Saturday, March 21, 2015

Via - Robert Kennedy / FB:

"O PIB não leva em conta a saúde de nossos filhos, a qualidade de sua educação ou a alegria de suas diversões. Não inclui a beleza de nossa poesia ou a intensidade de nossos casamentos, a inteligência de nossos debates públicos ou a integridade de nossas autoridades públicas. Não mede nem a nossa coragem, nem a nossa sabedoria, nem a nossa dedicação ao país. Mede todas as coisas, em resumo, exceto aquilo que faz com que a vida valha a pena."

"GDP does not take into account the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their amusement. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public authorities. it measures neither our courage, neither our wisdom nor our devotion to country. it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. "
- Robert Kennedy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This is Great!

And now for something completely different:

O Caminho do Meio

O Caminho do Meio

Apenas para registro:

Sou a favor do fim da corrupção, para um melhor trânsito e escolas e hospitais, para acabar com a miséria, para encontrar soluções para a nossa crise ambiental e para os projetos que precisam ser concluídos, como prometido! Sou a favor de ruas seguras e limpas e de um melhor planejamento e gestão para os nossos recursos e do meio ambiente.

É possível ser em favor disso e não ser rotulado de racista? Eu não sou a favor de didaturas militares ou impeachment, mas quem sente a liderança (em ambos meus países!) estão precisando de uma palmada firme. Para mim, isto parece adequado, pois é o caminho do meio.

Estou profundamente grato aos meus dois países por tudo o que eles me deram.

Estou dedicado a reembolsá-lo, tornando a vida dos meus alunos e da comunidade um lugar um pouco para todos nós.

Então vamos levar a discussão para fora dos medos e do diálogo de esquerda - direita, culpando os líderes do passado ou quaisquer fantasmas do exterior e vamos assumir a responsabilidade pessoal e o foco no caminho do meio, onde podemos encontrar uma maneira de trabalhar juntos em paz e solidariedade!


The Middle Way

Just for the record:
I am for an end to corruption, for better mass-transit, schools and hospitals, for ending misery, for finding solutions to our environmental crisis... for projects that need to be finished as promised! I am for safe a
nd clean streets, and for better planning and management or our limited resources and environment. 

Is it possible to be for this and not be labeled a racist? I am not for any military solutions or impeachment but one who feels the leadership (in both my countries) are in need of a sound spanking. To me this seems appropriate, and is the middle way. 

I am deeply grateful to both my countries for all that they have given me. I am dedicated to paying it forward and making the lives of my students and community a little bit better place for all of us. 

So lets move the discussion away from fears and a left – right dialogue, from blaming past leaders or any ghosts from abroad, and towards taking personal responsibility and focus on the middle way where we can find a way to work together in peace and solidarity!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Via Think Progress: Oregon Will Start Automatically Registering Voters. Is Vermont Next?

"Oregon Will Start Automatically Registering Voters. Is Vermont Next?"
Oregon Election

On Monday, Oregon became the first state in the nation to use DMV records to automatically register residents to vote. 

Officials estimate the new policy will add about 300,000 more voters to the rolls right away, and could eventually reach cover nearly all of the estimated 860,000 people currently unregistered but otherwise eligible to vote. Those who don’t want to register can opt out within 21 days. 

Oregon’s newly sworn-in Governor Kate Brown said she was “absolutely thrilled” to sign the bill into law. “This is about making government work better,” she said at the signing ceremony. “When someone moves to Oregon, why should they have to fill out multiple forms for multiple agencies? We have the tools to make voter registration more cost effective, more secure, and more convenient. Why wouldn’t we?” 

The law’s enactment comes as states across the country explore ways to boost the US’ dismally low voter turnout, introducing bills to allow residents to register to vote online, cast their vote by mail, and restore the voting rights of felons who have served out their sentences. 

“I challenge every other state in this nation to examine their policies and find ways to ensure that there are as few barriers as possible in the way of a citizen’s right to vote,” said Brown. “Your vote is your voice and every single voice matters.” 

One state ready to accept that challenge is Vermont, whose Secretary of State James Condos told ThinkProgress that an automatic registration system “just makes sense.” 

“Voter participation among millenials is critical going forward, and we need to find ways to get them more involved,” he said, noting that young men are still automatically registered for the draft unless they opt out. “If the Selective Service can do it, why can’t we?” 

In a follow-up email, Condos said he’s currently working with Vermont’s DMV on upgrading their technology so that such a policy might be possible in the future, which he said would “benefit democracy in general as it will, most likely, increase voter turnout.”

Condos is also pushing state legislators to pass a bill currently before them that would allow same-day voter registration. A recent analysis of the 2014 midterm election found that states that allowed voters to register on Election Day had 12 percent higher turnout than those that did not. 

“While many states are going the wrong way by adding restrictions, such as voter ID requirements, it is refreshing to see new state laws that support a citizen’s right to vote,” he said. 

Oregon already has one of the most accessible voting systems in the country, with ballots mailed to every registered voter that they can drop off anytime in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Governor Brown and other repeatedly stress that such voter access policies are non-partisan, as it benefits everyone to have higher participation rates. 

But Republicans in the Beaver State, including Director Greg Leo of the Oregon Republican Party, disagreed. “We make it so easy for people to participate that I worry they won’t take the time to be an informed voter and to really study the issues,” he said

Other Republicans argued the policy would increase voter fraud, even though the DMV requires applicants to bring proof of their citizenship, age and address. 

There has long been a perception that efforts to make voting more accessible disproportionately benefit Democrats, but as Colorado’s first all-mail election in 2014 proved, the pendulum can swing either way. 

Though Oregon’s new system has won praise from voting rights advocates across the country, including the League of Women Voters, it only covers those who have gone to the DMV for a license or ID since 2013. Same-day registration is still not available in the state. 

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