Friday, April 11, 2014

Occupy Update: Taxes, Prisoners, Liberals and Leftists



There are two important rally's coming up, please attend them. Details below.


3. We Pay Our Taxes, Are We Getting What We Need?


Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm: Rally to Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Bank of America,  440 Boylston St.  at Berkeley St.,  Boston MA


2:00 pm Tax Day Forum

Emmanuel Church  15 Newbury St.   Boston (Arlington T-stop<>wheelchair accessible)


2. Jobs Not Jails Rally, April 26, 1:00 pm, Boston Common.


1. Commentary & Editorial Note


Forward wildly!




1. Prisoner, Taxes, Liberals and Leftists


It's hard to argue with liberals. Not only do they stand for good things, but if you say the things that I'm about to say, you get accused of bad things.  Go to the rallies.  Power concedes nothing without a demand. But what if all the very good demands demanded by the very good liberals organizing the rallies were conceded, wouldn't we all still feel a bit stiffed?




The litany of wants put out by Budget For All conflates the income and expense side of the equation because the income side—that is Title 26, the Federal Tax Code—is so monstrously large and criminally obsolete that it is impossible to talk about with normal warm blood people. How much better to talk about the cuddly fuzzy end of what money could buy were there but enough of it in the coffers? More importantly, if one were to confine the debate to the tax code itself it would open a thousand different arguments about each of the thousands of clauses and qualifiers in the 17 volume maze that sucks in whatever it can get by the tax attorneys. (It exists in fact to feed tax attorneys and CPA's.)




And each of those clauses and qualifiers has a constituency that will fight tooth and nail to keep its little bit of pork in the tax code. There are thousands of them protecting every possible selfish-antiquated-hog-farm-rifle-factory-just-for-my-state-just-for-now-just-a-little-bit-back-slapping-opportunistic kind of credit or tax imaginable. If a carbon tax were passed it would disappear in the muck. In fact, the most common kinds of legislation passed by the Congress are changes to the tax code. They change it so often, daily at some points, that it is impossible to know exactly what is and what is not being taxed at any one moment. 


The US Federal Tax Payer Advocate, our voice at the IRS, Nina E. Olson, has put forth a plan that involves examining each clause of the code to see if it is worth the money it takes to implement. This plan has been ignored because it means demanding that the code be re-written from scratch, so that instead of a chicken wire and duct tape pastiche of the kick back du jour, it would instead comprise a system of carrots and sticks that could in turn guide a sustainable and just economy. That's what's called vision and that's what the liberals haven't got.


Got to the rally, but if you want radical change, bet on the Heartbleed Bug.




Jobs Not Jails priority is not demanding this, that is freedom for a group of people disproportionately comprised of the descendents of slaves. Their flyers says nothing about not about how the manufacture and up-keep of human cages has been privatized, in the same way that the slave industry that once caged many prisoner forbearers was a private, commercial endeavor. What are the liberals demanding? That the money be redirected away from jobs guarding prisoners to other programs, other kinds of jobs. That is, that caging people be less expensive. Well, why not just cut to the chance and let all those people out of jail?


Another World Is Possible,


Aria Littlhous


PS: If you want radical change, check out the 100 Great Political Objectives on the Occupy Boston Wiki and the Occupy Strategy Group Strategic Objectives:


and see below.


Editorial Note


These are my opinions. If you want to argue with me you can post to my blog or, with any luck, to the Occupy Boston website. I am going there now. Please join me. All are welcome.







We pay our taxes.

Are we getting what we need?


Tax Day 2014 offers our diverse groups the opportunity to come together as one and bring the needs of our communities and families into the public discussion.


What kind of society do we want? Do we want war and jails and a polluted planet to be our legacy to our children? Or do we want good jobs, fairness, a healthy planet, a decent home, quality public education, affordable health care, nutritious food, financial security during old age, and a government that belongs to all of us? All of our work on these critical issues is impacted by budget and tax policies coming from Washington. So let's come together for a tax day mobilization.


