Its happening today! DD

Hello Friends and Family,

Congratulations and thanks to all of you that helped with the Election in November! Nice. Other good news happened on Election Day: Emerakaya Berdine Gallo was born! J

We started a blog up about family (with pictures) and sustainable progress. and click on the Blog tab at the top of the page. (Speaking of which, this will automatically post to that blog).

And in case you missed it the first time, I’m posting sporadic Democracy Digests in facebook realtime at: (I think that is the url).

Okay, on to today’s headline issue: Stopping Filibuster Abuse!

The Vote is today and it will be close. But Boxer and Feinstein are standing in the way!! This is really profound. See bottom of this e-mail and this editorial for more, or just cut to the chase and please sign the petition to them to get out of the way:

Click here to add your name to our petition calling for Senators Feinstein and Boxer to vote for an end to filibuster abuse, and then pass it along to your friends.


On another note, I believe markets will steer us towards a more sustainable society if governments/banks cannot print endless amounts of money. Right now they can, and I think that is bad for us and our kids for many reasons. I encourage everyone to A) diversify their portfolio with physical gold and silver (it is a good investment now too) and B) support reform. Here is a start:

“GATA (Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee) has posted a petition on the US Gov’t website asking them to perform a full audit/assay and verification of ownership of the official US Gold holdings.

Please help our friends at GATA out by signing this petition and telling everyone you know to sign as well.

Will it force them to perform the audit?…it’s doubtful.


With 25,000 signatures they will be required to provide a response, a key step in the dialogue.


Dear John,

Tell President Obama to get Shell out of the Arctic

After months of mistakes and setbacks in its effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, Shell recently lost control of its Kulluk drilling rig in stormy seas, and the vessel ran aground in Alaska. Shell’s second Arctic drill rig is now under criminal investigation. It is time to face the facts that oil companies are not capable of drilling safely in one of the world’s most remote and challenging environments.

It’s time for President Obama to pull the plug on Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling.

Shell has lost control of its two massive Arctic drilling rigs. Its critical oil spill containment dome failed so catastrophically during sea trials that a government observer said it was “crushed like a beer can.” It has been chased off a drill site by a 360-square-mile ice floe.

The hazards of drilling in the Arctic Ocean’s extreme conditions are clearer than ever. Please take action now to tell the president that enough is enough — it is time to get Shell out of the Arctic Ocean.

The Wilderness Society


More on the Filibuster:

“Since Democrats took over control of the Senate in 2006, Republican abuse of the filibuster has skyrocketed.

Remember the GOP plan to make Barack Obama a "one term President?" In 2011-2012, there were more than 400 filibusters to block legislation and nominations.

Important progressive goals like a health care public option, immigration reform, climate change legislation, and the Employee Free Choice Act have all been stopped by the filibuster.

It’s not right for a minority to be able to gum up the works, without even having to explain why. Senators Merkley and Udall want to change the rules to fix the filibuster and at least require a Senator to hold the floor and explain why he or she is blocking movement on legislation—just like Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Click here to add your name to our petition calling for Senators Feinstein and Boxer to vote for an end to filibuster abuse, and then pass it along to your friends.

Already, at least 48 Senators support the plan, which only needs a simple majority to pass.

A vote’s happening tomorrow (Tuesday.) But California Senators Feinstein and Boxer are standing in the way. Californians deserve a Senate that works, that can address our nation’s problems. California’s Senators must support the Merkley/Udall plan to fix the filibuster.

That’s why we created a petition on to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer, which says:

Abuse of the filibuster has paralyzed the Senate and stopped important progressive legislation. Please support the Merkley/Udall plan to fix the Senate.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Cynthia Liu”


Thanks everyone!


Note, as usual, reply with “remove me from this list” and I’ll do so, with no hard feelings.


John Gallo, Ph.D.

Conservation Scientist


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