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As an eternal optimist, I’ll vote YES on a “hopeful” opening thread! 🙂


Due to covid their just might be a few less fights over those 99 dollar TVs this year, less shootings in parking lots for a parking space or robberies in the parking lots the black Friday lemmings might be confused this year.


Hopefully there were less arguments around the dinner table yesterday 😮

(That was my silver lining thought yesterday)

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Very quiet and ☮️ful in east central FL yesterday.😊


Politics is a no fly zone at our home during the holidays



At Walmart, it isn’t just about deciding between losing a day’s pay and taking care of yourself. They have a brutal “point system” where you are assessed points for every late or absent, even with a doctor letter. When I worked there, if you accumulated 5 points, you were fired. Period.

Home Depot also had a point system, but were a lot more forgiving. You got 7 minutes grace on clocking in late, and there was paid sick leave. But they both suck as employers.


Great use of school buses in covid time.

Navajo Nation High Schoolers Remotely Learning Receive Homework and Meals From New Mexico School Bus

A New Mexico high school is using its fleet of buses to bring work, supplies, and other essentials to students, many of whom are part of the Navajo Nation, who are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the Native American community of the Navajo Nation, which makes up half the student body, has no electricity, running water or internet, so accessing lessons remotely is a challenge.

“Pretty much anything we can send a student, they get on the bus. School supplies, school work, food, clothes – anything that the school can provide for them, we send it on the bus,”

School lunches, which include prepared foods and milk, are also loaded onto the bus and brought to the children.

The school has sent out 100 USB devices they call “slap bracelets,” preloaded with homework, lectures and reading materials, 90 of which went to the Native American students who make up half the student body. Once the students are done, they return the USB device to the school bus driver, who brings it back to the teacher to check on the work.

Since schools shut down in March, the students have no way to hang out with friends and for many, their only lifeline to the outside world are these modern magic school buses.

“Hopefully, hopefully by next semester, we’ll be going back into school,” one 18-year-old said. “I don’t like online, I like to be, you know, in school, learning.”


T and R, NYCVG!! 😊☮️👍It sure can serve as an opening thread. You go, girl!😊👍✊


Happy Friday night after Thanksgiving friends!

I had a glorious day off, ahhhhhhhhh, just nibbled on some leftover turkey and stuffing (with my gravy that was very good this year).

I didn’t want to get too hardcore yesterday, and not today either, so held off on sharing that I’ve been seeing a lot of #LandBack references on twitter.

Then, this morning I saw this, from CNN no less:

Indigenous people across the US want their land back — and the movement is gaining momentum

The massive granite carving of four US presidents is situated in the Black Hills, an area considered sacred ground for the Lakota people. The Black Hills were granted to the Lakota in an 1868 treaty, a promise that the US went back on in 1877 when gold was discovered on the land.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that the land was taken wrongfully and that the Lakota were entitled to compensation that has since grown beyond $1 billion. But the Lakota have never collected: What they want are the Black Hills.

The Mount Rushmore protest was the catalyst for the LANDBACK campaign that NDN Collective launched on Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year.

The campaign is both a vehicle to continue the fight for the return of the Black Hills and a mechanism to connect land reclamation movements across the country and coordinate resources, Two Bulls said.

“We are in a moment of the political climate with people really acknowledging what is and isn’t working for us,” Two Bulls said. “That converged into this moment that we’re currently in.”
The momentum has been building since the early organizing of their indigenous ancestors, Two Bulls said. Now, as Americans reexamine their history, it’s reached a boiling point.


Not sure how I feel about a “sugar settler” but still good news:

How 2 Alberta Métis women secured 65 hectares of ‘Land Back’ in 3 months

Chelsea Vowel and Molly Swain often talk about what they envision as the future they want to live in on their Indigenous futurisms podcast, Métis in Space.

That future they want includes returning the land back to Indigenous people, so the two Métis women started a project called Back 2 The Land: 2Land 2Furious — hoping to raise enough money to buy a parcel of land in Lac Ste. Anne County, about 90 kilometres west of Edmonton, where Nakota Sioux, Cree and Métis people lived and hunted.

The push to buy land was driven by Land Back, an Indigenous-led movement that aims to return Indigenous lands back to those who were stewards of the land for generations before contact.

They expected the fundraiser to take two or three years to have enough money to buy a small section. But three months in, they received an email that they thought was a scam at first.

The email came from an anonymous man the two women call a “sugar settler” who agreed to give them the money to buy a 65-hectare parcel of land.

“It was like, ‘this can’t be real,'” Vowel said.

