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Don midwest

land and soil

One third of the world’s soil already has been damaged by water and wind erosion, deforestation, compaction, nutrient depletion, and pollution. By our own actions, we are losing soil faster than nature can create it, and as population keeps growing we also pave over some of the most productive farmland for urban areas. The United Nations says that unless we protect the remaining soil and improve land use and conservation practices, the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of what it was in 1960.

only 40 years!!!

Do We Treat Our Soil Like Dirt?

magsview

These sorts of issues cause me great anxiety. We’re still just really getting into the biology of soil, with all its wonderful microbes, but we, as a society, really don’t respect soil.

A single teaspoon (1 gram) of rich garden soil can hold up to one billion bacteria, several yards of fungal filaments, several thousand protozoa, and scores of nematodes, according to Kathy Merrifield, a retired nematologist at Oregon State University.

orlbucfan

T and R, la58!! Hope your weekend is a nice one, free of stormy weather. Tornadoes in Montana?? Yikes!

wi60

orl we got your hot and humid weather up here in WI temps mid 90s dew points in the 70s. not so good for me to do stuff outside but great for the garden

jcitybone

She should agree to debate.

Challenger criticizes Gabbard for ducking debate

“Blocking debates from happening through non-participation is the opposite of democracy,” said Sherry Campagna, her main challenger this year in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary, in a news release.

Campagna said with the recent flooding on Kauai, volcanic eruption on the Big Island, as well as ongoing problems with homelessness and access to health care, open political debate is all the more needed. The House seat represents the neighbor islands and rural Oahu.

TheLeftistheCenter

Yeah I dont like when progressives dont want to debate, talking to the people is where we shine and it makes no sense to avoid such opportunities.

wi60

same here Bryce in Wi has avoided debates against Kathy Meyers every time asked. Theirs really no excuse to avoid it weather your Tulsi or Bryce.

orlbucfan

When Ocasio-Cortez won her upset, I thought of the Bryce-Meyers race. AOC’s opponent pulled the same stunt, and it definitely helped her beat him. You debate your political opponent. It’s just common sense.

TheLeftistheCenter

It should be political suicide though, I mean really, if you cant even publicly debate your opponent what the hell are you doing in politics?

humphrey

I really can’t figure this out. It is not that Tulsi is bashful and afraid to take tough stands,

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/01/separated-children-adoption-immigration/

WHEN NEWS REPORTS first began to emerge that 81 of the migrant children recently separated from their parents had been sent into the care of one of the largest adoption agencies in the country, the response was swift alarm. Was the government planning on creating “social orphans” out of the children, then offering them up for adoption?

Fears of a new adoption rush in today’s border crisis weren’t groundless. There was reason to be concerned. The former head of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama warned that some of the children who’d recently been separated would remain separated “permanently” and potentially be adopted. Reports surfaced of mothers who were told that their children would be adopted as an incentive to “behave.” On Tuesday night, the Daily Beast reported that the threat of adoption has become weaponized, as a Guatemalan mother detained by Customs and Border Protection earlier this month was allegedly presented with the ultimatum that if she didn’t abandon her asylum appeal, she would be jailed for a year and her daughter put up for adoption. And conservative figures deeply hostile to immigrant families, like Fox News provocateur Laura Ingraham, herself an adoptive mother, toggled between mocking the detention of children as akin to “summer camp” and calling to “make adoption easier for American couples who want to adopt these kids.”

polarbear4

omg. this can’t be legal. thot we left that era…. hubris

jcitybone

Although Ocasio-Cortez may have nothing that you want to listen to Senator Duckworth, I bet some Midwesterners might like to hear from her.

http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/395064-dem-lawmaker-ocasio-cortez-represents-the-bronx-not-the-future-of

“State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked Duckworth on Sunday if she felt Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic Party.

“I think it’s the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is,” Duckworth said.

“I think that you can’t win the White House without the Midwest and I don’t think you can go too far to the left and still win the Midwest,” Duckworth said during the interview.

“You need to talk to the industrial Midwest, you need to listen to the people there,” she added.

wi60

“You need to talk to the industrial Midwest, you need to listen to the people there,” she added. Home run!!!!!!

magsview

“I think it’s the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is,” Duckworth said.

You just mind the Bronx dear. Know your place little one, let us adults handle things.

polarbear4

like people in the industrial midwest don’t want health care, don’t want their boys home from empire wars, don’t want to be at the mercy of the corpses, etc. Right, Tammy, keep on thinking that way. sad, i thot she’d be a prog at one time.

orlbucfan

The dyed Orange Dimwit from NY went to the Midwest and guess what? Voters there helped him become POTUS. Duckworth sounds like a yahoo. She should know better!!

humphrey

humphrey

tocino
tocino

Alexandria,like Bernie, will respond immediately with way more intelligence as well as a very useful grasp of reality – the non fake kind.

jcitybone

His “must see” new movie compares Trump to Abraham Lincoln

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/d-souza-recently-pardoned-by-trump-shares-tweet-with-burnthejews-1.6224329

Dinesh D’Souza, the controversial filmmaker pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump has been slammed for retweeting Twitter posts with the hashtags #burntheJews and #bringbackslavery.

