Sunday, April 24, 2016

Amazing local talents - Saturday, 30 April

May 24: Loucks Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point"

Richard Master, producer of FIX It, tours Oregon

Tuesday May 24 -
Speaking at 6:30 p.m. at the Salem Library Auditorium

This 1-hour documentary was two years in the making, with interviews of more than forty
nationwide advocates for health reform, including business owners, health policy experts,
economists, doctors, nurses, patients and labor leaders.

Following the video there will be time for questions and discussion with radiation oncologist Dr. Mike Huntington, of Corvallis, and Lee Mercer, of Silverton, President of Health Care for All Oregon.

They will explain how single-payer health care financing works, how to get it here in Oregon, how to pay for it and what it will mean for Oregonians. Everyone is invited.

The film addresses why Americans spend over twice as much per capita on health care as people in the other developed countries. Health care costs in France averages $4,346 per person. For Americans, it’s $8,700. It’s not that Americans are paying more for superior health care. In the World Health Organization’s 2015 ranking of the world’s health systems France ranked number 1, and America ranked number 37.

Americans pay over $3 trillion a year for health care, and yet 30 million people have no health insurance, and the majority of the rest are seriously underinsured. Americans usually don’t discover this until they are hit with enormous medical bills.

For more information on Health Care for All Oregon visit

Contact Mike Huntington or Lee Mercer for more information.

May Salem Progressive Film Series: Not to be Missed


Salem Progressive Film Series

Bikes vs Cars

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
BIKES vs CARS depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

Good idea: Presidential Medal of Freedom for Homer Plessy, the apology long overdue

Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson
White House Petition:

Award Homer Plessy the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his significant role in the American Civil Rights Struggle.

Created by P.F. on April 15, 2016

On June 7, 1892, Plessy a mixed-race shoemaker was jailed for sitting in the “white” only car on the East Louisiana railroad in defiance of a local segregation ordinance. He later became the plaintiff in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court where, the Justices decided against him in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896. The loss of the Supreme Court case in 1896 resulted in Plessy’s name being forever associated with the long and oppressive blight of Jim Crow laws and has obscured his contribution to the legal, social and moral movement to abolish those restrictive laws. In 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education initiated a new era and the gradual dismantling of legalized American apartheid. Lets restore Homer A Plessy’s name with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Image of the Day: Sculpture of impaled polar bear on display in Denmark

Image of the Day: Sculpture of impaled polar bear on display in Denmark
Desdemona's Blog  / (Jim)

A sculpture named 'Unbearable' at front of Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen. Photo: Reuters

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard
16 April 2016

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A sculpture of an impaled polar bear went on display on Friday in front of the Danish parliament to highlight the impact of global warming.

The seven-meter high metal sculpture named Unbearable depicts a graph of carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere sky-rocketing into the belly of a polar bear, gutting its abdomen and almost penetrating the back of the beast.

The sculpture of an impaled polar bear goes on display in Denmark to show global warming is becoming 'unbearable'

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Nationally as in Salem --- Revealed: The Chamber of Commerce Strategy to Kill Empathy of Its Members | Common Dreams

Just as the local Chamber supports a gigantic tax-and-spend boondoggle of a "Third Bridge" -- a project that would absolutely hammer the finances of most of its members -- the national Chamber is a top-down centralized, totalitarian entity that dictates positions on issues instead of reflecting the interests of its members.