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Don midwest
Don midwest

legal rights for Lake Erie

IN FEBRUARY, MORE than 60 percent of participants in a special election in Toledo voted to establish a Bill of Rights for Lake Erie. It was a unique ballot question that would grant Lake Erie the right to “exist, flourish, and naturally evolve.” The intent was to give Lake Erie and its human allies legal standing to file lawsuits against polluters.

well, can’t stop “progress”

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, environmental activists in Ohio were alarmed by the passage of a mysterious state budget amendment that would close a new avenue for residents to sue polluters. The provision invalidated a landmark anti-pollution initiative passed by Toledo voters just a few months before. Now, emails obtained in a public records request reveal that the Ohio Chamber of Commerce secured the cooperation of a key Republican lawmaker in a successful effort to slip the amendment into an appropriations bill at the eleventh hour.

The emails depict the chamber’s environmental policy director requesting a last-minute meeting with state Rep. Jim Hoops to discuss the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, the newly minted ballot initiative allowing citizens to sue polluters on behalf of Lake Erie. A legislative aide responded quickly, scheduling a same-day meeting. Despite the chamber director’s admission that his proposal would need to be submitted after the legislature’s deadline, the aide produced draft amendment language to share with him three weeks later. The chamber’s subsequent revisions made their way into the final bill, effectively nullifying the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

“This shows the influence of the Chamber of Commerce writing our laws and undermining the democracy of the people of Toledo,” said Bill Lyons, a board member of the Ohio Community Rights Network, an environmental advocacy organization. After the May vote, Lyons filed a series of public records requests to try to figure out which lawmaker introduced the amendment. The emails were provided to The Intercept and The New Food Economy by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, an affiliate of the Ohio Community Rights Network.

HOW OHIO’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE KILLED AN ANTI-POLLUTION BILL OF RIGHTS

wi61

Anyone remember that lake Erie was declared dead in 1970 due to excessive and unregulated polluters?

Benny

That could happen again if the GOP continues to rule the Executive Branch.

Don midwest
Don midwest

something different – search and rescue in Yosemite

slide show given at a geography conference in UK by a mapper who used his skills

Case Studies: Yosemite Search and Rescue

jbob

Amy Goodman is nothing more than another talking head!

Yesterday she kept calling Greta Thunberg, “Thunberry”
What an effing disgrace!
I was under the impression that she was pretty good.
Now I see she (Amy Goodman) is just another talking head.
The audio has been carefully edited for replay on the Democracy Now web site.
I heard it live yesterday morning.

Tyrannocaster

Bizarre! No idea what’s that was about; I would imagine she’s getting significant pushback on that.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I respect Amy Goodman

She may have had a senior moment, but for decades she has been in the fight, and reported from dangerous places around the world, to get a story out.

Here long form interviews are among the best on the web. Spending a whole program with Chomsky or Greenwald or others is a real service.

I would never call her just a talking head

Benny

Agreed!

LieparDestin

Goodman/Democracy Now did great work in bringing Standing Rock to the forefront on discussion at the time

jbob

During the segment she was interviewing another student activist who was pronouncing Thunberg correctly and was still saying Thunberry! If that’s a senior moment it’s massive! It was like she was not even listening to what was being said. Perhaps she should retire.

WindDancer13

I do not think it is a senior moment. I think she is ill. For around a year now, I have noticed that she has developed a persistent cough.

As she is overall very careful with her pronunciations of people’s names (a feat that I certainly could not do nearly as well), this is a surprise. There could be a myriad of reasons for it, such as a denture or hearing problem. I do not see a pronunciation problem as a reason to throw out all of the good work she has done.

LieparDestin

Thats unfortunate as can be. I am curious to see how many outlets wrote about Gretas journey and arrival. Will donsome digging when Im not driving!

Tyrannocaster

orlbucfan

B-UTE-T-FUL! 🙂

polarbear4

Hope all is well, orl.

orlbucfan

Ugh and double ugh!! (grumble, grumble) 🙁 Latest skinny via Weather Underground (terrific site BTW) is it’s starting to slow down. Projected to hit the southern part of the state. Still, being an ornery natural cyclonic force, we still don’t know exactly where on landfall, or how strong it will be. Cat 4 is cropping up in knowledgeable weather circles.

humphrey

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Benny

This is why Der Herr cancelled his trip to Eastern Europe. If it were hitting NOLA or Brownsville, TX, he wouldn’t care.

WindDancer13

He probably stayed so he could direct his staff who are now scurrying around securely the valuables and lawyers stashing paperwork that he doesn’t want found in case his palace is overthrown by the bigly wet, um . . . water.