Saturday, April 12  Rally and Forum with:


Mel King <> Congresswoman Katherine Clark <> Congressman Jim McGovern <> Harris Gruman SEIU <> Carolyn Federoff AFGE Local 3258 <> Lew Finfer Raise Up Mass.<> Rep. Jay Livingstone <> Grace Ross <> Tilly Teixera MA Senior Action <> Joe Kebartas Vets/Peace <> Joann Thomas & Alan Booth MAHT <> Amy TigheEnvironmental Tax Reform <> Andrew Fish Mass PIRG <> Nathan Proctor Mass Fair Share <> Ed Woll Jr. MA Sierra Club <> M.K. Merelice Green Rainbow <> Dr. Richard Fine Medical Researcher <> Robert Folan-Johnson ACT UP <> Phyllis Evans NEU4J <> Phyllis Evans 25% Coalition <> mark.pothier@globe.comMike Prokosch, Dorchester People for Peace <> Don Berwick <> Michael Kane Nat'l Alliance of HUD Tenants and other community leaders, all of whom will join people directly impacted by budget decisions -- AND YOU!


…….Plus special video greeting Senator Elizabeth Warren and from Barney Frank


12:30 Rally to Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Bank of America  440 Boylston St.  at Berkeley St.   Boston


2:00 pm Tax Day Forum

Emmanuel Church  15 Newbury St.   Boston (Arlington T-stop<>wheelchair accessible)


Our speakers join our neighbors impacted by destructive budget priorities to inform us about what we need to know and what we need to do.


Join us on April 12 to send a message to Washington about fair taxes and a budget that works for all of us:


·       A budget that protects vital programs like social security, food stamps, veterans benefits and unemployment help

·       A budget that creates a massive jobs program instead of a mass incarceration program

·       A budget that provides revenues by ending offshore corporate tax havens, by instituting a carbon tax and by making those with the highest incomes have to pay the same effective tax rates as the rest of us.

·       A budget that redirects Pentagon spending to public education, the rapid development of renewable energy technologies, green jobs, and to other domestic programs that bring us real security.


Budget for All!  617-354-2169




From Katrina and the Occupy Boston Health Justice listserv:


I want to spread the word about the JOBS NOT JAILS march on April 26th at 1pm on the Boston Common. The MA JOBS NOT JAILS organizers are hoping to have 10,000 people from all over MA fill the Boston Common. It would be great to have some allied health professionals attend so that we can acknowledge the consequences of mass incarceration on individual and public health. The organizers are also hoping to gather 50,000 signatures for their petition. Sign it now and forward to your friends, family, and colleagues. The march organizers are calling for people to pledge to attend the march and for organizations to endorse the march -- see the links below. 


There's also more info on the Facebook event page. You can also reach EPOCA at the phone number listed below if you have questions.


All the best,



p.s. If you want to learn more about the national movement to end mass incarceration here's a link to a great 1-hour long teach-in about the movement to end mass incarceration by Michelle Alexander on the Bill Moyers show. Here's a shorter Ted Talk by Michelle Alexander. 




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Sunday, April 6, 2014


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Holotropic Breathwork 3/29/14

Hi Folks,

There are still some spaces available for the March 29th Holotropic Breathwork workshop in Davis Square, Somerville MA.

We'd love to have you join us for a day of personal exploration and deep healing.

Visit for details.


What others spiritual leaders have said about this practice:


·         "The therapeutic benefits of Holotropic Breathwork are remarkable. The healing of illness, anxiety, depression and conflict, the release and healing of trauma and abuse, the reintegration with family and community, the opening of compassion, forgiveness, courage and love, the reclaiming of purpose, the finding of our lost soul and the higher insights of spiritual understanding all come spontaneously from the unfolding of this powerful process."

-          Jack Kornfield


·         "I lived for over ten years at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where I was the director of programs, and in the course of those years virtually every conceivable form of therapy and personal transformation, great and small, came through Esalen. In terms of therapeutic effectiveness, Grof's was by far the most powerful; there was no comparison."

-          Richard Tarnas, from The Passion of the Western Mind


And from anonymous participants:

·         "Entering into the breathing experience, I felt absolutely secure in the setting. And I loved, loved the feeling of getting absorbed into the music and the breathing. There was a joyousness that I hadn't anticipated. I really felt like we were all in it together and this was a great feeling to have.  After the session, I've had a wonderful feeling of openness and a sense of being reconnected to and welcomed by the world."

·         "For me, the post-breathwork effects can be summed up in a word -- clarity... I feel cleansed, open-minded, and openhearted. I feel as if this workshop has been directional and that my path has been lit up for me."

