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Scientists say if the large, voracious carp became established in the Great Lakes, they could devastate the region’s $7 billion fishing industry by out-competing native species.


http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/08/the-surest-way-to-ensure-fair-corruption-free-elections-is-probably-not-what-you-think lhe following guest post was written by Friend of the Blog Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). Barb is currently serving her second term as the Ingham County Clerk. Before that, Clerk Byrum served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Michigan Association of County Clerks (MACC) and also the Chairperson of the District V Region of MACC. Clerk Byrum has been awarded the national title of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) and currently serves on the Security Task Force Subcommittee with other national members for Election Center.



Paper ballots, paper receipts, paper trail.


Now that Iran is battling ISIS inside its country, I guess now is the time for the U.S. to begin (openly) supporting ISIS instead of battling it? 😛

Henry Kissinger warns destroying Isis could lead to ‘Iranian radical empire’

“In these circumstances, the traditional adage that the enemy of your enemy can be regarded as your friend no longer applies. In the contemporary Middle East, the enemy of your enemy may also be your enemy. The Middle East affects the world by the volatility of its ideologies as much as by its specific actions,” he wrote in an article for CapX. 

“The outside world’s war with Isis can serve as an illustration. Most non-Isis powers — including Shia Iran and the leading Sunni states — agree on the need to destroy it. But which entity is supposed to inherit its territory? A coalition of Sunnis? Or a sphere of influence dominated by Iran? 

“The answer is elusive because Russia and the Nato countries support opposing factions. If the Isis territory is occupied by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards or Shia forces trained and directed by it, the result could be a territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut, which could mark the emergence of an Iranian radical empire,” Mr Kissinger added.


Hypocrisy writ large.


Just a reminder!

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This is Joe Manchin:

Manchin: ‘I don’t give a s—‘ if I win reelection

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is ripping into critics who want him to fully commit to Democratic policy points, saying he won’t be pressured into taking stances he disagrees with just to win an election.

“I don’t give a shit, you understand? I just don’t give a shit,” Manchin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for shit that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”

“I’m not scared of an election, let’s put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me,” he said. “I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”

So then, who does the WV Dem party get behind?


Nails in coffin.


When the entire state party gets behind someone it seems as though it’s rigged from the get-go and little hope remains for anyone contesting the status quo.

Did Manchin feed $ to state rep coffers? Were WV Dems given their marching orders? If so, from whom? Upper level Dem establishment ppl? Donors??

Don midwest
Don midwest

pipelines, the law, environment, land

there are so many issues that it is overwhelming

here is what happened to me this morning

in an earlier comment I noted that I had spent a few hours watching the live hearings in Nebraska on KXL

fascinating to watch the attys make the case using language, law, precedence and time — a machine with a limited lifetime but holding the land for ever….

looking for a transmission mechanic a few days ago, I pulled out a bunch of business cards and found a couple from academics who attended the Intl. Eco Summit in Columbus OH in 2002. Back then I was pushing organizational design, now I am pushing Bruno Latour

both of the women are doing interdisciplinary work — one with an emphasis on peasant societies and the other with eco biology.

I sent them email to introduce them to Bruno Latour but had to pick out what to send in a short note. Sent out the first one about the event on The Body Politic to be held in Sept with several speakers from all kinds of disciplines including ants, evolutionary biology, law, political science. etc.

The second woman runs an env lab at Univ of Minn Twin Cities Campus. I saw that she graduated from Harvard so I recalled Bruno’s speech and panel discussion at the interdisciplinary Ratcliff Institute at Harvard. In the introduction to Bruno, it was pointed out that he is one of the 10 most cited authors in humanities and social sciences and includes many, many different disciplines.

I know that I have been a broken record here about Bruno and I have learned that his work is so broad and deep that it is hard to get people into it, but I still keep trying various methods.

So I am linking the Radcliff presentation.

This is what I think will be important to learn, Critical Zones. These are studies from the top to bottom in a given area – from mountains in CA to the flat floor in the valley below. What about water, soils, etc. These are like ecological studies of the earth, but in a restricted zone, and bring together many different disciplines.

