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Don midwest
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Global Landscape Forum in Bonn starts next week. From the soil care network I learned that there was a focus on indigenous people. Here is the link to the conference. After that I went through the program and copied out some of the sessions and the people.


Opening Plenary: Inspirational Leadership

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Plenary: Voices of the Landscape

• Janene Yazzie
Co-Convenor, Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development
• Rayanne Cristine Máximo Franca
Indigenous Baré of Brazilian Amazon
• Edward Thomas Porokwa
Masai pastoralist
• Gennady Shchukin
President , Association of Indigenous peoples of the Taymur area

Making climate action inclusive in forest landscapes
HOSTS: (UN REDD Programme) FAO, UNDP and UN Environment with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), The Tenure Facility

Setting a race to the top: Guiding Principles to Rights-Based Approaches
HOSTS: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) with The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG SDGs)

Getting it right: discussing challenges of a tenure rights-based approach
HOSTS: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

• Ermeto Tuesta Cerrón
Indigenous GIS specialist; Instituto del Bien Común (IBC), Lima, Peru
• Sônia Guajajara
Brazilian environmental and indigenous activist and politician

Plenary: Changing the Narrative

Tristan Ahtone
Native American Journalist Association, President

Solidarity Reception

HOSTS: The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG SDGs) with Global Landscapes Forum


thanks Don. . such a thrill for these people to be such a part of the solution.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Coal mining in Australia with its conservative government.

In the article, be sure and click on the graphic and follow the clicks to see the extent of what is involved.

Adani is Cleared to Start Digging its Coal Mine – Six Key Questions Answered

Don midwest
Don midwest

16 year old girl tells it like it is. Greta strikes again

Here is my speech from the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm. Since I don't have the video yet, I'm sharing it…

Posted by Greta Thunberg on Tuesday, June 18, 2019


I’ve been to Hell Mi. and back again https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/youtuber-buys-michigan-town-renames-it-gay-hell-protest-trump-n1018561

Daniel, 25, announced on Tuesday that he bought the town of Hell, Michigan, and officially renamed it Gay Hell.

He said it is an act of protest against the Trump administration recently rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, during the month of June in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.

The town is about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor and is believed to have a population of about 70 people.

The town is about a 20 min.drive for me.


A email from Bernie

Lawrence –

During the last 45 years there have been a lot of campaign promises made by candidates, a lot of political party platforms, a lot of great speeches and a lot of important pieces of legislation passed.

But, at the end of all of that, we have to ask ourselves some very simple questions that are too rarely asked.

Why, despite huge increases in technology and worker productivity, is the average American worker today – in real, inflation-accounted-for dollars – earning no more than he or she did in 1974?

Why are half of our people living paycheck to paycheck, with no money in the bank and scared to death that their car might break down or that a family member could end up in the hospital?

Why, in the last 30 years, has there been a massive transfer of wealth from the working families of this country to the very rich – with the top 1% seeing its wealth increase by $21 trillion – while the bottom half saw a $900 billion decline in its wealth?

Why, for the first time in the modern history of our country, is the younger generation experiencing a lower standard of living than their parents with more debt, lower wages and less home ownership?

Why, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, do we have more people incarcerated than any other nation?

Why are we the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all, while we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs?

Why will 500,000 Americans sleep out on the streets tonight while millions of others are paying 40 or 50 percent of their limited incomes for housing?

Why is there a gap in life expectancy of 15 years between the wealthiest Americans and the poorest, with life expectancy in our country actually in decline?

Why do we have more wealth and income inequality than any other major nation with the disparity between the rich and poor growing wider? Three individuals now own more wealth than the bottom half of America, the top one percent owns more wealth than the bottom 92 percent and 49 percent of all new income goes to the top one percent.

And here is the reason why.

Unfettered capitalism works extraordinarily well for the very rich and powerful special interests, while it is a disaster for ordinary Americans. While the billionaire class becomes richer, tens of millions of Americans are unable to afford the basic necessities of life – decent food, shelter, housing and education – and many are going deeper and deeper into debt.

What differentiates our campaign from all others is the understanding that real change in this country will not occur unless we have the courage to build a political revolution – unless millions of people stand up and take on the greed of the powerful special interests that control so much of our economic and political life.

We must not only win this election. We must build the kind of powerful grassroots movement that can bring transformative change to the country.

Together, we must finally confront the power structure of this country whose greed has done so much harm to the economic and moral fabric of America.

Our job is to take on Wall Street and break up the major financial institutions that have so much power over our economy. Our job is to take on the insurance industry and move this country to a Medicare for all single payer program. Our job is to take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drugs by half. Our job is to take on the fossil fuel industry and save the planet by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Our job is to take on the military industrial complex, cut military spending and end endless wars. Our job is to take on the prison industrial complex, end private prisons and mass incarceration. Our job, finally, is to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.

It goes without saying that what we are trying to do is enormously difficult. We are taking on the entire economic and political establishment. In that regard, I am reminded of the remarks that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made during his campaign in 1936 when he talked about the corporate elite of his time.

“Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”

We are not going to run away from the power of corporate America. We will confront it and we will win.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders


Thanks for posting this, la58, and a couple of ??’s, if you don’t mind:

1. All I get from the Bernie campaign is the “begging” emails, and I think they’re all routed through Act Blue. So I tend to ignore them, and try to find other ways to support the campaign. Are you an ongoing funder?

2. This email is great as a summary of Bernie’s positions and his understanding of our country’s problems. Would you have any idea of WHY the campaign is sending this email along to you? Is this a form of “reinvigoration” for Bernie’s base? Is his base increasing? My impression thus far is that Bernie supporters are already pretty familiar with his positions. . . .

Thanks for your answers (if you get the chance; if not, no problem!)


The only thing I can think of as to why I get this emails and some don’t is that I came close to maxing out on donations last time


I get all his emails. Most ask for money which doesn’t bother me. I worked the 2016 campaign and signed up for this one. I have a feeling he’s got so many volunteers now that I won’t be all that active. 🙂




Both are very, very short . . .longest one is 1:37.

Just for the giggle that comes before the alarm bells:



The more US behavior around the globe is exposed, the more isolated we will become in world affairs. It may take some countries a bit longer to say no to the bullying, but it will happen.


A fun one for a change:


Cute! Thanks for the smile.


How many times do we get to say, “Bernie was right”?

How many times does this fall on deaf ears?


wow. i like this graphic. i pray for us bernistas to use our force for the good of HMPB.


Graphics by @gallogallo1967!



Tonight Bernie will be responding to Herr Drumpf’s re-election kick off in Orlando.

I hope ORL has some “OFF” to spray around his house. ;>


Need something stronger than ‘Off’ or ‘Raid.’ His ‘cooties’ are probably unkillable! GRRRRR 🙁


an indictment of the grand jury as an institution.



So I saw that Frank Luntz was trending on twitter.

This Is Almost Certainly the Worst Argument Against Socialism in History

The Hotel Imperial is a five-star luxury hotel owned by Marriott, a publicly traded, U.S.-based multinational corporation. As its Wikipedia page explains, the building “was planned as the city palace (Stadtpalais) and residence of Duke Philipp of Württemberg (1838–1917) and his wife Maria Theresa (1845–1927), née Archduchess of Austria.” Over the years, it has regularly hosted guests such as Queen Elizabeth II and the emperor of Japan—the sort of thing you might expect of a hotel called the Imperial. You can currently nab a room on Booking.com for $320 a night in July, though prices certainly go higher.

Anyway, this is all a bit like blaming Karl Marx when your Rolex stops working.

As a pollster, Luntz is famous for advising Republicans to describe things using “emotional” language. He’s the guy who told the GOP to call the estate tax the “death tax,” for instance. Right now, he’s advising the Trump administration on its messaging and has been making the rounds talking about how Bernie Sanders is the most likely Democratic nominee. My guess is Luntz is advising the GOP to talk about socialism as much as possible (and it has been), and to use the word as an all-purpose synonym for things that are bad, foreign, and dysfunctional. In practical terms, that means pinning anything that goes wrong in a vaguely left-leaning country on the S-word. Venezuela gets hyperinflation? Blame socialism. Your luxury hotel elevator stops working in Austria, a country that until recently had a right-wing government but also has a decent welfare state and happens to be in Europe? Blame socialism. This is Luntz committing to a messaging theme in mind and body, going method, as far as pollsters can. And it’s just a small taste of the kind of quality discourse we can probably expect through November 2020.



And we think it’s OK to go in and sanction and kill people when countries try to drop our dollar. FFS.





The Question NBC’s Debate Moderators Should Ask Elizabeth Warren on #MedicareForAll

Despite Warren’s protestations that she supports Medicare For All, she has been, to put matters as kindly as possible, “vague about how to achieve it.” That, plus her camaign staff’s virtual radio silence on the policy, has created confusion about whether she supports the policy at all

In this post, I’ll provide five reasons to believe that Warren does not, in fact, support Medicare for All, despite what she says. But I will conclude — plot twist! — with a new reason (at least new to me) to believe that she does. As the headline suggests, I think the way to get Warren’s stance clarified is to ask some probing questions in the upcoming debate next week.

And now the plot twist. As it turns out, Warren supported a Medicare for All bill in the Massachusetts House just last week.

Ugh. “Quality, affordable” is liberal Democrat bafflegab for ACA 2.0, and “lend my support to their fight” isn’t the same as “fighting for” (even if you buy the shopworn “fight for”MR SUBLIMINAL and never win trope).

However, Warren’s written testimony — available as of this writing only (!) as a screen shot on Stephanie Murray’s Twitter feed — is far less equivocal

So…which is it?

[1] Jayapal’s bill is better.

[2] She could also be sandbagging the left, especially those who make #MedicareForAll a litmus test.



Still No Minimum Wage Bill – Not Because Of Trump Or McTurtle – Because Of Pelosi And Hoyer And Their Blue Dogs

There’s no chance a minimum wage increase is going to be enacted with McConnell running the Senate and Trump in the White House, but Pelosi had campaigned on passing a $15 minimum wage, not in her first 100 days as speaker but in her first 100 hours. She hasn’t delivered. On January 16, Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced a great piece of legislation, the Raise the Wage Act (H.R.582). The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. There are 235 Democrats in the House. 205 have signed on as co-sponsors.

