to an effort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to establish a Public Bank in that major American city. It is a presentation that is fully relevant for every city, county, and state in America because government accounting rules, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), are virtually the same for all entities. Every government entity which has the option to establish a Public Bank produces a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that citizens can examine on the internet.

Public Banks are safer and better than Wall Street casinos

In the wide world of finance/banking, risk is always a big part of the discussions. After viewing this profoundly powerful presentation, you will most certainly agree that government leaders at every level who do not very seriously consider establishing Public Banks are taking the ultimate financial risk.

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(Thank you to PublicBankingInstituteTV @ YouTube)