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The 36 year old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana is my candidate for DNC Chair election this Saturday.  He is a successful, smart (Harvard), articulate, progressive, elected millennial from a red state in the heartland.  Just what we need to win back Congress and Statehouses next year.

He is seen as everyone’s second choice and an outside the Beltway generational bridge between the two deadlocked inside factions — Congressman Keith Ellison from the Sanders wing and Labor Secretary Tom Perez under President Obama.

He served ( US Navy ) two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was endorsed  by former Vermont Governor and DNC Chairs, Howard Dean and  MA Treasurer Steve Grossman and MD Governor Martin O’Malley.

Dean said he would not only lead a 50 state strategy but he would lead a 50 year strategy to re-build the party from the ground up !  Today, on MSNBC Mayor Pete outlined his Four F’s platform : Freedom, Families, Fairness and Future.

Call your member of Congress @ 202-224-3121 — even though they are not voting members of the DNC — to let them hear your voice on this important election for the future of our beloved Democratic Party.  Some MOC can and have endorsed candidates for Chair.  There are 447 voting members of the DNC and a majority is needed to win.  Mayor Pete said it’s like running for Class President.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Fred  Rich  LaRiccia

If you see something...

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I see on their website that the Dept. of Homeland Security has trademarked the phrase “If you see something, say something.TM”  I wonder if that will interfere with my t-shirt design?  In any case, I offer it under a creative commons Attribution – Share Alike license, and leave it to people who are more artistically and entrepreneurially inclined than I am (and possibly their attorneys) to take care of the implementation.

It looks like this:

See something?




Say something!

The words in the list could be over someone’s picture, or moved around to form the legs of a triangle with a picture or graphic inside; the words in the list could be adjusted to suit your particular concerns.

Time to start reminding people that security comes in a variety of flavors, and that there are alternative approaches to hiding behind a wall with as many guns as you can stockpile.


Good news about renewables and jobs makes our failure painfully clear

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Jobs in wind and solar are both growing like gangbusters and comprise the majority of jobs in the electric-power sector, according to the US Department of Energy (motto: Not Eliminated Yet).

More workers in solar than fossil-fuel-powered generation

If the above chart does not reproduce, it’s in the linked story, and worth a look.

Solar alone beats fossil (and nuclear); wind alone beats coal. Cheers and congratulations and thank you to the policy advocates and entrepreneurs who made this possible.

This is amazing good news, and I hate to spoil the party. But I have a question.

An Enemy of the People

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I know it’s Twitter, and I know we’re supposed to look into his heart, but this is beyond the proverbial pale, and he really should apologize for it.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 1h1 hour ago
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

EVENT: Let's Get Local: Attracting Capital to Local Energy Projects

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Encouraging and empowering people to act locally binds together the local fabric of a community. People build thriving communities when they invest locally. The entire community benefits when small businesses and investors recirculate their dollars in the local economy.

This is something we all hear too often – “shop local”, “think global, act local”. But how often do we apply this framework to our energy use? How often do we turn on our light switch without thinking about where it comes from? Local energy empowers communities to work together to make effective investments, leveraging the support and incentives offered by utilities and the state and federal governments. Come learn about moving capital to local energy projects and building up value in the local economy.

Join Climate Action Business Association for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Charlie Lord of Renew Energy Partners, Principle
  • Isaac Baker, Founder of Resonant Energy
  • Richard Andre, President of  Vineyard Power Cooperative
  • Kevin Dutt, Managing Director of Boston Impact Initiative
  • Moderator: Eric Grunebaum, clean energy consulting via Cambridge Energy Advisors and co-founder of toggle

Date: Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 6:00
Location: 131 Cambridge St., Boston, MA


  • 6:00-6:30 Networking
  • 6:30-7:00 Panel Introductions
  • 7:00-7:30 Panel Q&A
  • 7:30-8:00 Networking

Click here to RSVP.

Trump's Personal Attorney Delivers "Peace for No Sanctions" Proposal

More from Boris and Natasha? - promoted by hesterprynne

What the f-ck are you doing? You’re hanging around my f-ckin’ neck like a vulture, like impending danger.


Hours ago, the New York Times dropped a bombshell.

“A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.”

The timing, as the lede suggests, is important, but the proposal’s authors, a group of Trump operatives, are more interesting:

Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen hand-delivered the proposal. Former campaign manager Paul Manafort, pro-Putin, Ukrainian parliamentarian named Andrii V. Artemenko, and convicted Russian American mobster Felix Sater authored it. You’re going to hear a lot about these guys in the next few weeks, though Felix Sater is perhaps the most colorful of the four.

