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June 2, 2015


Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) His Integrity Shone As A Beacon
          b) Bernie
          c) Thank You Ed Snowden



We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015, (and all subsequent Thursdays until peace is established) from Noon to 1:00 PM. Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 80s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.


Tom Englehardt's title for this article is You've Been Scammed!

Unless you have wealthy parents, you probably graduated with enough debt to buy a house — at least in some parts of the country. That debt is going to keep you from buying a house for a very long time. And the good-paying job you thought you were being educated for has gone to India, or China, or wherever people will work for less than half of what it would cost to hire someone in this country. Yes, we've heard all this before, but it apparently hasn't sunk in, or we would stop electing the corporate lackeys who are perpetuating the system that keeps us enslaved. You have to get to the end of the article before you hear anything that doesn't sound hopeless — but in fact, we can still do something about this.

Awareness is growing, even among people who don't do much but work and watch television, that our representatives are representing not us, but the people who finance their election. Recent polls show that a huge majority (over 80%) of Americans think that money has too much influence in politics, and that candidates who receive money are beholden to their financial donors. If that 80+% ever get off their couches and out into the streets, we might see some changes. Maybe the voices crying in the wilderness are finally being heard. Here's hoping!

3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) His Integrity Shone As A Beacon
          b) Bernie
          c) Thank You Ed Snowden

From Our Readers (re: Robert Nash tribute): HIS INTEGRITY SHONE AS A BEACON

Former Rolla resident, Lois Ann Marler writes:

“Thank you very much for the fitting memorial on Robert Nash. My mind is flooded with so many fond memories of Robert. Working with him was a special season in my life. He was a father figure to me, and I will forever have a very special place in my heart reserved only for him. His love and passion for justice inspired me, as it did all who knew him. He leaves behind a legacy in his community, one of selfless devotion to 'doing the right thing.' His integrity shone as a beacon in a very dark world.”

Lois used to sing at our picnics in Buehler Park and helped in so many ways in our struggle to save Buehler Park. Check out Lois's website, and should you be in the Puget Sound area, don't miss her performance.


It's official. Bernie Sanders is running for president on the democratic ticket in 2016! And he is drawing overflow crowds. “There are millions and millions of people who are tired of the establishment politics and corporate greed who are going to lead the mass movement in this country,” says Bernie.

Think Bernie's just another protest candidate who doesn't have a chance? Well, think again. Bernie is squarely mainstream. His positions are shared by a strong majority of the people. The question is can he beat a candidate like Hillary Clinton who belongs to the billionaires and the corporate moguls? I think he can. Bernie is a consummate politician. He knows how Washington works and wouldn't be running if he didn't think he could win!

Check out his campaign platform and his store. If you hurry, you could be the first in Rolla to have a Bernie for President sign in your yard or wear a Bernie for President T-shirt.

Wow, someone to vote for in 2016. In 2012 there was no one for me to support but Big Bird.


Yesterday the Patriot Act died, thanks to a large extent to the revelations of Ed Snowden. Today it was resurrected, but in a somewhat less onerous form.

As Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers puts it, “the importance of the Senate's rejection of the legislation cannot be discounted, and Snowden's influence on the changing political landscape in the U.S. deserves credit.”

Bad policy does not die easily. There is still much more work to do.

Fast track authority for The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the secret law which signs away our sovereignty to multi-national corporations is also back. Fast-track authority is not only a bad idea — it's treason. Fast-track approval abrogates Congress's constitutional authority to make legislation.


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Wage peace,

helenm (at) fidnet.com