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Summer's Striking End

Let's see...drone strikes, climate strikes, and autoworkers strike...three strikes and summer is out! But is the game lost? Well it ain't over till it's over. Tomorrow morning at 2:50 AM Central, the sun will shine directly on the equator and summer will be over and fall will begin. The weather here seems anything but fall like. It's been hot and dry for weeks now. We are watering the fall veggies. Tomorrow they are attempting to shut down DC, and next Friday another massive global climate strike. Millions participated in the global climate strike last Friday. The UAW strike is the largest US strike in over a decade. Do these actions give you hope?

Let's start with the bad news... the drone strike
Peter Salisbury, the International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Yemen and Medea Benjamin discuss the attack (video or text)
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/9/16/saudi_arabia_oil_supply_attacks

This was a contentious session with a Saudi, Iranian, and a journalist on Cross Talk. The journalist and Iranian were trying to tell the Saudi that ceasing their war in Yemen would solve their problem, but the Saudi wouldn't have it...all the problems in the ME are Iran's fault according to him. Let's see which of the two countries are a democracy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joECbBFM3gE (24 min)

Lee Camp warns us "Don't Believe the Lies".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK7RePDCSuc (first few minutes)

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In response to an attack on Saudi Aramco oil infrastructure for which Houthi rebels in Yemen have taken credit, the US government has responded in the only possible rational way: by blaming Iran and deploying troops to act as security guards for Middle Eastern oil companies.

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/09/22/us-defends-your-freedom-by-using...

In their weekly podcast, Caitlin and Tim discuss the latest Iran drama, the failure of war propaganda, and what a healthy mind looks like in the battle against establishment narrative control. https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/09/19/going-rogue-iran-and-the-mind/

Trita Parsi argues that President Trump has an easy path to resolve the standoff: rejoin the Iran nuclear deal that he abandoned and negotiate additional issues with Tehran. He speaks with Aaron Mate' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMIpt-4VvvE (10 min)

Trump to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack. US will send reinforcements to the Middle East following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/trump-approves-troop-deployment-s...

In addition to troops, U.S. Ships More Air Defense Systems That Do Not Work To Saudi Arabia
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/09/us-ships-more-air-defense-systems-...


Climate strike

From Sydney to New Delhi, Nairobi to New York, millions of people around the world walked out of school and work on Friday to join the latest protests against the climate crisis. The global day of action, calling for a reduction in emissions, was held in the run-up to a UN summit in New York (2 min)

Here's a couple of nice photo essays of the strikes from around the world...
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/21/across-the-globe-mil...

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/greta-thunberg-leads-climate-strikes-i...

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2019/sep/20/climate-strike-...

Organizers say this was the largest youth-led demonstration in history. TRNN spoke to demonstrators in New York and Baltimore (5 min - sorry no text)
https://therealnews.com/stories/4-million-people-strike-for-climate-action

Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism”
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/ints-s21.html

Greta spoke to the crowd in NYC
We are not just some young people skipping school,' she told thousands of school strikers in Manhattan, on a day when millions around the world demonstrated for action. 'We are a wave of change. Together, we are unstoppable.' (2 min)

The new film, Blowout, follows the U.S. oil supply chain, covering health, climate and environmental justice impacts. And it points to the president who was central to creating the current reality: Barack Obama. (video or text)
https://therealnews.com/stories/documentary-blowout-follows-climate-cost...

During an MSNBC climate town hall at Georgetown University on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, if elected president in 2020, he would pursue criminal charges against fossil fuel executives for knowingly accelerating the ecological crisis while sowing doubt about the science to the American public.
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-vows-to-prosecute-fossi...

Don't worry the fossil fuel empires are rolling out a new spin about profitability of fuels in a time when they are more expensive that solar, wind, and geothermal energy. (text only)
https://therealnews.com/columns/fossil-fuel-companies-roll-out-a-new-era...

Right on cue, the fossil fuel industry’s PR professionals have been stepping in to help reshape the narratives propping up their bottom lines.
https://therealnews.com/columns/fossil-fuel-industry-climate-denial-shif...

Getting to a GND

A diverse coalition of farmers and ranchers, organized by the Sunrise Movement and Regeneration International, presented a letter to Congress, urging passage of a Green New Deal (video or text)
https://therealnews.com/stories/10000-farmers-and-ranchers-call-on-congr...

