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Dan Nickerson

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I want to encourage everyone to please redeem your butterfly reward credits for a worthwhile cause. Because if you don't they will disappear and be given to the Koch brothers, Monsanto and Exxon/Shell/Conoco/Phillips/Chevron/Valero/BP. No, not really. I don't think. Please only one green star a day as I try to reciprocate but it is difficult due to the volume. Thanks!

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United To End Genocide
“When we face a situation like we do on that mountain — with innocent people (40,000) facing the prospect of violence on a horrific scale, when we have a mandate to help ... and when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye.         
We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide. That’s what we’re doing on that mountain.”
President Barrack Obama, August 7, 2014 

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Adam Nathaniel Peck, a deputy digital editor at the Center for American Progress's ThinkProgress, who went into a Hobby Lobby store yesterday and used the company's products to send a very powerful message.


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Sign here to protect women and girls. We'll send a prevention letter and resource to nearly 200 hotels in the 12 Brazilian host cities to help hotel employees recognize the signs of trafficking:

TAKE ACTION to #STOPtrafficking during the FIFA World Cup!   Sign here to protect women and girls. We'll send a prevention letter and resource to nearly 200 hotels in the 12 Brazilian host cities to help hotel employees recognize the signs of trafficking:  GOAL = 3,000 signatures in 7 days!

General Electric got over $3 billion in federal tax refunds between '08 and '12 while making $27 billion in profits. GE: Imagination On Taxes.

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Why have the Koch brothers spent OVER $30 MILLION so far on deceptive attacks to buy Republicans the Senate? Sure, $30 million is a big number to us. But to the richest brothers in the world, it’s chump change:Click enable to see these awesome graphics!

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Los Angeles Move to Amend is a local affiliate of the Move to Amend Coalition       
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
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Corporate welfare is everywhere, with huge giveaways to Wall Street, oil companies, and other big corporations.  With your help, our endorsed candidates will go to Congress and together, we'll fight to end corporate welfare, reverse Citizens United, and pass a bold economic populist agenda.

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Sign the Animal Bill of Rights!
I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.

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"I finally get to see Marilyn."
joe dimaggio and marilyn monroe
Said by Joe DiMaggio, speaking of his former love Marilyn Monroe. DiMaggio died in 1999 following a battle with lung cancer. At his bedside was his attorney, Morris Engelberg, who told Vanity Fair magazine that the Yankee great never got over Monroe's death from an apparent drug overdose in 1962.

"I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I've dedicated my life to."
luciano pavarotti in concert
Said by Luciano Pavarotti to his manager Terri Robson just before the Italian tenor died in 2007 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Pavarotti -- considered by some critics to have been the greatest tenor since Enrico Caruso -- was 71.

"Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy."
ethel barrymore and john barrymore
Said Ethel Barrymore to her housekeeper Anna Albert just before dying in 1959 at the age of 79. The actress had been ill for some time from rheumatism and heart troubles. She took interest in all aspects of show business; a popular theater in New York City is named after her.

"I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis."
humphrey bogart
Said by Humphrey Bogart just before dying from cancer of the esophagus in 1957. Perhaps best known for his performance in "Casablanca," Bogart was a heavy smoker much of his life. He won his only Oscar for his role in the 1951 film "The African Queen."

"You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not" 1944. 

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Joined Jul 3, 2013 Activist Aspirations Casual 
Here for Support a Cause, Other 
Group Host of none yet
Groups (PBS) Public Broadcasting Service, Amnesty International, BloodyOlympics, Click free to donate and Petitions, Click to Give Free food, DNC - Democratic National Committee, Greenpeace, Habitat for Humanity, Human Rights Network, NPR - National Public Radio, ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest, PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Patients Bill of Rights, WWF - World Wildlife Fund
Hometown Pearland/Houston, Texas 
Birthday May 01, 1958  
About Me Romantic idealist. Uncanny, I actually look like the frog avatar used for my photo. Big fan of Nurses Without Boundaries.
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Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Moderate
Wild Fact About Me While in college, I spent a summer in Dacca, Bangladesh.
I have never owned a cell phone.
My Philosophy So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
We are all connected.
We come from the Stars.
What Gives Me Hope Daybreak
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by To think and act for others less fortunate.
What/who changed my life and why The Grapes of Wrath, an oldie but a goodie and unfortunately, it is still relevant today.
Quotation Alone
Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I am wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I'll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
'Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

From Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well By Maya Angelou. Copyright 1975 by Maya Angelou. Reprinted with permission of Random House, Inc. For online information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, visit the website at

"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
"There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see."
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo da Vinci

"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.

Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. were born in the same year. Both the Jewish author and the civil rights leader were born in 1929, which most people find surprising.

