The Evening Blues - 10-20-17



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Old Crow Medicine Show



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This evening's music features folk musicians Old Crow Medicine Show. Enjoy!



Old Crow Medicine Show - Down Home Girl

“Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it.”

-- Ambrose Bierce


News and Opinion


The blood on George W Bush's hands will never dry. Don't glorify this man

For liberals across the spectrum, the temptation is real to lionize George W Bush now. Donald Trump is our child-king, slobbering over the country and embarrassing us all. He is parody made real, a lackey for rightwing billionaires everywhere. It’s not hard to find a talking head on the left who will say he is, without question, the worst president America has ever had. But don’t make that easy mistake. Especially not now as Bush, our 43rd president, rears his head from retirement to denounce his bombastic successor. At a speech in New York on Thursday, Bush set Democratic heartstrings aflutter when he declared that “we’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty”.

“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone and provides permission for cruelty and bigotry,” he added. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.” Bush delivered these words without mentioning Trump by name. The last Republican before Trump to serve as president, Bush lamented that America has seen “nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America”. ...

Devoid of context, Bush has a point. Trump is a bully who permits prejudice and cruelty. He doesn’t have much regard for internationalism. His impulses are isolationist in nature. What is ironic here is that Bush will undoubtedly be elevated to the status of a pious, gray-haired warrior speaking out in defense of the republic he once led, a talisman of decency for DC amnesiacs. He will be cheered as another brave Republican defying a president of his own party, his past rendered meaningless. ...

It was under Bush that America invaded Iraq, murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians, and destabilized the Middle East so thoroughly that it may take the entire 21st century to recover. More than 4,000 American soldiers died. He stocked his cabinet with warmongering neoconservatives far more cunning and apocalyptic in outlook than any of the amateurs who populate Trump’s gang. These were men who dreamed of civilization-annihilating wars and found a president willing to transform their dreams into crackling reality. The blood on Bush’s hands will never dry. Under the guise of spreading democracy, his administration brought suffering to the world and strangled civil liberties at home. ...

Democrats hope the generals can stage a coup, restore order, and some stern-faced strongman with good table manners and an affinity for land wars can occupy the Oval Office. He will take chummy phone calls from Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. He will dream anew of “nation-building”. This is the world that gave rise to Bush’s presidency and nurtured his most heinous sins.

George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump

George W Bush sharply condemned bigotry, conspiracy theories and lies in American politics on Thursday, in what seemed to be a coded attack on the presidency of Donald Trump. Without mentioning Trump by name, the former US president urged Americans to reject white supremacy and embrace globalization in a speech organized by the institute that bears his name in New York.

“Bigotry seems emboldened,” said Bush, who has seen controversy over his 2001-09 presidency among liberals and abroad eclipsed by the outrage surrounding Trump. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”...

Bush took shots at the “governing class” while hinting at aspects of Trump’s presidency. “Our young people need positive role models,” he said. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.”

While campaigning for his brother Jeb in the 2016 Republican primary, the former president took similarly veiled swipes at Trump. He and his father, the former president George HW Bush, skipped the Republican national convention where Trump was formally nominated last July, and declined to vote for Trump in the November election.

Bush did, however, attend Trump’s inauguration and reportedly told those around him of the latter’s speech: “That was some weird shit.”


Morris Davis: Here's why I resigned as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo

Ten years ago today, I informed Gordon England, then the Deputy Secretary of Defense, that I could no longer serve as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. I requested immediate reassignment to another post and, within an hour, my request was approved. Soon after, I received an order not to speak to anyone about why I quit.

Here’s why I quit. Earlier that day, I had been handed an order, signed by England, that reorganized the chain of command, effective immediately. The order had placed Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann above me, and it had placed William J. Haynes II, the general counsel of the Department of Defense, above Hartmann. Haynes, you might recall, signed the infamous torture memo — the one authorizing enhanced interrogation at Guantanamo that was approved by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. ...

