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Nov. 6th, 2016

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A Call To Vote Your Heart

The Election Deception Of 2016:  A Call To Vote Your Heart

Oct. 2nd, 2016

HOUSE - oh god


From the wire...

Wisconsin Is Systematically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November -

- source: The NATION
Judge Orders Wisconsin To Investigate ID Protocol - (Associated Press • Sep 30, 2016)

Wisconsin lawmakers urge investigation of Scott Walker after 'John Doe' papers - Guardian, 29 September 2016

Scott Walker's Political Magic - from Nation of Change

Isn’t It Ironic?: Koch-Backed Group Rails Against Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics - Aug. 02, 2016 by Campaign Legal Center


From the far right: Is Flipping Wisconsin Trump’s Biggest Surprise? - Daily Caller

Solidarity: Madison residents travel to Standing Rock in support of Native Americans - Isthmus

Capturing Madison: Longtime photographer Glenn Trudel has a major retrospective - Isthmus

UW-Madison geoscientist offers free geologic exploration app. - Phys.org

Madison's John Hawk / Homo naledi Found with help from UW scientists - (2015)

Sep. 26th, 2016

bloody hell


Wisconsin - Right to work for less... and less...

Federal judge refuses to block Wisconsin right-to-work law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has refused a union’s demand to block Wisconsin’s right-to-work law.

The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues. Unions have argued the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation.

Two chapters of the International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit in May alleging the law amounts to an unconstitutional taking. U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld the law on Monday, citing a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding Indiana’s right-to-work law.

A Dane County judge struck down the Wisconsin law in April, but a state appeals court has reinstated it while it considers state attorneys’ appeal.

And here is some past news on Scott Walker, etc., which you might already know by now...Collapse )

(Note: I find SNOPES to be wrong, an awful lot. Just say'n).

Sep. 15th, 2016



Dancing in the streets...

(I recommend seeing KENDRA SWANSON - a folk musician very into Nature, from Northern Illinois).

Aug. 23rd, 2016

duh - zombies


JUGGERNAUT: The Trans-Pacific PUTSCH that just won't die!

Every time I hear Lori Wallach speak, it is better than sex.  I heard her again the other day, this time on "Sly," a Wisconsin talker.  Hear Lori Wallach, (also from Wisconsin), speak against the TPP*.  Lori Wallach, trade expert and superhero, has an expressive, articulated voice, similar to that which develops in some artsy-progressive females.  I think of the woman on, "This American Life"; or Rachel Maddow; or Lois Lane, or the reporter on, "Hudsucker Proxy." It's a dorky, indie-kind of sweet - (possibly exclusive to women who have graduated from women's colleges in western Massachusetts).  Her voice made me think that Lori Wallach was in her thirties - but she's in her 50's.  And her hair isn't jet-black.
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But it is what Lori Wallach has to say which I find most attractive! She is really the main voice speaking out against the TPP, and similar sham-wows, and the whole scam referred to as "FREE trade." In the interview with Sly, Wallach warned that President Obama will be pushing for a vote on the TPP during the lame-duck session of Congress. Traditionally, lame-duck presidents have not been able to get a lot done, especially when opposed by the majority. However, there are a lot of people in Congress who will be on their way out, and they are looking for nice cushy jobs with mega-corporations, so they are likely to do a little quid-pro-quo voting. And Obama just might pull it off - this, the major goal of his presidency, apparently. If Obama passes the TPP, he won't have to grovel, giving speeches to Goldman-Sachs - he'll be set for life. (And ya know what? It disgusts me).

