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Green for health

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians oppose your health.

The US has a for-profit health care system that does not work for the people or their health, but for the CEOs and shareholders of insurance corporations.

The skyrocketing cost of healthcare before and after Obamacare shows how completely ineffective that ACA was in making the broken system one bit better.

The ONLY thing that changed is that now: we are all forced to buy it.

Ventolin and Proventil are two medications that I use to breathe. So my ability to breathe is less important than the profits of my health care insurer?

In the US under Obamacare that is EXACTLY the case.
Starting in 2017: if I want to breathe: I will have to either find my medicine online without a prescription or go to Mexico because all who are stuck with for-profit insurance in the US: what medicines that we are prescribed is decided by our insurance companies instead of our doctors.

40+ Drugs to Be Dropped By Insurance

However Medicare: the single payer health care industry is UNAFFECTED by this as Medicare is a government run health care that will provide whatever medications that our doctor prescribes, though the patients will have to pay for the medications out of their own pockets.
http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/consumer-alert-hundreds-of-drugs-dropped-from-some-prescription-plans-780070467506

 

This is called profits over people.
This is why Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans are the enemy of ALL people.
This is why Hillary, Trump, Obama, the Democrat Party and the GOP are all the WRONG choice for you, me or anyone else.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/01/25/463809474/fight-to-lower-drug-prices-forces-some-to-switch-medication

If you vote for Hillary OR Trump: you are voting to not have actual health care.  What you get is a theft, a robbery, under the guise of being health care.
But it is neither about health nor about care.  It is about profit and only profit.

Lets look at this so-called health care “plan” by Hillary:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/

As president, Hillary will:

  • Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people.Hillary will stand up to Republican-led attacks on this landmark law—and build on its success to bring the promise of affordable health care to more people and make a “public option” possible. She will also support letting people over 55 years old buy into Medicare.
  • Bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles. American families are being squeezed by rising out-of-pocket health care costs. Hillary believes that workers should share in slower growth of national health care spending through lower costs.
  • Reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Prescription drug spending accelerated from 2.5 percent in 2013 to 12.6 percent in 2014. It’s no wonder that almost three-quarters of Americans believe prescription drug costs are unreasonable. Hillary believes we need to demand lower drug costs for hardworking families and seniors. Read more here
  • Protect consumers from unjustified prescription drug price increases from companies that market long-standing, life-saving treatments and face little or no competition. Hillary’s plan includes new enforcement tools that make drug alternatives available and increase competition, broaden emergency access to high-quality treatments from developed countries with strong safety standards, and hold drug companies accountable for unjustified price increases with new penalties. Read more here.
  • Fight for health insurance for the lowest-income Americans in every state by incentivizing states to expand Medicaid—and make enrollment through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act easier.
  • Expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status. Hillary will expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of immigration status by allowing families to buy health insurance on the health exchanges regardless of their immigration status.
  • Expand access to rural Americans, who often have difficulty finding quality, affordable health care. Hillary will explore cost-effective ways to make more health care providers eligible for telehealth reimbursement under Medicare and other programs, including federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.
  • Defend access to reproductive health care. Hillary will work to ensure that all women have access to preventive care, affordable contraception, and safe and legal abortion.
  • Double funding for community health centers, and support the healthcare workforce: As part of her comprehensive health care agenda, Hillary is committed to doubling the funding for primary-care services at community health centers over the next decade. Hillary also supports President Obama’s call for a near tripling of the size of the National Health Service Corps.

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What is this?  It is smoke and mirrors, it is NOT health care and it does not care or address the problems.
None of this forces insurance companies to let the doctor decide what medications are appropriate.
This does not address the fact that the problem is that the for-profit health care system is not about health or about care, it is ONLY about profit and not one thing more.

You want to see what a REAL health care plan looks like?
Something about health and care, NOT about profit?

http://www.gp.org/social_justice_2016/#sjHealthCare

F. Health Care

The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.

Our current health care system lets tens of thousands of people die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its exorbitant costs are crippling our economy. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system.

