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T and R, Benny!! 🙂

Don midwest
Don midwest


Because “the moral clarion call to pursue impeachment is clear,” progressive advocacy groups announced on Friday a national day of action to push Congress to hold President Donald Trump accountable.

With events across the country set for June 15—over 100 are already mapped out—lead organizers MoveOn and By the People say they intend to show and grow public support for the House starting an impeachment inquiry.

“Donald Trump has broken the law, violated the constitution, and put the safety and future of the American people at risk,” said Alexandra Flores-Quilty, a spokesperson with By the People. “But by now, it is clear that Congress won’t act unless we demand it.”

“We need to take to the streets in every neighborhood in America to defend democracy,” she continued. “Join us on June 15 across the country—from the biggest cities to the smallest towns—as we make the urgent call for Congress to act and begin an impeachment inquiry now.”

the website for the action

#ImpeachTrump: Act to Defend Democracy June 15

Don midwest
Don midwest

Use of tariffs and threats in foreign policy against Iran

Howard Dean was, and probably still is, a member of MEK. It was classified as a terrorist organization until a couple of years ago the congress took it off the list. It was an anti-Iran outfit.

Article today in The Intercept about articles from a non person which continue the propaganda from MEK.

What is going to be the world’s reaction to the US foreign policy which includes military policy?

How will this play out in the 2020 presidential election?

Will the establishment dems take a stand against the military like Bernie has done?


IN 2018, PRESIDENT Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015, and he was looking for ways to win over a skeptical press. The White House claimed that the nuclear deal had allowed Iran to increase its military budget, and Washington Post reporters Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly asked for a source. In response, the White House passed along an article published in Forbes by a writer named Heshmat Alavi.

“Iran’s current budget is funded largely through ‘oil, taxes, increasing bonds, [and] eliminating cash handouts or subsidies’ for Iranians, according to an article by a Forbes contributor, Heshmat Alavi, sent to us by a White House official,” Rizzo and Kelly reported. The White House had used Alavi’s article — itself partly drawn from Iranian sources — to justify its decision to terminate the agreement.

“Heshmat Alavi is a persona run by a team of people from the political wing of the MEK. This is not and has never been a real person.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

How long can establishment dems hold off the needed discussion of Gaia?

The heat wave in India and other areas is happening now and

India: Monsoon reaches the south while dangerous heat wave continues in the north

other news like plastic pollution which is another difficult problem.

Some hold to technology to save us. The oligarchs rush to extract as many resources from around the world as they can.

On a local FM left wing low power FM station in Columbus OH I heard about Columbia. The largest internally displaced population in the world — more than Syria. And why? Mining and other international resource interests supported by oligarchs. And Columbia is the third in military aid from the US. Well, with so many resources and indigenous people on the land, the colonial effort is clear. Attack those primitive people.

This makes more sense of the relation of Columbia and the US in the attempt to steal resources from Venezuela.

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.
What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial.

The Left has been extremely slow to turn its attention to this new situation. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization—and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.

This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.

My regular readers can guess whose book is introduced with these words

Don midwest
Don midwest

Wow! Methane

Industrial methane emissions are 100 times higher than reported, researchers say: Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell and Environmental Defense Fund have found.

Using a Google Street View car equipped with a high-precision methane sensor, the researchers discovered that methane emissions from ammonia fertilizer plants were 100 times higher than the fertilizer industry’s self-reported estimate. They also were substantially higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate for all industrial processes in the United States.

“We took one small industry that most people have never heard of and found that its methane emissions were three times higher than the EPA assumed was emitted by all industrial production in the United States,” said John Albertson, co-author and professor of civil and environmental engineering. “It shows us that there’s a huge gap between a priori estimates and real-world measurements.”

Incredible: just this small industry emits 3x EPA assumed of entire industrial production sector.

No wonder science is under attack.

I am old enough to recall when science was transcendent: a fact from science was TRUTH itself.

One legacy of Trump and Gaia is that science is understood by more people that it is another human production, not just a copy of a reality out there.

“we have to love science with our hearts and mind” a quotation from you might guess the person


It’s very scary.


Would we have seen the word ‘oligarchy’ in a USA Today title if not for Sanders? (I think not)

Joe Biden is a candidate of the oligarchy. Democratic primary voters will see through him.

When you listen to Biden on the campaign trail, you see a candidate trafficking in platitudes galore, about defeating Trump and “mak(ing) America moral again.”

Excuse me, but right there is the problem: Biden and many Democrats fundamentally misread what happened in 2016. To them, Trump is a temporary aberration, before the usual status-quo politics can be restored.

But Trump was more a symptom, rather than the cause of extreme political dysfunction. Electing Trump was a kind of primal scream by millions of voters fed up with a broken political system with out-of-touch Washington political elites of both parties.

And Trump will, of course, go away, but Trumpism will likely stay.


Don midwest
Don midwest

I now follow Greta Thunberg on twitter and she retweeted this


I have friends in Finland. Look at this:

(87 F in June in Finland!) And he’s talking about above the Arctic Circle.


Shaking head. No surprise but still sad and stupid! 🙁


Best watched in full screen.



Sure wish I could delete this and start over until it shows up correctly. Ah, well, please click on link.


What you don’t learn in US schools . . . perspective.

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