Don midwest
Don midwest

“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the senators conclude. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”

4 dem senators on gun control and Supreme Court

SENATORS CALL OUT PARTISAN ‘PROJECT’ TO TIP SUPREME COURT IN FAVOR OF NRA-BACKED PLAINTIFFS
Whitehouse, Hirono, Blumenthal, Durbin, Gillibrand warn of long-term damage to the Supreme Court’s reputation in delivering for special interests despite longstanding judicial principle

the coup continues as more institutions are destroyed

Don midwest
Don midwest

A UK climate blog DESMOGUK begins a new series

The New Climate Activism

Just a start. Here is the preview

Extinction Rebellion and the global school strikes led by Greta Thunberg have ensured climate activism hit the headlines throughout 2019. But is any of this really new? Or is it just the same old people with fancy new logos?

DeSmog has created a special series to try and understand how this new wave of campaigning has affected protests across the UK.

polarbear4

polarbear4

ugh. warren and biden, kamala and bernie

WindDancer13

On the bright side, Bernie won’t be stuck between Warren and Biden as she shreds him as he was when he had to stand between Biden and Harris (Bernie looked very uncomfortable during that side show.).

I noticed in the last debate that Biden hung on Bernie’s every word, so imagine Biden’s discomfort when he has to turn his back on Warren.

The positioning also allows Bernie to be perceived as the underdog, and thanks to human nature, many people cheer for underdogs. Most people won’t know or understand the whole position assignment and polling results anyway.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Didn’t realize this about Islam

Have been reading the Middle East Historian Juan Cole who I believe has converted to Islam years ago. Juan has written about peace in the the Quran.

This is another academic in Islamic Studies at Indiana University

Three Phenomena That Have Puzzled Me

In this essay, I am going to talk about three phenomena, each in its way related to the role of questions and disagreement in Islamic society. Each has puzzled me. I will suggest that they all relate to the same underlying feature of the Islamic religion (a tolerance of permanent disagreement) and that they ultimately explain each other. I will list them now and then discuss each in more detail.

1.  Why did Muslim scholars endorse diversity in matters that would seem to have only one right answer: legal schools, texts of the Qur’an, authoritative collections of hadith, and the like?

2.  Why did Muslims adopt a curriculum for training ulema that stressed form over content, an educational method that stressed interpretive methods that only a handful of scholars would actually have practical use for?

3.  Why were Muslims successful in generating a consensus about the relation of religion and society in the Middle Ages but unsuccessful in doing so in modern times?

The Islamic Art of Asking Questions

Don midwest
Don midwest

a enormous problem is the lack of common ground between many groups

more from the article above

The Classical Islamic Attitude to Disagreement

Islam is a religion of unity and of law. What I propose to do here is give an account of how medieval Muslims came to a consensus about how to deal with disagreement, how they created an educational system that reflected that consensus, and how we might understand current Islamic issues in the light of the medieval Islamic understanding of disagreement.

Muslims, being human beings, disagreed with each other even in the time of the Prophet, but disagreement posed no intellectual problem in those glorious days: issues could simply be put to the Prophet himself, who would settle them. It was not until two centuries or so after his death, with the emergence of distinct legal schools, that the question of disagreement became a serious intellectual problem. Before that, disagreement certainly existed among eminent Muslim scholars, but the issues had been argued on the assumption that only one party could be right and the others must be wrong—in other words, without asking questions about the nature of disagreement as such. Gradually, though, fair-minded scholars realized they faced the risk of splitting Islam over fine points of law on which they had honest disagreements. Unwilling to do so, they conceded that disagreement over issues of law and other matters was going to be a permanent feature of Islam.

Articles today in WA Post about religious conservatives and Republicans, and other conservatives and Republicans. Trump has shown the true colors of the republican party and as they pack the courts and steal elections, if it continues, we will possible never get our republic back.

Bernie has an important contribution in his tolerance of disagreement. The establishment is doing everything it can to stop disagreement.

polarbear4

❤️ nudibranchs (pretty sure this is one)🤪

LieparDestin

Good morning friends!

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polarbear4

love the animals and the ravine!

wi61

If the environment were a bank it would have been saved already.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 30, 2019

Or a large corporation

LieparDestin

humphrey

Sanders Gathers Workers to Jump-Start Campaign

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-30/sanders-organizes-1-600-rallies-in-60-seconds-campaign-update?srnd=politics-vp

The Bernie Sanders campaign says it used one conference call to set up 1,600 house parties, expanding his effort to bring in new voters for a candidacy that’s been stuck in second place in all national polls.

