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In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.

George Washington was so concerned as he watched political parties take shape in America that he dedicated much of his farewell address to warning that partisanship, although “inseparable from our nature,” was the people’s “worst enemy.” He observed that it was “the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

Washington said of partisanship, in one of America’s most prescient addresses: “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty. …

This part of Mi. has been R. for along time.


Everything he says seems right to me. I’m glad he blamed both parties, quite correctly. I admire Amash’s devotion to principles, even as I hate his politics; I wish Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer, and the rest shared the same sense of duty to the Constitution. We are in a world of hurt, folks.



Are these farmers inept, outmoded, lazy? Au contraire, as we say in Texas: They’re industrious, efficient, productive, innovative … and broke. Indeed, the most worrisome thing for our society is that the operations being eliminated are the mid-sized family farms — the essential backbone of both an economically healthy food system and vibrant rural communities.

But if they’re good farmers, why are they going broke? Because corporate middlemen, commodity speculators and government policy have intentionally perverted the structure of the U.S. ag economy to leave producers with practically no say over the price of their cotton, wheat, milk, chickens, etc. Pious right-wing ideology aside, farmers don’t become financial “winners” just by working hard and smart, outfoxing the pests, lucking out on the weather and producing an abundant, top-quality harvest. When they take their crops to market, even blue-ribbon producers face a take-it-or-leave-it price set by profiteering players they never see.

For the past several years, prices have crashed. Dairy farmers, for example, are in the fourth consecutive year of incomes below their production costs: In 2018, they got $1.35 for a gallon of milk that cost them $1.90 to produce. This financial bomb has been exploding throughout dairy country. From 2007 to today, the number of American dairy farms dwindled from 70,000 to only 40,000, and most of them are imperiled. For example, last year in Wisconsin, where milk and cheese have long been economic and cultural mainstays, dairy farms shut down at the rate of nearly two a day.

From Jim Hightower


Most of these same farmers voted for Trump.


Today, I’m rewatching Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, the documentary about the 1934 Nuremberg rally. Surprisingly, the entire film does not seem to be available on YouTube. The most powerful piece of film propaganda ever made, period. It’s terrifying. It’s only a matter of time before a Republican version of this comes out; it won’t be made as well, but standards are lower.



Happy 4th but this isn’t the best of news. The Queens Dem machine and Georgia Republicans have something in common.


The Democratic primary for district attorney in Queens, a race that drew nationwide attention, was thrown deep into uncertainty on Wednesday after a count of paper ballots flipped the primary-night result.

Tiffany Cabán, a 31-year-old public defender, saw her almost 1,100-vote lead evaporate, with Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, edging out to a 20-vote lead.

The tight margin will automatically trigger a recount, according to Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, a spokeswoman for the New York City Board of Elections. It also spurred accusations from Ms. Cabán’s side that elections officials improperly invalidated more than 2,000 affidavit ballots before the paper ballots were counted.

“We are going to fight to make sure every valid vote is counted and every voter has a voice,” said Bill Lipton, the New York director of the Working Families Party, which supported Ms. Cabán. “And when all the votes are counted, we are confident Tiffany Cabán will be the next Queens district attorney.”

Mr. Goldfeder said he intended to challenge the decision to invalidate all but 487 of the 2,816 affidavit ballots cast. Election officials said they had determined that the ballots, used when a voter’s name is not listed at the polling place, were invalid or had been cast by ineligible voters.


WTF is an “affidavit ballot”, anyway?


Sounds like something that would be really easy to mess with:

An affidavit ballot is a paper ballot used when a voter’s name is not listed at their designated polling place. Their name could have been removed if their voting status has become inactive. Voters this morning have been complaining of this problem.

If you are registered to vote but your name is not listed in the poll book at your voting location, you have the right to vote by affidavit ballot. This is a different paper ballot than the one you put into the scanner and it must be filled out completely, along with its envelope.


That’s when a pollworker questions your voter registration and hands you a paper ballot. Often used to disqualify voters from neighborhoods with a high percentage of Progressive voters.


This news sure had my heart racing this morning! It was pretty much mathematically impossible for Katz to overcome her deficit.

