Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Koch Network

ENLIST DONORS to amass a fortune to fund the effort:
Institute for Free Speech  (Formerly: Center for Competitive Politics)
Club for Growth Donors Trust
Freedom Partners
• Koch seminar network (the semi-annual donor summit) The Seminar Network
• Philanthropy Roundtable
DEVISE STRATEGY, POLICY, AND TACTICS for each stage of the plan:
American Enterprise Institute
Americans for Tax Reform
Cato Institute
Heritage Foundation
Mont Pelerin Society
•National Center for Policy Analysis (2017 extinct)
Reason Foundation
RECRUIT AND TRAIN LARGE NUMBERS OF OPERATIVES to carry out the agenda:
Bill of Rights Institute
Charles Koch Foundation
Institute for Humane Studies (indoctrination  attendance is mandatory at all activities
Leadership Institute
• Liberty Central
Liberty Fund
Mercatus Center (George Mason University)
Young Americans for Liberty
GET CONTROL OF A MAJORITY OF THE STATES and use that power to change the rules virally:
•American Legislative Exchange Council
•Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
•Mercatus Center’s State and Local Policy Project
•State Policy Network (153 member organizations in 49 states, Puerto Rico, & D.C.)
BREAK THE POWER OF THOSE WHO MOST EFFECTIVELY BLOCK YOUR AGENDA:
•Capital Research Center
•Center for Individual Rights
Citizens United (the organization behind the court case)
• National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
Project Veritas
CONSTRICT THE ELECTORATE:
•Project on Fair Representation
•Organizations listed in other categories also involved:
•Americans for Prosperity
•American Legislative Exchange Council
•State Policy Network
CREATE RIVAL IDENTITY-BASED GROUPS that exploit media “balance”:
• Association of Mature Americans
• Concerned Veterans of America
• Generation Opportunity
• Independent Women’s Forum
• Libre Initiative (aimed at Latinos)
• (Also, lay groundwork among African Americans through contributions to the United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall Fund, etc.)
SPREAD MISINFORMATION to advance the agenda where otherwise losing:
• Center to Protect Patient Rights
• Citizens against Government Waste
Competitive Enterprise Institute climate change denier
Heartland Institute
• Independent Institute
• Judicial Watch
SACRALIZE THE AGENDA by cultivating religious allies
• Americans United for Life
• Council for National Policy
•Concerned Women for America
•Faith and Freedom Coalition
•Focus on the Family
•National Right to Life
•Susan B. Anthony List
CREATE A GRASSROOTS PROXY ARMY— for pincer action with donors pressing from above:
Americans for Prosperity
• Heritage Action
• i360 (data analytics company with “a database of over 250 million 18+ adults” sourced from “multiple consumer data compilers.”)
• National Taxpayers Union
• Stand Together
TRANSFORM HIGHER EDUCATION, to undermine its obstruction and gain legitimacy:
• American Council of Trustees and Alumni
• Campus Reform
• Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
• Turning Point USA
• Campus base camps at GMU, Florida State University, Arizona State University, and others (Charles Koch Foundation now investing on over 350 campuses)
TURN GOP INTO A DISCIPLINED DELIVERY VEHICLE by using “the accountability play” of primary challenges to enforce compliance:
Americans for Tax Reform
Club for Growth
• Freedom Partners
• National Taxpayers Union
CHANGE THE LAW, THE JUDICIARY, AND CONSTITUTIONAL UNDERSTANDING to entrench the
agenda:
• Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies
• Cause of Action Institute
• Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies
• Federalist Society
• Institute for Justice
• Judicial Crisis Network
• Judicial Watch
• Landmark Legal Foundation
• Project on Fair Representation
• Rule of Law Defense Fund
• Scalia School of Law, GMU
• Washington Legal Foundation
MOVE THE AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY, FOR LASTING, GLOBAL SUCCESS:
Antigua Forum
• Atlas Network – 457 partner organization members operating in 95 nations
• Fund for American Studies
• Mont Pelerin Society
• Students for Liberty
—– Compiled by Nancy MacLean, mid-2018. Note that this is a work in progress and may not fully comprehensive (particularly of education-related efforts). Comments and suggestions welcome

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Counter Koch Network

Interrelated Organizations that Counter the Koch Network (Reference Page)

