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Don midwest

Puerto Rico Goes Back Door to Solartopia and the Corporate Media Blacks It Out

a long time anti nuke and env activist. He lived in Central Ohio for years and now is in LA. He continues his radio show as well.

I sure hope that this effort in Puerto Rico continues

jcitybone

A couple of years ago, however, I saw its ravages. In 2016, my family lived in Zomba, Malawi. Outside our window there was a green tree that, one morning, was suddenly covered with mangoes.

For so many in the districts around Zomba that year, mango trees were a lifeline, the fruits boiled hard and green to keep the children from starving. Because that year had been climate change-dry, and the year before there were floods, and now there was hunger.

Most people around Zomba don’t drive cars, or throw out plastic, or have refrigerators to run, even when there’s electricity to run them. What they do have is religion. And the most religious Christians I have ever met — so few of whom had access to quality education, to climate data or weather.com — told me without pause, or conflict with their deep faith, that global warming had destroyed their crops.

They did not say it with anger toward me, an American, who lives in the place that generates the pollution that sends the bad weather their way. It was just a fact of life — and death. For them, climate change wasn’t a looming threat. It was a real emergency for them and their children, an emergency that seemed personally and deadly urgent to David Buckel, too, on a Saturday in Brooklyn, where the line at the ice cream shop ran around the block, and where our corner cafe was caught off guard by the sunshine so that the only shortage I heard about was of $5 iced coffees.

Maybe David Buckel’s suicide didn’t reach our part of the park, and maybe the harvests of Zomba don’t concern a president whose food comes from McDonald’s.

But if we can give our newspapers over to gun-toting maniacs for days on end, maybe we should make a little more room for this. Sad as Mr. Buckel’s death is, as uninspiring as it should be to others, if he set himself aflame to send a message, and it’s impossible to unburn him, and too late to direct his energies another way, the least we can do is spread the word.

polarbear4

So true. People just don’t realize bc the media they trust is lying to them. Those of us who publish it on FB and other places are read only by the choir.

magsview

Sad as Mr. Buckel’s death is, as uninspiring as it should be to others

I’m a bit confused, do you think the writer meant to say ‘as inspiring as it should be’?

jcitybone

I don’t know. Not sure that self-immolation should be inspiring. More thought provoking

jcitybone

So the murder gun was confiscated and then given back to the father. What a messed up country we live in.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/23/waffle-house-shooting-travis-reinking-manhunt-continues-nashville-police-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c38b14b24581

Police continued their intensive search Monday for the 29-year-old suspected of opening fire at a Tennessee Waffle House and killing four people one day earlier.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said early Monday that “there have been no credible sightings” of the suspected gunman, Travis Reinking, after an overnight search by local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

Months before Reinking became the target of a manhunt, authorities arrested him for trying to breach a barrier near the White House and later seized his guns.

Among the four weapons they took from Reinking was the AR-15 semi­automatic rifle that police say he used in the Waffle House on Sunday. One of the other weapons — a pistol — is missing from Reinking’s apartment, police said.

Reinking was trying to meet President Trump when he attempted to cross a security barrier at the White House complex in July, federal authorities said. After an investigation by the FBI office in Springfield, Ill. — near where Reinking lived at the time — state and local officials confiscated Rein­king’s guns and revoked his firearm license.

The guns, however, were later returned to Reinking’s father, who has acknowledged he gave them back to his son, officials said.

Under Illinois law, certain confiscated guns can be released to a family member, but Reinking could not lawfully possess the weapons in that state. It’s unclear whether possessing the weapons was illegal in Tennessee.

Nashville Mayor David Briley (D) seized on the moment to renew calls for stricter gun laws.

“For a moment, let’s be honest about what happened. Last night, innocent Nashvillians were terrorized by a man with an AR-15. Let’s be honest. Some people see these weapons as having a purpose of terrorizing other people. It’s happening too much,” Briley said.

magsview

I hope the father is charged with being an accomplice to murder.

Benny

Fabulous Dems– out of the Rethug lite playbook.

polarbear4

Indeed.

Benny

Benny

Of course, the Establishment Trashes it:

Job guarantee advocates say their plan would drive up wages by dramatically increasing competition for workers, ensuring corporations have to offer more generous salaries and benefits if they want to keep their employees from working for the government. Supporters say it would also reduce racial inequality, since black workers face unemployment at about twice the rates of white workers, as well as gender inequality, since many iterations of the plan call for the expansion of federal child-care work.

“The goal is to eliminate working poverty and involuntary unemployment altogether,” said Darrick Hamilton, an economist at the New School who has advocated for a jobs guarantee program along with Stony Brook University’s Stephanie Kelton and a group of left-leaning economists at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. “This is an opportunity for something transformative, beyond the tinkering we’ve been doing for the last 40 years, where all the productivity gains have gone to the elite of society.”

Others, including some Democrats, are not convinced. The idea is also dead on arrival with Republicans in control of Congress, and conservatives have trashed the idea of a jobs guarantee as impractical, impossibly expensive and dangerous to the private sector.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/04/23/bernie-sanders-to-unveil-plan-to-guarantee-every-american-a-job/

polarbear4

wonderful exciting thing to inspire me to work to get proggies into office–the ones that will enact it. elderly also have a rough time in the modern market. we can’t be robots anymore even if we want to.

wi59

” The idea is also dead on arrival with Republicans in control of Congress, and conservatives have trashed the idea of a jobs guarantee as impractical, impossibly expensive and dangerous to the private sector.”

And their profits, they would suffer by not getting that lake home in Tahoe or that 2nd summer home in the Bahamas

orlbucfan

You mean that 12th summer home in either the Bahamas…or mebbe the Caymans. 🙂

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