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Benny

Some Spiritual Activism for the Colorado River

To These Pastors, Saving the Colorado River Is a Divine Command

YUMA, Ariz. — The Rev. Victor Venalonzo opened his New Testament to the Book of Revelation on a recent Sunday and offered the men and women assembled at Iglesia Betania for a weekly Bible study a fresh look at its apocalyptic message.

“We’re failing as stewards of God’s creation, but these changes we’re seeing, that’s not God punishing us — we’re destroying ourselves,” Mr. Venalonzo told them. He alternated between English and Spanish, as he does all day in his Pentecostal church, which sits across from a trailer park and a half-mile from the Mexican border, serving Latinos who have recently arrived in the country and those born in the United States.

Until recently, the environment was never a topic that Mr. Venalonzo included in sermons to his congregants, who are mostly concerned about how they will pay their bills, find work, and keep their children on course in school and away from drugs.

But that has changed as development, drought, overuse and a drier, warming climate threaten the Colorado River, the source of the water they drink and use to irrigate the fields where they work. “Our lifeblood,” Mr. Venalonzo calls it.

Read the rest here:
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/us/pastors-environment-colorado-river.html

The Colorado has been a concern for years because there isn’t another major lifeline for states like Colorado, NV or AZ. I’ve often wonder why older people don’t stand up to local R’s who may be in charge of zoning commissions to stop more building of country clubs or public golf courses as they require a lot of water. But the problem then is that snow birds don’t necessarily pay property taxes.

Water was not the subject of the last campaign, or at least I don’t recall any moderator asking about it (DAPL withstanding, but it didn’t make the major debates). In 2008, Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich were the only ones discussing it on the Dems side. This could be an issue for the Greens to tackle but they need a success story and also, sadly, they would need new leadership, aka someone else besides Jill Stein.

Benny

The Violent Clashes In Berkeley Weren’t ‘Pro-Trump’ Versus ‘Anti-Trump

All of this did happen. But such accounts missed the most crucial aspects of what was at stake in the Berkeley clashes, and thus fail to explain why there were aggressive altercations at all. To frame Saturday’s events as a fight between supporters of the president and his denouncers roundly misses the key tensions undergirding the confrontation: that of anti-fascists versus white nationalists.

Read the rest at
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a54564/the-violent-clashes-in-berkeley-werent-pro-trump-versus-anti-trump/

polarbear4
orlbucfan

He’s no spring chicken. One day he’ll die. Primary law of nature.

humphrey

No reason to worry its only chump change.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/lockheed-marine-helicopter-came-with-unpublicized-cost-increase

CH-53K decision memo shows 6.9 percent rise to $31 billion
Cost per copter increases to $138 million from $131 million
The Pentagon’s approval for the Marine Corps to start buying Lockheed Martin Corp.’s new heavy lift helicopter came with a hidden surprise: the projected total acquisition cost for the King Stallion program has increased 6.9 percent to $31 billion.

The updated estimate was provided in an April 4 decision memo by James MacStravic, the Pentagon’s acting weapons buyer, that authorized production of the initial batch of 26 helicopters. The memo, labeled “For Official Use Only,” was obtained by Bloomberg News.

The estimate for the total acquisition cost — which includes everything from research to purchase of the aircraft, including spare parts — climbed to $31 billion from about $29 billion that the Navy reported in March 2016. No aircraft were added beyond the 200 planned.

humphrey

Bwahahaha! What will Neera Tanden and other Hillary groupies have to say about this new book.

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/247611/shattered-by-jonathan-allen-and-amie-parnes/9780553447088/

ABOUT SHATTERED

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign–the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

I bet that it is somehow the Russians fault. LOL

humphrey

There is also a good review of the book at the NYTIMES but I can’t provide a link.

humphrey

There is also this.

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2017/04/12/authors-blunt-hillary-book-contrasts-sharply-previous-cheereading

Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.

She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.

“That’s not very good,” Sullivan corrected.

“Really?” Hillary snapped back.

The funny thing here is that Hillary apparently learned nothing from her Michigan primary loss since her failure to later campaign much in Michigan and most of the rest of the rust belt (and in Wisconsin where she failed to appear at all) helped cause her general election loss. Another cause of her November loss was, as Nate Silver pointed out, the false sense of security that the cheerleading mainstream media, including Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, gave to Hillary’s campaign.

humphrey

If I had a twitter account I would ask Neera if she pre-ordered the book.

jcitybone

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-rob-quist_us_58f508e0e4b0da2ff8625337?1ht&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced plans Monday to campaign with Rob Quist, the banjo-strumming populist Democrat running for Montana’s open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Rob Quist is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class,” Sanders said in a statement. “I look forward to campaigning with him in May and working with him in Congress.”

The campaign has yet to announce dates for Quist’s appearances with Sanders, but voters can sign up with their contact information to receive alerts.

“I’m excited that Bernie Sanders recognizes that our grassroots campaign is building momentum and has the best chance in decades to take back Montana’s U.S. House seat for the rest of us,” said Quist, who endorsed Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary last year, in a statement. “In the U.S. House, I’ll be a voice to protect our public lands, fight for working families, work for better health care, and stand up to Wall Street and special interests.”

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