Under a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health care system, the administrative waste of private insurance corporations would be redirected to patient care. If the United States were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer plan, as in Canada and many European countries, the savings in administrative costs would be more than enough to offset the cost of additional care. Expenses for businesses currently providing coverage would be reduced, while state and local governments would pay less because they would receive reimbursement for services provided to the previously uninsured, and because public programs would cease to be the “dumping ground” for high-risk patients and those rejected by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) when they become disabled and unemployed. In addition, people would gain the peace of mind in knowing that they have health care they need. No longer would people have to worry about the prospect of financial ruin if they become seriously ill, are laid off their jobs, or are injured in an accident.

The Green Party supports a wide range of health care services, including conventional medicine, as well as the teaching, funding and practice of complementary, integrative and licensed alternative health care approaches.

Greens recognize that our own health is also intimately tied to the health of our communities and environment. To improve our own health, we must improve the quality of our air, water and food and the health of our workplaces, homes and schools.

The Green Party unequivocally supports a woman’s right to reproductive choice, no matter her marital status or age, and that contraception and safe, legal abortion procedures be available on demand and be included in all health insurance coverage in the U.S., as well as free of charge in any state where a woman’s income falls below the poverty level. [See section A.1. Women’s Rights in this chapter]

We recommend the following actions:

1. Single-Payer Health Care

Enact a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health plan that will provide the following with no increase in cost:

  1. A publicly funded health care insurance program, administered at the state and local levels, with comprehensive lifetime benefits, including dental, vision, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, medication coverage, and hospice and long-term care;
  2. Participation of all licensed and/or certified health providers, subject to standards of practice in their field, with the freedom of patients to choose the type of health care provider from a wide range of health care choices, and with decision-making in the hands of patients and their health providers, not insurance companies;
  3. Portability of coverage regardless of geographical location or employment;
  4. Cost controls via streamlined administration, national fee schedules, bulk purchases of drugs and medical equipment, coordination of capital expenditures and publicly negotiated prices of medications;
  5. Primary and preventive care as priorities, including wellness education about diet, nutrition and exercise; holistic health; and medical marijuana.
  6. More comprehensive services for those who have special needs, including the mentally ill, the differently abled and those who are terminally ill;
  7. A mental health care system that safeguards human dignity, respects individual autonomy, and protects informed consent;
  8. Greatly reduced paperwork for both patients and providers;
  9. Fair and full reimbursement to providers for their services;
  10. Hospitals that can afford safe and adequate staffing levels of registered nurses;
  11. Establishment of national, state, and local health policy boards consisting of health consumers and providers to oversee and evaluate the performance of the system, ensure access to care, and help determine research priorities; and
  12. Establishment of a National Health Trust Fund that would channel all current Federal payments for health care programs directly into the Fund, in addition to employees’ health premium payments.

2. AIDS / HIV

The Green Party calls for comprehensive, humane, and competent care of all people with AIDS/HIV.

An all-out campaign must be waged against AIDS/ HIV and other blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis. The AIDS epidemic has not been adequately addressed at the local, state, federal, or international levels. All people in all countries, including those with AIDS/HIV, have a right to medical care, protection from discrimination, and confidentiality. Drug corporations have a strong profit motivation to make this disease a manageable one (like diabetes) with guaranteed sales of very expensive drugs, in the billions of dollars every year. Drug companies have not emphasized research that targets a cure. While new drugs have dramatically saved lives, many have side effects so debilitating that the quality of life is poor, if not intolerable during the extended lifetime of the patient. But even these need to be produced generically to stop the devastation resulting from corporate refusal to provide these drugs to the millions dying throughout the world who cannot afford these basic lifesaving drugs. Drug researchers should have a cure for AIDS as their ultimate goal.