The son of an underboss to the “boss of all bosses” of the Russian mafia, Felix Sater has a past that would make his father proud:

  • In 1993, Felix served a year in prison for stabbing a New York commodities broker in the face with part of a margarita glass.
  • In 1998, Felix pled guilty to running a pump-and-dump stock* scheme for his employer White Rock Partners. He was able to buy himself out of jail time by providing useful information to the FBI and CIA.
  • More recently, Felix has been charged with tax evasion. He ran the Bayrock Group with another son of a mobster, doing high-end real estate deals, skimming money from the business, not paying taxes, and trying to cover it up. Interestingly, DONALD TRUMP, JR. and IVANKA TRUMP have been named as material witnesses in the case.

Trump’s denials to the contrary, Felix Sater seems to have grown into the Trump organization like a tumor. Sater and Bayrock’s involvement began with Trump Soho, perhaps the key project ”in the post-bankruptcy era in which Trump appeared heavily reliant on Russian funds to finance his projects. Sater was at the center of that project. The details only came to light after the project got bogged down in a complicated series of lawsuits.”

It was in these lawsuits that Trump denied knowing Sater. However, as Josh Marshall writes,

now we learn that Sater is still very much in the Trump orbit and acting as a go-between linking Trump and a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian pitching ‘peace plans’ for settling the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. (Artemenko is part of the political faction which Manafort helped build up in the aftermath of the ouster of his Ukrainian benefactor, deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.) Indeed, far, far more important, Cohen–who is very close to Trump and known for dealing with delicate matters–is in contact with Sater and hand delivering political and policy plans from him to the President.

In Russia, and apparently in Trump’s business dealings and presidential administration, it’s not easy to separate the businessmen from the criminals. And it’s not hard to believe that Trump and/or more people close to him are actively involved in a shady push to lift sanctions on Russia.  As John Schindler, a former intelltigence operative who (ironically) writes for Jared Kushner’s father’s paper, has written about Flynn’s now infamous contacts with Russia on sanctions:

it’s difficult to see how Flynn decided to parley with Moscow without a go-ahead of some kind from Donald Trump. We don’t know this to be the case and cannot allege or even speculate that this occurred. But while Flynn is unquestionably a loose cannon, as a career military man he understands the chain of command with perfect clarity. Moreover, accepting that the soon-to-be National Security Advisor opened up back-channels of communication with the Kremlin all by himself is as credible as the notion that the Plumbers decided to break into the Watergate without orders from higher up.

The plot thickens. The motives on the Russian side are clear. We still don’t know why Trump favors Vladimir Putin or lifting sanctions. He’s been trying to do business in Russia since 1986. He likes authoritarians. He likes money. He has poor impulse control.

*  A pump-and-dump stock scheme starts with purchasing a bunch of inexpensive stock on the sly, and then selling stocks quickly and fraudulently to drive up the stock price. When the price gets high enough, the criminals sell their stock at the inflated price. The stock eventually crashes and stock buyers lose their money). 





WSJ: Climate-blind, soft-pedaling the predatory Pruitt

The Wall Street Journal is always chockfull of ironies and surprises. Just recently the WSJ’s Bret Stephens delivered the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA, a fiercely eloquent, well-received broadside pushing back against Trump’s attack on reality. Applause! 

One wishes that Mr. Stephens had applied this independence of thought and intellectual integrity to the subject of climate. No: Stephens is a fierce and retrograde climate denier, one of the worst of the ostrich crowd. As he once told Bill Maher, “consensus should not rule science.” Ah. So we should base extremely-high-stakes public policy on fringe opinions, then?

Then there was Kimberly Strassel’s interview with Scott Pruitt (paywall, I read it so you don’t have to), in which she laughably claims that he’s just gonna play it straight down the middle, yessir:

Republican presidents tend to nominate one of two types of administrator to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The first is the centrist—think Christie Todd Whitman (2001-03)—who might be equally at home in a Democratic administration. The other is the fierce conservative—think Anne Gorsuch (1981-83)—who views the agency in a hostile light.

Scott Pruitt, whom the Senate confirmed Friday, 52-46, doesn’t fit either mold. His focus is neither expanding nor reducing regulation.

Except for killing the Clean Power Plan, one of our last and best hopes for averting an utter climate catastrophe in mere decades — if it takes that long.

