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Wednesday 10th May 2017


Hope this finds you fit and well. Here is a bunch of what flittered through my mind or crossed my digital desk over the last week. I hope you get something from it!

Grass-Roots Anti-Corruption Group
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Represent Us are a US based grass-roots movement wanting to rid elected government of corruption. Something sorely needed! Here’s a newsletter they sent me:


We said that the people would be the ones to Drain the Swamp. And it’s happening.

On Inauguration Day, we launched 100 Days to Drain the Swamp – the grassroots campaign to build enough momentum to pass Anti-Corruption Acts in four to eight states in 2018.

And it’s. really. happening.

Since the start of the 100 Days to Drain the Swamp campaign, Represent.Us chapters have passed 9 Anti-Corruption Resolutions, 2,249 new volunteers have joined the movement, and we’ve launched 9 new chapters.

Here’s what Represent.Us members and our partners have done so far – these are the efforts that are already or could very well end up on the ballot in 2018:

  • South Dakota: Represent.Us members in South Dakota will soon launch a petition drive to go back to the ballot in 2018 with the Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment.
  • New Mexico: We’ll have the chance to help pass a ballot measure establishing an ethics commission.
  • Nevada: We have a chance to help pass a ballot measure for automatic voter registration.
  • Missouri: Our members joined a bipartisan coalition called Clean Missouri to fight corruption, tackle gerrymandering and get big money out of politics.
  • Massachusetts: Several democracy reform efforts are coming together and our members and partners are gearing up for petition drives this fall.
  • Utah: Volunteers will soon gather signatures to put a gerrymandering measure on the ballot.
  • Arizona: Partners are exploring getting money in politics reform on the ballot.
  • North Dakota: Represent.Us members are meeting with partners to explore lobbyist gift limits, campaign contribution limits, ethics and election reform.
  • Michigan: Our chapters are working with partners on a redistricting campaign.
  • Ohio: Our chapters are working with partners on gerrymandering reform.
  • Oregon: We’re gathering from Portland to Eugene and Salem to meet with partners to develop a strategy to build on last year’s successful ranked choice voting win in Benton County and money in politics wins in Portland and Multnomah County.
  • Florida: Represent.Us members are participating in hearings of the Constitutional Revision Commission calling for anti-corruption reform to be referred to the 2018 ballot.

If you’re in one of these states, or if you wish your state was on this list, now is the time to volunteer. Join or start a chapter now.

From ranked choice voting and ethics to campaign finance and gerrymandering reform, people on the right and the left are coming together across the country to push for real, systemic anti-corruption reform. We’re now four months into a multi-state anti-corruption tour, and no matter where we go, people are excited to make real change happen.

Last year we passed the largest wave of anti-corruption reforms America has seen in decades. We can do it again in 2018 if we keep up this unprecedented momentum.

Join or start a chapter now.


The Represent.Us Team

Agenda 21 Goals
Agenda 21 Goals

How To Get More Of What You Want Out of Life

So you want to be more successful?
To accomplish more with less effort?
Let me share with you some of the most powerful truths I know.
To be maximally effective, do these steps.

Decide what the purpose is of any action in which you engage. Craft a clean, simple statement of the purpose.

Clearly define the product you want to accomplish.

Work out the actions you need to perform in order to obtain the product.

Identify and secure the prerequisites necessary (and only those absolutely necessary) to obtain the product.

Keeping the purpose in mind, perform the actions, as rapidly and as succinctly as you can, always looking for ways to streamline them, shedding any actions that do not specifically add to the quality, quantity or viability of the product you are producing.

Remove any barriers to increased production.

Add any organisational steps or actions that support improved quality, quantity or viability of the product you are producing.

During the time you have allocated to the task, ignore any distractions.

Do not dilute your efforts into peripheral activities but stay focused on doing that which produces the product.

If you find your motivation waning, rekindle your purpose.

Keep in mind that the more you do this, (given that you are producing a product you feel is beneficial to the recipient) the better you will feel.

Definition Of Discipline
Definition Of Discipline

Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether you feel like it or not.

Eating right, exercising regularly, reading widely, pursuing excellence in all your endeavours...

George Orwell
George Orwell

Scarily close now...

Buy Art From Living Artists
Buy Art From Living Artists

True dat!

Trump confirms policy to break up big banks

Donald Trump confirmed the worst fears of Too-Big-To-Fail banks last week, telling Bloomberg in a 2 May interview that he is examining how to break up the big banks. “I’m looking into that right now”, he said. “There’s some people that want to go back to the old system, right? So we’re going to look at that.”

In his election campaign Trump had promised a “21st Century Glass-Steagall”, to revive the “old system”, the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act’s strict separation of commercial banks with deposits from investment banks that speculate. His White House spokesman has twice reiterated his commitment to the policy, and his chief economic adviser Gary Cohn has also endorsed Glass-Steagall, but this is the first time Trump has personally reaffirmed his election pledge.

The TBTF banks are suddenly taking very seriously the possibility that Glass-Steagall may soon be restored. US bank shares fell on the news of Trump’s comments, and financial media in London and New York are nervously reporting every mention coming from the White House. They know the president’s support is a game-changer. Barack Obama, on behalf of his mega-donors on Wall Street, personally blocked Glass-Steagall for eight years. With Trump’s support, the champions of Glass-Steagall in the US Congress will be able to push it to the top of the legislative agenda.

Glass-Steagall is the TBTF banks’ worst fear, because it means they are no longer Too Big To Fail. The megabanks will be forced to split into separate commercial and investment banks that have nothing to do with each other—no cross ownership, no cross directorships, no joint ventures. While the commercial banks will have the protection of government-backed deposit insurance, the investment banks will be forced to wear the consequences of their financial gambling. The era of “privatised profits and socialised losses” will be over.

There is a new urgency to this Glass-Steagall discussion. The International Monetary Fund has just warned that the USA could soon experience a 20 per cent default rate on its non-bank corporate debt. This has become a US$14 trillion bubble, dwarfing even the US$11 trillion mortgage bubble of 2007-08; a 20 per cent default rate would be greater than the mortgage default rate that crashed the global financial system eight years go. Without Glass-Steagall in place, another, far bigger financial crash is inevitable, which will be more devastating than 2008.

Will UK, Australia also break up big banks?

The momentum towards Glass-Steagall in the USA has huge implications for other countries. China already has a separation of commercial and investment banking, and Glass-Steagall legislation has been introduced and/or debated in the EU, UK, Iceland, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece.

In the UK, a bipartisan push in 2013 to enact Glass-Steagall was only narrowly defeated, but that was when Obama was blocking Glass-Steagall in the USA. A break up of the big Wall Street banks will put the spotlight on the continuing threat that HSBC, RBS, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and the other TBTF megabanks in London and Europe, with their hundreds of trillions in exposure to dangerous derivatives gambling, pose to the global financial system. The supporters of banking separation in the UK parliament, including Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who in 2015 pledged a “full-blown Glass-Steagall”, must seize this opportunity to force through the only measure that will protect the British people and economy from another crash.

(UK supporters of Glass-Steagall should sign and share the petition that has just been launched on 38 Degrees entitled: “Break up the City’s megabanks: pass Glass-Steagall!”.)

Likewise Australia. The Citizens Electoral Council has campaigned tirelessly for a Glass-Steagall separation of Australia’s TBTF banks, which, combined with the shift in the USA, has forced Australia’s politicians to address the issue. The Labor Party recently announced it would support breaking up the banks if it was recommended by a banking royal commission. The Galaxy polling company is presently gauging the public’s opinion of the policy. And today’s Australian Financial Review reports that Treasurer Scott Morrison intends to establish a Productivity Commission inquiry into whether retail banks should be separated from the financial advice businesses that have ruined thousands of bank customers in the past decade. However, with the housing bubble set to burst and wipe out the banking system, Australia needs action, not words, and inquiries are not necessary to know that only Glass-Steagall will protect everyday Australians and the real economy from a banking crash.

(Sign and share the Australian Glass-Steagall petition on Break up the big banks now—pass Glass-Steagall!)

The momentum for Glass-Steagall in Australia and worldwide demonstrates the power that everyday people have when they fight for a principle they know to be right. The CEC is winning the Glass-Steagall fight in Australia—now is the time for you to join in!

Marine Le Pen - Election Rigged
Marine Le Pen - Election Rigged

In France, if a ballot is damaged, it cannot be cast. So the political establishment, who are desperate to prevent Le Pen from taking office, arranged for the destruction of millions of Le Pen ballots.


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



Most of the content herein has been copied from someone else. Especially the images. My goodness some people are talented at creating aesthetics! The small bits that are of my creation are Copyright 2014-2017 © by Tom Grimshaw - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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