NOTE: this is not a complete list, just groups we know about. Please write to us with additions or corrections.
BUILD DONOR NETWORK
DEVISE STRATEGY, POLICY, AND TACTICS for each stage of the plan:
RECRUIT & TRAIN TALENT TO CARRY OUT AGENDA
ORGANIZE TO REGAIN STATE-LEVEL & LOCAL POWER & PROMOTE SELF-REINFORCING POLICY
EXPAND THE ELECTORATE & DEFEND VOTING RIGHTS & PARTICIPATION
DE- SACRALIZE THE RIGHT’S AGENDA by cultivating religious allies & advance a pro-public one
EXPOSE THE KOCH CONTERFEIT RIVALS OF PROGRESSIVE GROUPS to media & rally originals
  • AARP
  • Generation Opportunity: United States Student Association, etc.
  • Independent Women’s Forum: IWPR, Ms. Foundation, NOW, NARAL, PP, etc.
  • Libre: National Council of La Raza, MALDEF
USE WEDGE ISSUES TO BREAK UP THE KOCH PHALANX AND PEAL OFF THEIR SUPPORTERS
  • Faith groups and leaders – enlist National Council of Churches etc. to convey the libertarian ethical agenda
  • Veterans administration privatization – Concerned Veterans of America pushing for privatization of VA against all the venerable, real vet groups, including VFW and AL.
  • Corporate interests and investors hurt by climate change (agriculture, green energy, insurance, tourism, etc.)
  • AARP – expose stealth bid to privatize Social Security and Medicare
  • Common sense gun control – organize union veterans and hunters against the NRA?
  • Environment – strong majorities of Republican voters, too, still support protection of air and water quality, western lands and monuments, etc., so expose what the GOP is trying to do quietly and administratively
DOCUMENT KNOWING MISINFORMATION FOR THE KOCH AGENDA TO EDITORIAL BOARDS
SUPPORT MEDIA THAT DO OR COULD EXPOSE AND COUNTER FOX, BREITBART, & THE REST
DEFEND HIGHER EDUCATION BY EXPOSING THE DONOR GAMBIT TO RUIN IT
USE VOTER ACTION & PROGRESSIVE DONOR INFLUENCE TO KEEP DEMOCRATS HONEST AND ACCOUNTABLE TO VOTERS AND “MUST-HAVE” PRO-DEMOCRACY STRUCTURAL REFORMS
THWART THE ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION & ENGAGE PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERS AND PROGRESSIVE LAW SCHOOL FACULTY TO DEVISE LEGAL STRATEGY TO BETTER PROMOTE DEMOCRACY
BUILD GLOBAL INFO EXCHANGES & RELATIONSHIPS TO BLOCK “EXIT THREATS” & LIFT FLOORS
**** other possible state and local partners at Field Guide to the Democracy Movementhttp://www.fieldguidetodemocracy.org/

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kvetch-gers

kvetch-gers: super heros that save the world by complaining.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Humor Scripts by Steven Levy

Feel free to use in any way. (or Broadway, Yea!) but if you make it big, get me some free tickets. Steven. Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0_MMzBW9S39fjJfVEoyUzFQdVB5Ml96akhUUEQyR2lSTWJGYXpIck1xZEd6a0dqcFY3dlk?usp=sharing

Fishing insider embraces new role as Vineyard Wind liaison

Lynn, MA. Sewage Treatment Plant

stevenlevymath: Lynn, MA. Sewage Treatment Plant A quick look at sewage treatment in Lynn, MA.. click here for video


Emissions Targets, Energy Storage, & Electric Vehicles Hearing

Got there after CourtWatch. It was so crowded I could not even stand in the back of the room. I met people from 350 and the Sierra Club. I left after 30 minutes. More people kept coming so I gave up the idea of eventually getting a seat.

Court Watch MA BMC July 23, 2019

Court Watch MA is an ACLU Massachusetts project.  BMC is Boston Municipal Court. Got there at 10:30. I wrote up eight cases. Most of the cases were missed jury duty. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Book Review of “Democracy in Chains”

Rod Kessler and Frank Kashner
July 22, 2019


Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MaClean, examines how the Radical Right Billionaire Class threatens  American life, the environment and our children’s future.

The book explores some dark and scary corridors of U.S. political history. It was published in 2017. It is a readable and well-researched. “Democracy…” traces the origins and expansion of America’s most extreme and powerful political right. 

The author, Nancy MacLean, is an award-winning author and professor of History and Public Policy at Duke. In her book, she reveals how various political operators subvert our institutions without the public’s knowledge. Economists Milton Friedman and James McGill Buchanan are ...
Click to read the entire document

Sunday, July 21, 2019

How I made my website in 2 hours for $23

1) Bought domain from GoDaddy. $23
2) Set up blog on blogger. free
3) Create a post to be my home page. Used the URL for that page in domain setting at GoDaddy.

It's not everything I want it to be, but close enough. No programming!

Steven Levy Math Home Page

Educational Videos:
Vimeo (Best Source): https://vimeo.com/stevenlevymath
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/stevenlevymath
Teachertube: https://www.teachertube.com/user/channel/stevenlevymath
(Teachertube has so many ads now, it makes it difficult to use)

Notes and References: Search as needed

Interesting Sites: Tabor Music Box Company

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