Site News as of 2018.01.24
January 24, 2018
JGW 18.01.25 Problems: For "most interesting" content, albeit still no more recent than 2014, use the Web Links menu.
IGNORE the Site Content and Site Content Views Menu-Items for now.
They are "broken" and go nowhere on the site except to an error message web page. If by mistake you get to that error message web page, look for the Home Page button in the lower right side of that page and click it to get back to "normal" and useful web pages and menus.
This Site is now the LIVE CAGreenIDEAS site. Site content is not added from 2014 through 2017 because during that time-period serious technical problems persisted with the Joomla! CMS, on which this web site is built, problems which seriously delayed what is technically called the migration of the old 2010-2014 CAGI Joomla! 1.5 version of this site to the latest Joomla! 3.8 version of the site. Those technical problems are now mostly solved and except for the missing 2014-2017 content this site is as up-to-date as it can be. I, JGW, the site founder, administrator and lead content contributor and manager, will be adding the 2014-2017 to this site as soon as possible.
In my opinioin, Greens in California need to have the most up-to-date news and news analysis -- from both the main stream media and from the most thoughtful Greens among us -- to be better able to pick our candidates for office, to better support our candidates, and for our candidates to be most attractive to more Green and non-Green progressive voters in Primary and General Elections.
Main Stream Media (MSM) news of most interest to progressives in 2014 through 2017, which I, JGW the site founder, administrator and lead content contributor and manager, would normally add to this site on a daily basis, I had to put in a now very long private unpublished list of content (mostly web links to news stories in the msm). Normally I would aggreagates (collect) that news here, categorize and sub-categorize it so site users can easily find it; and I would also tag these news items with multiple topic-tags for even better site user searching. I am now in the process of adding, categorizing the missing 2014-2017 content to this site. I will need to "tag" all the old and new content "appropriately" as well once the new content is added.
So revisit the site often, and if article categories or sub-categories are web pubished, look at the article content categories often. Add constructive comments to those articles, and suggestions for what and where-are better articles on the web, if you have any. Also make forum comments about what content you like or think needs to be here on this site to keep Green better informed and more politically astute (wise). But also perform various content searches to see what is old and what is new, what is interesting and what is not. And find out how in a given topic it all makes more sense what the evil right wing in the USA has een doing tour country for decades. If any or all of that "does not work well for you," SAY SO immediately in a Forum topic.
The content of this site, abbreviated here as CAGI-J3x, is an upgraded Joomla major-version of the 2014-2016 Joomla version 2.5 site. Previously that J2.5 site was the never-finished result of my first upgrade from the original 2010 CAGI site, a still functioning AOK Joomla version 1.5 site. However because so many years have passed to get the original CAGI site to Joomla major version 3, there are technical reasons why at this writing the web hosting service that presents these versions of CAGI to you cannot currently present the old, still AOK CAGI-J15 site. If I could, you would have its content to read and not have this somewhat technical excuse instead. Mea Culpa.
This CAGI-J3x BETA site is beta because (1) it is still somewhat ugly, and (2) not all the menu items presented to you, the site content viewer, menu items currently in the right-hand-side (RHS) column of most web pages, are not connected to the site content those menu items are supposed to display.
This CAGI-J3x site is beta also because (3) all of the article categories (496) on this site are still not properly sorted and arranged in an outline form to make it easier for you the site content viewer to find and read and to find related content material to read.
NOT TO WORRY. I, JGW, the site founder, and primary site content contributor, am hard at work completing the menu "content targeting" and the article categories sorting and "re-nesting" of categories and sub-categories to create -- I HOPE -- a much more useful outline display of article categories than was possible to present to you on the old Joomla 1.5 site, a.k.a. cagi-j15.
Stay tuned (i.e. check back often) to see what has changed for the better and what more you can read and learn about "news of most interest and use to progressives." I believe that news must be major events which alarmed most of us, but also which most of us forget after a few days or weeks. Or at least we forgot most of the details of these alarming news items. It is news that has occurred in the last 9 years since "The Great Recession" of 2008. It is news that our progressive parties, including Green Parties, and our candidates and campaigns need to know -- at least to some small extent greater then does our opposition. We need to know a "good portion" of these facts better than our opposition to present ourselves well in public and to defeat the arguments of the conservatives who hold so much power in the USA now in 2017, to also defeat the right-wing libertarians, and neo-liberal democrats who may run against our candidates to win public office.
Maybe just maybe this information resource will help more Greens and Our Revolution progressives win public offices in 2018.
The content of this site, abbreviated here as CAGI-J15, SHOULD be on an upgraded Joomla major-version 2.5.x or major-version 3.1.x site by now. It is not. Yet I started the problematic "migration" / upgrade process in January 2013! That half-way apologia said, the content on CAGI-J15 is and should be sufficiently rich and "recent" for most progressive site visitors' and logged in site users' educational and study purposes for weeks and perhaps months to come. But the CAGI site is supposed to be "more than progressive information." See the Primary Mission statement below for some details and the About The CAGI Site article from more details.
For the more adventurous site visitors and users, usually people with some IT technical background, see also the CAGreenIDEAS-J25 site and the very similar J2.5.6 Upgrade site. Both are upgrades-in-progress sites. They are abbreviated here in this article as CAGI-J25 (J2.5.14) and J2.5.6 JUpgrade (J2.5.6) . There are technical reasons for having the two J2.5.x sites that are some minor version of Joomla! 2.5.x NINE (9) months after starting to explore the jupgrade migration process. If I write them up, they will be in the CAGI Site Technical News section.
Introduction: The Importance of Moral Frames
[to political discussions]
By George Lakoff & Elisabeth Wehling
Key: underlined text made for emphasis are by me, JGW, and additional remarks in [square brackets] are also mine, JGW, the editor-highlighter-annotator of their remarks otherwise reproduced verbatim (without alteration) below
'The central issue of our time is what kind of country America is and ought to be, that is, what system of values should govern us. First, we must understand that all politics is moral: every political leader says to us that we should do what he or she recommends because it's right, not because it's wrong or doesn't matter. And today our politics is governed by two different [polarized & polarizing] views of what is right and wrong.
The [insincere] progressive view, mostly [inadequately discussed] in the [historically mildly effective] Democratic Party [from the 1950s-1970s], is that democracy depends on citizens caring about each other and taking responsibility both for themselves and for others. This yields a view of government with a moral mission: to protect and empower all citizens equally. [Perhaps Greens can articulate this mission much better. For Democrats...] The mechanism for accomplishing this mission is through what we call The Public, a system of public resources [often ignoring the poorest of the poort, but otherwise] necessary for a decent private life and a robust private enterprise: roads and bridges, education, health care, communication systems, court systems, basic research, police and the military, a fair judicial system, clean water and air, safe food, parks, and much more [but mostly for the middle- and upper-classes].