We recommend the following actions:

  1. Increased funding for AIDS education and patient care.
  2. Increased funding for comprehensive sex education that includes AIDS education.
  3. Increased funding for research focusing on a cure, methods of prevention, and on bolstering the immune system.
  4. Improved technology, facilities, laboratories, researchers, staff and personnel to cure AIDS/HIV. A “Manhattan Project” for a cure is required.
  5. Complete sharing of information among researchers, funding agencies (including corporations), and the public on AIDS/HIV before awarding the next research grant.
  6. More research into better methods of prevention of HIV infection. While we support condom use, better condoms are also required. We support more vaccine research as well as research on prevention methods such as microbicides. People must be provided the means and support to protect themselves from all sexually transmitted diseases.
  7. Equal access to AIDS education, treatment and medications for all affected. Accordingly, funding and accountability should be increased.
  8. Allowing all prisoners affected with AIDS/HIV in all countries to have the same access as free citizens to education, treatment, preventive measures (including condom use), and medical care.
  9. A uniform international definition of AIDS.
  10. Protecting the confidentiality of all people diagnosed with AIDS/HIV or tested for HIV.
  11. More careful and timely approval of effective AIDS drugs by the FDA.
  12. Production of affordable and available versions of patented medicines in all countries.
  13. Targeting the young for age-appropriate education about AIDS/HIV and appropriate methods of prevention. We support sex education and the distribution of condoms in schools.
  14. Prevention awareness and access to condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. We condemn HIV-related discrimination.
  15. Make drug treatment and other programs available for all addicts who seek help.
  16. Expand clinical trials for treatments and vaccines.
  17. Speed-up the FDA drug approval process.
  18. Providing housing for homeless and poor people with AIDS/HIV.
  19. Providing treatment for homeless people with AIDS/ HIV.
  20. Support for needle exchange programs and for programs to help drug addicts.
  21. No mandatory screening for AIDS/HIV; anonymous screening must be available.
  22. Lifting the ban prohibiting HIV positive people from entering the U.S. as visitors or as immigrants.

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Will Media Sheeple unplug from the Matrix?

Today a lifelong party supporter pointed out that I use WikiLeaks, Guccifer, NPR, and foreign news sources for sources for much of what I post.

Damn right.
Why?

Seems pretty obvious to me, but okay for those who refuse to pay attention, here is why in pretty pictures.

Every single corporate news media in the US is backing Hillary Clinton for President right now as their NUMBER ONE lobbying and bribery recipient INCLUDING Fox News Corp.
Every
Single
One
Did you grasp that?

Every single (that means all)
US media corporations (the big corporations that control the media)
ALL back (fund, support, bribe and pay for)
THE SAME CANDIDATE for president: Hillary Clinton.

ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN ALL back Hillary.
Still think that there is a difference????

Trump IS going down but he is NOT taking most of the GOP with him.
Why?
Because that is what the corporate oligarchs want.
Follow the money.
When you wake up: STOP voting DemocraPublican.
The GOP will remain to give you the ILLUSION of choice.
Same wars
Same regulation of the people
Same deregulation of corporations.
Regulation of the people:
War on drugs
War on terror
Patriot Act
Indefinite detention
Warrantless spying and surveillance
for-profit healthcare (because people are easier to control when you hold the medicine that they need to live)
for-profit education (because stupid people are easier to control)
GMO toxins, fracking, poisoned air and water (because if you cannot afford to buy organic and have water and air filters, then you should be exterminated for fun and profit
BOTH parties are 100% behind that regulation of people
Deregulation of business
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
Commodities Futures Modernization Act
NAFTA
TPP
Dodd-Frank
TARP bankster bailouts
Corporate subsidies
Quantitative easing (QE) gives banks zero interest use of money that we the tax payers PAID to print which the banks then charge us interest and fees to use. Result? Record bank profits charging us to use our own money.
Lax if any penalties for major oil, gas, radiation spills. We are being poisoned. Most of the US has toxins in their water, most have toxins in their soil, Most have toxins in their food. Only the very rich can afford to deal with all of this. Both parties are deregulating corporations and letting us die and get sick as a consequence.
Proof?
Follow the money.
Here is the money trail, straight from the Federal Election Campaign.
The SAME money goes to BOTH parties.
Hillary is winning because corporations WANT Hillary winning.
The Trump tapes were released so that you would not read the Podesta emails.
It was all a planned distraction.