Hartmann had arrived a few months before, in July 2007, to serve as chief counsel to the official overseeing the military commissions. He was anxious to get convictions and wanted me to use all evidence, regardless of how it was acquired. For two years, my policy had been that the prosecution would not use evidence obtained by torture, because evidence obtained by torture is tainted. By the end of his first month, Hartmann had already tried to challenge this well-established fact.

When I learned that two men who sanctioned torture were above me in the chain of command, I concluded that I could not ensure fair trials for the detainees at Guantanamo. Nor could I put my head down and ignore the fact that the United States employed a practice it had long condemned. I wish I could say that, in the following decade, the U.S. recovered from the shock of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, recognized the errors it made and regained its legal and moral standing on the issue of torture. That would be fake news.

Guantánamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Say Guards Threatened to Kill Them by Stopping Force-Feeding



Under Trump, Brags Mike Pompeo, CIA Will Be 'Much More Vicious Agency

According to Mike Pompeo, the agency he leads—which has supported coups across the globe, engaged in targeted killings, and led a detention and torture program—has not been nasty enough.

Speaking Thursday at a Foundation for Defense of Democracies forum, the CIA director, who has signaled suport for torture, said "we've now laid out a strategy for how we're going to execute our strategy with incredible vigor. We're going to become a much more vicious agency in ensuring that we are delivering this work. We are going to go to the hardest places with some of the hardest people and of our organization to crush it."

President Donald Trump, he said, "has promised that he will have our backs and that he will resource us."

Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat - But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is



North Korea: CIA director says regime nearly capable of nuclear attack

CIA director Mike Pompeo has said North Korea is a few months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities.

“They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a US policy perspective we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving” their objective of being able to strike the United States, Pompeo told a national security forum in Washington.

But he said there was a difference between having the ability to fire a single nuclear missile and the capability of producing large amounts of fissile material and developing an arsenal of such weapons.

Pompeo said intelligence on North Korea was imperfect and “when you’re now talking about months, our capacity to understand that at a detailed level is in some sense irrelevant”, he said.

“We are at a time where the president has concluded that we need a global effort to ensure Kim Jong-un doesn’t have that capacity,” Pompeo told the forum, organised by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies thinktank.

Putin says Russia will respond in kind if U.S. quits missile treaty

Russia will respond immediately and symmetrically if the United States quits the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Spanish PM vows to end Catalonia standoff and force region to obey law

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has vowed to return Catalonia to the rule of law as his government prepares to announce unprecedented measures to head off the independence crisis by imposing direct rule from Madrid.

Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after he confirmed that article 155 of the Spanish constitution would be invoked to begin the process of suspending key elements of Catalonia’s self-rule, Rajoy said his government had two clear aims. “The goal is a double one,” he said. “To return to the observance of the law – because you can’t have a part of the country where the law is not obeyed – and, at the same time, to bring about a return to institutional normality.”

Rajoy added that his response had the backing of the Spanish socialist party (PSOE) and the centrist Ciudadanos, or Citizens, party.

The Spanish cabinet is to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to decide the precise nature of its intervention in Catalonia, which, as an autonomous region, controls its own education, healthcare and policing. Its proposals will be put before the Spanish senate next week.

White supremacist Richard Spencer faces barrage of protest at Florida speech

The white supremacist Richard Spencer took the stage at the University of Florida on Thursday after his supporters threatened to sue if he was not allowed to speak.

But minutes after he began to talk, the majority of the crowd of hundreds in the auditorium stood together, raised their fists, and started chanting “Go home, Spencer! Go home, Spencer!”

For the next hour, most of the crowd stayed standing, booing and chanting over Spencer’s remarks as he angrily compared the crowd to a mob and to “immature preschoolers who aren’t ready for ideas that might get a bit challenging”.

“You can’t hide,” the audience chanted back at him, “You support genocide!”

Over the screams and boos, Spencer answered a series of audience questions but spent much of his time berating the crowd, many of them University of Florida students, for heckling him.

“You are trying to shut down a dissident intellectual,” Spencer told the roaring crowd. He reproached them for not appreciating “the most important free speech event of your lifetime”.

