Nov. 27, 2010 – Groundswell would like to remind readers that one of the most rewarding things you can do is to give blood. It’s a gift that can save a life, at any time of year. On Tuesday, November 9th I was medevac’d out of Kodiak and received a life-saving 5 units of concentrated red blood cells and 5 units of plasma. Somewhere out there are the donors who had the foresight and grace to give selflessly of themselves to help others who would never be known to them. The dictionaries do not contain words sufficient enough to acknowledge them – ‘Thank You!’ will have to do. Wherever the donors are, may the holidays be all the more joyous for these givers.
So fishermen, while the economic treasonists in fisheries are busy bleeding you dry economically and attempting to isolate you from living well, please remember that they can’t take away your dignity and care for fellow humankind. The real blood you willingly give can save the life of a child or other loved one, and may help remind you that no head is to be held higher than your own or anyone else’s. Together, you can defeat the elitists, by acting in positive ways for the sake of all others — especially those in need.
Groundswell asks you to please, with dignity, donate a pint of life-saving blood for the holidays.
I’d also like to personally thank all the staff and doctors at Providence Kodiak and Anchorage, and especially the crew of the King Air B200 from LifeFlight Alaska — Mitch and Mike, in particular — and the ambulance crews. I promised them we’d help put out the call for donors, so we hope you take a spare moment to visit the blood bank soon. Thank you!
Tomorrow is shaping up to be the most interesting voting day in Alaska — one so dominated by a U.S. Senate race that it seems nothing else is on the voters’ minds, at least over the coffee table. I can’t vote for Lisa Murkowski for at least four important reasons. She’s an elitist who supports low value resource extraction from Alaska, who willingly plunged toward real estate sweetheart profits hoping to gain personal advantage from taxpayer funds, while protecting foreign corporations who practice global tax evasion that greatly harms the state and nation. She also leads legislation for Community Development Quota non-profit firms to make only their for-profit subsidiaries free from federal taxes, and is blind to how that will eventually decimate the fishing industry economy. Murkowski’s right up there leading the GOP goons who are crushing the middle class and more than just dabbling in poverty creation. It’s her kind of politician that keeps Alaska under the knuckles of a Resource Curse global beast and held back by the jackboots of its limited corporate membership. She isn’t a Marxist, just one of those who supports and helps set up all the conditions of disenfranchisement, disillusionment and peonage that ensures anarchy will soon arise because the People tire of living debt flattened lives so a few elitists can live the money fattened life.
Nov. 2 UPDATE: I McVoted today, have you? The polls close soon… drive carefully.
Nov. 3 UPDATE: 0130 hrs. – write-ins strong enough to force a recount or a hand count? Wonder how many in the US Senate and Justice Department will be interested in fact that Alaska Native Corporations spent $1.2 million backing Murkowski, when so much of their profits derived from government funded programs? But the yet-to-be-contested ballot counts are not even going to be tallied up until possibly November 21st!
UPDATE: Nov. 3rd, 0845 hrs. AST – Write-ins in total have pulled ahead of Joe Miller by 7%. Amazing, Lisa’s backers disingenously complained that outside money (Tea Party) caused her to lose the primary, but it is now clear that Outside money may help her squeeze out a win. It’s been nothing but a business transaction for the Seattle fish companies and beneficiaries of privatization in federal fisheries, the K-streeters whose cut comes from running legislative sales through Murkowski’s office, and the major oil companies who want to continue to ripoff Alaskan crude cheaply. Then add in the circular laundering of pay-to-play no-bid contractors who cling to federal purse strings and one thing becomes clear:
The final Public Integrity crackdown on Alaska’s remaining political dung is going to be tougher than the Fifth Labour of Hercules – Cleaning up the Augean Stables.