 

Evidence:

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So for all of you who LIKE obeying your corporate masters, by all means please do vote for Hillary and abdicate your thinking to the corporations who obviously put your needs above their own profits.
But for those of us without cranial-rectum disorder: we will not join you in supporting another war, or another free trade deal, or more fracking, or more police state abuse, or more failed war on drugs, more war on terror, more police state, more dioxin, more GMO carcinogens, more Wall Street deregulation, more for-profit health care.

Unlike you Hillbots:
We oppose Hillary’s wars.  Iraq, Syria, Libya and if she keeps her promises: Iran.
We opposed the Clinton’s homophobia: DOMA and DADT.
We opposed the Clinton’s 3 strikes police state.
We opposed the Patriot Act which takes away RIGHTS from the people and allows warrantless spying and indefinite detention without due process.
We opposed NAFTA that Clinton ratified and TPP that Hillary sold our allies on and Obama is pushing into law.
We oppose Hillary’s cabinet of Monsanto, and big oil crooks with their poison the world agenda.

And speaking of poison:
We opposed Clinton’s 1990s poison the world campaign with GMOs laden with rBGH and glyphosphate and we told you that it was carcinogenic but you did not believe us.  Now US produce is banned in nearly ALL of the civilized world, but do eat up and do enjoy the new Obama dioxin that is now being sprayed on Dow24D food crops post 2012.  Never mind that dioxin is one of the two most toxic chemicals known to man: Hillary said that it is about (and I quote) “drought resistance”

So Hillbots, we see you watching your propaganda and voting for Hillary.
You are afraid that Trump will win?
Let that go.
The corporate money is all aligned on Hillary, and nobody else.
Does this not tell you ANYTHING?
Trump was a distraction.
Trump is  DELIBERATELY acting crazy to SCARE you into voting for Hillary.
He is making himself so incredibly dangerous and unacceptable that sane person would dare risk his election!
The ONLY reason WHY the media is making you think that he even has a chance is to SCARE you into backing their candidate instead of thinking for yourself.
Not one corporate media corporation is putting their money on Trump.
WHY?
Why is FOX News corp backing Hillary?
They slam her daily on TV yet, she gets more money from them than ANYONE else does!
HELLO?
Do you see how they have been playing you YET?media-not-reflection-of-reality

This is not a new game.  The media has been using fear to pull our strings since the nation was founded:

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Why you should care?
You are being robbed (literally)

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Dont believe me: follow the money and you will find the truth.
I provided screen captures, follow the FEC reports, use OpenSecrets or whatever FEC based source that you want.

Follow the money, it never lies.

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So that is the problem.  Here comes the solution after a brief station identification:

This message brought to you from OUTSIDE of the matrix where the free-thinkers live.  Those who have rebelled against the corporate wishes and are continuing the Revolution that Bernie TALKED about but was never really a part of.

We are the Greens and Socialists who fight for LIBERTY against AUTHORITY.
That means: ENDING the war on drugs.
ENDING the war on terror.
ENDING the police state.
ONLY locking up violent offenders and holding law enforcement and government accountable to the people.
Restoring justice to this unjust corrupt society.
Ending ALL lobbying and bribery of all government workers.
Putting term limits on all politicians.
Having free public elections and banning ALL campaign advertisements.
Downsizing the military and closing all overseas bases unless the host nation wants to pay to keep them open.  (No more free police to the world on our backs).

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Each of the items above cost our nation trillions.
Not only would ending the stupid wars, war on drugs, war on terror end the deficit, create a surplus of money and a need to replace soldier’s jobs with things that benefit us all and our nation and world.
With a small fraction of that money we could easily invest in:
Protecting you the people from defective products and pollution.
Subsidizing green renewable energy and investing in infrastructure instead of war.
Public health care, public education.

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This is the correct path for America, and it is the opposite of where the DemocraPublicans have taken us.  We cannot be a police state and a land of the free.
We are either free or we are not.
It is time to regulate the police, the government and the corporations and to STOP regulating the citizens.  It is time to vote Green and Socialist.
Hillary is not your friend.
She does not work for you.
Neither does Donald.
Unplug your corporate media propaganda and get real.
Join the Revolution.
Join the Green party, we wont send your children to die in a war.
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Drugs have won the war on drugs

If only Greens and Socialists (the parties who oppose the stupid failed war on drugs) would win instead of the DemocraPublicans who created and continue the stupid failed war on drugs.