Neo-Nazis Charged With Attempted Murder In Gainesville, Fla.

Three white supremacists were arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting at protesters holding anti-Nazi signs following Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida. Colton Fears, 28, and his brother William Fears, 30, from Pasadena, Texas, and Tyler Tenbrink, 28, from Richmond Texas, were charged with attempted homicide and are being held in Alachua County Jail. ...

The incident took place shortly before 5:30 p.m., so about an hour after Spencer’s speech wrapped up. According to police reports, four men in a silver Jeep pulled up to where a group of protesters were sitting at a bus stop, not far from campus, and started shouting “Heil Hitler” and other slogans. In response, one of the protesters struck the vehicle with a baton. The car then sped way for about 10 feet, before stopping abruptly.

Tenbrink got out of the vehicle, according to the report, and pointed a handgun at the group. The Fears brothers began shouting “Kill them,”“shoot them,” and “I’m going to fucking kill you,” according to reports. Tenbrink fired one bullet, which missed the victim and hit the building behind him. The three men got back into the car and fled eastbound, and were ultimately apprehended by Alachua County deputies.

In New Ruling, Federal Judge Refuses to Erase Joe Arpaio’s Conviction

A federal judge ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not erase his conviction for criminal contempt of court, rejecting arguments from Arpaio and the Department of Justice to vacate all the rulings in his criminal case.

“The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case,” Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton wrote in a four-page opinion.

Arpaio immediately filed a notice of appeal to the 9th Circuit on Thursday night.
Bolton’s ruling is consistent with guidance on the Department of Justice website that “a pardoned offense would not be removed from your criminal record.” Notwithstanding that language, the Justice Department previously agreed with Arpaio’s lawyers that his conviction should be erased. It’s not yet clear whether the federal government will agree with Arpaio on appeal as well.

To Get Hurricane Rebuilding Money in Texas, Contractors Must Promise They Won’t Boycott Israel

If you're a Texan looking to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you’d better not boycott Israel. That’s the message being sent by the state, which has banned any contractor who supports the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, campaign from receiving state funds.

If you’re confused why the two things are related, look to a bill that Texas’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law in July. House Bill 89 prohibits the state from entering into contract with a business unless it “does not boycott Israel; and will not boycott Israel during the term of the contract.” The law applies even to businesses that would refuse to buy products made in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land — as it defines Israel as both Israel proper and “Israeli-controlled territory.” ...

Texas’s law is similar to the Kansas law that went into force this past summer. Under that law, a teacher is being punished for following her Mennonite Church’s guidance to boycott some companies that do business related to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit, saying that the law is unconstitutional.

As part of its legal complaint, the ACLU is citing the 1982 Supreme Court decision NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co. This case revolved around a group of NAACP activists and others, who boycotted certain white merchants over demands for desegregation. The white merchants took legal action to attempt to recoup damages from the boycott. The case went all the way up to the Supreme Court, which unanimously decided that the government can’t prohibit politically motivated boycotts.

Number of US adults without health insurance up 3.5m this year, study finds

The number of US adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over Obamacare undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s uninsured rate to a historic low.

That finding is based on the latest installment of a major survey, released on Friday. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index asks a random sample of 500 people each day whether they have health insurance. The survey found that the uninsured rate among adults was 12.3% during the period from 1 July to 30 September, an increase of 1.4 percentage points since the end of last year. The increase in the number of uninsured is more striking because it comes at a time of economic growth and low unemployment.

The annual sign-up season for subsidized private insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act starts 1 November, but it may not make much of a difference.

Donald Trump has stopped federal payments that reimburse insurers for lower co-pays and deductibles that the Obama-era law requires them to provide to people with modest incomes. His administration slashed the advertising budget for 2018 sign-ups, cut the length of open enrollment in half, and sharply reduced federal grants to groups that help consumers navigate the process.



the horse race



FBI Implicates Obama & Clinton In Russia Bribery Plot







the evening greens


Read this. It's important.

Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown

Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention. ...

