Hershey Park: Blessing, Curse or Both?

(Update: after publication, the student informed me that she is moving the deadline up to Dace 1)

The link is a survey for a student’s GEO 351 Research Methods for Tourism Studies course at California University of Pennsylvania. It is only 17 questions, and none but age group are at all indicative of the participant’s identity.

Most of the questions ask about the noise, emergency services, jobs, taxes, and traffic directly caused by Hershey Park. As all long-time and active residents know, the opinions vary widely on these questions, depending on whom is asked. For this study to be most accurate, a wide demographic must respond. Please do so.

It must be completed by December 1, 2014 (see update), by “residents of Hershey, PA.” This includes Derry Township, Hummelstown, Palmyra, and South Hanover. The intent is anyone who deals with the noise, jobs, emergency services, and traffic directly caused by Hershey Park.

In order to ensure an accurate balance of representation from our community, instead of results skewed to those vested in, or employed by Hershey Park, please fill this out and share as widely as you can among the Hershey community.

Again: it must be completed by December 1, 2014 (see update).

http://kwiksurveys.com/app/rendersurvey.asp?sid=vzp4coijyoazmyw434516

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Tar Sands. Reject and Resist. #NoKXL

If tar sands mining is good for our economy, we need a new economy. But it isn’t good for most of the economy either.

Erin Brockovich's Photo of Tar Sand Mine

Erin Brockovich’s Photo of Tar Sand Mine

The bitum it produces (the consistency of a gel) is the dirtiest energy source on Earth; in that its BTUs of energy netted is the lowest. The Keystone XL will transport the bitum from the Alberta Tar Sands (anticipated to eventually be the size of Ireland), over our lands, our allied and sovereign native nations’ lands and our shared largest aquifer, to the Gulf of Mexico. It will be refined in America, but sold to the highest bidder on Earth. The US projects about 35 permanent jobs. ALL who vote for KXL must be made to cite the jobs both to America and to their constituency.

Obama says its 35; Fox News says 40,000. Given the divergence of data, now is the time officials share the data that informed their decision, and its source. Several native sovereigns contiguous to the US and Canada consider its crossing an act of war, and have pledged to fight it with force.

Almost 100,000 Credo members have pledged at least peaceful civil disobedience to stop it. US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Senator Pat Toomey: please vote no on this measure President Obama is sure to veto anyway. Thank you. Neither Casey (D) nor Toomey (R) have a good track record on this: “On Friday, March 21, 2014 the Senate went on record, 62 to 37, in support of the Keystone Pipeline”:

http://steventodd.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/keystone-xl-supported-supermajority-rejected-and-climate-change-ignored-in-us-senate/

While according to Erin Brockovich’s FaceBook post: “NASA’s James Hansen estimates that the remaining tar sands reserves contain twice the amount of carbon pollution emitted by the entire global oil industry—in all of human history.”

What you can do:

1) Sign the Indian Country Petition To Sen Heidi Heitkamp – #NoKXL! 130 new signers in 8 hours on Sunday Nov 16!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/indian-country-to-heidi What else you can do:

2) Rosebud Sioux nation has decreed the USA House Vote an act of war. Support their sovereign decision, as a US citizen. Here’s 96,721 others who pledge at least peaceful disobedience, so far:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge

Nov 18, 2014 UPDATE – Keystone XL Fails in US Senate vote

Boo to the 14 Democratic US Senators who voted with EVERY SINGLE Republican to bypass Obama on Keystone XL.

The measure failed to get the newly-required 60% to pass the US Senate, so We The People win. But still, Constituents: Make them tell you why they did so.

Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Hagan (D-NC)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Pryor (D-AR)
Tester (D-MT)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00280#position

In the House, the measure was HR519.

All PA Rs voted for it, except Barletta and Gerlach, who did not vote at all (slightly worse in cowardice than voting Yes for big corporate profit and socialized cost for We The People).

All PA Dems voted against it, except:

Brady, Robert (D) PA 1st
Doyle, Mike (D) PA 14th

who voted with EVERY SINGLE Republican who voted at all, for it.

Constituents: Make them Brady and Doyle tell you why they did so.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h519

Nov 19 ANALYIS: Rejected and Resisted.  For Now

Constituents must hold all US Senators (and House members) to account. As a Casey supporter, and past financial contributor who called him, identified myself as both, and asked him to vote ‘no’, I am disappointed. Casey’s base seems by all accounts to be taking my stance.