If only voters would stop voting for the war on drugs, we could finally use that money for something useful, like public healthcare?
Like free universities?
You know, like the rest of the developed world?
Like Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and much of South America?

 

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Democrats are NOT liberals

Democrats are not liberals.
Hillary cannot even comprehend what liberals are talking about.
Hillary says (on audio and video) that free health care and free public universities are impossible dreams.
Yet most of the developed world including Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia have EXACTLY what Hillary is saying is not possible.
 
Because Hillary (like Trump) belongs to Wall Street.
What you want crumbs?
Silly establishment voter: crumbs are not possible for you.
DemocraPublicans and Libertarians represent the oligarchy, NOT the people.
 
OR
You can vote Green or Socialist and realize that government is BY the people FOR the people.
 
It is your choice.
Free health care for all? Or endless wars in the Middle East?
Free universities for all? Or more corporate subsidies?
 


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Why would anyone vote for war?

Trump and Hillary are trying to out scare their supporters.
Both promise war and more war on  ISIS, in Syria.
Both have supported war and continue to support war.
Trump wants more military, more police, more violence.
Hillary wants more boots on the ground in Syria and in her personal “business opportunity” in Iraq.

Do you have children?
Have you ever had children?
Do you like children?
Then why vote to kill them in endless stupid wars?
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This is focused more on Hillary probably because Trump is unlikely to win.
Add blatant racism and deportation and think of how many families will be missing their children after a Trump win?

Stop letting war pig oligarchs destroy your families and the families of others.
Stand up for peace.
Vote Green to end wars, downsize the military, de-militarize the police, end the failed war on drugs (instead of escalating it like Trump promises) and get drug users out of prison and into rehab.

Our worst enemies are the Democrats and Republicans, not the Iraqis, not the Syrians, not the Palestinians, not the Libyans.
You are 8 times more likely to be shot by the police than by a terrorist in the US.
Let’s change that?
Let’s stop the violence and stop the madness?
Stop voting for war mongers and police-state authoritarians.

Sources:

2002 pro-war Hillary:

2004 pro-war Hillary:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/04/21/iraq.hillary/

2008 pro-war Hillary:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/13/hillary-clinton-defends-2_n_81261.html

 

Hillary admits that her vote for Iraq war was a bribe.
War for sale:

http://usuncut.com/politics/hillary-clinton-iraq-war-vote-bribe-video/

2011 Hillary Iraq war is a Business Opportunity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4amgOoCE5gY

 

Hillary and Trump are trying to outdo one another in an effort to appear more pro-Israel:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-clinton-idUSKBN0TP0QN20151206

Hillary says that the best thing that the US can do is to destroy Syria for Israel.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/hillary-clinton-destroy-syria-for-israel-the-best-way-to-help-israel/5515741


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2016 US Presidential election mistakes