One is industrial fishing, which, all over the blue planet, is now causing systemic ecological collapse. The other is the erasure of non-human life from the land by farming. And perhaps not only non-human life. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, at current rates of soil loss, driven largely by poor farming practice, we have just 60 years of harvests left. And this is before the Global Land Outlook report, published in September, found that productivity is already declining on 20% of the world’s cropland.

The impact on wildlife of changes in farming practice (and the expansion of the farmed area) is so rapid and severe that it is hard to get your head round the scale of what is happening. A study published this week in the journal Plos One reveals that flying insects surveyed on nature reserves in Germany have declined by 76% in 27 years. The most likely cause of this Insectageddon is that the land surrounding those reserves has become hostile to them: the volume of pesticides and the destruction of habitat have turned farmland into a wildlife desert. ...

Insects, of course, are critical to the survival of the rest of the living world. Knowing what we now know, there is nothing surprising about the calamitous decline of insect-eating birds. Those flying insects – not just bees and hoverflies but species of many different families – are the pollinators without which a vast tract of the plant kingdom, both wild and cultivated, cannot survive. The wonders of the living planet are vanishing before our eyes. Well, I hear you say, we have to feed the world. Yes, but not this way. As a UN report published in March explained, the notion that pesticide use is essential for feeding a growing population is a myth. A recent study in Nature Plants reveals that most farms would increase production if they cut their use of pesticides. A study in the journal Arthropod-Plant Interactions shows that the more neonicotinoid pesticides were used to treat rapeseed crops, the more their yield declines. Why? Because the pesticides harm or kill the pollinators on which the crop depends. Farmers and governments have been comprehensively conned by the global pesticide industry.

Major Victories for Climate Movement, But Global Chaos Grows: Roundtable with Leaders on What’s Next



Senate Republicans (and One Democrat) Team Up to Open Arctic to Big Oil Plunder

In addition to mounting a "horrific" assault on life-saving social safety net programs like Medicaid and Medicaid, the GOP-crafted budget resolution passed by 51 Republican senators late Thursday also lays the groundwork for "drastic cuts" to programs that help shield the nation's land, air, and water from exploitation by big polluters.

"Adding insult to injury," 51 Republicans also teamed up with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to thwart an amendment to their budget that would have barred drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

In a statement on Friday, Jennie Olson of Environment America said the GOP's decision to kill the amendment—crafted by a group of Senate Democrats—opens the pristine refuge to "irreversible damage...just so corporate polluters can make a profit."

Urban Conflagration: Fire Scientist on Climate Change & What Makes California’s Wildfires Different



Taking 9 Million Lives Per Year, Pollution Bigger Killer Than War, Tobacco, and Various Diseases Combined

Pollution, "one of the great existential challenges of the Anthropocene epoch," kills 9 million people per year. That's more than the number of deaths caused by tobacco, three times as many deaths caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, and 15 times as many deaths caused by war and other violence. The data comes from a new global study on pollution and health published in The Lancet, which calls for a mobilization of both resources and political will to tackle the worldwide and costly menace.

"Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge—it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing. It deserves the full attention of international leaders, civil society, health professionals, and people around the world," says Professor Philip Landrigan of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and co-leader of the two-year, international Lancet Commission. Air pollution, including indoor and outdoor, plays the biggest role in pollution-related deaths (6.5 million deaths in 2015 ), and is linked to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and COPD. Polluted water, workplace pollution (such as asbestos exposure), and lead pollution also add to the death toll—which researchers say is likely an underestimate.

The bulk of pollution-related deaths (92 percent) strike in low- and middle-income countries. India and China tallied the highest numbers of such deaths, with 2.5 million and 1.8 million respectively. In addition, the researchers note, across the board, the deaths are most prevalent among minorities and the marginalized.