We know that a habitable planet are more important (infinitely and of course) than economic growth. Energy independence will not be affected by shipping Canada’s tar sands bitum to ports on the Gulf of Mexico. China and India will love it though, as will the very few who will increase their already fabulous wealth.

Folks of my friend and former R Gov candidate Bob Guzzardi’s political leanings appear to be pleased with Casey this morning. We’ll have to see who offers more support to Casey in his next Primary.

Looking forward to January, they need 60 to pass, 67 to override a veto. They got 59 this time. They’ll need to pick up 8 more to override POTUS veto when they bring this up in January. Not possible, even with the couple of new Senators. The new Senate might not even get the newly-required minimum 60 to pass.

They already had every single R. Many of the Dems were holding their noses and voting ‘yes’ solely to help Landrieu. That race will be resolved by then, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we can’t swing a few back to ‘no’. They might not even net 59 by that time.

Attempting such vain obstruction will provide a nice break from voting to repeal Obamacare all the time, though. Now they can alternate, and decrease boredom. To the folks actually footing the bill, allow more teams at the table, or pass the popcorn.

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Huge ‘Boo’ to Jeff Haste. Sincerely, Your Boss

I offered various combinations of the following in comment to the following coverage of one of Mike Musser’s 3 Dauphin County Commissioners, Jeff Haste, provided character witness to an attempted child rapist, who had kiddie porn.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/11/tearful_midstate_man_gets_20_y.html

The predator is Matthew B. Baratucci, for whom Haste testified. Mike Musser, Jr’s – a busy-body with way too much say in my government – dad, Mike Musser Sr is a convicted child rapist, and I am hearing (though haven’t yet confirmed) that a fellow prominent member of the Steelton Mafia testified at his trial. I will add his name when I can confirm it.

Maybe among their group child rape isn’t that bad. Among my friends it is. I don’t recall whether Haste or any of the other County Commissioners whom Jr owns providing character witness for Musser, Sr.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/12/michael_musser_harrisburg.html

The prostitutes who tipped police off appear to be the ones demonstrating the most moral compass here. Still, the wise voters of southcentral PA pull the lever of the R incumbent every time. See: 2014 General Election results. Good, proven reformers rejected for do-little incumbents in all but a few cases. Yes, The Political Class views itself as untouchable as the rest of us regularly allow it to be, so Haste likely said, “Oh, what the heck? I’ve got nothing better to do during business hours. Might as well help one of my child raping buddies out.”

Will this act of detached arrogance be the straw that broke the camel’s back, or will we stay too preoccupied with sports and beauty pageants to care? Time will tell. Hopefully we remember this, but the past is not very encouraging.

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Another Reason to be Rid of Governor Corbett in PA: 2015 Anticipated Healthcare Premium Increases

Just out: 2015 anticipated healthcare premium increases.  For the USA, the increases are anticipated to average either 4% (McKinsey) or 6% (PriceWaterhouse Coopers).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2014/10/31/key-study-on-obamacare-2015-premium-rates-is-out-and-you-wont-believe-whats-going-to-happen/

Recall that Governor Corbett spent the whole first year of ACA fighting the Fed for a waiver.  This allowed for CorbettCare, his alternate expansion model, which includes premiums.  PA’s 2015 anticipated healthcare premium increase of over 15% is as bad as only KS and LA. Neither of which expanded Medicaid at all.

http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/resources/primers/medicaidmap

Apparently Corbett’s reinvention of the wheel was what we all suspected it might be: a huge waste of time. Not only did the Governor’s constituents sacrifice the loss of tremendous federal reimbursement for the year it took his Administration to fight Obama’s ACA. It appears we now continue to suffer, with multiples the US anticipated average premium increases.

Please remember this, when the premiums go up, and everyone is screaming at newly-elected Governor Tom Wolf.

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Bravo, Krista Langlois of High Country News, for “House of Misrepresentatives”

These giveaways of our commonwealth to campaign donors have all passed the Republican House. All are currently stalled in the Democratic Senate. For a chuckle, check out the names of the bills, versus what they do.

The US Senate majority is widely considered up for grabs in 2014. If you are a voter with a US Senator on the ballot, please consider the following.

If you are a US Senator, or candidate for the US Senate, give us a reason for hope: speak out immediately and forcefully. Commit in no uncertain terms to vote against all eight bills.

Summarized from “House of Misrepresentatives – What would happen to the West’s environment if the House of Representatives had its way.”
High Country News, ed 46.18
Krista Langlois Oct 27, 2014

http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.18/house-of-misrepresentatives

1) LOWERING GASOLINE PRICES TO FUEL AN AMERICA THAT WORKS ACT – H.R. 4899. Introduced by Doc Hastings, R-Wash., passed June 26, 2014.
Open the Arctic to mandatory annual petroleum leasing and nullify the historic 2013 decision to set aside key parts of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for migratory shorebirds, polar bears and other wildlife.