Bruno says that one of his 3 major aims is to be able for people to SEE what is going on and for that he relies on art.

The video has closed captions which I recommend because Bruno is French and sometimes hard to hear.

I am only recommending the first part — a little bit of the intro and skip to his presentation to get an idea of critical zones

Bruno Latour | On Not Joining the Dots || Radcliffe Institute

and just to add a little more — a couple of years ago Bruno said that the big fight would be about land. Given the take over of politics by neo liberal economics, it took me a while to think about land instead of earth or other things. But the pipeline fights are about land.

Published on Nov 22, 2016

Bruno Latour (6:33) speaks about the concept of sovereignty in connection with the work of Ulrich Beck and others and discusses his recent work on the mythological personage of Gaia in the contexts of globalization, climate change, the crisis in the European Union, migration, and other developments.

(46:45) Latour’s remarks are followed by a conversation moderated by Homi K. Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The discussion involves Latour; Diane Davis, the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Peter Galison RI ’10, the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard.

Introduction by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

This event was cosponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence.


Sanctions don’t work?

CONFIRMED: Russia to build energy turbines domestically

Sanctions have been a blessing to Russia’s increasingly self-sufficient economy.

This is a further signal of Russia’s ability and willingness to produce domestically what otherwise Russia would have brought from abroad. This move will be good for the growing Russian economy and naturally not good for foreign competitors losing out on a lucrative market.


Gawd forbid we have a Green Energy Marshall Plan. We’re much too busy killing people, installing petty tyrants and enforcing sanctions.


Both Sides Of Climate Change Debate Distort Science, Block Solutions, Expert Says

Mann: I have an 11 year old daughter. I remember when I first read her “The Lorax” and she cried at the end of that story. It drove home the fact that we do have to be careful in our message. I think it’s one the greatest children’s books ever written… What Dr. Seuss manages to do there, I think in a brilliant way, is to convey the gravity of the threat to our environment, but it ends with a note of hope. The seed that’s left behind. That’s what we have to do. We have to convey the gravity of the situation, but the legitimate hopefulness. This gets back to the whole premise of our conversation here. False optimism is not helpful in my view. It’s not defensible, and I would be betraying the covenant that I must abide by as a scientist.


Aaaarrrrgh! How soon before Kristol starts advocating for Harris?


It’s worse than gagging a maggot!!


“Gagging a maggot”? That’s a first for me, had never heard that one before, had to look it up!


Something so repulsive, so disgusting, so putrid as to actually make a maggot gag.

Dem establishment so worried about lefties ‘taking over the party’, meanwhile neocons are doing that very thing!

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons

It is, in fact, the ultimate union of mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and the world’s most militant, and militaristic, neocons. The group is led by two longtime Washington foreign policy hands, one from the establishment Democratic wing and the other a key figure among leading GOP neocons.

The Democrat, Laura Rosenberger, served as a foreign policy adviser for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and chief of staff to two Obama national security officials. The Republican is Jamie Fly, who spent the last four years as counselor for foreign and national security affairs to one of the Senate’s most hawkish members, Marco Rubio; prior to that, he served in various capacities in the Bush Pentagon and National Security Council.


Worried that we might create a stir, that a liberal might not get elected. OMGosh, they still don’t get it. We’re taking a stand for what’s right, good and true. They’re still in neolibcon land–steal from the poor to give to the rich and frack Gaia.


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Unsplash image by Timothy Muza. Unsplash gathers beautiful images and shares them for free.


Thanks for the tip about Unsplash.

I sure wish we could figure out a way to accommodate wild horses. The ones in that great pic are so beautiful. It looks like maybe they came up to the fence in curiosity?

I don’t get much time to watch the live safari I enjoy so much from South Africa, but I love the wild zebras and all of the antelopes. And of course the elephants, although so loveable, are very destructive to the trees, but that helps the environment, ultimately, as they carve paths out of the bush for other animals to use, otherwise it would get way overgrown.


what’s the safari link?


I like this tweet.


I am not sure which of these two is wackier. The two are Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.


I am sure the group was impressed with his rhetoric.

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