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I knitted a big white moon, craters and all, for my local library’s celebration of the anniversary.

(My library is my church and my sanctuary. It lends me serenity and sanity. I often attend a knitting group’s meeting there after work and was asked to come up with a project to interest kids and teenagers as part of the library’s children’s programs, and to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.)

Here is a program in progress, for example:

Women of NASA

The role of women in NASA has changed over time. At first, women were only permitted to hold supportive jobs, now there are women astronauts!

Join us for a special three week program about the amazing women who helped shape NASA as we know it. Ages 10 and up welcome.


I was 11 when they landed on the moon, and I was glued to the TV that day. Thats why I saved the paper. The pic is from this AM.


Cheers from a NASA brat! On a serious note: look how backwards this country has become since that very historic day.


You still have that newspaper? Cool!

(Was living in Canada at the time, and we all were also “glued” to the tv! Looks like you and I and wi60, or is it wi61now? are all the same age. Cheers!)


Correct Mags I have the local papers in storage along with the JFK assignation which my parents saved. At that age i had an model Apollo rocket along side the Starship Enterprise hoping as a kid that’s where we would end up someday.


I was the same age and my parents let me stay up as long as I could, I fell asleep in front of the TV and woke up in Bed. My dad said it was about 130 am when he carried me off to bed,


cool! Would love to see the moon you created sometime.


I was with a friend and an old black guy who brought his homemade beer. All of us yapping away looking at the moon in an LA parking lot.

Yeah, orlbucfan, it was a different country.

and reliving those feelings right now, I can see how having pretty much nothing makes it easier, in many ways, to really enjoy life. To engage this wild wonderful world.

hmmm now i want to find ways to rekindle these feelings. i love that we can think out loud here.

and nasa put out a cool app, too.

JFK Moonshot in Apps. An AR experience. It’s pretty cool.


Not NASA. JFK library.



As Joe Biden continued his misleading attacks on single-payer during an AARP forum in Iowa on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign circulated a chart highlighting the sharp and deeply consequential differences between the former vice president’s newly unveiled healthcare plan and Medicare for All.

While Medicare for All would provide “health coverage to everyone,” the chart says, Biden’s plan to bolster the Affordable Care Act and add a public option would leave “nearly 10 million people uninsured” and hit tens of millions more with “high co-pays and deductibles that will leave too many people at the mercy of insurers and drug companies.”

“Biden’s plan would preserve a broken system,” said the Sanders campaign. “According to a recent survey, as many as one in four adults go without insurance at some point in a given year. That’s fifty million people. By age 50, the average worker has held 12 jobs. Under Biden’s plan, this broken and fractured system would be maintained.”



I hope they have good speakers ready to go everywhere the elderly gather. The Sanders campaign needs to get on this.


I dont think so Joe:

Bernie Sanders‏Verified account @BernieSanders

Under Medicare for All you’ll never lose coverage, even if you:

-Change jobs
-Turn 26
-Move to another state
-Have a pre-existing condition
-Start a business
-Get laid off
-Get divorced
-Retire early
– Hearing
– Vision
– Long Term Care

-(Save money on your premiums) wi61 🙂



Let’s be clear: Bernie Sanders’s heresy, what sets him apart from every Democrat running to unseat Donald Trump, is not simply that he calls himself a socialist in a country long proudly identified as capitalist. Those two labels, socialist and capitalist, are open to too many interpretations and represent too many historical examples (everything from Norway to the United States, Stalin’s Soviet Union to Hitler’s Nazi Germany) to pin down. Rather, a more precise way to define the historic nature of Sanders’s campaign would be to focus on his promotion of social or economic rights and how they relate to the individual or political rights found in the US Constitution.

Sanders, by waging practically a one-person crusade to legitimize social rights, is striking at the core cultural belief that holds the modern conservative movement together: an individual-rights absolutism that has, today, little to do with economics or political philosophy but rather forms the essential, cultish element of right-wing identity politics.

Individual-rights absolutism is the flywheel that keeps all the cruel constituencies of the modern right spinning, uniting the various wings—fringe and what’s called mainstream—of the Republican Party, joining Ayn Rand libertarians, free market wonks, climate change denialists, Second Amendment fundamentalists, nativists (especially since most Latin American migrants come from countries with strong social rights traditions), corporate Prometheans, misogynists, and of course, white supremacists.

Break that wheel, and you break the movement.


More balanced roundup of Netroots Nation. Notice how She the People has Warren’s back


Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. Jay Inslee, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro attended the presidential forum at Netroots, an annual gathering of nearly 4,000 progressive activists. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, on the other hand, were noticeably absent.

“I don’t know why you’d cede that territory to a frontrunner,” Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas, a Netroots board member, told Vox. “Warren’s the one who made out like a bandit here. She gets the whole court, queen of the night.”

But to say the organized progressive activist community has decided on Warren as its nominee more than a year ahead of the 2020 presidential election would be premature. Netroots, usually a good litmus test of who the Democratic base is excited about in presidential cycles, was more muted and cautious than in past years.

But at Netroots, only three names had any meaningful energy behind them: Sanders, Harris, and, of course, Warren.

Across the street from the Netroots convention on Thursday, Sanders’s campaign co-chair Nina Turner took the stage at a protest outside Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital, a local institution that’s set to shutter in coming weeks. Among the protest’s attendees were local activists, physicians, and Netroots attendees showing solidarity with the movement. Sanders himself wasn’t in attendance, but it was a show of the political revolution he’s been trying to build a campaign around.