Don midwest
Don midwest

yet another of the thousands of reasons that we should not continue to be the worst at election integrity compared with the over 40 major democracies

probably never get over anger at democrats for not jumping on this issue years ago


Right, Cynthia!!!

Maybe this will make you feel better. Tiffany’s attorney is a very respected longtime expert on election law and he’s been on board since well before this setback.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Our freedom depends on politicians and institutions

Article today on The Intercept

The World’s Leaders Are Terrible. Let’s Declare Our Independence From All of Them.

“we hold these truths to be self evident”

from deceleration of independence

without common ground for “truth” which depends on institutions and practices, and attacks on institutions continue as a way for the few to hold onto power

so, we declare independence from the leaders, then what?

this shows the depth of the challenge from Gaia

Don midwest
Don midwest

The republicans continue their bad moves. Justice dept trying again to get citizenship question on the census and the US sent a manned aircraft into Iranian space hoping to get it shot down in order to start a war on July 4? And involves a small island which would be perfect for attack by a small nuclear weapon???

How sick are these folks

This article from Moon of Alabama, an independent journalist who got almost 15,000 page views on a recent day.

On Eve Of 4th Of July Parade U.S. Attempts To Lure Iran Into Shooting Down Another U.S. Plane

Don midwest
Don midwest

Well, had to put in material about my hero Bruno Latour. I do searches on the web with his name and a key word. This one was with the word “space” , no quotation marks in the search. I am such a fanatic that I follow through several pages of search links.

I have heard the term “liminal space”

What did us White folks think when Native Americans were demonstrating against the pipeline? It was a shock to me. And I realized that they were authentic, not putting on costumes. I was thrust into a liminal space.

I am going to put this short piece in two posts because if they are too long they require an extra step anyway.

Liminal Space

The term liminality came from Sociologist Bruno Latour’s studies of tribes.[1] The idea was that when young boys went away from the village for a while and emerged as men…there was this inbetween period when they were not yet men, but were not exactly boys either. He called this period of time “liminality”, because it was the idea of one being “betwixt and between” “here and there”, or one thing or another.

The concept can be applied to other aspects of life, such as the idea of a doorway. When you step inside a doorway, where are you?Part of you is in one room, and part of you is in the other. For that moment as you are passing through the doorway, you’re neither here or there – you’re in between.

rest of it in the reply

Don midwest
Don midwest

continued article on liminal space

This has greater concepts when applied to technology. Where do you suppose a person is when they’re talking on a cell phone? When one is walking down the street on a phone, part of their perception is in one place, and part of it is in the other. Because that space exists for a limited moment in time, it is not a permanent space, but a temporary one. It is a point betwixt and between here and there. In the same way, one does not “live” in the inbetween space of a doorway. One tends to pass through. And one does not live on the phone. One calls, talks, and hangs up.

But what we’re seeing with the influx of technology is that this inbetween space is becoming larger. It is attracting more gravity, and people are staying in it longer. A phone call is one thing, but now one is filling up moments between moments with inbetween space – a sort of fractal compression of space is going on.

In life, there are moments at the register – moments between conversations, moments of boredom – waiting for the bus and so on. In the past, people might have lit a cigaratte or casually chatted with the person behind them. Now they poke at their phones. Because their phones now contain a space – a virtual one – that is betwixt and between lived space. It can be anything – online there is an automatic production of space.

Liminal Space

Don midwest
Don midwest

This article was on the web page cyborganthropology


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Humans are surrounded by built objects and networks. So profoundly are humans altering their biological and physical landscapes that some have openly suggested that the proper object of anthropological study should be cyborgs rather than humans, for, as Donna Haraway says, “we are all cyborgs now”.

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How we interact with machines and technology in many ways defines who we are. Cyborg Anthropology is a framework for understanding the effects of objects and technology on humans and culture. This site is designed to be a resource for those tools.

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Lots of information on this page including getting a degree with this title!

Bruno has worked with and frequently cites Donna Haraway. I have not read her work.

The text above is in line with Bruno’s 1991 book “We Have Never Been Modern”


Thanks for that important information wi61!

And thanks for the thread,

Best of July 4th Wishes to You!!

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