No candidate is perfect.
Even my choice of candidate has issues.
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However compare the mistakes of Jill to the devastation caused by Hillary’s wars, the Clinton Wall Street deregulation, GMOs, and Free trade?
Hillary is a monster whose choices kill people.
Hillary has never found a war that she opposed yet and she has repeatedly called for MORE wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and so on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_1-eoNXVoQ
Hillary is the most blatantly corrupt candidate of all time.
Her email deletion was on a magnitude far greater than Nixon who deleted a tape.
Her corruption accepting bribes from corporations and foreign governments has tainted and compromised her and there is a definite connection between funding and government contracts.
Hillary’s campaign and Foundation is backed/funded by the military-industrial complex, Wall Street, Saudia Arabia, Quatar, Israel, Monsanto (she even has Monsanto employees like Jerry Crawford running her campaign) and countless other corporate and foreign interests.
In 2012 when Obama’s EPA gave Dow permission to use dioxin on 24D GMO food crops, Hillary responded that it was about “drought resistance” and that we should all trust GMO crops.  Trust dioxin?  One of the 2 most caustic and carcinogenic substances known to man?  Hillary is by far the worst candidate that I have ever seen.  She makes  serial killers look like humanitarians by contrast.
We do not even need to see a Trump presidency to know that he is completely insane and disconnected from reality.
Trump pledges tyranny, a police state expanding the war on drugs, immigration and walls, walls for everyone.  Not to mention blatant racism, sexism, and the mere fact that he is a spoiled rich kid who has NO idea what anyone goes though on a daily basis.  The mere fact that Trump is a Wall Street billionaire should alone be enough to discourage ANYONE from voting for him ever.  But add the racism, add the fact that he is a Republican and honestly: the man is simply unfit to be mayor of a town of 50 people, because the odds are that a brown person or a female will eventually pass by there.  
Gary Johnson’s party platform calls for government for the highest bidder with complete deregulation of all bribery, corruption and campaign finance.
It is not simply the government that it is the problem: it is the corruption of it that is worst for the people.  A truly representative government that is held accountable would work for the people who it is held to account by.  But a corrupt system only serves those who can afford to buy it.    libertarian-vs-green-bribery
Libertarian, Democrat and Republican deregulation is not just bad for the government either.  It is a direct threat to our very existence.
One look at the countless nuclear disasters: Fukishima, Turkey Point, 3 mile Island, Indian Point, West Lake landfill: and we see the idiocy of deregulation of  nuclear energy.

One look at the countless oil and gas spills of highly toxic chemicals that literally poison people by the thousands, killing some, and sickening all should be enough to see the idiocy of deregulation of oil and gas.  Look at the illnesses caused by the Porter Ranch Gas leak, the deaths in Detroit from the water, the poisoning going on in every state.
BP oil spill, multiple Shell and Exxon spills.  Fracking and natural gas leaks fill water with poisonous flammable material and spew methane into the air.  There are over 743 oil spills in the last few years ALL were preventable because oil and gas are allowed to be pumped in SINGLE wall pipe.  SINGLE WALL. 

Do you realize how CHEAP that pipe is?
Oil is expensive, pipe is NOT.
The regulation should be simple: dual wall pipe with sensors in between and shutoff valves ever few miles.  Sensors are CHEAP, wires are cheap.
Why are these cheap solutions not used?
Deregulation and PROFITS.
Because even if it is cheap, it is LESS profit.
Deregulation kills people.  We are being poisoned by deregulation and few of us are aware because the media is ignoring all of this.
Takata airbags have been KILLING people.  Deregulate that and it will continue.
The solutions are so simple, but it requires regulation to enforce minimum standards or people will die as a result.   
So Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are ALL unacceptable choices as all will protect corporations from you.  All will allow corporations to poison you, your food, your water, your air without your knowledge or consent and you will be at increased risk for cancer and death because that saves some oil and gas company a few cents per barrel.

All would allow explosive air bags with little if any oversight to wreck your face or kill you to save the company a few cents per unit.
All would allow big pharma to sell you deadly poisons (chemotherapy etc).

Democrats and Republicans would even go so far as to ban medicinal herbs and natural solutions such as hemp and cannabis.
Democrats and Republicans would even go so far as to ban hemp (not the stuff that you can get high on) as a biofuel, construction material, or fuel despite the cost that it is more effective and efficient than cotton, corn, or cutting trees.  More yield faster with less expense.  In fact: hemp replaces nourishment lost in crop depletion and as part of a crop rotation strategy reduces the need for fertilizers.  There is simply ZERO downside to hemp.

To be fair: Jill has some views that I think go a bit far.
Yes television and wifi do emit radiation, but taking them out of pre-school seems a bit heavy handed.
I am an electronics engineer: she is correct that these are radiation emitting devices and too much exposure can have adverse effects.
However, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages as with a television and internet access: we can show you the universe (in real time).
But this is a small part of her view and not even mentioned on her platform as a priority.
However: I am quite disappointed with Jill for this stupid act of vandalism (below).
Yes, it was for a cause that I support, but this action was not the way to go about fighting for change.  The cause that I support is far bigger than the vandalism problem, but the problem carries deep implications that really need to be addressed.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2016/09/jill-stein-to-face-vandalism-charges-after-north-dakota-protest/?utm_content=buffer50157&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

(Again, minor, but damn stupid).
I share this because we need to be open and honest about what we do right and wrong.
I do hope that Jill’s campaign is listening.
 