In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. But she also lays out another path forward in which mankind meets the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. “We do know that if we are going to lower our emissions in time, it is going to take transformations of how we live in cities, how we move ourselves around, how we grow our food, where we get our energy from,” Klein says. (video or text)
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/9/17/naomi_klein_on_fire_green_new

Chris Hedges speaks with Sonia Bone Guajajara, leader of 300 indigenous ethnic groups in Brazil, about the future of the Amazon rainforest, its people, climate change, and the competing goals of agro business, multinational corporations, and the policies of conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOytJxhxuW8 (28 min)

There’s one solution that ordinary working people have today, and that’s massive strikes. And that was the same solution we had in the 1920s-30s, and it’s what got us to the original New Deal; massive, serious, strategic by geography strikes where American workers took high risk, and it paid off for them. And today, American workers need to take high risk, and have it pay off.

https://therealnews.com/stories/raising-expectations-and-lowering-carbon...
(interesting interview in video or text)

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The Autoworkers Strike

Striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class. Behind GM stands its Wall Street investors, who are demanding that the company do everything to ensure a high rate of profit in the face of what is expected to be a protracted downturn in the auto industry.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/wall-s21.html

It appears the Union is working against the workers. Sounds like the democratic party.

“Workers, however, must be warned,” he said. “The United Auto Workers does not have a strategy for victory in this strike, it has a strategy for defeat. If the struggle remains in the control of the UAW, it will be isolated and shut down and a new concessions contract imposed.” The UAW, he explained, is seeking to isolate the strike by not mobilizing Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers, while starving GM workers on $250 a week in strike pay, which they will only begin to receive after two weeks on strike.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/21/auto-s21.html

Auto Worker Jesse Kelly talks about the oppression of being a temp worker, how it keeps workers impoverished & works to diminish unions (video or text)
https://therealnews.com/stories/ending-temp-workers-is-at-center-of-auto...

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Well there are many more strikes, protests, and wars on going around the world. The yellow vest protest continue into the 45th week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzaAfmScs8 (3 min)
The Hong Kong protests also continue. Lee Camp and Michele Greenstein explain why the Hong Kong protests are not what they seem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AklaIcDvAsU (15 min)
Julian Assange is still being tortured. Aaron Mate' talked with Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks this week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0XdsC3jaXw (13 min)
...and don't forget Chelsea's fate too.
However it was the climate strike which captured me this week. What makes the climate strike special in my view is its global nature. People around the world are uniting around the notion that we are destroying our biosphere. An estimated 4 million people participated...about 0.05% of the people on Earth. There is another strike next Friday in the US, and a large global strike planned for October 7

Will we create the change we want? I don't know, but I like the idea of going down fighting rather than rolling over and accepting extinction. The creativity of the movement is inspiring to me... from art to actions to the signs. The funniest sign I saw said, "The planet is hotter than my imaginary boyfriend." Must have a good imagination. Well I hope you are envisioning a positive future for yourself. I look forward to your thoughts below.

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Wally's picture

Will we create the change we want? I don't know, but I like the idea of going down fighting rather than rolling over and accepting extinction.

We probably won't get the change we want, but hopefully we'll make and get the change we need.

I say this in the context of the window of opportunity we have to set things on a better course regarding climate change.

I don't think we even have until 2024 to make the change we need and it seems pretty obvious that the longer we wait, the less the chance becomes.

For me, I'm setting the tipping point at March 3, 2020, come the results of Super Tuesday. Others' mileage may vary.

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@Wally

another four year of Trumpolini will be hell for the ecosystem and will involve more wars. I'm with you that the election is important, but I'm still questioning the dims allowing Bernie the nomination. He would need to win big...which is possible. We can hope.

As you say...You can't always get what you want.

Good to "see" you this AM. Have a good one.

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@Lookout

He's polling upwards to "only" 30% and that can actually be enough as long as the corporatist weasel candidates keep engaging in their circular firing squad at each other.

They seem to be ignoring Bernie and that may well be an unexpected blessing.

They ignore Bernie because they don't want to pump up his popularity but also because they are AFRAID what his supporters will do if he doesn't pull off the miracle of a democratic socialist winning the nomination.

So even if you think the Dem corporatist lackeys won't let him win, it's good to build up his numbers just to put some second thoughts into their thinking and demeanor.

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@Wally

but they have been captured by MSDNC and think he can't win. Even after showing them polls. They may soften as they think more about it.

I've been using Piketty's study and a salon article about it to encourage voting for a progressive which IMO is only Bernie and Tulsi. I continue to support Tulsi though I like many of Bernie's plans...climate and jobs especially.
h/t gjohn..
Trump will win in 2020 if the dims nominate a centrist...
https://www.salon.com/2019/06/02/there-is-hard-data-that-shows-that-a-ce...

