Image NY times; Associated Press: Granny D

A recent posting on daily kos observes,  “People mock, and wonder how truckers (most of whom are economically  vulnerable) can afford to waste gas, and their own time, in an unprofitable semi-siege with no specific goal. Answer: they are funded by dark money. And I’d be surprised if they aren’t getting tactical advice as well.”

Dark money was made possible by the passage of  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States concerning the relationship between campaign finance and free speech. It was argued in 2009 and decided in 2010. Wikipedia

Date decidedJanuary 21, 2010

MajorityKennedy, joined by RobertsScaliaAlitoThomas (all but Part IV); StevensGinsburgBreyerSotomayor (Part IV)
ArgumentOral argument
Docket no08-205. 

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Hugging The Nature

Kaushal Kishore

When it comes to trees and nature, animals are also seen in full solidarity with human beings. Nature works as the best cementing force. Just see the two pictures below:

This reminds me of Chipko (to hug or cling) movement, one of the strongest movements to conserve forests in India, that was started in 70s in the Himalayan region of the present Uttarakhand state, originally by the villagers, especially women, by organising themselves under several smaller groups.

The activists resorted to chipko or tree-hugging, as a means of non-violent protest against felling of trees by the government-backed timber merchants. They used the tactic of embracing trees to impede loggers. They showed how the environment was a matter of life and death for them.

The Gandhian activist, Shri Sundarlal Bahuguna gave this movement a voice and proper direction. He coined the slogan, “Ecology is the permanent economy.” The movement under…

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Votes Against Capping Insulin Prices, Says People Should Just Lose Weight – Mother Jones

Among those voting “no” was Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), the GOP’s leading troll, who has come up with perhaps one of the most offensive justifications for GOP opposition to the popular bill. In his newsletter Friday, Gaetz told his constituents that he opposed the bill because fat people, not Big Pharma, are responsible for driving up the cost of insulin. He suggested that Type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to obesity, could be cured if only people would workout more and lose weight, at which point they wouldn’t need insulin anymore and the drug costs would fall without government intervention. Gaetz wrote:

While Democrat posturing of H.R. 6833 victimizes insulin payees as people with an uncontrollable disease that are being taken advantage of and need Big Brother to throw them a raft, lifestyle changes en masse would expeditiously lower demand and the subsequent prices of insulin. 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which “can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active.” Arbitrary price controls are no substitute for individual weight control. Since 2000, the number of diabetes cases in the U.S. has nearly doubled. The demand for insulin has increased and the requisite price increase has followed suit. In other words, the price of insulin increases as waistlines increase. 

Source: Rep. Matt Gaetz Votes Against Capping Insulin Prices, Says People Should Just Lose Weight – Mother Jones