Vandalism.
Not the answer. (Even when done for a “good” cause).
Just a stupid idea.
I wish that I were her campaign strategist if this is what passes for a good idea.
I would have counseled against this.
Crime, even petty crime is not presidential.
The president should uphold the law, ALL of it.
Disdain for the laws that apply to others is one more why Hillary should be banned.
Hillary feels that she is above the law because of her position.
How can we be the same (lawbreaking) on small issues and be trusted on large ones?
Now granted many laws require changing, but vandalism is not one of them!
That said: I am STILL voting for Jill.
But this is yet another grating little thing that I really do not appreciate about her.
Let’s brainstorm better ways of getting attention?
The Green party is great for the people, great for health, great for the environment.  
Greens will end these stupid wars, stop police brutality, end the stupid war on drugs, protect the environment, invest in health care, infrastructure, mass transit, renewable energy, clean technologies and propel us forward with innovation and inventions that benefit us instead of harming us.
Let’s not trash that with graffiti?

We are the right party.  We make mistakes, but lets not make any more?
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Proof that Deregulation DOES NOT work

Just one of COUNTLESS examples of where countless people are being sickened and killed for the greed and profit of corporations and billionaires DESPITE the fact that the solution would actually cost less than the loss of productivity and lobbying/bribery of government officials.

This is why I left the DNC and will never vote Republican, Libertarian or Democrat again.

First the problem:

Natural gas leaks killing and destroying in the US:

From 1994 through 2013, the U.S. had 745 serious incidents with gas distribution, causing 278 fatalities and 1059 injuries, with $110,658,083 in property damage.[38]

From 1994 through 2013, there were an additional 110 serious incidents with gas transmission, resulting in 41 fatalities, 195 injuries, and $448,900,333 in property damage.[39]

From 1994 through 2013, there were an additional 941 serious incidents with gas all system type, resulting in 363 fatalities, 1392 injuries, and $823,970,000 in property damage.[40]

A recent Wall Street Journal review found that there were 1,400 pipeline spills and accidents in the U.S. 2010-2013. According to the Journal review, four in every five pipeline accidents are discovered by local residents, not the companies that own the pipelines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents#United_States

WHO FINDS THE LEAKS?
NOT the oil or gas company but VICTIMS who were sickened by the leak in the first place!!!!

WHY?
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Profits.

Why? Because single wall pipe and absolutely no standards.

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According to the Journal review, four in every five pipeline accidents are discovered by local residents (who are made sick or have family members die), not the companies that own the pipelines.

Why?

Pipe is CHEAP. Double wall pipe could have sensors in between the two walls.
Sensors are CHEAP, wire is CHEAP.
Those sensors could have automatic shutoff valves every few miles.
Guess how many leaks and spills that we would have then?
NONE.

People are dying for profits and lack of regulation.
I have been fighting this for decades.
I am an engineer with a cheap solution; but the bean counters run these companies for profit, not for safety.
And THAT is why we need regulations to FORCE minimum standards.

That is why we need Greens, NOT Democrats, Libertarians or Republicans.

The solution is cheap and simple:

I wrote this minimum standard for the Keystone XL pipeline almost a decade ago.
I published it widely, gave it away, sent it to my elected congress and senate (Rep Sanchez, Sens Boxer and Feinstein, as well as President Obama).
NOTHING done.
These politicians are being bribed and lobbied by the very billionaires and corporations who are doing the damage, why would they care what some citizen/environmentalist/engineer thinks?
Bean counters run the oil companies, and bribe the crooked elected officials to deregulate, not to enforce minimum standards.

I actually create solutions.
I have solved problems that were once thought to be impossible, and created or worked on a team that created several patented new inventions.

