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Brick TeeVee Back in the Saddle! Well the Brick TeeVee Crew is glad to see September go! Briefly a tree came down on our power line, ripping the fascia board and gutter, service pole and power meter off the building and we were without power for TWELVE DAYS! And we're still trying to catch up and get things back in order. Plus we have a furnace causing problems, our main vehicle's driver door nearly flew off and needs to be replaced and we have an oven on the fritz on top of all of that! On the happy side of things we managed to construct a new fire pit with new fire brick. We're calling it the Equinox Fire Pit since we built it around the Autumn Equinox AND it's oriented N-S-E-W almost perfectly. We had the inaugural fire two Fridays ago when Da Kid returned from college for the first time. A grand time was had by all! This was done in preparation for the 1st Annual All Hallows Eve Heavy Metal Costume Ball on Friday October 31st right here on the BTV compound grounds! If you're so inclined and may be in the CLE OH neighborhood feel free to come party with us and download and print out fabulous FULL COLOR flyers!
So it's not like we've been hiding out or disconnected from global events, it's just that too many BIG things hit us all at once and we're still digging out from all the chaos! Here are some random items we've harvested from the innertubes of the web over these past weeks (in no particular order): READ ON! And be sure to visit all our regulars! And put some coin in their tip jars while yer there! We're certain you will find something that makes you instantly smarter! Haha! And you just might find a few brick targets on the Sunday Beltway Bubalas Talkies too! BillORightsMan
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IRAQ: 4,486 US Military Dead as of April 21, 2012
AFGHANISTAN: 2,348 US Military Dead as of Oct 1, 2014
The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
MOCKINGBIRD: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA
Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media at informationclearinghouse
60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History
  • This Week (ABC) Host George Stephanopoulos
    Meet ABC News' Newest Contributor, Laura Ingraham 10 Moments That Illustrate The Right-Wing Radio Host's Fringe Viewpoints And Disdain For Civil Discourse - Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants. Here are 10 hateful moments from Ingraham in the past year...
    • Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden
    • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
    • “Sunday Spotlight”: ABC News’ Bob Woodruff speaks with actor and veterans’ advocate Gary Sinise for the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opening in Washington, DC this weekend.
    • ROUNDTABLE: CNN “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics

  • Face The Nation (CBS) Host Bob Schiefer
    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
    • ROUNDTABLE: CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto, CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS News political director John Dickerson and Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent of The New York Times.

  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
    The Fox 'News'-ification of CBS News and '60 Minutes': 'The Cleantech Crash'
    CBS' '60 Minutes' admits to faking Tesla car noise
    • Coming Up October 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT
    • The Director - FBI Director James Comey speaks with 60 Minutes for his first television interview since taking over the bureau
    • The Smartest Dog in the World - Anderson Cooper meets a dog who knows the names of over a thousand different toys

  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host Chuck Todd
    Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. will be rebranded as, and readers who logged into late Sunday were automatically redirected to Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the "There is no question that we are going to have more flexibility to make our own decisions," said Vivian Schiller, NBC News' chief digital officer. "This is really an amicable breakup. We think competition will make us better." Okay then.
    • White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer
    • RNC Chair Reince Priebus
    • former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
    • Dr. Nancy Snyderman on the Ebola outbreak.
    • ROUNDTABLE: David Axelrod, Joe Scarborough, Andrea Mitchell and Gwen Ifill

  • State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) Sunday at 9 am ET and Noon ET.
    • CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden
    • Dr. William Frohna, the Chair of the Emergency Medicine department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    • Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
    • ROUNDTABLE: Bill Daley, Andrew Card, Mack McLarty and Ken Duberstein

  • fauxnews
    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    • Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee
    • Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent for President Obama