"Piketty's basic thesis is that poorer and less educated voters were historically the kind of voters who voted for left and left-liberal parties. These voters understood that their class interests did not align with the right-wing parties of the rich; thus, historically, the "high-income, high education" voters picked the right-wing parties. This shifted in the past 70 years: "high-education elites now vote for the 'left',
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Yet the Democratic Party and their mouthpieces at major newspapers are clearly not heeding Piketty's prophecy. Rather, TV pundits and op-ed writers of every major newspaper epitomize how the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably.
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Piketty's paper is an inconvenient truth for the Democratic Party. The party's leaders see themselves as the left wing of capital — supporting social policies that liberal rich people can get behind, never daring to enact economic reforms that might step on rich donors' toes. Hence, the establishment seems intent on anointing the centrist Democrats of capital, who push liberal social policies and neoliberal economic policies. History speaks to Piketty's truths."

Here is the data dense study...
http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/Piketty2018.pdf

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@Lookout

the Democratic establishment has already reached a consensus: the 2020 nominee must be a centrist, a Joe Biden, Cory Booker or Kamala Harris–type, preferably.

I recall not long ago taking exception here at C99% to reports of Warren cozying up to HerHeinous based just on phone calls. But now, I'm much more inclined to believe it. The WFP endorsement made her ties clearer to me as did their subsequent calling out of Berners as being "white terrorists." That kind of crap comes right out of the David Brock playbook. And this evidence makes it even clearer:

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@Wally
yesterday. Been thinking, should i put it on the rear bumper so folks can see Bernie's ahead or on the front where people can see that Bernie is behind them?

Warren seems to be toddling to the center lately, we'll see. This is going to be a race on edge ...

Onward

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@smiley7

My next donation will go Bernie's way when the campaign comes out with hoodies and winter hats. I don't know what they are waiting for . . . I won't buy campaign stuff from Bezos, etc.

I figure if I'm going to invest in the campaign, though, I want something tangible back. I'm inching my way towards working class hedonism just in case.

Hang in there!

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@Wally to the left of Bernie on impeachment and getting rid of the filibuster, both of which I support. Especially impeachment, so long as it's driven by non-R-gate factors (except perhaps for obstruction charges related to the latter case, which could still be HC&M even if the underlying case being obstructed is without merit-- imo as a non-constitutional expert). Warren't criticism lately of Pelosi for her timidity and stalling tactics on impeachment are note worthy and needed. Ditto for AOC.

I think Warren cozying up to the party establishment won't matter to most primary voters, and in any case it's probably less a reflection of her true ideology (I have her as a true liberal-progressive) than a matter of playing primary politics and positioning herself to be a strong contender at the convention, esp if it goes to a second ballot when those establishment types and the SDs will come in handy.

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@wokkamile

She says:

“The Administration is endangering our national security and having a chilling effect on any future whistleblower who sees wrongdoing.”

So Nancy, how do you feel about Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange? What effect do you think their treatment will have on future whistleblowers?

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@Shahryar @Shahryar Pelosi understands whistleblowers outing Republicans, vs. acts of treason for outing Democrats. Obama mansplained it to her.

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@Shahryar

So Nancy, how do you feel about Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange?

As I said somewhere in this thread, I'll be as glad to see payola pelosi and up chuckie go as I would trump. Is there a chance of that? Somehow I doubt it. The oligarchs are powerful after all.

Nice to "see" you today. Hope you still enjoy your music. You might enjoy seeing the 'playing for change' clips featured below.

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@smiley7
bumper.

"Doppelt hält besser" (freely translated into "Better safe than sorry")

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Ich schreibe was mir paßt - in memory of Steve Biko

Would rather go down fighting than rolling over. Went to March in Santa fe and liked the fact that most of the older people marching were expressing standing with the youth in their signs.

There were several times when a group would start singing a call and response chant. Very powerful. There were large groups of young native peoples and one of my favorite signs wa American before America. The girl was dressed in traditional ceremony dress from one of the Pueblos in New Mexico.

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

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@jakkalbessie

Reminds me of the one of first nations with the saying "Defending the homeland for 500 years".

Love the singing during a march...it does add power (and emotion). XR is smart to recruit talent for their actions. Their protest seem joyful (and clever).

So glad you could attend a local action. Hope all is well. Thanks for coming by!

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@Lookout
saw a lot of older people joining in. The mix was close to 50/50 schoolkids/adults of all ages.
One of my fav was a group of older women wearing sashes labled "Raging Grandmas" who sang protest songs to the delight of the everyone.
Another was a young girl with a sign that simply said " Mr. Stark, I don't feel well today".
The staggering variety of signs shows a profound degree of inventive effort in being noticed and heard.
I couldn't be more proud of the people I was in the midsts of.

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@earthling1

Glad you came by and added this comment.

The signs are fun...and I hope effective. Any one talking about next Friday in your community?

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Not really. People will protest, get themselves on the news, then go home and vote for Hillary or Biden, accomplishing nothing but giving Lefties a bad name.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

but somehow I don't expect Bye-Done to survive. Someone here on the site suggested he won't last through Iowa. We'll see.