The “Plan to Win” house party push was the largest the campaign has done. The rallies will be held Sept. 18-24 in the key early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and California. Sanders is currently polling at 17.1% nationally, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

We are the strongest campaign to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said in a phone call with volunteers, according to the campaign. “We have over a million people at the grassroots level who are prepared to volunteer for this campaign because they know the stakes, they know the moral imperative of defeating Trump and the equally important imperative of transforming our country.”

The events will be used to organize volunteers and phone banks.

humphrey

Curious as to what the DNC will do next.😜

humphrey

humphrey

Results due to the Clinton wing of the DNC.

orlbucfan

If turnout mirrors the 1964 tsunami, it won’t matter what kind of tricks the craporate FRighties pull.

polarbear4

i hate them. there, i said it. i hate them.

humphrey

It looks like Biden is endorsing Bernie. LOL

humphrey

orlbucfan

India’s Modi’s Hindu Fundies are pulling something very similar in Kashmir. That’s why I do not care for Tulsi.

humphrey

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humphrey

humphrey

😂👌👍😁😃👇

humphrey

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jcitybone

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a28869569/joe-biden-false-war-story-gaffes-cognitive-issues/

These are fairly concerning issues. The candidate is struggling to place people and events within space and time. We’re not even broaching the incidents where Biden merely seemed to misspeak, like when he called for “truth over facts” or suggested “poor kids are just as smart as white kids.” The latter may betray some deeper biases, but it doesn’t seem like a cognitive issue in the same way that thinking the Iron Lady is still knuckling the Commies over in Parliament is. Any of us might make one of these mistakes in isolation, but would we make all of them? And it’s true that Biden has always blundered in public, but has he always done so this often, and with such foundational errors? That’s not even to mention that “he’s always fucked up regularly” is not a great argument for electing someone president.

It’s all particularly pressing because one of the biggest concerns about Donald Trump, American president, concerns his faculties—specifically, whether he has all of them. You don’t need to be a psychologist to see the issues, though some psychologists have spoken out. By the evidence of his early primary campaign, Joe Biden would not exactly represent the most striking possible contrast on the debate stage. He is 76 years old. Trump is 73. Is it ageist to wonder how old you can be and still handle the rigors of running for and serving as president? It seems like a question that ought to be asked, and it can be asked without equating Biden’s issues with those of the venal and destructive man currently holed up in the White House.

That’s particularly true because Biden isn’t actually running against Trump yet. He’s running against a dozen other Democrats, each of whom has issues of their own. But not these issues.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Trump never told a lie

Short video from Fox news

humphrey

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humphrey

humphrey

We need lots more candidates similar to Lee Carter.

WindDancer13

The Grayzone’s Anya Parampil does a good job a laying out the facts in this piece on . . . wait for it . . . FOX . . . with Tucker Carlson.

While Carlson’s goal was to ping on HRC, he seems to have forgotten that the Secretary of State cannot work unilaterally. She/he would have to go through the president with possibly the VP’s input to enact her/his policies. In other words, the buck stopped with Obama and Biden.

WindDancer13

Barbara Boxer lost her place of respect in 2016 when she lied about Bernie’s supporters and so much more. Now, like many of the older political crowd (cf CBC), she has sold out to corporate interests.

jcitybone

Yeah Boxer has really gone to the dark side. Of course she probably always was there but hid it well.

WindDancer13

US America’s corporate choice (2 minutes):

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humphrey

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-trump-administration-will-divert-fema-disaster-relief-funds-to-border-enforcement/ar-AAGtdWA

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is transferring hundreds of millions of dollars in disaster relief funding to boost U.S.-Mexico border enforcement, prompting an outcry from congressional Democrats who panned the action as an executive overreach.

The move comes amid an intensifying battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump over the administration’s response to the flow of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America into the United States.

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humphrey

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polarbear4

Too bad Lee can’t ditch Harris.

WindDancer13

A brief history (3 mins) on the origins of Labor Day.

I always thought that Labor Day would be the perfect time for ALL workers to call a sick out. Generally, in the US there is no respect for the everyday worker, and a day of showing what the world would be without us would be eye-opening . . . to workers . . . the elite do not learn, they have to be fought.

WindDancer13

The following is from the recent Economist/YouGov poll which also shows Biden’s numbers lower in comparison to other recent polls. How many outliers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Look at the difference in the number of under 45 year olds and over 45 who are actually paying attention to the election at this point in time. If Bernie is doing this well before the under 45 crowd has even woken up, imagine how when will do once they have. Ditto for family income.

Note: Since May, Biden has gone from a high of being +32 to now being +11.8 in the Real Clear average. Three months.

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WindDancer13

Maybe Real Clear would like to explain this discrepancy. Is the plan to make it look like Bernie is farther behind than he actually is? And, no, rounding does not explain it as they would use the same rounding as the poll does.

