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Don midwest
Don midwest

life began with bacteria

we have more microbes in our body than cells

we are entangled

so, now we can hear them drumming

Don midwest
Don midwest

Bill Barr is much worse than I realized. History of working in intelligence.

There was a long article in NYT in early June


and he was on the cover of NYT Magazine section

that article focused on his support of presidential power

but, this article in the Nation is much stronger and directly related to calling out the troops for Trump’s photo op at the church where he held up the bible

shows the sickness of the MIC and Bar right in the middle of the mess

How Bill Barr Became Trump’s Generalissimo
The mastermind of the D.C. crackdown has a long history of working for the surveillance state.


The Raygun cartel is where Barr cut his teeth on terms of the ‘law.’He trained under Meese. Talk about super slime molds! T and R, jcb!! 🙂


Went from truth, justice and the American way to lies, corruption is the American way

Don midwest
Don midwest

well, well

remember when it was 12 years? that was 2 years ago or so, now 10 years…


World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert
International Energy Agency chief warns of need to prevent post-lockdown surge in emissions

The world has only six months in which to change the course of the climate crisis and prevent a post-lockdown rebound in greenhouse gas emissions that would overwhelm efforts to stave off climate catastrophe, one of the world’s foremost energy experts has warned.

“This year is the last time we have, if we are not to see a carbon rebound,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency.

Governments are planning to spend $9tn (£7.2tn) globally in the next few months on rescuing their economies from the coronavirus crisis, the IEA has calculated. The stimulus packages created this year will determine the shape of the global economy for the next three years, according to Birol, and within that time emissions must start to fall sharply and permanently, or climate targets will be out of reach.

“The next three years will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond,” Birol told the Guardian. “If we do not [take action] we will surely see a rebound in emissions. If emissions rebound, it is very difficult to see how they will be brought down in future. This is why we are urging governments to have sustainable recovery packages.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

is backtracking similar to flip flopping?

Arizona governor backtracks on mask rules as Covid-19 cases surge
Doug Ducey will stop blocking mayors from requiring masks but stops short of issuing statewide regulation

what a leader!!!

stop blocking mayors from requiring masks!!!

there is hope for republicans

For days, as coronavirus cases climbed across the state, Arizona’s Republican governor blocked local lawmakers from being able to mandate that residents wear masks.

The mayors of Arizona’s largest cities went on national television and radio shows, pressing the governor, Doug Ducey, to give them the power to require mask-wearing in their cities if he was unwilling to mandate it statewide.

Hundreds of Arizona medical professionals sent Ducey an open letter this week, outlining the evidence that masks save lives and asking him to require citizens to wear them.

Partially bowing to pressure, Ducey announced on Wednesday that he would allow local governments to set their own mask-wearing regulations.

He confirmed in a press conference that Arizona was headed in a dangerous direction, with nearly 2,400 new coronavirus cases announced on Tuesday and another 1,800 announced on Wednesday, and hospitals reporting that intensive care units are already at more than 80% capacity.

But just a week before Donald Trump is expected to come to Arizona for a major campaign rally, the Republican governor is continuing to resist calls to make mask-wearing required in public places statewide.

Don midwest
Don midwest

backlash against world’s central banks?


the article

Central banks have pumped money into the economy, but it’s no substitute for democracy
To build a fairer, greener society, money must be made to serve the people, not the other way around

In the past few months, the world’s central banks, above all the US Federal Reserve, have rescued the global economy from complete collapse for the second time in a generation. Wading unto the breach and armed with the knowledge of how close capitalism came to a system failure in 2008, they have fired the “big bazookas” of monetary policy, pumping trillions of dollars into the world’s giant pool of money, effectively creating wealth out of nothing.

Since 2 March, the Fed’s total assets have leapt by more than half. Since 2008, its balance sheet has grown to 30% of the size of the US economy. Central bankers seem confident their actions will find public approval. “A firefighter has never been criticised for using too much water,” the governor of the Bank of Canada said.

This confidence is misplaced. Both left and right have reason to welcome the Fed’s emergency intervention, but new money flooded into private capital markets will inevitably flow into the deepest pockets. And without strengthening the democratic legitimacy of this policy, and using it for socially transformative ends, the reaction will strengthen those who are antagonistic to the practice of government – the populist right.

In his recent book, the French economist Thomas Piketty observes that central banks have become the only effectively functioning organs of government. He doesn’t mean this as a good thing. “Monetary activism” is financial triage against world economic collapse, but it’s also an avoidance tactic. It works by bracketing democracy and letting the technocrats take over. To make decisions about justice and distribution, discussions about taxation, policy and budgets are needed.


Bring back ancient “debt jubilees.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

Trump and Pence said that stopping testing would make the corona virus go away


Except when people go to the White House to meet with the president, all are tested

And a sheriff in AZ who recently held a rally with no mask and hugged his faithful followers and vowed to not enforce the guidelines in AZ, has himself tested positive.

He notified the Pinal county public health officials and they are going to contract trace the people who showed up for his rally and others. Maybe all the sheriffs in the county have Covid 19.

What if there is a huge outbreak in Pinal a county? Will Trump still go to AZ and have a big rally?

This is from the WA post and folks here might not be able to get it. My wife signed up for something like $10 per month. I would not have done that.

A GOP sheriff vowed not to enforce Arizona’s coronavirus restrictions. Now he’s tested positive.