2) THE WATER RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT – H.R. 3189. Introduced by Scott Tipton, R-Colo., passed March 13, 2014.
Potentially undermine Endangered Species Act protections by stripping federal agencies of their power to maintain minimum streamflows for fish and wildlife.

3) RESTORING HEALTHY FORESTS FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ACT – H.R. 1526. Introduced by Doc Hastings, R-Wash., passed Sept. 20, 2013.
Require the Forest Service to designate “revenue areas” in each national forest, and log at least half of each area, absent of public input or environmental review. In Montana, for example, more than 14 million acres of forests, including Wilderness Study Areas and roadless areas, could be opened to new logging projects.

4) RESPONSIBLY AND PROFESSIONALLY INVIGORATING DEVELOPMENT ACT – H.R. 2641. Introduced by Tom Marino, R-Pa., passed March 6, 2014.
Fast-track National Environmental Policy Act requirements, and limit environmental lawsuits on new development.

5) ENSURING PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN THE CREATION OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS ACT
H.R. 1459. Introduced by Rob Bishop, R-Utah, passed March 26, 2014.
Highly restrict the president’s authority to designate national monuments — a right, originally granted in 1906, that’s helped permanently protect millions of acres of public land.

6) WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATORY OVERREACH PROTECTION ACT – H.R. 5078. Introduced by Steve Southerland, R-Fla., passed Sept. 9, 2014.
Revoke Clean Water Act clarifications passed earlier this year to protect tributaries and ephemeral rivers from industrial and agricultural pollution.

7) ELECTRICITY SECURITY AND AFFORDABILITY ACT – H.R. 3826. Introduced by Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., Passed March 6, 2014.
Roll back long-awaited EPA regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-burning power plants.

8) REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS ACT – H.R. 935. Introduced by Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, passed July 31, 2014.
Allow farms to discharge regulated pesticides into navigable waterways without a permit.

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1984

We hear a lot of arguments for policing the planet. All vaguely reference shadowy groups who threaten us in some even more-vaguely defined way. No more blatant example than our crisis du jour: something called ISIL.

Yes, the same ISIL of whom few if any of us had even heard, until a couple months ago, except that they were one of over 1,000 groups we were going to arm (or stupider yet, pick among to arm certain ones) to overthrow Syria. NOW – just a couple months later – we must drop everything and stop them from overthrowing Syria. We must spend unlimited cash we don’t have, and can’t back with any liquify-able credit, and do so for as long as it takes. There is – of course and conveniently, again – not one mention of what we do once we “beat” them, or by what benchmark we will know that has occurred. In other words, there is no endgame. We must do this because a masked guy, with visibly white skin and an obvious British accent (and almost certainly his first language, according to our own linguist experts) murdered a handful of people…in another country.

Go back and re-read just the last exchange between Winston and Big Brother in “1984”. Then tell me with a straight face, that we are not living it.  Orwell’s ability to describe 2014 back in the 1940’s is not short of prophetic.  1984 always blows me away, for its accurate depiction of the redistribution of our sovereignty which we are currently allowing. Even the methods by which it is stolen are right on…as they are currently ignored.

We’re Building Empire

By all means fear – and swear to resist – jackbooted thugs breaking down your door. They’ll never do it that way: that makes lots of noise, draws attention, and requires physical involvement: hand to hand and face to face.

As fellow former candidate Karen Ramsburg wisely said, the real enemy of We The People “is behind the scenes getting paid well for privatizing all of the lucrative parts of America.” While we watch The Super Bowl…and sharpen our shooting skills.

900 military bases in 153 countries is not defending anything. It is unsustainably expanding empire. I see no evidence that either team in the duopoly, both highly compromised by funding from war profiteers, will ever allow significantly different foreign policy, until we are bankrupt.

How Expensive

That’s great. But Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders tells us that:

1) 400 Americans own more wealth than half of America – over 150 million people.

2) Median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999.

3) Over half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings.

4) Half of all U.S. workers made less than $28,031 last year, while 110 workers received a $14.2 million increase in average pay, according to an Oct 28, 2014 Social Security Administration report.

5) The bottom 90 percent are poorer today than they were in 1987 .

6) Worldwide, the wealth of the world’s richest 85 people increased by $668 million PER DAY in the past year, according to a 2014 study by Oxfam.

