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orlbucfan

A thankful T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!! 🙂

orlbucfan

And for hosting the weekend! 🙂 I keep an eye on the Nest. It’s my main blog; and if no one can get to it by the late afternoon, I do it. 🙂 Lord knows, I sure have the time. LOL.

jcitybone
jcitybone

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

She probably can do better financially as a lobbyist.

orlbucfan

Wouldn’t surprise me.

wi66

Either her reason or the i want to spend time with my family and then take the lobbyist job

orlbucfan

Stephanie Murphy is a DINO, pure and simple. I’ve yet to see what will replace her on the Dimocratic side. So far, the one GOPuke fruitloop who has declared is way out there in outer space, and I am not exaggerating. 🙁

jcitybone

I’m all for male leaders whose former job including dancing in leggings and stilettos

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LieparDestin

LieparDestin

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

One of my AGFP grannies sent this out.
Yusuf/Cat Stevens released this timeless piece in October 2021 in honor of International Day of Peace.

Fifty years ago ‘Peace Train’ became one of the most iconic hits from the ’70s – and now in honour of the International Day of Peace, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has corralled a global cast of musicians for a beautiful rendition of the song.
Joining Yusuf — who appears at a white piano in a tranquil open air setting in Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey — are over 25 musicians from 12 countries, their contributions seamlessly combined to create a song that transcends genre or style.

Featured musicians include Rhiannon Giddens, Pat Simmons (The Doobie Brothers), James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass player with Bonnie Raitt), five time Grammy Award winning blues/Americana artist Keb’ Mo’ and Grammy nominated Senegalese artist Baaba Maal.

‘Peace Train’ was originally released on the classic album Teaser and the Firecat in 1971 and was Stevens’ first US Top 10 hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Still to this day it is a timeless anthem of hope and unity.

orlbucfan

I have always been a yuge fan of Cat Stevens. I am glad he has acknowledged his music. For a long time, he turned his back on it.

SpringTexan
SpringTexan

Really beautiful, thanks for posting. Hard to listen to at the moment in this time of increased war and war hawkery, but touched me deeply. Thanks.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I share your feelings, but the music helps us to hold on to hope. Here’s Cat Stevens doing Peace Train solo at the 2006 Nobel Peace Awards concert. Enjoy.

LieparDestin

wi66

One of the reasons big oil is lobbying hard to resist green energy;

“Why it matters if Saudi Arabia sells oil in Chinese yuan instead of US dollars

Not for the first time, China is attempting to buy oil in yuan rather than dollars, and now it may have found a willing seller. Saudi Arabia, which sells a quarter of its exports to China, is considering making these sales in yuan, the Wall Street Journal reported.

These negotiations, which have surged and ebbed over the last half-decade, are not likely to fructify soon. For one, Saudi Arabia pegs its riyal to the dollar, so any damage inadvertently dealt to the dollar will hurt its own currency. But the US’ geopolitical hegemony is based so significantly on the petrodollar—with 80% of global oil transactions denominated in dollars—that the question is ever-present. What would the world look like if the petroyuan became the oil industry’s currency of choice?

The US’ economic dominance was built on the petrodollar
The dollar’s robust status as a reserve currency owes much to the strength of the US economy. But it also derives from the dollar’s ample liquidity, which is partially a result of countries maintaining pools of dollar reserves to buy oil.

That link was forged in the early 1970s, not long after president Richard Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold. In 1974, Washington and Riyadh struck a deal by which Saudi Arabia could buy US treasury bills before they were auctioned. In return, Saudi Arabia would sell its oil in dollars—not only enlarging the currency’s liquidity but also using those dollars to buy US debt and products. The political economist David Spiro, in his book The Hidden Hand of American Hegemony, described how Saudi Arabia convinced other OPEC nations to invoice oil in dollars, rather than in a basket of different currencies.

If the yuan displaces the dollar to a sufficient degree in the annual $14 trillion global oil trade—although what that sufficient degree would be is difficult to say—countries will have to maintain yuan reserves instead. (At the moment, 2.48% of the world’s reserves are held in yuan, compared to 55% for the dollar, according to IMF data.) Oil producers receiving yuan would have to spend it on Chinese debt and imports, further strengthening China’s economy, but if the world was particularly awash in yuan, other trade might start to be yuan-denominated: metals, say, or soybeans.

The effect on both China and the US would be profound. To preserve the yuan’s new role, China would have to ensure political stability and financial transparency, of the kind the US promised in the 20th century. The US’ abilities to issue dollar debt and earn dollars for exports would decline, so its economy would shrink. In this situation, the dollar’s weakening may trigger a vicious cycle: capital flight away from the dollar and towards the yuan, debilitating the dollar further.