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Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth

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Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Gun Nut


A Little Night Music


Old Crow Medicine Show - I Hear Them All

Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel

Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show - The Weight

Old Crow Medicine Show - Alabama High Test

Old Crow Medicine Show - Caroline

Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, The Old Crow Medicine Show - This Train Is Bound For Glory

Old Crow Medicine Show - Tear It Down

Old Crow Medicine Show - James River Blues

Old Crow Medicine Show - Raise A Ruckus

John Prine & Old Crow Medicine Show - Lake Marie

Old Crow Medicine Show - Minglewood Blues



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divineorder's picture

Here in our camper we have been cooking with propane and running our little fridge, but otherwise running and charging off our diy solar for the last 5 days. We have two separate diy solar two battery charging systems , and have had enough sun off and on to charge laptops, ipads, phones, and run fans and the water pump.

Squirrel! Smile

Some arguably good news from TX...

https://www.texasmonthly.com/energy/vistra-closes-three-coal-plants-texas/

Vistra Closes Three Coal Plants in Texas
It seems unlikely that Perry’s coal subsidy could have saved them, according to an expert at UT.

By Amal AhmedOctober 19, 20171 Comment

In other words, while Perry cited catastrophic events like Hurricane Harvey and Irma as the reason why coal plants should be maintained in case of emergencies, in order to provide power when sources are knocked offline, it might be more likely that a power outage occurs when a tree falls onto your power lines or a squirrel chews through them in your neighborhood.

And as for Vistra? The company may be the state’s largest miner of lignite coal, but it’s not going out of business just yet. Nearly 40 percent of its generation comes from natural gas, and this past May, it bought the soon-to-be second largest solar power plant in Texas.

(There are hot links in these two paragraphs worth following but I didn't link them.

Lots of small critters here at this beautiful campground: jackrabbits, cottontails, and colorful little beige and white striped ground squirrels. The restrooms are actually beautiful fauxdobe buildings, products of the Recovery act.

Free wifi, too, but not worry free with all the news of id theft.....

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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@divineorder it's the way to go, have a few systems working for us around the homestead, saving-up to put in more.

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Send the military madness to the shrink. Sanity is peace.

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@QMS

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@divineorder there are some good cookers out there, had a parabolic mirror smoke starter once...

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@divineorder

heh, as they say in the rocky horror picture show, "don't dream it, live it!"

that solar stuff does seem to work ok. i'm trying to figure out how to get enough panels on top of my camper to run as many of its systems as we can.

have a great time camping!

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@joe shikspack Thanks! This train is bound for glory!

Hope you get figured out like you want ut. The type of solar controller is just as important as type of panels . We don't pretend to be experts, just thankful for so much on Internet to help along the way. Also glad nothing has blown or burned. Yet. Smile

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@divineorder

i've been looking at renogy kits as a kind of easy way to get my feet wet, but the real problem is rooftop real estate, of which there doesn't seem to be enough, so i'm headed back to the drawing board. Smile

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@joe shikspack

We put a plug and play atop the AC/ shroud. It was too weak. The batteries were too small. Batts/ required maint/ too iften. Went with sealed AGM batts/ which were much more expensive.

Any way enjoy the journey!

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divineorder's picture

Anyone like Zebra? They are such amazingly beautiful creatures to me.

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jb working on travelblog for Slovenia while I do a little editing and came across this one....

(We have paid for our reservations for Kruger NP for June next year already... because the early bird gets a campsite.

But hey, who knows whether traveling on this planet will even be possible by then?)

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QMS's picture

@divineorder infamous words from the land of Oz

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@QMS waiting for its horn to grow back!

Tie me wallybee down, sport!

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@divineorder

I love the depth of field that only has its face in focus. Who is the photographer in your family?
I'm still hoping you will stop by Friday night photography and post your photos.

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

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@snoopydawg time consuming to resize and go through the multistep image posting boogie here. I am too lazy... and have hundreds of images to go through and edit but some day. Usually on Friday night we are watching a movie or some such by the time it comes up. I am the main shutterbug by far. Hey, how's the weather your way? We are camping Glen Canyon NRA and the wind is really gusting !

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@divineorder

I do it from my iPad which makes it easy for me. This way they fit the size limits. No need to do more work than necessary.

I comment more from it because it fills in words I'm writing and usually corrects my spelling. I'll wait for my computer to do this too.... then realize it's not happening.