There are still 30 Democrats– THIRTY– who haven’t signed on. That includes 19 freshmen who are being advised to not co-sponsor a bill that raises the minimum wage. How are they even Democrats if they’re taking that kind of advice from Hoyer and the DCCC? These are the freshmen who are notcosponsors. How do any of them deserve to be reelected?

• Jeff Van Drew (Blue Dog-NJ)
• Joe Cunningham (Blue Dog-SC)
• Kendra Horn (Blue Dog-OK)
• Cindy Axne (New Dem-IA)
• Ben McAdams (Blue Dog-UT)
• Xochitl Torres Small (Blue Dog-NM)
• Sharice Davids (New Dem-KS)
• Anthony Brindisi (Blue Dog-NY)
• Antonio Delgado (NY)
• Abby Finkenauer (IA)
• Lucy McBath (New Dem-GA)
• Angie Craig (New Dem-MN)
• Colin Allred (New Dem-TX)
• Dean Phillips (New Dem-MN)
• Chris Pappas (New Dem-NH)
• TJ Cox (New Dem-CA)
• Sean Casten (New Dem-IL)
• Lauren Underwood (New Dem-IL)
• Greg Stanton (New Dem-AZ)

It’s most comfortable for Pelosi and Hoyer and their team to blame the lack of progress on the Republicans but the sad reality is that they can’t even get a $15 minimum wage bill through the House they control.


This is site is live, to announce Trudeau’s decision on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Decision due in six minutes:

Live: B.C. set to react to reaction to Trans Mountain pipeline decision

The federal government is expected to make an announcement shortly on whether it will approve the controversial twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decision is expected at about 1:30 pm.

That’s 4:30 pm on the east coast.

Watch here:



So far not so good. Trudeau is talking about middle class jobs and opportunity. Basically, plunder now so Canada can afford to address climate change later. (F’g neoliberals.)

Now he’s talking about the U.S. He seems to be using the U.S. being Canada’s only consumer as an excuse. Not exactly sure what his point is.


I think I understand now. Trudeau seems to have used Trump’s mercurial nature as an excuse. Can’t depend on the U.S. so will need to transport over the Rockies to sell to other countries (in Trudeau’s mind).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the twinning of the pipeline would create “thousands of middle class jobs” and would give Canada access to markets beyond the United States (which buys 99 per cent of Canada’s energy exports).

As the Washington Post reported, the Trans Mountain expansion project “would nearly triple the amount of Canadian crude oil the pipeline transports each day from Edmonton, Alberta, to the port in Burnaby, B.C., to be loaded onto tankers bound for Asia and other lucrative markets.”


As expected, the final decision was to approve the expansion. 🙁

Trudeau is saying that profits will go towards clean energy. UGH


He was for invading Venezuela, too, I believe.


Trudeau Approval of Tar Sands Pipeline, Say Critics, Would Make ‘Absolute Mockery’ of Climate Emergency Declaration Approved Less Than 24 Hours Ago

The vote Monday night made Canada the third nation to declare a national climate emergency, but critics said purely rhetorical acknowledgements of the planetary crisis are meaningless without concrete action.

“It’s great that more countries and regions are doing this,” tweeted 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg after the vote. “But remember: The fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Forget ‘climate neutral’ and clever accounting. Our emissions must start their way to zero. Now.”



Trudeau is turning into a Turd Way type of joke. His father was more liberal. What’s next, an attack on Canada’s healthcare system? The FRighties/neoliberals in England have been targeting their NHS, and it’s ramped up since Brexit.



For night 2 (Bernie’s night)

Dem Debate Staging for Night 2  June 2019.JPG

Bernie is in the middle, but on the right. Harris is next to him.



That’s akin to killing Elsa the lioness isn’t it–if she hadn’t been taught to fend for herself. I still don’t understand why the bear was put down. Couldn’t they have rehomed it to a zoo?


They can relocate the bear. The other big problem is the yahoos feeding it. Every wild animal expert warns the idiots not to do that.


They could have found a sanctuary or a zoo. The sanctuary might’ve been best. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR


Anyone but Trump:

Orlando Sentinel announces endorsement for whichever Democrat takes on Trump In 2020

From Florida with love.

Hours before President Trump is set to kickoff his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, the city’s largest news organization announced they are endorsing whoever challenges Trump in the general election regardless of who it is.

“We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump,” the Orlando Sentinel said in its Tuesday staff editorial. “Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”

After nearly three years, the paper’s editorial board said it has seen enough.


They opposed Sick Rott and he still won.


Trump’s ego is going to explode though. That alone makes the story worthwhile. I would like to see more like this which would push him over the edge that he is clinging to right now.


Final report on the orange idiot’s kickoff. It’s getting ready to rain again, and the crowd isn’t around outside the venue. Not showing the protesters.


straight to the fund raiser from the poor peoples forum.





C-SPAN denied. Only MSDNC. For SC Dem Convention.

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