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Bernie’s hair at the beginning of his speech! Hahahaha, it settles down a bit afterwards.


Bernie’s hair often looks like those Swedish troll dolls that were big in the 60s, LOL; the guy is real, and so is his hair. Of course, Mike Pence looks so much more natural…eww.

Has anybody else noticed the large quantity of old guys in congress with SNOW WHITE hair and dark eyebrows? (Speaking of Pence, I mean.) It’s almost like they dyed it, isn’t it?


American History for Truthdiggers: Bill Clinton, the ‘New Democrat’

Republicans exaggerated, cried wolf, one might say, depicting the Clintons as extreme leftists out of touch with middle (“real”) America and, indeed, even unpatriotic. They stifled the president at nearly every turn, at least when he attempted even marginally liberal policies. Yet just as often the conservatives sided with him, forming alliances of convenience, as Clinton showed his true colors, which were centrist and even right-leaning. Indeed, it would be apparent, in hindsight, that the 42nd president was the first outright neoliberal chief executive, tacking right time and again and paving the way for the rise of neoconservative Republican power.

Clinton ran as a centrist in 1992 but depicted himself as more fiscally conservative than GOP rival George H.W. Bush and promised to “end welfare as we know it.” He sometimes sounded as though he had co-opted the right’s message and its favorite talking points. Still, early in his first term, Clinton attempted two relatively liberal actions: health care reform and ending the military’s ban on gay members. He was rebuked on both counts.

Clinton would also follow through on his promise to gut welfare. In the insultingly titled 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, Clinton ended the core poverty-reduction program of the already sparse social safety net, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). New limits were imposed on the working or unemployed poor. Benefits were cut after two years, lifetime benefits were capped at five total years, and the impoverished without children could receive only three months’ worth of food stamps. The ultimate result was to help increase income inequality, keep wages stagnant and limit opportunities of the poor.

After the debacles involving gays in the military and health care, and after Republicans swept to victory in the 1994 congressional midterm elections, Clinton went fully neoliberal, abandoning almost every traditional liberal cause.

Additionally, Clinton supported the racially charged crime bill that Democratic Sen. Joe Biden had shepherded through Congress. Defended with academically debunked charges—which Hillary Clinton repeated—about the existence of young “super-predators” in the inner cities, the crime bill was a disaster for the urban poor, especially blacks.

The aspirations and dreams of liberalism—once the consensus force in American politics—were ditched by the Clintons in the name of power and money. It would take many more years of domestic and international disaster, and a new, insurgent, progressive generation to strike back and contest ownership of the true mantle of liberalism. The outcome of that story remains uncertain and unclear.



I prefer Mayor Alex to Mayor Pete


The latest 2020 primary challenger has emerged in Massachusetts.

Alex Morse, the 30-year-old mayor of Holyoke, announced Monday that he is challenging Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), a 30-year-incumbent representing Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, citing a lack of urgency from the established member and his acceptance of corporate PAC money.

“There’s an urgency to this moment in Massachusetts’ First District and our country, and that urgency is not matched by our current representative in Congress,” Morse said in a statement. “The fact is, the Congressman has been largely silent on the issues that matter most. He’s been absent, unaccountable, and unavailable. It’s not just that we need new leadership in Washington. We need new leadership that understands that we can no longer settle for small, incremental, and compromising progress. We need to be on offense. We need to be fighting for something, not just against.”

In his campaign launch video, Morse, Holyoke’s youngest and first openly gay mayor, discusses the city’s revitalization under his leadership, his parents’ struggles with poverty, and his pledge to take no corporate PAC money. Since his election in 2011, at the age of 22, Morse has implemented a needle exchange program to fight the opioid epidemic, become the first mayor in the state to endorse legalizing marijuana, and declared Holyoke a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

Neal, 70, who first assumed office in 1989, has long seemed ripe for a primary challenge. Progressives have pointed to his reticence to call for impeachment hearings, his prior support for the Hyde Amendment, and his relationship with lobbyists and special interests as reasons for his potential vulnerability. Neal also reportedly discouraged the use of the phrase “Medicare for All” for a recent hearing on Medicare for All legislation.



As most of you know already, the Mohawk community is especially close to my heart, so it’s great to hear some positive news about them.

THC slushies, pirate radio and the cannabis-driven boom in a Mohawk community

Driving down Highway 401 in southern Ontario, with the FM dial tuned to 87.9, the 1990s-era rap music fades into an ad, offering a free joint with every purchase over $20 between midnight and 4:20 a.m. at the Pot Shoppe.

Behind the microphone is Joseph Owl, from Serpent River First Nation, Ont., a full-time DJ at the station who hosts the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. show.

Owl was offered the job through friends and started working at the station at the start of June.

“This is the best [employment] opportunity I’ve come across,” he said.

The station is one of many offshoots from a cannabis-infused economic boom in this Mohawk community of 2,100, nestled on the shores of the Bay of Quinte, between Belleville and Kingston, and just a short drive from Prince Edward County, a growing tourism hotspot.