I’m not an economist, but looking around all seem correct. And yet, “We” have plenty to go fight someone we had never heard of a few months ago. Someone whom we were going to arm to overthrow the same Syria we must now save from them. It is going to become an increasingly hard sell among these US families. Or I hope it does. #SomethingsGottaGive

Let The Rich Pay to Play

Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest defense spender in the world. Let them defend the royal Saudi family, their neighbors, and the global corporations their wealth is co-dependent upon. Barring that, why not the Uber-Rich?

…Or The Other Rich?

They are not “so-called rich”, as their few and shrinking defenders call them, to dismiss growing calls worldwide for them to pay their share. They are documented as “Uber-Rich”. To the point they can’t even fathom how rich. Oxfam tells us that 85 people hold the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet (3.5 billion); Forbes says it is 67 people. Wall Street Journal (no bastion of liberal media) tells us that 400 Americans have more wealth than half of the USA, over 310 million. The Guardian reports that this trend is increasing, and that economic recovery ‘skewed towards wealthy’:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/14/richest-1percent-half-global-wealth-credit-suisse-report

Folks want to rightly and justly take a lot from the rich’s hoarded wealth, which serves no purpose than to boost their egos, and give it to everyone else more fairly. The Pope seems to concur with us, which will help us get 50.0001% who bother to show up to figure out that Trickle Down is a scam (and was 30 years ago). Then, we are good to go.

The System is Broken

We The People are NOT recognized as inherently sovereign, if non-human corporate entities (insanely called ‘people’, but only by 5-4 SCOTUS decree) have “the power to prohibit her from public roads. The buffer zones would also extend on to other people’s private property, even if Scroggins has the permission to be there.”

If our government of, by and for us does not recognize the self-evident truth of our sovereignty, then it does not represent us. We must replace it with one that does.

Best luck to my friend and our heroine, Vera.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/10/22/anti-fracking-activist-and-gas-company-head-back-to-court/

Our Declaration to the last gov’t which did not represent us to our satisfaction declares that “governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” We have a duty to do so. This will occur soon, under our current system’s own dead weight and irrelevance, and has started as we speak.

Solutions?

“The war on drugs has been a war on communities of color,” the director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice Vanita Gupta told us recently. Gupta is a probable nominee to a leadership role in the USDOJ.

“I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation,” the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai recently told us.

Gupta or Yousafzai don’t have all the answers. But they both seem to have as many good ones – regarding any sovereign’s foreign policy – as any current “experts” leading our empire.

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PA General Assembly Progressive Champions Endorsed by Keystone Progress PAC

Congratulations to all our progressive champions!  Each of the endorsed candidates is a strong supporter of quality public education for children; supports a raise in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour; will fight to close corporate tax loopholes; supports a woman’s right to control her reproductive choices; supports LGBT equality; and will work to protect our environment, our economy and our democracy.

PA State Senate
Christine Tartaglione (D, SD 2, Philadelphia)
Steve Cickay (D, SD 10, Bucks County)
Jack Hansen (D, SD 24, Bucks, Lehigh,Montgomery, Northampton)
Linda Small (D, SD 28, York County)
Mark Aurand (D, SD 40, Monroe, Northampton)
Kathi Cozzone (D, SD 44, Berks, Chester, Montgomery Counties)

PA State House
Frederick Sheeler, (D, HD 5, Berks County)
Pete Schweyer, D, HD 22 (Lehigh)
Rep. Ed Gainey (D, HD 24, Allegheny County)
Josh Maxwell, D, HD 74 (Chester)
Laura Dickson, D, HD 117 (Columbia, Luzerne, Wyoming)
Patti Borger, D, HD 122 (Carbon)
Michael Beyer, D, HD 131 (Lehigh, Northampton)
Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D, HD 132, Lehigh County)
Rep. Mark Painter, D, HD 146 (Montgomery)
Rep. Stephen McCarter, (D, HD 154, Montgomery County)
Susan Rzucidlo, D, (HD 158, Chester County)
Whitney Hoffman, D, HD 160 (Chester, Delaware)
Vince Rongione (D, HD 163, Delaware County)
Rep. Mike O’Brien (D, HD 175, Philadelphia)
Rep. Brian Sims (D, HD 182, Philadelphia)
Terri Powell, (D, HD 183, Lehigh, Northampton)
Liz Forrest (D, HD 189, Monroe, Pike Counties)
Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D, HD 198, Philadelphia)
Rep. Mark Cohen (D, HD 202, Philadelphia)

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