THE SOLUTION:

Here is what I propose for pipeline standards:

The MINIMUM standard for an oil or gas pipeline
I will only agree to a pipeline WHEN ALL of the following is met:

1. There will be a pipe INSIDE of a pipe with sensors in-between to detect leakage.

2. There will be automatic shutoffs in event of a leak and there will be such a shutoff every few miles or at regular intervals. If a valve fails: the previous valve must have sensors to detect and controls to automatically shut off.

3. The oil company MUST warehouse enough parts to replace a few sections including sensors and valves. These parts must be maintained and regularly inspected by government regulators at oil company expense.
(because we cannot predict every situation to befall this pipeline, but if we have parts: we can resolve it. and look at the desired path: right through TORNADO ALLEY).

4. There must be a reinforced embankment on either side of the pipeline to prevent/minimize damage from tornadoes/ floods and to conceal this eyesore from the eyes and view of neighbors. The outer view of the embankment must contain vegetation and trees placed close enough to make it appear to blend naturally (of course with access areas concealed by an open extension on one side so that entry is a zig-zag with ample room for even the heaviest of equipment). Trees must be selected based upon tornado resistance in tornado prone areas. Equipment must be able to get to and between either side of the embankment to reach any section or segment of pipe.
Additionally: one of the largest causes of pipeline leaks are bullet holes resulting from pipes running through wilderness and hunting grounds where bullets can inadvertently (or deliberately) penetrate the current single wall standard pipe. This embankment must completely hide the pipe from any shooting position in surrounding areas and create a visual blind.

5. The pipeline company and oil companies and their employees must be permanently banned from lobbying the government or regulators.

6. For oil pipes: there must be an oil and water moisture barrier trough under or buried under the ENTIRE length of the pipeline that extends to the embankments that will deposit in collection pools along the way in event of a spill. Collection pools must test all water and ensure purity before purging and water must be kept purged at a rate consistent with flow. This can use additional pools for water treatment if required. Each pool must have a redundant barrier with sensors to detect leakage. Any leakage in trough results in shutdown of the entire pipeline until leaks are corrected. If pool leaks are detected, alternative pools must be selected immediately or the pipeline must be shutdown until a secure pool without leaks is identified.

7. The combination of embankment and moisture barrier trough must present a third line of defense against spills and leaks.

8. All of the above must be maintained and tested at regular intervals and inspected at oil company expense.

9. The pipeline, embankments and pools must be braced for earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and lightning.

10. There must be a redundant security fence and warning system with CCTV and rapid response monitoring. All CCTV must have behavioral recognition systems in place and every camera must be in the field of view of at least one other camera. Every entry must have security monitored access controls or security presence. In event of any perimeter fence, CCTV or access controls failure/or intrusion detection: rapid response teams must be deployed, law enforcement AND military must be notified and scrambled. There will be a tax levvy assessment made on the oil to offset the costs of this and additional environmental impact studies. Pipeline company will comply with all environmental report findings and decisions or forfeit interest in the pipeline.

When the oil company agrees to these terms: THEN and ONLY THEN will I support their pipeline.
Funny thing? It really would not add a lot of cost and would save them a bundle WHEN the leaks happen (not if). All of this technology exists today including the behavioral recognition systems.

Please feel free to use or share this idea?
Please credit Veronica Spang to the extent that my design was followed when shared or implemented. Just a simple acknowledgement is minimal requirement. It would be a pleasure to participate in bringing this design to a required minimum standard, and to actually create working models.  Lets make a better future for our species?
Let’s stop the greed of corrupt politicians by voting Green and eliminating ALL bribery and lobbying of government?
Lets have sensible environmentally-friendly use of all chemicals and look for non-toxic solar and wind energy and restrict petroleum use to things that cannot be done with other solutions while we seek out those solutions?
Why are we letting the worst polluters have unfettered control of government?
These corporations are killing us, our friends, our neighbors, our families for their own profit and greed.
The reality is that the value of the oil or gas far exceeds that of the pipe or the sensors.
In the long run: doing it right COSTS LESS.  Much less.
Let’s get Greens elected and start working on making more money with less damage and harm?
The future and profits will be in clean and renewable solutions, any rational/sane person is going to choose the non-toxic solutions versus the one that causes them harm.
We can either embrace this or continue to be left behind as others do.