There are dozens of cannabis stores here — some estimates place the number between 40 and 50 — with names like Smoke Signals, Better Buds, Legacy 420, Peacemaker 420, Buddy’s Dispensary, Fiddler’s Green and Cannabis Convenience.

Cannabis plants sprout outside the front doors of some homes and hundreds more line the surrounding back lots and fields, for harvesting in late summer or early fall.
The community is dotted with renovation and construction projects, including several new gas stations and at least one new franchise restaurant.

Much of it is attributed to the influx of cash coming from sales at local cannabis stores, then spreading throughout the community.

“It’s a straight up economic boom,” said Jamie Kunkel, who owns one of the local shops, Smoke Signals.



T and R, LD and la58 for hosting yesterday’s O/T. 🙂 I’ve visited 3 states now w/recreational pot. Everything is running smoothly ‘cept they still deal with the banking headache of cash only.


I didn’t know about this. I’d much rather see pot shops than casinos on tribal lands. (Or anywhere else!) I don’t think it would make much difference here in Oregon, because pot’s pretty much everywhere now that it’s totally legal. We’re producing a major surplus, and growers are getting squeezed out by big Ag, unfortunately. You can see where this is headed.


The article mentions that some buyers don’t want to pay sales tax and other buyers go there simply because it’s a lot closer than the government dispensary.

It’s a real shame about growers getting squeezed out by big Ag!


Marijuana is a very easy plant to grow. Illegal growers did it for decades, indoors and out. In fact, Mr. orl threw some seeds into a back corner of my MIL’s yard light-years ago. Result: some plants sprang up. MIL pulled them out and discarded them which she had to do with the rabid FRightwingnuts around here. 🙁


Offshore Wind Agreement: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

According to a press release sent by the governor’s office, the new wind mandate will call for the development of 1,700 megawatts of renewable energy—enough to power over 1 million homes. Moreover, the offshore wind agreement will result in the creation of more than 1,600 jobs and in $3.2 billion of economic activity. Cuomo believes that his endorsement will put New York on the path to achieving a carbon-free electricity system by 2040 and an 85-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Cuomo’s release states: “Today’s offshore wind announcement is expected to catalyze the first generation of major United States supply chain investments by the fast-growing offshore wind sector, positioning New York to be the hub of the nation’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.”

Today’s turn of events was music to the ears of local environmental action groups, such as Sane Energy Project, which has taken the lead in demanding the reduction of fossil-fuel infrastructure. Cuomo’s support in promoting renewable energy sources in the spirit of assuming a proactive position to counteract that threats of climate change is widely being viewed as a step in the right direction.

The project’s goals will be joined by major state investments in workforce development and training through a new $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute and a $3 million Community and Workforce Benefits Fund to create the institutional infrastructure to educate, train and employ New Yorkers.

Wind energy advocates agree that investments will particularly benefit New York’s low-income and environmental justice communities, critical outcomes of the CLCPA and Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to a just transition to clean power.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Protest of telescope on sacred mountain in Hawaii

Most of democracynow.org today covered the protest and the similarity to Standing Rock

Do water and the sacred mountain deserve freedom?

But where did we learn that freedom was reserved for human life forms?

This is where the discovery of Gaia comes in. Gaia is not Earth system science. It is a much more interesting and astute sort of being.19 I have no room here to develop the idea fully, but the key element is the realization that what all life forms have in common is the making up of their own laws. They don’t obey rules made elsewhere.

The crucial discovery is that life forms don’t reside in space and time, but that time and space are the result of their own entanglement. So, although reconciling the realm of necessity with that of freedom is a waste of time, connecting free agents with other free agents opens up completely different styles of association and allows the building up of different societies. The TERRESTRIAL is the same planetary body as the ANTHROPOCENE, but where the politicization of nature might finally take over.

Italics in the original. I added two blank lines for emphasis.

Bruno Latour presents a fictional planetarium of 7 planets with the largest being SECURITY, the planet that most people are escaping to because of the loss of the earth. Here we find the fundamentalists. Another planet, VINDICATION, is covered only briefly. Are plants, animals, coral, etc. finally being vindicated as indigenous protests continue?

If I am somewhat confident in the gravitational pull of this sixth planet, it is for a reason that is not visible until you bring all the planets together in a spatial configuration—just as fictional as the rest, of course (fig. BL1). In this diagram, you will notice that the TERRESTRIAL is pulled toward the gravitational field of a seventh planet that I have not yet mentioned and that I am tempted to call VINDICATION. Why this name? Why do I end with this planet when it is clear that it should have been the first to be considered? Precisely because it has never been allowed to be freed from the retrospective judgment of five of the other planets. Whenever it is treated first, it becomes “primitive.”Whenever people talk about modernization, they immediately create, by way of contrast, a primeval site, that of archaic attachment to the soil, to the ground, which is then either ridiculed as that from which the whole civilizing project has been extricating itself, or—what is worse—celebrated as a mythical, archaic, primordial, autochtonous Ur-Earth free from all the tragic sins of civilized humans.