The first tweet shared by D’Souza, which featured the hashtag #burntheJews, was spotted by Twitter users and widely shared, prompting the pundit to respond: “I did not see the hashtag. Just trying to share the trailer on social media.”

“Don’t worry, Dinesh,” one wrote. “Everyone accidentally tweets #burnthejews from their abhorrently racist fans. Could happen to anyone. I’m sure it says nothing about who you attract with your messaging.”

jcitybone

AOC is MVP

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jcitybone

Cooling down here in the mountains now so I’m sitting out on our deck listening to some Joni with a glass of wine

jcitybone

Another good one (this one from my other favorite Joni album, Blue). LOL they misspelled the title name in the video.

orlbucfan

Joni Mitchell did Canada proud. What a songwriter! She also designed some of her LP cover art.

polarbear4

LOVE her.

humphrey

It appears as if Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is headed to victory in Mexico.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-election/exit-polls-show-mexicans-overwhelmingly-voted-for-leftist-lopez-obrador-idUSKBN1JR15F

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans voted overwhelmingly for anti-establishment outsider Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Sunday’s presidential election, exit polls showed, betting a leftward turn in government could end the corruption and violence that has blighted the country.

One exit poll by polling firm Parametria showed Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, winning between 53 percent and 59 percent of the vote, far ahead of his two main rivals from Mexico’s traditional ruling parties.

humphrey

humphrey

I wonder if Trump will congratulate him? LOL

TheLeftistheCenter

If the global oligarchs have their way Mexico will be paying for that wall, the one they build to keep us out lol

humphrey

I guess that it is official.

MEXICO CITY — Riding a wave of populist anger fueled by rampant corruption and violence, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico on Sunday, in a landslide victory that upended the nation’s political establishment and handed him a sweeping mandate to reshape the country.

Mr. López Obrador’s win puts a leftist leader at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades, a prospect that has filled millions of Mexicans with hope — and the nation’s elites with trepidation.

The outcome represents a clear rejection of the status quo in the nation, which for the last quarter century has been defined by a centrist vision and an embrace of globalization that many Mexicans feel has not served them.

humphrey

Trump is now surrounded regarding the NAFTA negotiations.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/07/01/trudeau-highlights-new-us-counter-tariffs-in-canada-day-message.html

OTTAWA—As the country celebrates Canada Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on the road highlighting the stand he has taken against the U.S. government’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products.

Speaking in Leamington, Ont., Sunday morning, Trudeau thanked residents and Canadians for always standing up for one another and for Canadian values.

Trudeau’s counter-tariffs take effect today — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.

humphrey

The Ring of Fire is not impressed.

polarbear4
polarbear4
jcitybone

https://politics.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/black-and-democratic-voters-gain-republicans-georgia/TCkvHmtpJ90NsGZTUMwJPK/

“It confirms what we’ve been seeing among the Democratic base around the country: There is energy that’s going to be felt in the fall from voters who are clearly excited,” said Beth Schapiro, a Democratic strategist. “And they’ve got to keep generating as much enthusiasm as they can.”

The data give the clearest view yet of the changing Georgia primary electorate that shaped a gulf between the two parties that’s as wide as it’s been in decades. While the Republicans tried to outflank each other on conservative issues, Democrats jockeyed over who was more progressive.

Abrams built her electoral strategy around energizing left-leaning voters, including minorities, with liberal stances on gun control, criminal justice initiatives and tax policy. Her approach was vindicated with a whopping victory over her opponent, who aimed for a more centrist appeal.

The message resonated with voters. Four years ago, Republicans outvoted Democrats in the primary by about 265,000 ballots. This year the GOP edge was about 56,000 votes. Overall, Democratic primary voters have shot up by 40 percent since 2010. Republicans declined by 10 percent.

jcitybone

https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/the-british-russia-collusion-scandal-is-breaking-wide-open.html

Friday evening, the New York Times revealed new detail about Russian involvement in the Brexit vote. The more we learn, the more similar the pattern of behavior in the two countries becomes clear, and the more suspicious the denials of Putin’s partners grows.

In both countries, the right-wing pro-Russian populists indignantly insist there is no more incriminating information to be found beyond what was known at any given moment, even as the bounds of what is known at any moment continues to expand. In Britain, billionaire businessman Arron Banks financed the Brexit referendum with the largest donation in British history. Initially, he copped to having one meeting with Russian officials. After the Guardian obtained secret documents blowing up this claim, he admitted there were actually three meetings. Now the Times has even more information, and Banks concedes the number of covert meetings has grown to four.

At the secret meetings with Russians, Banks was dangled the prospect of lucrative gold and mining deals. In the course of speaking with the Times, Banks changed his story: “In interviews earlier this week, Mr. Banks initially said he knew nothing about the [mining] project. Then he later said he remembered hearing about it from the investment banker but did not pursue it.”

Well, that sounds innocent.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, Donald Trump and many members of his inner circle have a long trail of financial ties to Russia. The overt behavior looks remarkably similar. Trump and his cronies refuse to disclose their precise financial connections (by, for instance, following the established norm of a presidential candidate publishing his tax returns.) They continuously lie about the number and nature of their covert contacts with Russian officials, then keep insisting with each new disclosure that there is no more to disclose and the whole question is a witch hunt. Meanwhile, they continue to deliver a policy outcome payoff to Putin.

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