Honouring Racism????


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You remember the “Unite the Right” fiasco in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017?  The rally was organized by a large number of different groups, mainly white supremacists and neo-Nazis.  People died, more were injured, some beaten up, others injured when a car plowed into a group of people.  And remember in the aftermath, when Donald Trump said there were good people on both sides?  That rally was in protest of plans to remove a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general.

In the days following Charlottesville, Confederate  statues began falling:  activists in Durham, North Carolina, used ropes to tear down a statue of a Confederate soldier outside the city’s former courthouse; authorities in Baltimore moved to take down the city’s Confederate monuments; and the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, where state law prohibits the removal of a Confederate monument from a city park, ordered it covered up with plastic.

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Trump Crock Of The Week


 

Yesterday Manhattan fancy pants and self declared billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of masterminding a sex-trafficking operation involving underage girls. No stranger to justice department scrutiny, Epstein likely smirked defiant hubris. I wonder if he muttered “do you know who I am?”. Save your breath Jeff, we know who you are, you’ve had a good run, but the jig is up. Tonight the world knows all about your dirty little 2008 plea deal with then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Alex Acosta. Charged with luring girls as young as 14 to your parties, you plead guilty to a lessor charge, spent your 13 month sentence on day passes and registered as a sex offender. No big deal, right Jeff?

In 2002, Trump said “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said he loves beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side”

Today Alex Acosta is Trump’s Secretary of Labor. In case you missed the memo, Trump feels terrible for condemnation of Acosta. How dare Democrats call for his resignation? Do they know who they’re dealing with? Oh yes, we know. We know Acosta is a billionaire boy’s club pawn, we know the latest indictment of Epstein is sealed pending charges against a second conspirator. Hopefully that second is Donald Trump.

Every American needs to read the cort document linked below –

Federal Judge Orders Hearing in Donald Trump Rape Lawsuit

 

An Important Message … That Nobody Heard


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“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

One of life’s unanswered philosophical questions.  Last month, a big tree fell in the forest, and nobody heard, nobody listened.  It was not widely reported in any of the major news outlets, there was no notable discussion in blogdom … it was a warning destined to go unheeded, to die of neglect.

The ‘tree’ was a white paper issued by the Department of Defense titled Russian Strategic Intentions.  It is a 150-page, 25-chapter document that outlines Russia’s aggression, which includes the use of propaganda and disinformation to sway public opinion across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the U.S.  It assesses Russia’s intentions in an attempt to understand what drives its strategy, outlines a range of malign activities attributed to Russia in regions as diverse as Africa…

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Apex


If apex means “top”, the world’s apex predator might just be a tiny spider. Meet Euophrys Omnisuperstes, ( Latin for “standing above everything” ) the Himalayan Jumping Spider,  highest known permanent resident life form on Earth. This quarter inch long, eight eyed, claw footed jumping spider capable of leaping distances 50 times its body length, thrives at elevations of 22,000 feet above sea level. Himalayan Jumping Spiders inhabit a realm so improbable, their only food source is insects carried by the wind.

Meet the Spider that Lives On Top of the World: the Himalayan Jumping Spider

For perspective, Mt. Everest south base camp in Nepal sits at 17,598 feet. At this elevation oxygen levels are 50% that of sea level. Worlds above the tree line, far beyond the domain of Snow Leopards, high above clusters of Nepalese Snub Nose Monkeys https://www.newscientist.com/article/2101954-secrets-of-how-primates-can-live-at-extreme-altitude-revealed/ whose only sustenance is lichen or rare thermal pool prisoners of high altitude hot springs, the Bailey’s snake https://reptiles.fandom.com/wiki/Thermophis_baileyi – tiny eight eyed jumping spiders wait for lunch to blow in on the wind. Why spider, why?

Make no mistake, spiders rule. Sure cockroaches survive underwater for half an hour, monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles to a miniscule patch of Mexican forest, but it’s the spider who stands above everything.

Do You Mind If I Play Through?


Well known Canadian political cartoonist Michael de Adder found out the hard way where Canada draws the line. More accurately, where employer Brunswick News butters their toast. Brunswick News is owned by the Irving family, 8th richest Canadian dynasty whose billions are credited to Irving Oil. Their oil, gas, shipping and transportation interests rely heavily on cross border good will.

Canada’s Richest People: The Irving Family

de Adder was “let go”, his contract terminated when social media took flight with this image –

Seems Canadian billionaires are no different than America’s filthy rich. Huffington Post political cartoonist Wes Tyrell tweeted –

Wes Tyrell @tyrell_wes

Whether the powers that be in America would make the connection between de Adder’s cartoon and Brunswick News doesn’t matter.
It seems that the Irving’s don’t want to take that chance. So they cut all ties.

An oil company has no business owning newspapers.

Anyway you slice it, this Canadian agrees with growing public sentiment sparked by actors George Takei and Mark Hamill – de Adder’s cartoon is Pulitzer Prise worthy.

Two Dresses


The first Monday of the month, Quora deposits money earned from views on my content into a PayPal account. A little bit here, little bit there, I never gave it much thought. Truth is, I wouldn’t have a PayPal account but for Quora insistence on opening one to receive deposits. Not much of a online shopper, credit cards secure occasional purchases. PayPal mystifies this middle aged ponderer.

After work today it dawned on me –  in 22 days, 11 hours we’d board a plane for Havana. I needed new dresses. Where to begin? Amazon, eBay? Search by retailer, brand, style? Argh, I loathe online shopping! Pop-ups, flash sales, discounts offered with acceptance of mailing list bombardment. Hour after hour of futile nonsense wore me down. Frayed, disgruntled, on the verge of calling bullshit – I found a acceptable dress. Add it to my cart? Seriously? Okay fine, I’ll play along. Watch me push a virtual cart to check-out! Payment options? What’s this, complete the transaction with PayPal?

Throwing caution to the wind I clicked PayPal. Snap, order on the way! Holy crap, I just bought a dress with virtual money handed to me for posting questions. WTF? Sweet! Can I play again? Yep, seems so – twenty minutes later, repeat performance, another dress on the way. What fun! Steady now, take a deep breath, time to act responsibly.