“We don’t seem to live on the same planet”
—A Fictional Planetarium


Native peoples just don’t matter. Their traditions (oral tradition is just weird to “modern” folks) aren’t worth holding on to; and their spirituality definitely needs to go. Put a telescope on top of the holy mountain, hell, put four US presidents on it! (I have a lot of association with Lakota and Crow and Cheyenne, but the Black Hills were sacred to many, many tribes, even down to the Kiowa. All of these tribes were mobile, and made vast trips all the time through each other’s territory – not always peacefully.)

But their real enemy was always us, and it still is.

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Ag group likes House bill, but worries about tight time frame

A U.S. House appropriations bill would be good for agriculture, including sustainable ag, but the limited amount of time to gain needed broader support is worrisome, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says.

The fiscal year 2020 minibus appropriation bill passed by the House contains spending increases for sustainable ag research, food safety, local and regional food systems and outreach and training for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, the coalition said.

Among other things, an additional $5 million for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and an additional $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network were included.

The additional funding would affect the new fiscal year, beginning Sept. 30
But the proposal still must be cleared by the Senate and Trump administration, and — with time to reach an agreement quickly running out — it’s unclear when and even if that will happen, the coalition said.


I like this pic of Bernie. He appears very much ready to take it all on!



He exudes leadership in the photo.

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

Taking his “incredible hulk” pose.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Saw an outstanding program on Book TV this weekend

It dealt with a hard problem, namely gun violence in inner cities.

As I sat there, I reminisced on times in the past where there were deep, thoughtful, caring discussions tied to actions on hard problems. As an aside, listening to some main stream media on a car ride recently, I realized the obvious, namely, if one only follows the main stream media on TV or radio or even in the major publications, one can not understand what is going on.

I live in a wonderful suburb and have never put myself into the middle of these racially charged issues like the two men in the interview but there was hope in what can be done.

I looked up the main author and found out that he is very well known in this country and internationally and is now on faculty at Harvard.

My position has been gun control but learned from him about the need and effectiveness of a multidisciplinary intervention on gun control. Not the most important thing to address the many headed problem of poverty, but the place to start.

I don’t know if anyone on this site is interested in following up with this, but I am posting it in case in the future someone might want to look it up. And there may be staff members of people close to political campaigns who might want to pick up these issues.

Here is the Book TV interview of Thomas Abt, “Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets”

Bleeding Out
Harvard senior research fellow Thomas Abt discussed his research and strategies to reduce urban violence.

Here is his advice to democrats – the problem is not just guns and police (or to some, it is all a problem of capitalism), it can be addressed with hard core diplomacy. And if we are going to not go farther as a police state, the country has to move police off their goal of protecting status.

Democrats are skipping out on the most important gun fight of all

Here is a fairly extensive review in Vox

How to dramatically reduce gun violence in American cities
America’s urban gun violence problem can feel intractable. But Thomas Abt’s new book, Bleeding Out, offers a solution.


As many have said, can you imagine the MSM nonstop uproar if this had been directed by almost anyone at any other candidate. I wish there was someway we could force them to cover this.

OT, I was amazed at how many posts I missed from yesterday – – Great video, @tyrannocaster. lots if interesting stuff.


Rocah is, as they say, feeling the Burn, if not the *Bern* today. She locked her Twitter account and is sending out surrogates to tell the Twitterverse how persecuted she is by BernieBros (who mostly seem to be women, LOL). I really missed the boat on Rocah – I just started on Twitter recently and I had been reading her tweets because of the SDNY stuff, but I didn’t know anything about her politics, or her prosecutorial background. Turns out, they are both kind of ugly.

Glad you liked the tune!


I can’t see how Rossello can overcome this.

Hundreds of thousands protest in Puerto Rico

Protesters are packing metro train headed to protests

Some protesters are taking buses to the protests in San Juan. Others are taking Tren Urbano, the metro line in San Juan.

Today, the trains are jam-packed with protesters signing and chanting.



Don midwest
Don midwest

I went to his twitter account. He is still sure that Seth Rich provided the DNC material and Clinton involvement in Russia stuff.

Going down his twitter, it looks like there might be a 3-2 decision by New Zealand supreme court to extradite him. This would require that New Zealand violate their sovereignty for the US. He has been able to hold off the legal system for years but now it might be deportment to the US.

He was a big time supporter of Assange

The global billionaires and their client states like the US hope to keep this stuff hidden.

I have not seen any mention of Kim Dotcom in the usual sources I follow.


“A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘vile idiot’ who ‘needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,’” NOLA reported Saturday.


Ripsoli made the comment about Ocasio-Cortez while linking to a fake news story that claimed the lawmaker said that “we pay soldiers too much.” The article was from satirical website Taters Gonna Tate. The post was deleted by Friday afternoon, and Rispoli appeared to have taken down his whole Facebook page by Saturday.

It’s also “disturbing” that his department chief didn’t seem to have much of a problem with the officer believing Alexandria “needs a round”, just that he posted it on social media.

The department’s police Chief Arthur Lawson called the post “disturbing” and said it would appear to violate social media policies. “I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” Lawson said. “I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.” At the same time, though, Lawson said he didn’t believe the post actually rose to the level of an actual threat against the lawmaker. “Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,” he added.



My guess is his bozo boss doesn’t get “needs a round”‘s meaning in copspeak.

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