Wallach also mentioned that the Wisconsin Congressman from La Cross, Ron Kind, is very pro-TPP. You might also be surprised to know that so-called progressives, Howard Dean and Ron Wyden, who has supported other "free" trade swindles. (One reason why? Port cities). .  (Jeff Merkley, the OTHER progressive Senator from Oregon, was the first Senator to endorse the venerable Bernie Sanders - Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders - by Senator Jeff Merkley).  I think the Democratic Party has achieved its ultimate goal, which was to morph into a slicker, $icker version of the Republican Party, hiding this behind its resort to liberal social issues and identity politics. Thus we have even seen Russ Feingold and Tammy Baldwin turn away from Bernie to support Hillary, and all her corporate baggage.


Lori Wallach is the founder of Global Trade Watch, [explore site further], not to be confused with Global Research, (Michel Chossudovsky).  You can hear and see her in action, just search "Lori Wallach youtube" - (past year).

'Disappointed' in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Dems to Drop Lame Duck TPP Push
TPP will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health

Hillary Clinton may not have heeded progressives' call to clearly say she'll urge the White House and her fellow party members to oppose a "lame-duck" vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has done just that, calling on Democratic Congressional leadership to publicly oppose a post-Election Day vote on the "job-killing trade deal."

Jul. 31st, 2016

squirrels massage


Berned Out?

Well, it's all over but the train-wreck. The whole Bernie thing. It's over. (The election and subsequent decline are yet to happen). The chairs have all been folded. The cages have been dismantled. The Bernie signs have been incinerated in a massive bonfire. At least I, for one, find comfort in the alternate universes theory of reality.

But, the progressive shake-and-baking of the Democratic Party was not about Bernie in the first place. He himself said that he did not anticipate winning. (But he fought like the Dickens, didn't he?) This movement was about revamping the economy; bringing jobs back home from China; ENDING the TPP; ending GMO; ending fracking; re-regulating the gambling banks and Wall Street; regaining FAIR trade and taxation; repairing the national infrastructure; building fairness for blacks, women and the poor; dismantling the perpetual war state, police militarisation and police violence; providing debt-free education and health-care; dismantling the accelerating wealth gap between the elites and most of America - and getting billionaires & dark money OUT OF POLITICS.

This movement greatly emanated from #OccupyWallstreet. Oh, but wait. There was something before that, wasn't there? Oh, that's right. The Madison Protests! You can all be very proud of yourselves for helping to spark this immanent and necessary fire of justice - which will roll far beyond Madison, or Bernie, or any one of us. We are just worm holes in the blowing leaves of history - but still, our fight is what made us Americans, for what it is worth.

Now what? What to do? The idea is to keep fanning the flames. Keep making those signs for their bonfire. Keep rattling THEIR cages. KEEP SINGING!

I think a majority of you may have supported Bernie. So, when I saw this article, which mentions two folks from Wisconsin, and others from this region, I thought you might like to read it... Meet Some Sanders Delegates Who Plan To Turn Anger Into Positive Action.

And, as far as how to vote now? Well, I advocate either Jill Stein, or writing in Bernie, for a number of reasons. Here is an article discussing your choices, (though it does not mention write-ins). Dear Sanders Supporters: Don’t Kill Your Revolution by Voting for Hillary Clinton. Of course, many of you may be pro-Clinton. If so, your not going to want to read about why I oppose her. But you can still join with the OUR MOVEMENT spin-off of the Bernie movement, and help build a more progressive century.

I was thinking that maybe Hillary would like to appoint Tammy Baldwin as the new DNC Chair. Wouldn't that be great?! I love her. Except this. "On October 20, 2013, Baldwin was one of sixteen female Democratic senators to sign a letter endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Presidential Election." -(Wiki). I don't know, endorsing Clinton almost two years ahead of the convention, and doing so as an exclusionary pro-woman statement, just kinda doesn't wash with me. And Baldwin did not change even after a great majority of people in her district voted for her, a super-delegate, to endorse Bernie - because of the issues, (and honesty). Feingold failed Bernie as well. Oh well. Keep pushing.