“With these hands we will save Hahnemann hospital, and with these hands we will elect Sen. Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States of America,” Turner said to a crowd with raised arms chanting “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.” Sanders is scheduled to rally at the hospital Monday.

Warren’s biggest challenge is still with black voters, whom she is struggling with compared to Sanders, Harris, and Biden. A recent Morning Consult poll showed Warren netting just 7 percent of black voters who said she was their first choice, compared to 21 percent for Sanders and 16 percent for Harris (and Biden in the lead with 38 percent).

But there’s reason to believe Warren could increase her support from voters of color, She the People president and founder Aimee Allison said at the conference.

“We look at the impact of her speaking our language, calling out our community specifically in her policy prescriptions,” Allison told Vox. “That’s a winning combo.”

Two pictures of raised arms


LOL, “queen of the night”? I can tell you what kind of image that brings to my mind. Yes, blood-dripping fangs are involved.


You mean Kos wasn’t referring to Mozart’s “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from The Magic Flute? LOL.


I see fangs!


From Jim Hightower


Unfortunately, an exotic flu epidemic has broken out in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the “Canadian Hot Sauce Flu,” it uniquely afflicts a particular group of Democratic officeholders and operatives.

CHS Flu renders its victims weaker than Canadian hot sauce, leaving them unable to stand boldly for the workaday majority they’re supposed to represent. Instead, the afflicted — who are mostly old-line party leaders — are reduced to don’t-rock-the-boat corporatism and conservative appeasement when advancing policy ideas. They fear that anything stronger will spook “centrist voters.”

This breakout is a reaction to the recent surge of younger, progressive voters and officeholders openly pushing real populist change, including a Green New Deal, taxing the obscene wealth of corporate profiteers, public financing of our public elections, breaking up monopolies, restoring labor rights, free higher education and tech training, and Medicare for All.

Far from alienating the electorate, these proposals are generating majority support precisely because they are bold and clearly would benefit… well, the majority.

Yet, the protectors of the old money-soaked, politics-as-usual system are wailing that the party must move to the center, rather than to the left. But wait — their mythological center is way over to the right, hunkered down with corporate interests and blocking working class progress.


Oh no, there’s that slur against Canada again, lol. 😉

How did that expression come about anyway?

But I surely do appreciate the gist of the article!


There has been a plethora of writings recently by billionaires in the vein of how to fix the issues we face in the US. Many cry, “Please, tax us!” The cynic in me, which is almost my entirety, doesn’t trust these benevolent voices. Why?

1) If they were so willing to be taxed, they would not have money in tax shelters or use the loopholes that allow them to avoid paying taxes. 2) They would not be funding politicians who create incentives to avoid taxes or lobbying against regulations that would benefit the public. 3) They would not have waited until an election year in which the people are fighting back to say anything. They have been awfully silent up until this year.

What is the impetus for their pretty speeches now? It is to make themselves look less like someone who should be attacked for their actions. They portray themselves to be good, caring people who really have the welfare of the people at heart. They have just been stymied by tax laws that hamper their ability to give back to the community. They are perplexed when someone calls them greedy when it really is not their fault that they haven’t raised wages or provided benefits to their workers.

It is not like they have not understood the issue of poverty all along as can be seen in the following article. It is the fault of laws or other circumstances that keep them from sharing the wealth that others have earned for them.

The Learning Curve: The Missing Question in a Billionaire’s Education Essay
The idea that education is a great equalizer is often treated as a given, including in San Diego. Now that assumption is being challenged.

An essay by Nick Hanauer, a billionaire venture capitalist, has turned a lot of heads, including one of a former president, on the internet in recent days. Hanauer’s essay makes a lot of great points about how the United States needs a multi-pronged, tax-the-billionaires approach to ending poverty – rather than solely relying on education to cure society’s ills.

That’s an essential point, but the piece tipped me off to a strange belief that apparently has been going around in billionaire circles: “A failing education system,” they say, is actually the cause of poverty and inequality in America. Hanauer tells us how he has seen the light and no longer sides with his well-heeled buddies.

Hanauer’s essay argues, implicitly, that [education as] the great equalizer theory is a myth.

“The lower your parents’ income, the lower your likely level of educational attainment. Period. But instead of focusing on ways to increase household income, educationists in both political parties talk about extending ladders of opportunity to poor children,” he writes.

Hanauer believes in fighting poverty by different methods, namely increasing incomes. And it is good he is trying to swing the conversation toward other solutions.

He is correct when he writes, “multiple studies have found that only about 20 percent of student outcomes can be attributed to schooling, whereas about 60 percent are explained by family circumstances — most significantly, income.”

The author of the article is feeling more friendly to this billionaire already, and all it took was him saying that he understood the problem. Nowhere in the article does he state his willingness to pay more in taxes or invest in ways to make this happen.

The cynic is sharpening her pitchfork.

Don midwest
Don midwest

That’s not good. How can politicians be effective in representing their constituents if they don’t understand how vulture capitalists operate?


no kidding. I think the word “understand“ means something different, in this case. It’s more like they’re putting their fingers in their ears and going Nana Nana Nana I don’t hear you. Because that’s where I get my money. And all my friends think like I do.

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