Recognizing a Tyrant

Symptoms by which you may recognize a tyrant: 1. Fears losing their position; actions driven by this fear 2. Attempts to rise above the rule of law 3. Does not accept criticism 4. Cannot be called to account for their actions 5. Does not listen to advice from those who do not curry favor 6. […]

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Supporting the Solar Incentive Bill HB2346 in Senate

The Solar Extension bill HB 2346 is alive and is now in the Senate.  It supports the Solar industry in Washington state by helping to make an installation more affordable up front. The Bill will have a committee (Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee)  hearing on Wednesday, February 24.  To get out of this committee […]

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Activists Confront Keystone XL Threat

I recently joined hundreds of other activists on a video chat hosted by 350.org to discuss recent developments in the saga of the hotly debated and much delayed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As you probably know by now, TransCanada wants to build the KXL pipeline to transport diluted bitumen (dilbit) from the tar […]

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Al Gore Praises Inslee's Climate Plan

At the Seattle Westin today, Al Gore spoke to a full banquet room at a fundraiser for Jay Inslee. Gore offered praise for the Washington Governor’s much vaunted plan to combat global warming. Inslee has proposed putting a price on carbon, improving public transportation, encouraging energy efficiency, and increasing use of solar power and electric […]

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We're All Responsible for Climate Change

Every one of us in the Western world has contributed to climate change. – Bill McKibben, American environmentalist, author, and journalist Recently, I organized a couple of events with the goal of showing people how their choices and actions can make a real difference in the effort to end our dependence on fossil fuels like […]

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Protest Rep. Dave Reichert's opposition to a minimum wage vote

Last year House Republicans unanimously voted to block an increase in the minimum wage. This year they’re blocking a vote from even being scheduled, despite overwhelming public support and the millions of families it would lift out of poverty. Meanwhile they continue to support tax cuts for the super rich and corporations that ship jobs […]

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Testimony on establishing a state bank for the cannibas industry

I testified today in support of Bob Hasegawa‘s S.B. 5955 which would establish a State Bank to create a financing infrastructure for the cannabis industry. My testimony begins at time mark 29:15 in the linked video. The audience enjoyed my characterization of Wall Street banksters as the real criminals that we should be worried about. […]

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Free Public Screening of the Film "Inequality for All", Jan 25 in Federal Way

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S., Federal Way, WA (map) A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich–professor, best-selling author, and former Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on […]