These events, experts say, are unlikely to transpire. Analyzing these contingencies, though, is a useful reminder of how much of our modern moment—from the success of sanctions to the progress of green energy—is predicated on the strength of the US dollar.

https://qz.com/2143450/saudi-arabia-wants-to-sell-its-oil-in-yuan-not-dollars/

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wi66

House Votes 424-8 Against Most Favored Trade Status for Russia, Belarus

The 8 R’s that voted against severing, the usual idiots and Fla. & Wi made the list as usual

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to sever normal trade relations with Russia over its assault on Ukraine and to further sanction Belarus over its support of Russia’s military. The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised a speedy debate.

Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Georgia
Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado
Matt Gaetz, R-Florida
Chip Roy, R-Texas
Andy Biggs, R-Arizona
Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin
Dan Bishop, R-North Carolina
Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky

orlbucfan

Is Grothman as bad/nutts as Gaetz? I’m at a point with this conflict that I hope no one goes after the nukes. There’s so much greed and stupidity on both sides……I just cross my fingers and toes.

wi66

Besides loving Cult-45 here are a few of his greatest hits;

Grothman briefly stepped onto the national stage during the 2011 protests against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to curb public workers’ bargaining rights. He was one of the most outspoken critics of the anti-Walker protesters. On MSNBC, he derided those protesting the bill as “a bunch of slobs” and compared those who occupied the state Capitol to “college students and hangers-on having a party.”

Days off from work are “a little ridiculous”: In January, Grothman proposed rolling back a Wisconsin law requiring employers to give workers at least one day of rest per week. He told the Huffington Post the existing state law was “a little goofy” and his proposal was about “freedom.” “Right now in Wisconsin, you’re not supposed to work seven days in a row, which is a little ridiculous because all sorts of people want to work seven days a week,” he said.

Sex ed could turn kids gay: In 2010, Grothman, who believes that homosexuality is a choice, proposed banning Wisconsin public school teachers from mentioning homosexuality in sex education classes because some teachers had an “agenda” to turn kids gay.

Planned Parenthood is racist: In January 2013, Grothman appeared on Voice of Christian Youth America, an evangelical talk show, and he called Planned Parenthood “the most overtly racist organization.” He said that Planned Parenthood has a pattern of “not liking people who are not white” and specifically targets Asian Americans for sex-selective abortions. (Planned Parenthood opposes sex-selective abortions.)

“Money is more important for men”: After voting in 2011 to repeal Wisconsin’s equal-pay protection law, Grothman argued that the male-female pay gap wasn’t about discrimination in the workplace. “Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers,” he told the Daily Beast. “But the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not go go go. Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person.” He added, “You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.” (At a 2010 tea party rally, Grothman said, “In the long run, a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary breadwinner.”)

People on food stamps don’t act poor enough: In a 2004 op-ed calling for new restrictions on the federal food stamps program, Grothman outlined the extensive research that informed his position. “I’ve interviewed over a dozen people who check out people who pay with food stamps,” he wrote, “and all felt people on food stamps ate better—or at least more costly—than they did.” He also wrote: “Observations of people who work in food stores indicate that many people who use food stamps do not act as if they are genuinely poor.”

“Many people who use food stamps do not act as if they are genuinely poor,” Grothman wrote.
God is probably mad at John Kerry: In April, Grothman appeared again on Voice of Christian Youth America, and he discussed Secretary of State Kerry’s efforts to lobby against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s bill to punish gays and lesbians. “Now, usually I associate the United States with being a positive influence on Africa,” Grothman said. “You associate the United States with sending missionaries to Africa…Instead, what we have is the secretary of state going to Africa and educating Ugandans or saying he is going to send American scientists to Uganda to explain how normal homosexuality is. Think about that. What must God think of our country?”

The Kwanzaa conspiracy: A December 2012 press release issued by Grothman’s state senate office asked, “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa?” In it, Grothman claimed that Kwanzaa is a phony holiday promoted by “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.” He urged “mainstream Americans” to be “more outspoken on this issue. It’s time it’s slapped down once and for all.”

Affirmative action is “offensive”: Following the US Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which upheld a ban on racial preferences in college admissions, Grothman said he would re-up a previous bill outlawing all race- and gender-based affirmative action programs in Wisconsin. “There’s no question that affirmative action is an idea whose time has come and gone,” he told Wisconsin Public Radio. “It’s offensive and it’s very anti-business.”

If he could turn back time: Grothman told an interviewer in 2010, “Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975? I don’t remember any discussion about that at the time. There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys, but that’s a different thing than homosexuality. Homosexuality was not on anyone’s radar. And that’s a good thing.” But Grothman doesn’t just miss the ’70s; he’s also said he wants to turn the clock back to the 1950s.

orlbucfan

Jeebus, goofballs like Gaetz get elected up in the Panhandle region cos there really are racist, Christian Fundie idiots there. But WI? I believe more and more that organized Fundamentalist Christianity is the yuge problem in this country. But, how do folks like me solve it???? I don’t honestly know.