·         "I was blown away by the experience of entering another state through such a simple and natural technique; the possibility of side-stepping the rational/logical mind in this way is valuable to me, since it seems to be an impediment to becoming more emotionally whole and alive."



Allen B. Howell, M.Ed.

Certified Holotropic Breathwork™ Facilitator

Boston, MA



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Human Awareness Institute (HAI): Building Better Relationships Now!

Whether you’re single or already in a relationship, if you are a parent, sibling or coworker, you can learn the tools to build better friendships, love relationships, and family interactions. Many people search for support to improve their relationships. We want better communication, emotional intimacy and understanding. Some are in crisis, some want to enhance an already fabulous life, many are somewhere in-between. We’re here to help.
You are invited to attend the last of the season’s free relationship mini-workshops, offered by HAI (the Human Awareness Institute) East Coast:

1.  Saturday, March 15, 1-3:30 PM, Live Your Life Filled with Love, Roots and Wings, 317 N Main St, Natick, MA (Rte 27 on the Wayland line near the intersection of Rte 30). Robyn: 508-380-9254 (phone and text),

2.  Sunday, March 16, 4-6:30 PM, Create More Love in Your Life: Tools for Deepening Connections, Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St, Northampton, MA. Robin:, 617-852-0296

3.  Sunday, March 23, 2-4:30 PM, Melting into Love: An Afternoon of Heart Connection, 105 Grant Ave, Newton, MA (cat in home). Robyn: 508-380-9254 (phone and text), Arrange ahead of time if you need a pickup from the Newton Center T-stop.

4.  Saturday, March 29, 1:45-4:30 PM, Creating More Love and Intimacy in Your Life!, 340 Brook Rd, Milton, MA (cat in home). Park in the school lot across the street. Check for public transportation. Lydia: 

5.  Thursday, April 3, 7-9:30 PM, Intimacy Tools for Deepening Connections, Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn Street entrance, Watertown, MA. Robyn: 508-380-9254 (phone and text),

Questions? Contact the person listed for your Mini

To register:, or contact the East Coast Office at the number below.`As a 45-year-old worldwide organization, HAI welcomes singles and couples of all ages, ethnicity, sexual orientation, relationship status, and gender expression. Check out what others had to say about our workshops:

With 45 years teaching about intimate relationships, HAI offers a forum to learn relationship skills that our families of origin never taught us: to broaden our definition of “love,” to learn how to experience profound intimacy with all the people in our lives, and how to create the intimacy for which so many of us hunger. HAI welcomes singles and couples of all ages, ethnicity, sexual orientation, relationship status, and gender expression.

Debbie Reynolds, Producer

HAI East Coast
8 Fresh Pond Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-312-5692 phone/text 

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Work, wealth and the wealthy

When you grow up working class, as I did, and with some kind of class consciousness, one of the things you assume about the wealthy is that they didn't work hard to get that way. And that is true for some, if not most, of them. And that's bad. 

What's worse is what that knowledge does to the motivation of people who are not wealthy who often go on to believe that there is no correlation between hard work and wealth. It seems so self evident that the people who are fantastically wealthy got that way either through inheritance or malfeasance, that to work hard makes one a fool. 

When you put on top of that the fact that working class people are also conditioned to believe that we're not smart or good enough to be rich, it's a wonder that anyone who didn't start out ahead succeeds at all. 

I think the countervailing myths about the self made man are fading way, like old episodes of Dallas.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Zero Sum Budget Title 26

Budget For All, a fine organization, is meeting this Saturday 2/22/14 at 2pm at Encuentro 5 to discuss tax reform. Something serious came up and it looks like I can't make it, which sucks.

The tax code is the country's life blood and right now the vampires who run the place use it to suck up the blood of the rest of us. 


Luckily incredible for US, Nina Olson, the US Tax Payer Advocate has a plan to Zero Sum Budget the Tax Code. And that means:

For Congress to look at each and every of the thousands of hair splitting mendacious perks, strokes, hand jobs and subordinate clauses of all 17 volumes to pluck out the gratuitous kick back du jor and make a set of guidelines with some vision. 

Please Go To the Meeting And DEMAND TO SHRED TITLE 26.

I'll get there as soon as I can. 

Here's a blog, there's a pamphlet and petition.


Aria Littlhous

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Fwd: The Best Summer Job Ever!

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