I don’t have the info, but spying on AP reminds me of 1970. Any thoughts?
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• Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
• (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
• (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
• (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
• (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
• Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
• (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
This might appear way off track, but it should be remembered:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
What is key, in my mind, is ““Necessitous men are not free men.” Throughout history, this has been the crux of the biscuit, the real problem.
Are YOU content that your “elected” representatives are working towars this 2nd Bill of Rights? If not, you’re not voting right, and the “lesser evil” is meaningless.
A priori, I’ve always found the gun debate somewhat puerile. For the sake of a comma, what was originally a duty somehow became a “right” with little sense.
Jefferson’s comments on the need for continual revolution has a seed of truth, especially given recent events. However, as a justification of “gun rights” it’s a load of horse shit.
With a paranoid nation, completely devoid of contacts with the (rest of?) the civilized world, in the grip of fear because of a 19 year-old, the utter gutlessness of uhmericans comes to mind once again.
If we are to have arms to protects us from a tyrannical government, why the fuck are we so afraid of a 19 year-old who probably bought his arms, and purportedly manufactured his bombs, legally? What sort of alternative reality is going on over there?
More people were killed the other day in Texas – where a highly explosive factory was allowed to be built and to function within 100 yards of a small town. A 2.1 (Richter) earthquake was produced by the conglagaration – and neither the conservative press nor the GP have much to say about it.
I’m sad to say that as a nation , the U S of A has a serious problem with priorities and values. I’m driven to repudiate such a disfunctional society.
It appears that 2 arseholes blew up some bombs in Boston.
For shame. A terrible tragedy, but one that has been seen in hundreds of other cities around the world.
Never, though, have I seen a city shut down as a result of terror. It is said that 6000 law enforcement officers are on the hunt of a 19 year-old. schools are closed, public transport as well. What a mess.
I remember the Madrid train bombings, where 191 were killed and 1800 wounded. If there was any “change” in day-to-day life, it was the repulsion of the population. But there was no “close-down”, the metro continued to run.
What happened to the “home of the free and land of the ‘BRAVE’?
2 barely adult criminals are capable of disrpting the society of a megalopolis? What message does this send to other possible terrorists?
What message does this send to those who might study the concept of assymetrical warfare? For a pittance you can make your enemy spend billions.
And a nation that supposedly prides itself on the concept of freedom is the quickest to overlook freedom for the sake of “safety”.
Storm Thorgerson died.
Any Pink Floyd or Led Zep fan will know…