The poll shows Biden at 24 and Warren at 20. Yet, RCP shows those numbers as 25 and 21.

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WindDancer13

Rev Barber’s speech was dynamic: (paraphrase) “Jesus never asked the lepers he healed for a co-lay.”

WindDancer13

Ummm, “co-pay.” The other implication may have caused massive heart failure in the audience.

WindDancer13

Opinions can change in a very short amount of time once a person puts aside their preconceived notions. Case in point (2 mins):

humphrey

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WindDancer13

Is it my imagination or is Bernie talking about medical bankruptcies a lot more since the WaPo “fact check”? It could be considered payback for all those negative WaPo stories, particularity as people learn how bogus that “fact check” was which in turn will lead many people to question anything they hear from WaPo. Good!

jcitybone

Definitely. Smart politics to capitalize on your enemy’s (WaPo) mistakes.

WindDancer13

While I still question the advisability of constant interviews with their own editor-in-chief, he does seem to be better than most in that field in regard to progressive politics. (Imagine, if you will, Bezos sitting down for regular interviews with his own staff to talk politics.)

The editor-in-chief doesn’t hold much hope for Biden in the upcoming debate.

WindDancer13

In about a week or so, once people pack up their white summer gloves, the blinders will come off lot of eyes as they turn more of their interest to the coming election. This will coincide with the September debates.

According to the latest YouGov poll, the oldsters are really paying far more attention than other age groups (results posted in earlier comment). But the narrative of Biden’s favorably is not all that it is cracked up to be among the elder demographic.

In this poll, Biden is shown with a 48% unfavorable vs 45% favorable rating among those 65 and over. Bernie’s unfavorable/favorable is 55%/38% and Warren’s is 49%/39%, but their favorable rating with 18-29 is much higher and exceeds the difference in Bernie’s case by quite a bit. (Favorable/Unfavorable/Don’t Know: Bernie 52%/33%/15%, Warren 43%/27%/29%, Biden 40%/42%/19%).

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jcitybone

Let’s start Labor Day weekend with Pete

WindDancer13

jcitybone

🙏 what a voice!

WindDancer13

Yup. I originally heard this song on an Irish radio station I often listen to, and I really liked the message. It wasn’t until I discovered Robeson’s rendition that I really fell in love with it.

humphrey

jcitybone

👍👍👍

humphrey

Unfortunately some jobs resemble this.

jcitybone

On that note

jcitybone

And Judy C

humphrey

Some additional info on the DNC and the caucuses. Nothing new about Iowa but this is about Nevada.

https://apnews.com/766168a1c4cb4b70b8a30381963cf480

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats’ plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to hacking and abuse.

William McCurdy II, the Nevada Democratic Party chairman, expressed disappointment in the outcome but noted that his state still will have early caucus voting “to provide Nevada Democrats additional opportunities to participate in an important process that will have lasting effects on our country.”

Nevada’s plan to offer early, in-person caucusing is expected to meet the DNC’s requirement that states offer some alternate means of participating in traditional neighborhood meetings.

The party has planned to offer four early nights where voters may show up at a location and fill out forms listing their preferred candidate and at least one alternate. The DNC has not given final approval to that plan, but Artie Blanco, a DNC rules and bylaws committee member from Nevada, said Friday that she had not heard any security concerns about the early caucusing plan.

jcitybone

Here’s Bruce

jcitybone

Another iconic Pete song

jcitybone

One more Pete

humphrey

Poor Joe! He really does have a problem getting his facts correct.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

polarbear4


A good one, for sure.

polarbear4

pretty amazing. or weird. one so young and ostensibly so smart, full of hate and lies.

polarbear4


I feel a little bad for the little bird. Does not look happy.

jcitybone

I’m glad this article is getting pushback and I am not surprised about the author. The picture is really awful and so telling

polarbear4

yes. the ratio is awesome. last reply

WindDancer13

Unfortunately, most of that ratioing is coming for one person. Hopefully, more people will respond and bury this nonsense.

WindDancer13

Decided to give him a hand. Too literary?

humphrey

Repeating this because this storm has become massive! 140 mph sustained winds.
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polarbear4

😟😱😳stay safe out there.

humphrey
polarbear4

Posting this one just for the GIF. I want this on my rear window so bad.

humphrey

polarbear4

WindDancer13

Tan suit with pink shoes laces . . .
Keeps you from looking at me blowing up places . . .

humphrey

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polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

wow. The hill actually tweeted something cool about Bernie.
https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1167437062703894530?s=20

polarbear4

polarbear4


I’m so grateful for fellow Berners.

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