Pruitt claims he won’t “prejudge the question” as to whether the EPA will regulate carbon dioxide:

,,, Does EPA even possess the tools, under the Clean Air Act, to address this? It’s a fair question to ask if we do, or whether there in fact needs to be a congressional response to the climate issue.

You may remember Massachusetts vs. EPA, the 2007 case that confirmed that yes indeed, Congress did require the EPA to address CO2. There is no mention of Massachusetts vs. EPA in the entire interview. Huh. Expect more lawsuits as he tries to ignore this hard-fought requirement.

He also promises an anti-intellectual chill, an ideological attack on EPA’s science. In doing so, he essentially uses the Trumpian intellectual black hole “A lot of people believe/don’t believe XYZ”:

… Mr. Pruitt plans to overhaul the agency’s procedure for producing scientific studies and cost-benefit analyses. “The citizens just don’t trust that EPA is honest with these numbers,” he says. “Let’s get real, objective data, not just do modeling. Let’s vigorously publish and peer-review science. Let’s do honest cost-benefit work. We need to restore the trust.”

That is some fancy word salad, loaded with innuendo. Whose trust? Who are you talking about? Dare you talk about “the citizens”, who overwhelmingly support regulations for clean air, clean water, clean energy, and climate action?

No. As we protested at Copley yesterday — Objective Reality Exists.

“Restoring trust” to Pruitt means handing over the agency to the interests of those that have paid for his career advancement. Just look at the names on this press release, menacingly entitled Job Creators, American Energy Producers, Farmers and Elected Officials Cheer Scott Pruitt’s Ascension to EPA Administrator — industry hacks and politicians, from fossil fuels to the pig-shit industry; not a single individual who has actually done environmental protection. And some of us thought that was the agency’s job.

It comes straight from the top: The Trump administration’s incessant lying, about matters large and small, is a slap in the face to every person who is honest, diligent, checks their facts, and tries to do a good and thorough job. That includes the professionals at the EPA who have dedicated their careers to protecting the public from environmental pollution and degradation. And in 46 years, they have been wildly, overwhelmingly successful at it, saving countless lives and trillions of dollars – so much so that doubtless we take their success for granted.

If there’s a silver lining — there isn’t really — it’s that Strassel and Pruitt still have to pay lip service to the critical role the EPA plays. But they make pretty damned clear that this is to be an anti-scientific, industry-captured agency, to be rearranged for the purpose of privatized-gain and socialized loss. We drink coal — they make money.

I beg a favor: If you show up to your representative’s town hall — buttonhole them on climate, as well as health care and refugees and treason and the lot. It’s a problem of long-term consequences that require immediate action.

And Mr. Pruitt — We’ll see you in court.

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Thinking Beyond Resistance

I'm not sure whether the goal should be "converts" or, rather, energizing non-voters who are basically with us already. My instinct - and that's all it is at this point - is that an energized, organized resistance will help drive a respectable number of people to the polls who didn't show up in 2016. Enough? Dunno. But the presidency was decided by a hair. Congressional elections are a bigger question, IMHO. - promoted by david

The resistance is important since it stops unlawful and immoral actions before they can become law. It also keeps the opposition organized and focused. But is it converting enough supporters of Trump into opponents to make an impact? The reality is, it’s critical for the resistance to win converts without compromising its values. I am not sure how we do this, but asking ‘how?’ is a discussion we aren’t having that we probably should.

UPDATED: Heather McGhee over at the American Prospect asks the same question.

Trump purge of critics begins

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Trump’s billionaire Wall Street flak, Stephen Feinberg, is going to be his personal emissary to purge all critics from the intelligence community.

Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, is investigating media whistleblowers on Trump corruption, NOT Trump’s Russiangate.

Fred  Rich  LaRiccia

Can Someone Tell Me Why We Should Care About Evan Falchuk? I Don't Get It

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the guy’s a self-promoter.


I’m open to opposing opinions.

a candidate cannot be on the ballot for President of the United States in Massachusets if our legislature passes SD 98 unless they comply and disclose their FULL certified and complete tax return -

I have doubts about the constitutionality of this proposal, but it's an interesting thing to talk about. - promoted by david

Who filed it? Senator Mike Barrett – way to go, Mike.

Who co-sponsored it? [If your rep or senator did – call and say thank you and that you hope is passes; if they didn’t, ask if they will vote for it and that you support it. If they say no – ask them why not! With this many sponsors, and NOT requiring funding – I will be shocked and disappointed if this does not pass – but yes, lots of phone calls do help.

Here is the online link to the legislation so you can download it, and confirm its contents if you wish:

Here is the link to find their phone numbers; House:
State Senate: