Thursday, December 01, 2005

Religious fundamentalism is nutz

Commenting on the Ed Shultz Show

Ask these stupid fundamentalists why the Jewish community in the Old Testament were celebrating Yule 2000 years before Christ was born?

The turning of the year, call it Christmas, Yule, Solstice, whatever, has been part of the human holiday season since we started keeing track of the agriculture seasons after the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.

These idiots are putting a bad name to humanity, not just Christianity or any particular church. You're right, they're totally insecure in their own beliefs because they know they are LYING to everyone about what they believe.

These people should drink their own poison, and leave the rest of us alone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ideas on Social Security

What happened on the floor of the Senate today, 11/15/05? I know what Bush is proposing, and my counter proposal is for him to go jump in a lake.

Social Security means security for 90% of our seniors, and probably at least that percentage of our baby boomers. For many, it is or will be the only way that housing and food bills will be paid from our lower income demographics. That is the entire reason why Social Security exists in the first place.

Here are my proposals.

1. Eliminate the Cap. Right now, people earning more than $90,000 stop paying the Social Security tax for any amount over that cap. Don't raise it, don't jiggle it, ELIMINATE IT. If someone is earning $1 million, they should pay the same percentage.

2. Lock Box. Make the Social Security Trust Fund UNTOUCHABLE by any other agency. No more IOU's, no more borrowing from the surplus.

3. Adjustable tax rate. Depending on the balance in the Trust Fund, the percentage we pay in taxes may need to go up or down to be able to pay all the benefits that our seniors, disabled and dependent children need. Give the SSA the power to adjust the tax rate up or down to balance the funds INDEPENDENT OF CONGRESS or the administration.

4. The rate of return must equal the inflation rate. Right now I think we earn 1% on the money in that trust fund. If Inflation is 2.5%, we are losing 1.5%. Make it match the inflation rate, or we're digging the hole deeper.

5. Add a savings account on top of the regular FICA tax that is optional and saves money into a combination of Treasury and State municipal bonds. Give account holders the ability to manage those accounts directly if they choose, or select a pre-defined portfolio of bonds.

These changes in the way the system is designed would solve the 'crisis' once and for all. Anything else that tweaks the way calculations are done is simply a waste of time, and we will have to revisit the issue again and again, wasting more tax money doing the Republican Propaganda jig.

Message Rant

I just came back from the November 15th Organizing Kickoff that the DNC held tonight. The new mantra of "America can do better" isn't even getting out of the starting gate for me. I want to hear something more. I think America deserves more from our founding political party, the party of Thomas Jefferson.

The basic idea behind the conservative movement is that if I cannot afford to pay for a good or a service, whatever it is that I am looking at, I don't deserve that good or service. I don't deserve food unless I can pay for it. I don't deserve health care, retirement security, housing, education, etc.

I believe that Americans deserve more than what we are getting. We deserve retirement security. We deserve a good educational foundation. We deserve to be secure in our homes and private affairs. We deserve equal opportunities in the job market. We deserve a health care system that works for everyone. We deserve election systems that we can trust.

Our farmers deserve a chance to take care of their land and provide the food that we put on the table. Our children deserve a healthy and safe environment that shows them that they are cared for, loved and listened to. Our seniors deserve a chance to enjoy their time, and know that they are respected and loved. Our allies around the world deserve an America that stands for justice and equality, and lives up to that promise by actions, not words and rhetoric. Americans deserve a government that helps people when they are in trouble, and that is determined to build a strong financial, moral and legal foundation so that our people have the security to look forward into the future with hope instead of wasting time worrying or being afraid of what might happen.

Of course "America can do better". But that's a failed message right from the start because it doesn't define what American can do better AT. We have a long way to go, but we have to get the right message down, vetted and practiced.

America deserves better.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Thank You Ray!!!

Hi everyone,

I want to thank Ray for the last 18 months that he has been in the leadership of Democracy for Washington. We come a long way, baby! Don't go too far away, my friend, we're going to need your contacts and experience. But I fully appreciate the need to rebuild a personal foundation of family, work and life before reaching out to make a difference.

My hat is in the ring. I'm running for the position of Executive Director of Democracy for Washington. I've been contacting the DFA Linkup Hosts, and gotten some feedback on what they would like to see from DFW, and I'm looking forward to sharing that with everyone who can come on Saturday.

The biggest issue that people have pointed out is the lack of communication and cross-pollination of ideas between the Link-Ups around the state. Even groups as close as North Seattle DFA and Emerald City DFA have no way of knowing what we are doing less than 10 miles apart. We need to fix this, and we will.

We have a lot of other groups popping up around the state, trying to get people's attention while being focused on their own issues and goals. The Progressive Movement needs to find common ground and come together wherever possible. Right now we are as splintered as the Conservative talking heads accuse us of being. We need to fix this, and we will.

I'm going to see how we can coordinate with the Grassroots Democrats' Volunteer project and I want to revive the Democratic Volunteer Corps, a statewide group like DFA Corps and one of the original ideas that we came up with for DFW. We don't have a lot of visibility beyond the Linkups, so people who are not already clued in to what we are doing don't even know we are there. We need to fix that, and we will.

I'm going to introduce a new term. We have Mimes running our party, and running our government. They don't speak clearly about our values, and they put their hands against invisible walls that prevent them from reaching out to us in the grassroots. We need candidates and elected officials that are not afraid to be heard, and we need to show them that those walls don't exist and that we are the ones reaching out.

You all know me, but you don't know me that well. I need to fix that, and I will. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday if you plan to attend, otherwise I'm looking forward to working with you whether I win or lose. I didn't go away when Howard dropped out of the Presidential Primary; and neither did you. I didn't go away when John Kerry lost last November, and neither did you. I'm not going away now, and I hope neither will you. We have a lot of work to do between now and the '06 and '08 elections. Let's get it done, and let's get it done right so we don't have to do this again in another hundred years.

The Progressive Movement is the face at the base of the Democratic Party. For the last hundred years, we've been watching and waiting. We campaigned for Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. We fought for Suffrage. We voted for Franklin Roosevelt 4 times. We voted for JFK and LBJ, and we fought in the War on Poverty in pursuit of the Great Society. We stopped the Vietnam War. We stood by our African American brothers and sisters to grant them equality and civil rights. Some of us voted for Ross Perot in 1992 looking for someone who could balance the budget. Bill Clinton gave that to us in the 90's. Some of us voted for Nader in 2000 because we didn't like what we saw in the top two campaigns. This is the Progressive Movement that was engaged by Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich in 2003. In 2004, we couldn't gain the clout within the Democratic Party in time to get the nomination.

We are the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party. We've gotten a taste of making a difference in our Party and our Country. We're not going to quit, and we're not going to give up or get scared off. We're here to stay.

The Conservatives have been consciously fighting a war for the last 30 years. Against us. It's time we fought back. And we are.

Questions and comments welcome, as always. Here are some links to follow to learn more about me:

Chad Lupkes
Seattle, Washington

Progressives put the concerns of People and the Planet before Corporate Profits

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Note to city: Give the people what they want

I am very frustrated about the future of the monorail in Seattle. It is cheaper per mile, more fun to ride, capable of going more places and just plain better than any of the other options that are being built with our tax dollars. The only problem with the monorail has been the lack of support from city, county and state elected officials, and the lack of competence within the leadership of the project, who all seem to have been appointed by the people who never supported the project to begin with.

I want the Green Line built. Mayor Greg Nickels is wrong to demand a fifth vote on the monorail; I do not support his re-election because of that and a number of other decisions he has made regarding construction and development in Seattle. He is putting the needs of the people behind the desires of developers and richer residents.

We don't need a new election for the monorail. There have been four elections, with each opposition campaign better and better funded throughout the years, and it has always passed. Seattleites want the monorail built. What the project needs is good leadership with the experience and drive to get the job done. With the new director, John Haley, we might have who we need to finish the project. Give us what we've wanted for 40+ years -- a monorail that actually goes places.

Chad Lupkes

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Talk about Backbone...

Text of Speech by President Hugo Chavez
at UN General Assembly
Thursday, September 15, 2005

Unofficial English translation by Néstor Sánchez
Edited by NY Transfer News

Your Excellencies, friends, good afternoon:

The original purpose of this meeting has been completely distorted. The
imposed center of debate has been a so-called reform process that
overshadows the most urgent issues, what the peoples of the world claim with
urgency: the adoption of measures that deal with the real problems that
block and sabotage the efforts made by our countries for real development
and life.

Five years after the Millennium Summit, the harsh reality is that the great
majority of estimated goals- which were very modest indeed- will not be met.

We pretended reducing by half the 842 million hungry people by the year
2015. At the current rate that goal will be achieved by the year 2215. Who
in this audience will be there to celebrate it? That is only if the human
race is able to survive the destruction that threats our natural

We had claimed the aspiration of achieving universal primary education by
the year 2015. At the current rate that goal will be reached after the year
2100. Let us prepare, then, to celebrate it.

Friends of the world, this takes us to a sad conclusion: The United Nations
has exhausted its model, and it is not all about reform. The 21st century
demands deep changes that will only be possible if a new organization is
founded. This UN does not work. We have to say it. It is the truth.

These transformations -- the ones Venezuela is referring to -- have,
according to us, two phases: The immediate phase and the aspiration phase, a
utopia. The first is framed by the agreements that were signed in the old
system. We do not run away from them. We even bring concrete proposals in
that model for the short term. But the dream of an ever-lasting world peace,
the dream of a world not [abased] by hunger, disease, illiteracy, extreme
necessity, needs -- apart from roots -- to spread its wings to fly. We need
to spread our wings and fly.

We are aware of a frightening neoliberal globalization, but there is also
the reality of an interconnected world that we have to face, not as a
problem but as a challenge. We could, on the basis of national realities,
exchange knowledge, integrate markets, interconnect, but at the same time we
must understand that there are problems that do not have a national
solution: radioactive clouds, world oil prices, diseases, warming of the
planet or the hole in the ozone layer. These are not domestic problems.

As we stride toward a new United Nations model that includes all of us when
they talk about the people, we are bringing four indispensable and urgent
reform proposals to this Assembly: The first: the expansion of the Security
Council in its permanent categories as well as the non permanent categories,
thus allowing new developed and developing countries as new permanent and
non permanent categories. The second: we need to assure the necessary
improvement of the work methodology in order to increase transparency, not
to diminish it. The third: we need to immediately suppress- we have said
this repeatedly in Venezuela for the past six years- the veto in the
decisions taken by the Security Council, that elitist trace is incompatible
with democracy, incompatible with the principles of equality and democracy.
And the fourth; we need to strengthen the role of the Secretary General;
his/her political functions regarding preventive diplomacy, that role must
be consolidated.

The seriousness of all problems calls for deep transformations. Mere reforms
are not enough to achieve all that we the peoples of the world are waiting
for. More than just reforms, we in Venezuela call for the foundation of a
new United Nations, or as the teacher of Simón Bolívar, Simón Rodríguez
said: "Either we invent or we err."

At the Porto Alegre World Social Forum last January different personalities
proposed that the United Nations move outside the United States if the [US]
repeated violations of international rule of law continue. Today we know
that there were never any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The people of
the United States have always been very rigorous in demanding the truth from
their leaders; the people of the world demand the same thing. There were
never any weapons of mass destruction; however, Iraq was bombed, occupied
and it is still occupied. All this happened over the United Nations

That is why we propose to this Assembly that the United Nations should leave
a country that does not respect the resolutions taken by this same Assembly.
Some proposals have pointed to Jerusalem as an international city, as an
alternative. The proposal can provide an answer to the current conflict
affecting Palestine. Nonetheless, it poses problems that could make it very
difficult to become a reality. That is why we are bringing a proposal made
by Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of the South, in 1815. Bolívar
proposed then the creation of an international city that would host the idea
of unity.

We believe it is time to think about the creation of an international city
with its own sovereignty, with its own strength and morality to represent
all nations of the world. Such an international city has to balance five
centuries of unbalance. The headquarters of the United Nations must be in
the South.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are facing an unprecedented energy crisis in which
an unstoppable increase of energy is perilously reaching record highs, as
well as the incapacity of increase oil supply and the perspective of a
decline in the proven reserves of fuel worldwide. Oil is starting to become

For the year 2020 the daily demand for oil will be 120 million barrels. Such
demand, even without counting future increments- would consume in 20 years
what humanity has used up to now. This means that more carbon dioxide will
inevitably be increased, thus warming our planet even more.

Hurricane Katrina has been a painful example of the cost of ignoring such
realities. The warming of the oceans is the fundamental factor behind the
devastating increase in the strength of the hurricanes we have witnessed in
the last years. Let us use this occasion to send our deepest condolences to
the people of the United States. Those people are brothers and sisters of
all of us in the Americas and the rest of the world.

It is impractical and unethical to sacrifice the human race by appealing in
an insane manner to the validity of a socioeconomic model that has a
galloping destructive capacity. It would be suicidal to spread it and impose
it as an infallible remedy for the evils which are caused precisely by them.

Not too long ago, the President of the United States went to an Organization
of American States meeting to propose Latin America and the Caribbean to
increase market-oriented policies, open market policies -- that is
neoliberalism -- when it is precisely the fundamental cause of the great
evils and the great tragedies currently suffered by our people. The
neoliberal capitalism, the Washington Consensus. All this has generated is a
high degree of misery, inequality and infinite tragedy for all the peoples
on his continent.

What we need now more than ever, Mr. President, is a new international
order. Let us recall the United Nations General Assembly in its sixth
extraordinary session period in 1974, 31 years ago, where a new
International Economic Order action plan was adopted, as well as the States
Economic Rights and Duties Charter by an overwhelming majority, 120 votes
for the motion, 6 against and 10 abstentions.

This was the period when voting was possible at the United Nations. Now it
is impossible to vote. Now they approve documents such as this one which I
denounce on behalf of Venezuela as null, void and illegitimate. This
document was approved violating the current laws of the United Nations. This
document is invalid! This document should be discussed; the Venezuelan
government will make it public. We cannot accept an open and shameless
dictatorship in the United Nations. These matters should be discussed and
that is why I petition my colleagues, heads of states and heads of
governments, to discuss it.

I just came from a meeting with President Néstor Kirchner and well, I was
pulling this document out; this document was handed out five minutes before-
and only in English- to our delegation. This document was approved by a
dictatorial hammer which I am here denouncing as illegal, null, void and

Hear this, Mr. President: if we accept this, we are indeed lost. Let us turn
off the lights, close all doors and windows! That would be unbelievable: us
accepting a dictatorship here in this hall.

Now more than ever- we were saying- we need to retake ideas that were left
on the road such as the proposal approved at this Assembly in 1974 regarding
a New International Economic Order. Article 2 of that text confirms the
right of states to nationalizing the property and natural resources that
belonged to foreign investors. It also proposed to create cartels of raw
material producers. In Resolution 3021, May, 1974, the Assembly expressed
its will to work with utmost urgency in the creation of a New International
Econimci Order based on- listen carefully, please- the equity, sovereign
equality, interdependence, common interest and cooperation among all states
regardless of their economic and social systems, correcting the inequalities
and repairing the injustices among developed and developing countries, thus
assuring present and future generations, peace, justice and a social and
economic development that grows at a sustainable rate.

The main goal of the New Economic International Order was to modify the old
economic order conceived at Bretton Woods.

We the people now claim- this is the case of Venezuela- a new international
economic order. But it is also urgent a new international political order.
Let us not permit that a few countries try to reinterpret the principles of
International Law in order to impose new doctrines such as pre-emptive
warfare. Oh do they threaten us with that pre-emptive war! And what about
the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, we need to ask ourselves. Who is
going to protect us? How are they going to protect us?

I believe one of the countries that require protection is precisely the
United States. That was shown painfully with the tragedy caused by Hurricane
Katrina; they do not have a government that protects them from the announced
nature disasters. If we are going to talk about protecting each other, these
are very dangerous concepts that shape imperialism, interventionism as they
try to legalize the violation of the national sovereignty. The full respect
towards the principles of International Law and the United Nations Charter
must be, Mr. President, the keystone for international relations in today's
world and the basis for the new order we are currently proposing.

It is urgent to fight, in an efficient manner, international terrorism.
Nonetheless, we must not use it as an excuse to launch unjustified military
aggressions which violate international law. Such has been the doctrine
following September 11. Only a true and close cooperation and the end of the
double standards that some countries of the North apply regarding terrorism,
could end this terrible calamity.

In just seven years of Bolivarian Revolution, the people of Venezuela can
claim important social and economic advances. One million four hundred and
six thousand Venezuelans learned to read and write. We are 25 million total.
And the country will -- in a few weeks -- be declared illiteracy-free
territory. And three million Venezuelans, who had always been excluded
because of poverty, are now [benefiting from] primary, secondary and higher

Seventeen million Venezuelans -- almost 70% of the population -- are
receiving, and for the first time, universal health care, including the
medicine, and in a few years, all Venezuelans will have free access to an
excellent health-care service. More than a million seven hundred tons of
food are channeled to over 12 million people at subsidized prices, almost
half the population. One million gets them completely free, as they are in a
transition period. More than 700 thousand new jobs have been created, thus
reducing unemployment by 9 points.

All of this amid internal and external aggressions, including a coup d'etat
and an oil industry shutdown organized by Washington. Regardless of the
conspiracies, the lies, spread by powerful media outlets, and the permanent
threat of the empire and its allies -- they even call for the assassination
of a president. The only country where a person is able to call for the
assassination of a head of state is the United States. Such was the case of
a Reverend called Pat Robertson, very close to the White House: He called
for my assassination and he is a free person. That is international

We will fight for Venezuela, for Latin American integration and the world.
We reaffirm our infinite faith in humankind. We are thirsty for peace and
justice in order to survive as species. Simón Bolívar, founding father of
our country and guide of our revolution, swore to never allow his hands to
be idle or his soul to rest until he had broken the shackles which bound us
to the empire. Now is the time to not allow our hands to be idle or our
souls to rest until we save humanity.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Looking "Way Ahead"

Dear Morning Edition,

I just heard the announcer say that NPR was looking “ahead, WAY ahead, to the 2006 Congressional Elections”. This really offends me. If NPR has been absorbed into the mentality that reality works on individual 2-year election cycles or even 5-year business cycles, then we are in deep trouble. The only way that we are going to develop the society that we want to have, in the world that we want to live in, is if we start understanding that looking way ahead means looking at least 7 GENERATIONS. Given that a generation is 22 years, I’m talking 154 years. And I’m serious.

What kind of a world are we going to have in 2159? How many Hurricanes per year are we going to see in the Atlantic? What will the average temperature be? How much Depleted Uranium will be in the environment?

And if this sounds ridiculous, think about the past. What decisions were being made in 1851 that we still deal with today? How about the Denny Party landing at Alki Point in Washington State? Don’t forget about the opening of the first YMCA in Boston. Or the founding of The New York Times and Reuters.

I do believe that NPR should look “WAY ahead”. I just have a different definition of just what that means. Yes, the next Congressional Elections are important. But we can’t lose sight of the big picture, which includes the need to decide whether we want Peace or Perpetual World War. Whether we want to successfully deal with the End of Oil, or whether we want to return to the technology and mentality of the Middle Ages. Whether we want to conquer the diseases that plague our world, or let those diseases kill millions of our brothers and sisters around the world. Whether we want to focus on how our ideologies make us different and incompatible, or whether we will focus on the fact that we are all on this closed environment on a single planet.

Anyway, that single phrase got my mind churning, and I thought I would sound off on why.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Re: Dividers, Not Uniters

Senator Kerry,

You fail to see the point. Karl Rove said what he said because he does not care what we think, nor does he think the American people care. George Bush will support Karl Rove. The Republican Party will support the administration, just as the Talking Heads support it. This is a distraction for the Senate, the House and the Media. Dodge the distraction, and get on message. Stop caring what they think or what they say, and start caring about America.

You're right, they are dividing America. We are more divided now than we were in 1862. But now there is no Mason-Dixon line. Now the divisions are drawn through cities and towns, down streets and down the centers of dinner tables where our families sit down to eat dinner. The Civil War may have ended in the 1860's, but the issues were never resolved. That's why the Southern Strategy works. America is already divided, and we are weak because of it. We were strong before September 11th, we were stronger immediately after that tragedy, but we are weaker now than we have ever been before. And it's not because Liberals don't support America, nor is it because Conservatives think they do. It's because one side will not listen to the other side. There is no American understanding. There is no moderate stance. Not anymore. With him or against him was the choice that he laid on the table. There is no other option.

The budget for Human services that just passed the House points out one thing. The Republicans may say that they love America, but they hate Americans who need their help. And that hate will either be their undoing, or will cause this entire country to self-destruct.

Please get on message. National Health Care, Responsible Energy Policy, Education for All. Protect our children, our elderly and support our veterans. Don't bother to debate their distractions, don't listen to their lies. They hate Americans, and they don't care. They prove that with every speech and every vote. George Bush does not care about America. Say that on the Senate Floor, and you'll get more support than you can possibly imagine. I might even start supporting you again. But only if you tell the truth and refuse to apologize for it.

Chad Lupkes

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Don't let NASA's budget be cut!

Dear Rep. McDermott,

I just recieved a note from the National Space Society saying that the House Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed a cut of $3.1 billion to the NASA budget for 2006. I would like to express my opinion on this cut and NASA in general.

I dispise what George W. Bush is doing to this country. With one exception over the last 5 years, I have disagreed with everything that he has said, and everything he has done. That one exception is his support for NASA and the US Space Program.

I believe that fully funding a responsible space program will help build a prosperous America in the near and far future. Looking beyond the age of oil, we must do everything we can to increase our resource base for energy and other possibilities, including eventual colonies in Earth orbit, on the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Please help me support our US Space Program by ensuring that NASA gets the funding that they need to fulfill their mission, and help our children and grandchildren have hope for a better tomorrow.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Designing Healthy Communities

I have no problem with promoting self-interest. What I can't follow blindly is a pursuit of any economic model or goal without an understanding of the potential costs associated with reaching that goal. Some call this enlightened self-interest.

As individuals, we will always be pursuing our self-interest. It's in our nature, and there is no way to escape from the reality of our origins whether you believe that we evolved from the long path of evolution or listened to the words of our creator saying 'be fruitful and multiply'.

In the end, the differences between these two origin stories are moot when we look forward into the future and realize the costs of what we have been doing over the last 200 years to ourselves, our planet and our potential.

Let's define economics. Economics is the social science that studies the allocation of scare resources through measurable variables. The word was coined around 1870, right after the Civil War and after the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species". The connection becomes clear when you read the book "Midwestern Progressive Politics" by Russell Nye.

The origin of the modern corporation occured around the same time, with the invention the railroads and spread of the Trusts, Standard Oil, etc. But the war between the Conservative Movement and Progressive Movement goes back to the beginning of time. It is a struggle between two sides of the same coin. It is the Golden Rule vs. the Rule of Gold. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" vs. "he who has the gold, makes the rules". Think of the Neo-con movement as a
parasite on society. Bush is a host. Even Rove is a host. The parasite is a meme, which is a thought pattern based on the rule of gold. That is what the long term and eternal fight is about.

What I believe we need to do is add a level of decision maker to the decision making process for the corporations, non-profits and government. By designating "We the People" in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson started this process. But it never caught on in the one economic entity that now needs it. The Corporation.

Right now, the decision makers for the corporation are the Board of Directors. These are people selected by the largest shareholders and confirmed via vote by the rest of the shareholders of the corporation. What we need to do is identify the other people who should have a voice in the decision making process. The Stakeholders of a corporation include everyone that does business with that entity, everyone who lives
in the community the corporation operates in, and everyone who is affected by the environmental changes the corporation creates. So, given that the corporation is driven exclusively by the pursuit of Profit, what we need to do is put two more measures of evaluation into the minds of the decision makers. Those two are Community and Environment.

In my mind, a Healthy Community is comprised of individuals and legal entities, meaning corporations, non-profits and governments, that recognize all three of these measures when making decisions.

Let's talk about how to make it happen.

Chad Lupkes

Thursday, April 28, 2005

It's a question of reponsibility

I am 100% pro-choice. It's not my choice, it's the woman's. I don't like Abortions. Who does. That's not the point.

When this government takes responsibility for the fact that 43 million people in this country don't have any Health Care at all, and 40 million more are in danger of losing it...

When this government takes responsibility for the fact that millions of people, including women and children, are homeless, jobless and hopeless...

When this government takes responsibility for the fact that most children are born into a country that provides almost no support for them or their parents until they are old enough to go to public schools...

When this government takes responsibility for the worst education system in the developed world...

When this government deals with all of these issues, then they can come to us and ask us to bring into this world more people that we can't afford to feed, clothe, house or educate.

And when the people who are demanding that all women carry all babies to full term are willing to pay the taxes to provide the food, clothes, housing and education to everyone who can't afford it on their own, then we'll listen to their arguments. Until then, they can bugger off.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

End of life

Quick point in case it ever comes up. If I don't recover after something like that for a year, or doctors can show that my brain activity is toast, let me go.


Saturday, February 26, 2005

Speech for 4th CD Grassroots

4th Congressional District
Conference on Activism
Chad Lupkes

I want to start with some poetry.

The moose has left the wooded hill;
his call rings through the land.
It's a summons to the young and strong
to join with willing hand:
To fight for right and country;
to strike down a robber band,
And we'll go marching on.

Progressive Party Convention, June, 1912

Who am I.

I joined the efforts of the Democratic Party during the run up to the 2004 Precinct Caucuses supporting Howard Dean, and I was the elected Chair of my own caucus. I have been more and more active in the 46th Legislative District Democrats over the past year. I am currently the website manager for Democracy for Washington and the Progressive Democratic Caucuses of Washington, along with several County and LD organizations within Washington State including Kittitas County and the 13th LD, as well as some specific candidates like Tami Green and Jim Barnett. I am currently the newsletter editor for the 46th LD and an At-Large member of the Executive Board. And on and on... No rest for the willing it seems.

Democracy for Washington


When Howard Dean dropped out of the race on February 18th, many of the people who had been in leadership positions for his campaign in Washington State decided not to let the movement die. I asked them how I could help, and became their website developer. On March 18th, Gov. Dean came to Seattle to launch Democracy for America, and we launched the Democracy for Washington website the same day. We held a well attended Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, and all three Democratic candidates showed up to give their stump speeches and answer questions from the audience. It was a good start.

DFW Mission

We are a progressive citizen's organization that stands for fiscal responsibility and social responsibility. We support the grassroots on the frontlines of democracy, by encourging activists to get involved in local political organizations and targeted campaigns, by providing a network connection between activists and political leadership through technology, candidate forums, networking and social events such as Meetups, and by directing new candidates to professional training to help them compete and win.

DFW Actions in progress

The DFW Core is traveling the state in partnership with Progressive Majority to work with local activists on candidate recruitment, development and support. We've met in Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, and we'll be in Spokane on the 12th and Yakima on the 13th. Please go to our website,, to RSVP. We have raised money for candidates including Don Barbieri, and have recruited volunteers for campaigns in the 2004 election, and will be more active in this and future cycles. We are also developing a series of social events to allow progressives to strengthen their network and meet political leaders who make decisions affecting them.

Progressive Democratic Caucuses of Washington


In 2004, some members of the 46th Legislative District Democrats had been meeting over the summer and early fall to discuss ways to make their local party organization more transparent and more responsive to the progressive platform and to grassroots concerns at the district level. We also wanted to work both inside and outside the party structure to engage candidates and work on issues.

After the Democratic National Convention in July, 2004 many delegates returned to Washington State energized by the newly-formed Progressive Democrats of America ( The PDA is a union of the Dean and Kucinich campaigns, started by grassroots activists who understood that this fight would not be won or lost on November 2nd. Several of them wanted to form a Progressive Caucus within the Democratic Party here in Washington State. They put together a proposal for the Progressive Democratic Caucuses of Washington and shopped it around to former Kucinich and Dean supporters they had met during the 2004 Presidential Primary campaign.

They recieved somewhat contradictory feedback. Some people thought that the organization should function outside of any political party, and some believed that the organization should function as a caucus within the Democratic Party. The separation came from the difference between electoral politics and issue-based politics, and the fact that many of our members are so disillusioned with the Democratic Party that they wanted to stand back and let us work on it before they would be willing to join.

We did both. PDCW is the caucus within the Democratic Party, and Progressive Change for Washington is a non-partisan group working exclusively on issues. We'll see how that works.

PDCW Mission Statement

Political activists from the State of Washington are joining together to create Progressive Caucuses within their Democratic Legislative Districts.

The Caucus will work to implement the progressive platform of the district by educating members, articulating public policy, and holding our elected officials accountable for representing that platform.
The Caucus will work to maintain the new energy of the Democratic Party by encouraging transparency of Party processes, rapid and open communication with members, and continuing tolerance of diverse viewpoints.

We will promote policies and candidates that steadfastly support peaceful resolution to conflict, the protection of human rights, public infrastructure and natural spaces, as well as economic, racial, social and environmental justice.

WSDCC Caucus Meeting

On January 28th, the first meeting of the WSDCC Progressive Caucus met. We are still trying to figure out how long it has been since there was a Progressive Caucus here in Washington within the Democratic Party, or any party for that matter. My research so far says 1916. We elected officers, and those officers have formed a bylaws committee. We need this formal structure to have the most impact.

How the WSDCC Progressive Caucus works with the LD level caucuses.

We are committeed to developing our relationship and evolve into a formal caucus. Right now we are looking at the possible legal and financial structures to make sure that we can do what we set out to do.

To what end?

I am often asked what the Progressive Movement wants to accomplish. Will we try to get candidates into office? Will we draft legislation for our representatives to submit? Our actions need to be guided by a question. "What will this accomplish?" 90% of policy is decided on election day, because it gives certain people the authority to make decisions. So, supporting candidates is important. But so is writing legislation that actually accomplishes what we want. Always look forward to how you are affecting things. The journey is as important as the destination. The method of accomplishing change is as important as the change itself.

Engage, Educate, Empower

As activists, we need to engage, educate and empower.

To the grassroots, this means that we talk with our neighbors to find out what they care about and what we have in common. We need to educate them about what we think on those issues and come to a mutual understanding of how we can work together to accomplish something about upcoming decisions on a local, state and national level. Then we need to provide the tools so we can empower people to get their voice heard.

To our current elected officials, we need to engage them on the issues we care about, educate them on our positions on those issues, and empower them to make decisions in support of those positions. We grant them the power to make those decisions. We need to convince them to use that power to support us.

Message and Infrastructure, Yin and Yang

I believe that in any political organization, there are two things that are required to be successful. The first is the message itself, and the second is the infrastructure necessary to get that message out. One cannot succeed without the other.

What is Progressive?

One problem is that too many people see things on a single axis, Left vs. Right, Liberal vs. Conservative. They see a majority bump in the middle of the spectrum and spend all their time and effort trying to push the party line over in the direction of their opposition to try and get that extra single percentage point that will put them over the top. The Republicans have mastered that art. The Democratic Party has never been good at it. The Party seems to focus too much of it's energy trying to make that push for the 'center'. We are operating under an illusion, and will continue to lose until we break that illusion and refocus on what is really important. Progressive is not far left. Draw a line perpendicular to the Liberal/Conservative line, and put Progressive at one end, with those who put profit over the needs of our people and our planet on the other end. We are not the radicals. We are the people.

What does it mean to be Progressive?

This is my framing and it consists of four parts.

Grassroots, People-Powered Democracy

If a decision is being made on any level of government that affects you, your voice should be heard on that issue. I've recently read a book that made me realize how far we have come and how far we have to go. The Tao of Democracy is a description of how the evolution of our democratic processes is occurring all around the world. What we need in this country and around the world is a way for people to get directly involved in the way our government operates. Many opportunities exist now, but they are hidden behind a wall of secrecy and only the hard-core activists seem to be able to break through. We have to make the process of electoral and issue based politics transparent and open so everyone can get involved.

The Concept of WE

The Earth is a single environment. Everything that affects individuals affects groups, and the larger the subject, the larger the group that is affected. I'm tired of hearing people describe the world in terms of 'us versus them'. We're all on this planet together, and the more we understand that, the better we will be able to create a world that works for everyone. How can we get a better understanding of how everyone is linked together, and that something affecting one affects us all?

Understanding the Past

Where do our problems come from? How do they relate to each other? If we search for an understanding of our past mistakes, we gain a better understanding of how not to repeat them. Maybe we can even solve two problems with the same action.

Looking to the Future

It's not enough anymore to think and act for the moment. In the big picture, we are creating the world of the future by our actions today. I'm concerned about how my children are growing up, but I'm just as concerned about the kind of world their grandchildren will be living in. We should grant them the power to turn that world into whatever they wish it to be, with clean air and water, energy resources to explore their dreams, a peaceful world where people talk instead of fight with each other. What can we do now, either big decisions or small actions, that can help to create that world of opportunity?

Progressive Networking

The Conservative Movement did not start out in lock step, and they are not there now. What they have done is found a way to minimize the separations and appear united. We need to find out how to use our diversity as a strength instead of a way to keep us separated. United we stand, divided we fall. Diverse does not mean divided. Our network already exists, but it's not documented in a way that we can use effectively. The voter file hosted by the Washington State Democratic Party is a good first step. It will help us identify people in our precincts and districts that we can count on. We also need to connect with groups, identify issues and plan events. All four pieces of the networking puzzle need to be connected together.

How many progressive organizations do you think there are in Washington State? 25? 50? Actually the PDCW has identified over 200 different progressive groups that we have begun contacting. And that number is growing.

Paradigm Shift

The Progressive Movement is the face at the base of the Democratic Party. For the last hundred years, we've been watching and waiting. We campaigned for Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. We fought for Sufferage. We voted for Franklin Roosevelt 4 times. We voted for JFK and LBJ, and we fought in the War on Poverty in pursuit of the Great Society. We stood by our African American brothers and sisters to grant them equality and civil rights. Some of us voted for Ross Perot in 1992 looking for someone who could balance the budget. Bill Clinton gave that to us in the 90's. Some of us voted for Nader in 2000 because we didn't like what we saw in the top two campaigns. This is the Progressive Movement that was engaged by Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich in 2003. In 2004, we couldn't gain the clout within the Democratic Party in time to get the nomination. But what we have done is recognized what the illusion is and we're working on trying to break it. Think of the Parties as teams on a sports field, with the people in the stands supporting their teams. The problem is who owns the field and who pays the referees. It's time for the Progressive Movement to understand who we are and what we have to do. There are two major times in history that show us the way. 1932 and 1994. We must study and learn the lessons of both. We need a Roosevelt, and we need a Gingrich. Or do we? I think that we are the ones that we have been waiting for.

We are at war. Bush v. Gore was not the first shot. This has been going on for decades. The 2004 election was one of the first battles where we truly understood the stakes. We fought hard, and we almost won. The Conservative Movement won that battle. But the war goes on. And the only way we can lose this is if we stop fighting.

This is where we must recognize the change that needs to occur. In a standard business hierarchy, you have the President/CEO and the Board of Directors at the top, then the high level managers, divisional managers, low level managers and then the salespeople. At one point, Bruce Nordstrom was asked to draw out the heirarchy of the Nordstrom corporation. He drew the normal pyramid, then turned it upside down. The people on the front lines are the people who are the face of the company, and everyone in the chain from those front lines back to the President is there to support that front line, not the other way around.
In politics, the people on the front lines have been the political pundits and their guests on the TV in people's living rooms. Thanks to the 2004 campaign, now we know differently. The people on the front lines are the people who walk from house to house to talk to their neighbors. They invite people into their homes for meetups and social gatherings. And these are the people who are looking for support from the rest of the structure. We are turning politics upside down. As we do this, there will be holes that need to be filled. Maybe you need talking points on a particular issue. Maybe you want to support a candidate or an issue campaign and need some quick fundraising. Maybe you need to schedule, plan and execute a forum between two candidates for a local office. My local party organization, the 46th, has one general meeting per month, and one Executive Board meeting per month. The Democratic Party can't do everything. And this is where groups like DFW and the PDCW can step in to help. We need your help to find those holes, and we need your help to fill them. Remember, WE are the ones that WE have been waiting for.

Friday, February 18, 2005

The moose has left the wooded hill; his call rings through the land.
It's a summons to the young and strong to join with willing hand:
To fight for right and country; to strike down a robber band,
And we'll go marching on.

1912 Progressive Party Caucus Hymn.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

WSDCC Technology Director Questionnaire


Your Name: Chad Lupkes
Your Home Address: 11401 Roosevelt Way NE #12, Seattle, WA 98125
Your Telephone Number: 206-440-1592
Your E-mail Address:


1. Please explain the nature of your work with database design, training, and implementation. Be sure to reference the products you used.

I have taken Database Management classes at the University of Phoenix. They taught the basics of Database design, and had us create basic databases using Microsoft Access. This was familiar to me, as I had been using the software since 1999. I also have several databases (all in Access) that I manage at work for my own purposes, as well as several that were written by other people that I help maintain. The majority of my own work is using Queries to looking into multiple tables, but I know how to build Forms and Reports as well.

I am in the process of learning MySQL. I do understand the basics behind the SQL language, and I can use pre-existing databases built with MySQL for website design, specifically for the Drupal and CivicSpace website engines.

2. The Democratic Party is a fast-paced nonprofit organization made up of committed individuals, elected officials, and candidates from across the state. Please explain any interaction you've had with the Party, political candidates, or issue-based nonprofit organizations. What did you like, what did you not like, and what would be your expectations working for the Party? If you have ever managed a voter file before, please explain when and where.

I started paying attention to politics in May of 2003, when I attended my first meeting of the 46th District Democrats. I was encouraged to attend by an instructor at the University, and picked up a copy of the PCO Handbook. For one of my assignments in a website design class, I transcribed the entire PCO Handbook onto the web. That version of the document is currently on the Democracy for Washington website, although I have seen two versions come out since then with minor changes.

My main experience in campaigns came from a Mercer Island City Council race. Bob Gelb, a good friend of mine, decided to run for El Jahncke's seat. I signed on as his treasurer, and while we only gained 33% of the vote, we felt very good about what we had done, and he is thinking hard of running again in '05.

In December, 2003, I volunteered to take over the website for the 46th District Democrats. Scott brought me in as an interim Executive Board member, and I kept the website updated through the Caucus Cycle. I ran for and won a seat as an At Large member of the 46dems E-board at the Reorganization meeting on December 2nd, and I am working with the Legislative and Research Committee with Sarajane Siegfried as well as the Community Outreach Committee under Bev Marcus.

I am also volunteering as the website manager for the Rainier Institute, which is a non-partisan think tank based in Seattle.

I have used the Online Voter File, and the system seems like a good start. I would want to gather ideas from users at various levels from Party Chair down to PCO and come up with a plan for any modifications based on their needs and desires. The biggest problem that I had during the last election season was the lack of a quick way to update information and have it show up in the system. I understand that there are procedures that need to be followed before changes can be made, and I believe those procedures need to be reviewed. Specifically, there is nothing in the online users guide that explains what it takes to make a change permanent. (I also notice that I am still listed as a 'B'.)

3. This position requires interaction with individuals of varying computer and database knowledge, customer service, and training. Please explain what experience you have producing training materials, giving customer service to less technical individuals, and giving oral presentations.

I have been working with computers since 1983, mostly on a user level. Over those 21 years, I have spent a lot of time helping people learn tricks and bringing them up to speed in DOS, Windows, Office, and the World Wide Web. I have worked for Nordstrom in a support role for the past 5 years, where customer service is the first consideration in any interaction or transaction. The courses that I took at the University of Phoenix all required presentations at the end of each class, and I am very familiar with PowerPoint.

4. This position requires the utilization of several different databases, online content, IT, as well as internal and external support. Considering this level of multitasking, how do you foresee organizing yourself to accomplish all tasks? Have you had experience setting priorities and ensuring follow-through on those priorities?

One of the jobs I held at Nordstrom was doing Special Orders for the Menswear department. The salespeople would enter their request into an online database, and we would process the requests. I gained familiarity with the ordering procedures for about 40 different vendors, 92 stores and up to 10 sales people at each store. Every order received a purchase order, and whatever follow through was required to make sure that the right item was at the right store at the right time. For each request, we would get as far as we could, then send off for any missing information and go on to the next request until we heard back with an answer. The salespeople could check the status of their requests at any time. I would like to see something like that implemented for the requests for voterfile lists and PCO update requests.

5. Success in this position requires vision, the ability to assess what the state needs in a big-picture way and ensure that identified priorities get implemented. How would you illustrate your technical vision?

Something I see missing from what is visible to the Grassroots is the connection between Big-Picture and every day efforts. I know it exists, but it's not obvious beyond the platform. I hope to work within the 46th to gain a better understanding of the party caucuses and committees and how people can get involved. One of my goals for the position of Technical Director would be to increase the opportunities for people to get involved in the ongoing issue based campaigns in support of the Party platform and candidate campaigns for people wanting to run for office to support and push forward that platform. This would necessitate a way of listing those campaigns on the website, something that is not being done right now.

I have some big dreams and ideas on how I would like to do this, and I'm still gathering the skills to put these ideas forward.

6. This is a senior position in the Party that requires management of a small staff, as well as a large amount of indirect management. Do you have any experience managing staff? Have you managed volunteers? Regardless of whether you have direct management experience, what traits do you possess that make you feel you would be a good manager?

I owned and managed a bookstore in Everett for 3 years, with a few employees and several volunteers. I am also one of the rotating chairs of the Progressive Democratic Caucus of the 46th. At Nordstrom I work with the supervisors and managers to coordinate work flow for multiple projects.

I can identify the direction that I want a project to go, then listen to the people within the group that I am working with to find the best way of getting it done. This utilizies the skills from the people who have them, and develops those skills within the rest of the group. For example, I have been working with DFW and PDCW to find the best way of engaging the grassroots, and I am thrilled with the amount of effort that everyone is putting forth. The final result is always greater than what any one of us could have accomplished on our own.


7. In which data management software systems are you able to work? What professional experience do you have in designing and/or managing databases?

Microsoft Access, Excel, and the basics of MySQL. Nordstrom uses an Oracle database with a Java front-end, and the Special Orders department uses a Web-based interface to a Microsoft SQL server, with reporting software in Access.

8. Do you have experience managing and building websites?

Several. I manage 17 domain names directly, with my base of online operations at Three of these domains are for candidates in the 2004 election, as well as for Democracy for Washington, the Metropolitan Democratic Club and the Washington State Success by Six effort. I currently manage the Democratic Party websites of the 39th, 46th, 13th and Kittitas County. I designed the website for Rep. Jim McIntire, the Progressive Demcratic Caucuses of Washington, Progressive Change for Washington and the Rainier Institute. The 23rd District has asked me to design a new site for them, as have the Island County Democrats. I know HTML very well, Javascript reasonably well and enough PHP to get the job done. Most of my larger sites use the Drupal or Civicspace Content Management System, usually alongside handcoded PHP pages. I am learning Perl as well, although that is a slow process with so much going on. I would like to learn more about XML and how it can be used to syncronize data among multiple sites. I have also set up a Wiki system for Democracy for Washington, which allows multiple users to edit content on the fly.

9. Please give an explanation of your technical skills or an anecdote that illustrates your ability to quickly learn new skills when needed.

I have been working with computers since 1983, following the evolution of DOS, Windows, Office and the World Wide Web. If I find a type of technology useful, I plug myself in until I understand how I can use it to my advantage, or to the advantage of the organization I am working with. I have no problem delegating specific technical problems to people with more experience, but I also have an intense curiosity about what they are doing so I can keep up with them and make suggestions for improvements. No system is ever perfect.

10. What do you think of the Web interface for this questionnaire? (Be honest!)

This is a very cool way of gathering input, and it's a heck of a time saver when compared with detailed forms. I've seen it used for writing letters to elected representatives on some websites, and I've been looking at creating this type of system on DFW or PDCW. Now I have extra motivation. (The 'n' variable must come from the email. Also a neat idea.)

