Robert Reich’s Thanksgiving Message (USA)

Copied from Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor (USA)

On this Thanksgiving, here are the 10 things I’m most grateful for:

1. Wonderful family and friends. 2. My dad, who’s still going strong (if he makes it, he’ll be 102 in February) 3. My health and health of my loved ones. 4. The kind and generous people I meet in my travels around America. 5. My fabulous students (in my 35 years of university teaching I haven’t encountered a generation of 18 to 25-year-olds as idealistic and as dedicated to the public good as this one). 6. Bernie Sanders. 7. The indefatigable, tenacious, and tireless advocates and organizers for equal opportunity, against voter suppression, for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, for Black Lives Matter, and for a more just society. 8. Teachers, who despite low pay and often impossible odds, continue to do one of the most important jobs in America. 9. Barack Obama. 10. Optimists.

And here are the 10 I’m least grateful for:

1. Pfizer, which is deserting America because it doesn’t want to pay its tax bill here. 2. Walmart, which is spying on its employees. 3. Donald Trump, who’s leading America’s hate brigade. 4. Other Republican presidential candidates, who are also spewing venom and lies. 5. Wall Street lobbyists who are at this moment trying to water down regulations against excessive speculation. 6. Martin Shreki, CEO of drug company Turing, who raised price of drug used by AIDS patients from $13.50 a pill to $750 when he took over the company, and still refuses to lower the price. 7. Charles and David Koch, whose political organization is spending as much on the 2016 election as is each of the two major political parties. 8. Fox News, which continues to fill the heads of Americans with lies, distortions, hate, bigotry, and right-wing propaganda. 9. Republican governors and state legislators who are busy trying to suppress the votes of minorities through voter ID laws and gerrymandering 10. Cynics — because cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy making it almost impossible to do anything about 1-9 above.

What are you most grateful for? What are you least grateful for? Click here to share your Thanksgiving thoughts with me and other Democracy for America members on Facebook! – Robert Robert Reich Former Secretary of Labor

NZ Defence Industry Association happy weapons stocks going $up after French war talk?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

19 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It seems an ironic coincidence that the NZ Defence Industry Association annual conference is occurring just as weapons stock market prices are rapidly rising (as reported by Glen Greenwald on Tuesday) after the French chose their desperate and suicidal ‘war’ response to the attacks in Paris.  Those who claim that the conference is about legitimate business opportunities should be happy, then.  Read the rest of this entry »

Deja Vu on West’s “war” response to violence

The Editor,  The Auckland Herald,  Auckland

20 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

ISIS seems to have picked the right target in France given the response by the French Prime Minister, “War!”, “We will destroy ISIS”.  This is precisely what ISIS wants; they know that war in the Middle East waged by outsiders, namely the West and Russia, is a great recruiting tool to their cause.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why warship visit invitation?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

12 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there is a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the released TPPA text the government is saying ‘no problem’ for all the dangers to our democratic governance system in it through so-called investor state dispute tribunals,  restrictions on Pharmac, internet freedom, and other threats.   Read the rest of this entry »

Eastern Ward conversation about transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is good to see WCC in the Eastern Ward starting a conversation about transport issues in the ward.  Read the rest of this entry »

NZ Defence Industry Association annual conference – “defence”?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Sanji Gunasekara (6 Nov) and Noeline Gannaway (4 Nov) are on the mark.  The so-called “defence” (NZ Defence Industry Association) annual conference on 17/18 November has been approved by Positively Wellington Venues of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) to use the TSB Centre in Wellington which is a WCC facility.  Do Chris Whelan (WCC Chief Executive Officer), WREDA, the Mayor or council members know what military activities around the globe these many contractors are selling into? Read the rest of this entry »

The Wellingtonian’s trolley bus editorial seems confused.

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The Wellingtonian’s editorial of 8/10 on trolley buses with its reference to Wellington being the last to use trolleys in “Oceania . . . and where vehicles drive on the left” seems confused. What does that have to do with anything? By the end of the editorial though it is clear that it was part of an effort to describe trolleys as “nostalgia”. Read the rest of this entry »


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