You have a great eye for photography. I'm jealous that you are camping down south. I used to go to Moab and Arches when I was younger, but haven't had the chance since I've moved back. And now that I'm interested in star trails photography, I've been really wanting to go there. I love looking at the stars and seeing satellites and the space station.

Our weather this week has been beautiful. Deep blue skies with the vibrant colors of the trees.
The wind blew hard here too, but it was fun to see it blowing leaves around. The house across from me has a huge tree that leaves fell on and the wind was blowing them everywhere. It was fun to watch. I tried photographing falling leaves yesterday, but it didn't turn out very well.

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

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@snoopydawg

I don't know if it's a satellite or the space station bisecting it, but there's a plane flying through it. You can see its flashing lights.

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@snoopydawg for the first time in years from our campsite in Bluff, UT last Friday. Didn't have a tripod with, and didn't think to about photography until next day.

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@divineorder

I would like to start doing astrophotography. I don't think that the equipment for this is very expensive. It would be easier if the telescope was connected to a computer that had access to the internet. I'd let the computer do most of the work Smile
Space is so amazing and huuuge. Over 100 billion galaxies that each have over 100 billion stars in them. I heard that there are more stars in the universe than there is sand pebbles on every beach in the world. I can not wrap my mind around this number. I used to look at all the sand at Wright's beach and try to imagine this concept.

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@divineorder

i love zebra. to me, they look like monochrome tie-dyed horses.

and you can always ask them, "hey buddy, why the long face?"

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Mark4:22

For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.

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Cali Kush: a bowl a day keeps the doctor away.

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@Meteor Man

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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@Meteor Man

reminds me of one of my favorite ry cooder tunes:

"The moon comes up and the sun goes down
This old world keeps spinning around
Just as sure as the day turns into the night
What you do in the dark will turn up in the light"

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Evenin’ Joe. Doesn’t the Bushlicking from the left just make you sick? They took impeachment off the table and just kept going from there. Anyone really think had Trump not denied Jeb his familial due that W would give a whit about him? Bush clutching his pearls about casual cruelty lowering the public discourse? Puleeeeeze. He’s in the short line leading us to where we are now.

Don’t know why this grabs me so (see also McCain) except it’s just more proof that the parties aren’t left and right so much as different sides, same coin.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

George the Lesser goes to George the Bester, care of the types at Orange Dead State.

Truly Bizzaro World.

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Gëzuar!!

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@Dr. John Carpenter

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@Dr. John Carpenter

when i started seeing posts on facebook from people i know who are garden variety liberal democrats praising bush for his speech, it made me want to puke. i'm avoiding facebook for a while so that i will not tell them how i really feel about their sudden affection for that arrogant-prick-torturer-war criminal.

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@joe shikspack to the aricle about not giving Shrub a pass.

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@Dr. John Carpenter IMO Bush II's policies accelerated the eventual collapse of the empire, although it has been on the decline since Reagan. Because Obama did little to reverse Bush II's policies, Dems don't want to be held responsible for this demise. Besides, they are so weak they're looking for any "friends" who may have a little power. For both parties, it is easy to blame Trump because he invites trouble.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

This is a fun parody about this. This is an archived diary from ToP:

In The Vaults Where The Dry Powder Is Stored

I bet if anyone posted it today, they would be banned quicker than one could say sellouts.

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

snoopydawg's picture

I've heard people saying that he wasn't as bad as Trump. Sure.

The bots on ToP gave McCain a standing ovation for his American exceptionalism speech. Of course people had to qualify their comments by saying that they don't agree with everything he has done while he's been in congress, but that speech forgave him for a lot of his actions.
Sure. Like being one of the biggest warmongers in congress, voting against every veterans bill, the patriot act and the military commission acts and everything else he did to the country. Go figure.

Heh! ToP had the Texas/Israel article on the wreck list and the first 20 plus comments were about the title of it. IIRC, the person who wrote it said he was Jewish. But he changed the title. And he still got flack for it.
There were a few flags flown in it.