Monday, January 31, 2005

Connolly trips

Re: In the Northwest: If Democratic Party lurches left, it may fare worse
(Seattle Times, January 31, 2005)

I appreciate Mr. Connelly's experience in politics, but I really have the impression that he is missing what is happening. George Bush won the election with 62 Million votes. John Kerry won with 59 million votes. #3 was Barbara Boxer, with 6.96 Million Votes.

The problem is that too many people see things on a single axis, Left vs. Right, Liberal vs. Conservative. They see a majority bump in the middle of the spectrum and spend all their time and effort trying to push the party line over in the direction of their opposition to try and get that extra single percentage point that will put them over the top. The Republicans have mastered that art. The Democratic Party has never been good at it, and it was only the advent of the Democratic Leadership Council that demanded that the Party focus all of it's energy trying to make that push for the 'center'. They are operating under an illusion, and will continue to lose until we break that illusion and refocus on what is really important.

The Progressive Movement was revived by Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich in 2003. But we couldn't gain the clout within the Democratic Party in time to get the nomination. But what we have done is recognized what their illusion is and we're working on trying to break it. The Democratic Party is not the source of the power any more than the Republican Party is the power on the other side. The Parties may think that they are the center of the universe. There are a large number of people on the Conservative side who laugh at that notion. The Republican Party is a tool of a much bigger coalition. It's time the opposition to the Conservatives came to understand who we are and what we have to do. It's our turn.

There are two major times in history that show us the way. 1932 and 1994. We must study the lessons of both. We need a Roosevelt, and we need a Gingrich. Any takers?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

A comment on choice

From a religious perspective, I can understand the position that many people of faith take. The stance that I have heard is that any and all life is sacred, and must be protected at all costs. I happen to disagree. Before the advent of modern medical procedures like the C-section, premature births, and hospital emergency rooms, the birth of a child was a wonderous and terrifying time for the mother to be, the immediate family, and their surrounding community. Midwives worked hard and did their best to make sure the birth went smoothly and without too much complication. These wise women learned from their elders and their own experience the signs of distress and what it was possible to do to remedy bad situations. And without the magic of of X-rays, ultrasounds and thousand page medical journals, they brought into the world several thousand generations. But there were many mothers who died in childbirth, or had children that were stilborn. These were accepted as part of life, and the mother and child during the entire event was said to be 'in Gods hands'. It was done with great respect and reverence to the randomness of life. We seem to have taken much of that randomness out of the picture, and we struggle to bring into the world children who would not have survived even 50 years ago. I do believe that the children who were not born over all those thousands of years had souls. But I don't believe that they were lost. I believe that they were taken 'by Gods hands' and given another chance at life at a later time. God does not waste, and according to everything that I have learned about the teachings of Jesus and the Prophets before him, their fondest wish was that we all had the chance to live up to our potential, striving for what is best in life. I don't believe that they want us to simply live for the sake of life.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Power the future

Power the future:

"Monday, January 10, 2005

Power the future


We can't keep wasting energy. Across the political spectrum, Americans know that financial, environmental and even national security reasons dictate the need to be smarter about the energy choices we make.

But, even amid rising energy prices, we've stayed stuck in wasteful patterns for decades. An independent, bipartisan group of energy experts last month handed the country a promising blueprint of ideas on reducing foreign-oil dependence, addressing global warming and promoting a wider variety of energy sources.

The National Commission on Energy Policy's report has something for everyone to like and hate. It calls for strong action against greenhouse gases, which will drive many conservatives wild, and development of demonstration projects with advanced nuclear power plants, a taboo on the left.

The report should offer opportunities for those with creative energy ideas like U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., to push discussion forward. Inslee just joined the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Bush administration took office with Vice President Dick Cheney trying to create a national energy policy. The effort was tainted from the start by Cheney's secrecy and special-interest favoritism.

The administration and the country have a fresh chance on energy policy. The report should energize discussions that go beyond arguing to acting on the kinds of changes we all sense are needed.

On the Net:"


A fool is my shepherd. I shall not think. He maketh me to bog down in a quagmire. He leadeth me beside dirty waters. He destroyeth my ozone. He leadeth me down paths to the extreme right, for his lobbyists' sake.

Yea, though I walk through relatively safe streets, I do fear evil (the threat level is orange), for thou hast scared me. My assault rifle comforteth me. Thou anointest my car with oil. My deficit runneth over. Thou preparest my table with fast food in the presence of my television. Surely paranoia and resentment will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in this Empire of Fools till I die, uninsured.

--Lawrence Swan, Letters, The Nation

Monday, January 03, 2005

HeraldNet: Everett council races begin

HeraldNet: Everett council races begin: "Everett council races begin
At least three incumbents say they'll run again, and two other possible candidates emerge."

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Zeus and Apollo

Z: So, what's the latest update?

A: She seems to be degenerating at an accelerating place. The cancer is continuing to find new places to expand, and the growths are consuming all of the resources that they can reach.

Z: What have we tried?

A: The natural antibodies have a limited effect, but the cells change and adapt just as quickly by isolating the antibodies in specific regions of the body to prevent them from spreading and having more of an effect. It's disturbing to watch, although I will admit it's fascinating.

So, we will need to continue to resort to drastic measures. We do have Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy working on the problem, but we may need to step up the dosage. The cells are generating enough waste material that it may be unnecessary to add anything external to the mix. However, I think an increase in radiation may be necessary. I'm afraid She might go into seizure sometime soon.

Z: Is there anything that we can do with the cells themselves to change the outcome?

A: We have been trying, but that is turning out to be more complicated than we thought. It's almost like they are outside the influence of the rest of the body. Maybe we need to select a small number of them and reconnect them to the overall patterns. Then we would have to support the growth of these cells and help to spread them around the entire body.

Z: That idea sounds like it has promise. How should we proceed?

A: Certain changes in the way cells interact with their environment would be encouraged. They can be modified to produce less waste, which would result in faster growth of these cells. The problem is that other cells may try to take advantage of their success.

Z: What if we made these changes in one of the clusters of cells that do the most damage? Then the cells would have more resources in the first place, and their growth might have more of an impact.

A: That might take a while, but I agree that it is worth trying. Let's try both. We can help cells in both situations. If we don’t do something soon, the entire body might start to fail. Let's start here…

The cancer is us. Pollution is the chemotherapy. Global warming is the radiation.
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