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The intent of is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information and stimulation of discussions related to issues of importance to residents of Greene County, the Hudson Valley, the six-county Catskill region, and all of New York state. Our goal is to provide ongoing dialog that will promote the vision of Greene County as progressive, environmentally leading, educationally innovative, and supportive of local farms and business. We intend to take strong and detailed positions on issues and candidates, and critique politicians, government institutions and mass media, providing facts and opinions not always covered by print or electronic corporate media. In addition to fact-finding and criticism, this blog will recommend specific ideas and courses of action to consider.

We encourage participation, by all, concerning the issues and problems we are faced with now, and hope you will offer ideas and solutions that can lead to actions that allow Greene County, and all of New York state be to viewed as a model of progressive government, industry, education, and democracy.

We are not a forum for neo-con rants and uninformed extremism. We strongly believe that an informed and involved electorate is essential for the existence and growth of a society based on equality, openness, and mutual respect.

Postings will be reviewed and where appropriate, fact-checked.

Before casting your vote for the NY 19th Congressional district, please check out the real John Faso.  In 13 years in the State assembly, he missed nearly 1700 votes (NY Post – 5/8/06). He claims to be against special interests and corporate welfare – then why has he received $500,000 donations from Wall Street insiders, and why has he worked for corporate, and anti-environmental interests as a lobbyist? Let’s see where his money has come from in his long and checkered Albany career – let’s see his tax returns.

The past 5 years have seen dedicated and informative posts and excellent management of the site. We intend to continue this, with articles about local, state, national, and international politics. In addition there will be discussion of concepts such as Patriotism, Citizen rights and responsibilities, and corruption. Of course there will be areas devoted to individual candidates, where they get their money, what their history shows about their real intentions, and, in the end , who they really are beholden to. Especially in this time of mass media obfuscation, and convenient ignoring of important happenings and issues, we intend to highlight dishonesty in all forms of political discourse. On the positive side, there are some truly impressive new voices on the political scene, and we will talk about candidates, office holders, and activists who have risen above the self-serving political crowd and are having a real  positive impact on the world and our system.

We hope everyone will feel free to join the discussion, and we especially welcome ideas and information that other internet sites may have missed.

As many of you know, the Governor of Florida gives new meaning to the idea of Evil Politician. Not only is he a convicted felon, but he is hell-bent on ruining what is left of Florida’s environment and civilization – I am not exaggerating. Moveon is organizing a campaign to bring the right of recall to Florida – something we desperately need here too. They need signatures to bring the right of recall to the ballot, so I am asking that you contact any Florida voters you may know and refer them to this petition website. Here is a link.

If they are successful, we can try the same thing here, and maybe make politicians a little more responsive and honest.

From the Borowitz Report

DECEMBER 19, 2011

Trump to Run for President of North Korea

Promises Continuity of Leadership

PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – Within hours of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, real estate mogul Donald Trump roiled the political situation in that Stalinist country by announcing that he would run for its presidency.

“Kim Jong-Il ruled North Korea as the egomaniacal leader of a personality cult,” Mr. Trump told reporters en route to Pyongyang. “I can offer continuity of leadership.”

But Mr. Trump’s bid may be complicated by reports that, despite his death, the mercurial Kim plans to remain in power until 2024.