"Happiness is in your ability to love others." Leo Tolstoy

"Rather than double-down on the top-down economics that let a fortunate few play by their own rules, let's embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one people." July 26, 2014, President Barrack Obama.
"The majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies to protect their employees because it's the right thing to do and because many say it helps to retain and attract the best talent. And I agree. So if Congress won't act, I will. I have directed my staff to prepare an executive order for my signature that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity." June 30, 2014 President Barrack Obama June 30, 2014.
"Opportunity is the idea at the heart of this country, that no matter who you are or how you started out, with hard work and responsibility, you can get ahead." President Barrack Obama
"Here in the United States of America, every man and woman, every girl and boy, has the right to be safe and protected and to pursue their own piece of the American Dream." President Barrack Obama
"A higher education is the single best investment that you can make in yourself." President Barrack Obama
"You Can Ignore the Facts; You Can't Deny the Facts" President Obama on Climate Change, June 25, 2014.

The global economic system is near collapse, according to Pope Francis. An economy built on money-worship and war and scarred by yawning inequality and youth unemployment cannot survive, the 77-year-old Roman Catholic leader suggested in a newly published interview. "We are excluding an entire generation to sustain a system that is not good," he told La Vanguardia's Vatican reporter, Henrique Cymerman. "Our global economic system can't take any more." 06/13/14
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods...It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." Pope Francis, criticizing obsessed focus on abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception, September 2013

"When you put good will out there its amazing what can be accomplished." Paul Walker, actor, philanthropist.

"No amount of fiddling with capitalism to regulate and humanize it, no pointless rhetoric on the virtues of capitalism or socialism, no billions or trillions spent on "defense" of the "American dream" can for long disguise this failure. The evidences of it are everywhere: eroded, wasted, or degraded soils; damaged or destroyed ecosystems; extinction of species; whole landscapes defaced, gouged, flooded, or blown up; pollution of the whole atmosphere and of the water cycle; "dead zones" in the coastal waters; thoughtless squandering of fossil fuels and fossil waters, of mineable minerals and ores; natural health and beauty replaced by a heartless and sickening ugliness. Perhaps its greatest success is an astounding increase in the destructiveness, and therefore the profitability, of war." Wendell Berry, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.

"The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life." Henry Ford

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Nelson Mandela
"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings." Nelson Mandela
"And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life." Nelson Mandela
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than - its opposite." Nelson Mandela

"We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth." Desmond Tutu
"People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change." Desmond Tutu

"There are some things money just can't buy like: common sense, intelligence, compassion, manners, morals and empathy..." President Jimmy Carter
"We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist one third rich and two thirds hungry." President Jimmy Carter

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The things that will destroy us are: Politics without principle; Pleasure without conscience; Wealth without work; Knowledge without character; Business without morality; Science without humanity." Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual/political leader
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Mahatma Gandhi
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
"Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress." Mahatma Gandhi
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." Mahatma Gandhi

"The best gift for me on my birthday is keeping your own mind and your own heart more compassionate, with a genuine sense of concern for others' well being. With that motivation, if possible, serve others, including animals. If you do not have the opportunity of serving others, then at least restrain from harming them. Living a more compassionate life; that is the best present for my birthday." Dali Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, 2013.
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds." Dali Lama
"When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion." Dali Lama
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." Dalai Lama
"Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering." Dalai Lama
"Because we all share this small planet Earth, we have to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity." Dalai Lama

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

"To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die." Thomas Campbell

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
Abraham Lincoln

"The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government." Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living beings, humanity will not find peace."
Albert Schweitzer, physician/Nobel Laureate.

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men." Alice Walker, author

"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative and fatal health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for 'Peace on Earth.'"
C. David Coats

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." William Ralph Inge

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." Katharine Hepburn, actress.
"Life is hard. After all, it kills you." Katherine Hepburn
"We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers, but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change." Katherine Hepburn
"If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior." Katherine Hepburn
"Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere." Katherine Hepburn

"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone." Orson Welles, actor, director.

"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to letting a person be what he really is." Jim Morrison

"They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat." [referring to the banks] John Steinbeck, author.
The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 5
"And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed." John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 19.
"Whenever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Whenever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there . . . . I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an'-I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when our folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build-why, I'll be there. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Jim Joad farewell speech in Chapter 28.

"I went to sleep with the hope that made
America famous.
I had the kind of a dream that maybe they are
still trying to teach in school.
Of the America that made America famous.
And of the people who just might understand,
That how, together, yes we can,
Create a country better than,
The one we have made of this land.
We have a choice to make each man
Who dares to dream, reaching out his hand,
A prophet.
Or just a crazy, damned dreamer of a fool.
Yes a crazy fool.
There's something burning somewhere.
Does anybody care?
Is anybody there?
Is anybody there?" Harry Chapin, What Made America Famous (1974).

"A salad should be dressed like Dorothy Lamour, adequately but lightly." Fred Allen, comic.

Senators and Representatives should wear uniforms like Nascar drivers, so we can identify their Corporate Sponsors.

Sexism is a social disease.

Frack is whack.

The kindness one does for an animal may not change the world but it will change the world for that one animal.

"What greater gift than the love of a cat." Charles Dickens

"May peace be within you, may your heart be strong. May you find what you are seeking wherever you roam." Irish Blessing
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