If you'd like to read all about what's been going on lately, (like with the convention), and where things could go next, check out bernie2016. You can also read my disgustingly pro-Bernotic, anti-Clintonic, posts there, over at mine own madman101, or listed at liberal_plus. Also, please keep on with the spirit of madison_fights, o_c_c_u_p_y and wiki_truth! Solidarity!

Jun. 6th, 2016

cheers - crackie


Here comes California!

Many, if not most of you, probably want to see Bernie Sanders win.  So, before the next primaries tomorrow, here's your chance to check out  bernie2016! And all my efforts linked over at liberal_plus. Thanks!

Apr. 5th, 2016



On the Ballot ! - "End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy" - (x-post)

Vote to Overturn Citizens United on April 5 in Wisconsin!

[March 28, 2016] - Besides the one for President and for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, there will be another important vote to cast on April 5 in 11 Wisconsin towns or cities. And that’s to vote to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s horrendous decision in the Citizens United case back in 2010 and to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech.

Such a resolution is on the ballot in Belmont, Beloit, Brodhead, Clarno, Darlington, Janesville, Lancaster, Monroe, New London, Platteville, and York.

The Citizens United case said that corporations, unions, and other associations can spend unlimited amounts of money to elect candidates of their choice. And it contained two of the most naïve statements ever written in a Supreme Court decision:

“Independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption,” and, “The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.”

In the last five years in Wisconsin, resolutions to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United have passed by overwhelmingly margins in 61 villages, towns, cities, and a few counties in Wisconsin. That makes Wisconsin one of the leaders in the nationwide movement to get money out of politics.

The mainstream media is ignoring this movement. But it’s growing fast.

For more information, go to wimta.org or email wisconsin@unitedtoamend.org. - (Source again: )

2014 - A Dozen Wisconsin Communities Challenge Corporate Personhood With Vote to Overturn Citizens United
2011 - More Cities and Counties Pass Resolutions in Support of Amending the Constitution

MOVE TO AMEND in your home town! - "We the People, Not We the Corporations"

And thanks to Bernie Sanders for infusing energy into campaigns against corpocrat personhood; money-speak; the $15 minimum wage; for extinguishing the TPP; for taxing the so-called "upper" 1%, and for giving the majority of Americans a fair shake at obtaining a decent and free life in these maddening times. For the great LJ BERNIE site, go here: bernie2016

I would feel remiss without also thanking the phenomenal Donald Trump for, somewhere behind his narcissistic tantrums, cobbling together an alternate rebuke of the Establishment*, which rejects the TPP, and some other dreams shared in common with Bernie, although one could hardly guess it from the media coverage.

Please see also: o_c_c_u_p_y, madison_fights, and move_to_amend. While you think and act local, don't forget to keep LiveJournal communities alive!

*(Note: This word was first reintroduced into the national conversation by the Bern).

Mar. 7th, 2015



Kristof: "Organized labor has a continuing role to play... ultimately making the country stronger".

Take note, Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner! -

Hell has frozen over. Nicholas Kristof admits he is wrong about unions!. - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/19/1365440/-Hell-has-frozen-over-Nicholas-Kristof-admits-he-is-wrong-about-unions

Nicholas Kristof - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_kristof

Income inequality in the United States - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_inequality_in_the_United_States

Dec. 11th, 2014



Danger on the national front.

Hello, mad fighters. There are some important national issues going on, which are really hard to keep up with. If you can, please learn more and remain active. I have made a post over at the LJ community, "occupy", which broaches some of these issues - such as the current Spending Bill in Congress; the TPP, etc. Please feel to check that out...


And feel free to raise these issues here in this community, as they certainly do pertain regionally and locally - just like the Kochs, just like USCOC, just like ALEC - this is both a global and local dysfunction. Remember, too: Not everyone in madison_fights lives in Madison, or even in Wisconsin. So, you can post local and state news and issues here, even if they are dated, and help keep those aliens tuned in! When just one person posts here, it helps keep the community alive, partly by raising it to the top of the LJ, "Interests", list.

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