The Brick TeeVee LAST WORD goes to Harvey Wasserman of who penned Gorgeous global march shows how to win the climate fight at TheRagBlog and follows up with How We Win on Climate Change at PRN Progressive Radio Network Okay, so we had this historic march a little while ago. It was…. …joyous, beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring, life-confirming…and in many ways turning point. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can see that it will change things for a long time to come. It proved to ourselves and the world that we have a huge, diverse, broad-based movement. And that we can put aside our differences and all get along when we have to. We are our species’ ever-evolving immune system. We are the survival instinct that must defeat the corporate profit motive. We are also part of a mighty activist stream that’s campaigned for peace, civil rights, social justice, workers’ rights, women’s rights, gay pride, election protection, No Nukes and so much more. We’ve endured the circular firing squad and want it abolished. Our hard-earned commitment to non-violence allows for a calm internal space and the great power that emerges from it. So in a diverse movement of good people with very strong opinions, we are learning to cut each other plenty of slack. But how do we now build on this? What do we do next? Politically, we operate at two essential levels: the local, and the global. And to stay functional, we need: net neutrality, corporate accountability, election protection, social justice, peace.
1. Local organizing is our ultimate source of power. The green movement has the great luxury of tangible targets. The King CONG corporations (Coal, Oil, Nukes, Gas) need actual land on which to do their dirty work. So we can fight them inch-by-inch, at the source. We can count the number of nukes Nixon wanted to build (1000) and how many we stopped or shut (about 900 in the US; far more worldwide). We can name scores of reactors that didn’t get built, did get cancelled, are now being shut, will soon be stopped. There are also mines undrilled, mountaintops not removed, oil rigs not pumping, fracking wells cancelled, polluting factories greenly altered, and much more we’ve beaten quietly, on the ground. There are also solar panels on rooftops, windmills generating power, electric cars in the pipeline, recycling programs in place, consumption reduced, the overall vision of a green-powered Solartopia becoming ever more tangible. In this movement, “what can I do?” always has a ready answer: fight the polluter next door. Pick one and shut it down! So after our joy walk in New York, we return to our letter writing, phone calling, neighborhood speeches, strategy meetings, classroom educating, town council lobbying, around the corner picket lines, civil disobedience, finance-sabotaging, office seeking, rate withholding, fund raising, dog-that-corrupt-politician work. Some of these fights we may seem to lose, at least for the time being. But it’s never over til we quit, which our survival instinct won’t let us do. A polluter once opened can always be shut if we never give up. So at the grassroots, we are the individual immune cells that fight toxic industrial poisons and cancerous trash at the source. That’s the revolution that’s not televised.
2. But our planet as a whole is now infected with a lethal mega-virus—the global corporation, a metastasized cancer that usurps human rights but shuns human responsibilities. A toxic tumor that demands just one thing: a constant flow of dollars, don’t ask how. If it can make an extra dime by killing the planet, it’s bound to do just that. Big gatherings to fight this menace can be risky, divisive, diverting and expensive. They can come and go without apparent impact. But they can also be amazingly effective, often in ways that are hard to see. Last century, mass strikes built the labor movement. They withstood violent corporate/government assaults. Without them, we would have no unions. In 1932 a “Bonus Army” was attacked by by Herbert Hoover. Two marchers were killed. It seemed a dismal failure. But it opened the door to the New Deal. During World War 2 the mere threat of a mass march by labor leader A. Philip Randolph extracted major civil rights concessions from a reluctant Franklin Roosevelt. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” march changed civil rights forever. LBJ and then Richard Nixon scorned the anti-war gatherings. But both were forced to resign, and Nixon (NEVER forget this!) said those marches stopped him from nuking Vietnam. Civil disobedience at Seabrook, Diablo Canyon and other reactors prompted a flood of cancellations, and opened the door to Solartopia, a green-powered Earth. Ronald Reagan scorned the millions who marched to freeze nuke weapons, but somehow went eight years without using one. Bush/Cheney “ignored” 15 million marchers and attacked Iraq. But what more would they have done had we not marched? Now millions have gathered against global warming. And the day after, Barack Obama attacked Syria. Did we fail? Should we march again soon, this time with massive civil disobedience?
3. As we work this through, there are inter-related issues we can’t avoid:
  • NET NEUTRALITY defines the core nervous system of what’s left of global democracy. The corporations want it killed. This demands everyone’s immediate attention.
  • CORPORATE PERSONHOOD must die by Constitutional Amendment.
  • ELECTION PROTECTION demands universal hand-counted paper ballots, an end to Jim Crow vote theft and a ban on the corporate billions that poison what’s left of our democracy.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE, including workplace democracy and a universal living wage, means we can all live and work with integrity, no matter our diverse religions, race, gender, sexual preference, etc. Poverty is an unsustainable form of planet-killing pollution.
  • PEACE means ending the suicidal idiocy of permanent imperial war.
All these difficult issues are essential to the health of our species. We don’t get to a green-powered Earth without bringing them with us.
4. For each of us there’s also a deep internal dimension to this work. Being an activist is itself a great leap of faith. It can have a long list of personal costs. But the rewards—spiritual, of the heart, in terms of inner peace—can be incomparable. If undertaken in good faith, and with success, the ability to do movement work can be one of life’s great gifts. Amazing joy can come with saving our only home. After all, we are seven billion sentient beings, thinking and breathing together, inseparable from each other and the planet that gives us life. One way or another, our Mother Earth lets us know how to undo the damage done by our baser instincts. Our greatest test now is to cure the cancer of the global corporation. To fight it, we might listen to our gut instincts, accept what we’re good at doing, heed our natural passions, respect our comfort zones, heal in concert with our fellow citizen who are struggling to do the same. As the good Dr. Spock once told the young mothers of a new generation, “you know more than you think you know.” No victory is too small to count, no polluter is too big to beat. As we saw on this march, and in so much else we do, when we fly with non-violence and consensus, our living planet gives us generous margins. So the specifics of our next moves are up for a good, healthy debate. But we all know we have no choice but to win. And that as we work our newfound power toward joyful agreement, and a peaceful trust in the will of our species to survive, we cannot fail.
So there you have it, directly from the man who coined the term "NO NUKES"! YOU have a lot of work to do! WE have a lot of work to do! And it all begins locally by making sure you're registered to vote and VOTING and talking to your neighbors, getting them solid information and changing their minds (one teabagger at a time) so they stop donating to and voting for the The King CONG corporations (Coal, Oil, Nukes, Gas) and their toady candidates. We hope to see you next week (barring any other catastrophe) as we settle into the New Normal. Click away, throw bricks and spead the word! See you next week!

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