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

joe shikspack's picture

@snoopydawg

yeah, if i hadn't run across that article, i was thinking of digging up one of the articles i wrote a long time ago about why bush needed to be impeached for his war crimes and reconfiguring it as a list of things that currently don't seem to bother democrats much.

i am amazed at the short attention spans of partisans. after the most despicable people are no longer an electoral threat to their preferred party, the most vile actions are all just water over the dam. they are such forward-looking people.

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@snoopydawg Hell, I was one of the people who thought in 2000 when he was running against W that he was a pretty ok guy. But when I got a real good look at his actual accomplishments, and of course all hes' done since 2000, there's no amount of words to offset that. I'm constantly surprised by how impressed people are with words when they're nothing more than words.

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OLinda's picture

Here's a good review of Taibbi's book I Can't Breathe (on sale in about a week).

As I suspected, it will be too depressing for me to read, but I'm glad he wrote it. I may browse it at the library. Really worth reading the review. The comments to the review so far surprise and sadden me. No one cares or believes it.

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If you don't like the Mafia, why don't you join it and change it from the inside?

joe shikspack's picture

@OLinda

that's a great review. reading the comments, though, is pretty dispiriting.

have a great weekend!

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Unabashed Liberal's picture

due to Mr M starting packing for a road trip. We don't leave until late Sunday/early Monday, but he wanted to pack when it's not raining. For once, we're looking ahead! Wink

Anyhoo, wanted to post this upbeat piece about honoring 'working dogs.' In this case, many of them are in the bomb sniffing business. Here you go,

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[K9 Ranger - Hero Dogs Honored with Medal of Courage]

Hero Dogs Honored with Medal of Courage

'These dogs are really keeping this country safe and our Marines and servicemembers safe'

Five hero dogs were honored on Wednesday with medals for their military and law enforcement service.

The American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage was presented to five K9s in Washington, D.C., during an awards ceremony that saw members of Congress, media, hill staff, a Marine general, and others come together to show respect for the life-saving work dogs do around the world. The dogs at the ceremony served in the United States Army, Marines, and even the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). They've saved lives by uncovering bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as explosives, drugs, and other contraband at America's airports and even providing security for top American officials.

K9s Alphie, Capa, Coffee, and Ranger were each presented with a medal, hung around their necks to great applause, during the ceremony. They all received celebratory pats on the head from audience members as they exited the stage wearing their medal. K9 Gabe was presented a metal posthumously and his handler Charles Shuck accepted it on his behalf. . .

Also, when you posted Otis Redding the other evening, I ended up at YouTube listening to numerous other music videos. Here's one that I always liked a lot--sorry that the video is only a 240p version!

[Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations, Tj Limbu, YouTube]

We've got two rough weeks ahead for taking care of personal business. May be a bit spotty, but I'll catch up with you Guys as much as possible. Hopefully, the next day or so will finish off my 'research' on the Part D Plans for next year. I'm beginning to see them in my sleep! Biggrin

Everyone have a nice weekend!

Bye

[Edited: Corrected two typos; added boldface.]

Mollie


“I believe in the redemptive powers of a dog’s love. It is in recognition of each dog’s potential to lift the human spirit, and therefore, to change society for the better, that I fight to make sure every street dog has its day.”
--Stasha Wong, Secretary, Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)

SOSD - A volunteer-run organisation dedicated to the welfare of Singapore’s street dogs. We rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome strays to give them a second chance.

SOSD Rescue 'Barabas The Brave'

Barabas The Brave -- Photo 1.png

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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
--George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
"We [corporations] are the government!" Actor John Colicos (1978)

joe shikspack's picture

@Unabashed Liberal

glad to hear your struggle with medicare part d is near an end. have a safe and enjoyable trip!

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divineorder's picture

@Unabashed Liberal

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

Unabashed Liberal's picture

@divineorder

Mollie

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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
--George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
"We [corporations] are the government!" Actor John Colicos (1978)

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Haredi anti-draft protesters. They're spitting on her and calling her a w***e. Watch as she kicks their asses:

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

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