It doesn’t matter how many times we run up against how much wealth white people have, it’s still hard to wrap our heads around.”

Vowel and Swain said they want the space to be open to Black, Indigenous and other people of colour who might not get much opportunity to be out on the land. They’re hoping to work with Indigenous scientists and other knowledge keepers to get as much use out of the land as possible, allowing for medicine harvest and more traditional food sovereignty practices.

Both Vowel and Swain hope their experience can help smooth the process for similar transactions in the future.


how how how can i still be surprised? i thought this might be one place that he would actually help people.


Drama! Are there odds being played in Vegas on Newsome just appointing himself??

Democratic fight emerges ahead of appointment to fill Kamala Harris’ Senate seat

Newsom, who has the power to appoint himself, is up for reelection in 2022, when his appointed senator would also have to run for a full, six-year term

So many groups pushing their preferred contender, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a political scrum quite like this before.

Will it be a she, or a he, or LBGTQ, and or black, hispanic, east-Indian, white-but-raises-lots-of-moolah, S CA vs. N CA, it’s enough to make you dizzy!

There are a number of other factors for Newsom to consider, including giving Southern California — which has been shut out of the Senate for decades — increased political clout.

Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, said that the governor should pick Bass or Lee. She said that while she understands the argument that it is time for the state’s first Latino senator, “We also need to understand the current place that we’re in.”

Some liberal activists are pushing for other women like Rep. Katie Porter, who has raised more money in her first term than almost every other House member, state Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins — the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to lead the legislature’s upper house — and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, the first woman elected to her position. Other progressives, as well as Indian Americans, are pushing for Khanna, whose parents immigrated to the US from India, to follow Harris, the first South Asian American senator in US history. “The community can also continue to take pride if Ro is selected,” said Indian American entrepreneur Ajay Jain Bhutoria.

Padilla, 47, is “on the top of most lists,” Westly said. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering graduate, he worked 25 years ago as an aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember, now-Rep. Tony Cárdenas. Padilla then served as Los Angeles City Council president during the September 11, 2001, attacks, and as a California state senator focused on combating climate change and broadband access.

Then there’s the side drama over who chairs the DCCC:

For Cárdenas, the flap could impact his bid to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ campaign arm. Both Sanchez and another Hispanic Caucus member, Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar, are among those whipping Democrats to support New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Cárdenas’ main rival for the DCCC post.

Sánchez said Maloney asked for her support “early on and I gave him my word—something I don’t go back on.” She said he “has the depth of experience to remake the DCCC, and he’s personally committed to me that he will make the Latino vote a priority.”

Lawmakers say it’s surprising to see two Congressional Hispanic Caucus members work against another prominent member of the caucus in a key leadership race, with one Democratic member saying Cardenas’ handling of the Padilla Senate endorsement “really ruffled feathers.”


News today of a new, remixed, version of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

Of all his post-Beatles undertakings, George Harrison was especially fond of All Things Must Pass, the 1970 triple-LP set he released months after the group had officially imploded.

“It was a really nice experience making that album — because I was really a bit paranoid, musically,” Harrison said a few years later. “I remember having those people in the studio and thinking, ‘God, these songs are so fruity!’ I’d play it to them and they’d say, ‘Wow, yeah! Great song!’ And I’d say, ‘Really? Do you really like it?’ I realized that it was OK.”

But, in the spirit of TPW Friday night tradition (thank you Benny!), this is my favorite George Harrison song:


that album means a lot to me and I will get this remix. It was a gift from my little Brother after I was first married and living in Houston. I remember loving that song, All Things Must Pass. I wish I had dived more deeply into meditation way back then. George was also always my favorite.

People always say “really”?


He was my fave, too. Never that crazy about McCartney or Lennon. Harrison did a really strange album called “Wonderwall” that I really loved. People were surprised that he could do anything without the other 3.


When the Beatles invaded this country in February 1964, the first live gig they played was in my birth town, Washington, D.C. I lived in the MD suburbs. I was already a music junkie at a very young age, so I was getting familiar with them. George just knocked me out. They spoke with a very heavy No. English/Scouse accent so I barely understood them. Switched to John gradually cos he was a reading/book fanatic. His command of English rivalled a college professor’s. When he gave a serious interview, it sounded just like a llinguist speaking. He was the brilliant musical writer, and he taught Paul and George how to write lyrics. What a group/band of iconic artistic geniuses-brothers! Major, major part of the 20th century Popular 🎶 Renaissance.😊☮️


mine as well