Here's why I think he will flame out...(video or text)
https://therealnews.com/stories/joe-bidens-gaffes-are-much-bigger-proble...

Let's wait and see how next Friday and Oct 7 goes. The 1st Earth Day had some effect on environmental awareness and protection. This movement may as well.

As to $250/week it ain't enough for your grandson nor the strikers.

All the best!

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@Lookout
One would think so, but Trump revealed his craziness and inconsistency very early but just kept gathering strength. He still has a very large base that thinks he is God's Savior of America and if they can only get rid of Nancy Pelosi (like she is any barrier at all) the millennium will arrive, China will collapse, welfare will end, poisonous socialist Social security will end, the stock market will go to 100,000 and America will be HispanicRein.

They may be right about the stock market as huge deficits cause massive inflation, while Nancy beats her empty Russiagate/emoluments drum.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

My buddy from NE GA sent me a letter to the editor from his local rag...

Basically she wrote that Trump was sitting on Jesus right hand and was our savior.

The piece I referenced discusses ByeDone and Trump's similar verbal disconnections. However Trump has enough cognition to land a punch like he did against Jeb B. Biden is really, really incoherent.

I would like to see Payola Pelosi and wall street up chuckie go almost as much as getting rid of Trump.

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@Lookout

whereas ByeDone used to be sharp as a tack and cleverly witty. Now...he's just another blithering idiot.

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

My grandson, a forced part-timer at Walmart can only dream of a pay level that high.

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Wonderful Watch, thank you.

Not liking the long-term weather forecast calling for hotter than normal temperatures. It's abnormally warm today and the leaves are changing.

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@smiley7

It is not as bad as 2016. The river went dry that year. We've cut too much of our forest and lost the sponge.

Pictures of the mountain in the 1880's show it totally denuded. Oddly fossil fuels saved the trees and much of the forest regrew. My old neighbor (now deceased) remembered seeing our part of the Mt. cut twice They are back to cutting like crazy. Is it that they want to wring out the last bit of profit before it all collapses?

Glad to hear of your local actions on Friday in your piece yesterday. Have a great last day of summer!

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@smiley7
It's just as hot here in Illinois than down in Alabama where Lookout lives. Many times this summer it was hotter than Alabama in the Chicago Western suburbs (Lake Michigan helps moderate official temperatures).

EDIT: capitalization & spelling

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

...as the arctic has warmed and decreased the temperature differential. Sadly it will get worse...even if we "leave it in the ground". So much heat has been locked into oceans that we've buffered the system beyond its capacity...and the atmosphere reflects the oceans.

Move up hill and underground is my advice. What a world...what a world
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopdD9Cu-So (2 min)

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@Lookout
It takes a long time for pack ice and glaciers to melt, but since the temperatures are right, melt they will.
I don't follow conservation news closely, but the global currents, which are driven by rotation, temperature and salinity will alter, changing the habitat for fish.

On the PBS show "New Scandinavian Cooking", one episode showed vast cod drying flats in northern Norway. (as an aside the narrator said the smell was indescribable)
To my surprise, he said the vast majority was exported with some to France but 90% to Italy.
I had always thought (without really thinking) that baccala was dried cod caught in local waters. Suddenly, I realized, "Duh! It's a cold water fish, remember the Cod Wars between the UK and Norway? And Maine fishermen harvesting from the something-or-other banks up by Canada?" Ocean warming with decreasing salinity will undoubtedly negatively affect the cod catch. But who cares, right? the Saudis don't eat cod. Maybe Yemen can make them eat crow.

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Thanks for all the links, Lookout.
Here's some stuff I flagged for the WW.
This is for all the smug NPR Liberals out there:

Tulsi Gabbard on FoxNews:

Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper of Useful Idiots have an interview with Krystal Ball, starting at the 26 minute mark.

Have a nice day.

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@Azazello

VOA = {edit to add - Violence Operation Abroad} /US propaganda machine
NPR = National Propaganda Radio

Lee talked about NPR a couple of years ago and cited one of my pieces in the notes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Bk-8ZBKq4 (9 min)

Thanks for the Tulsi interview. Isn't it interesting the only MSM that will talk with her is Faux news?

Also been enjoying Matt and Katie. All the best out west!

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Trump sending troops to the land of the sacred places. Wasn't that what got al quada all riled up way back when? Didn't GWB quietly pull them out while declaring Victory in Iraq, but, notably, nt over in Afghanistan? Ah well ...

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

In the cross talk piece they brought up Saudi funding of ISIS quoting Clinton wikileak emails. The Saudi responded by attacking the validity of wikileaks. I think they have a 100% validity with no retractions ever needed.

The Iranian also asked "How is it the with all the US ships, bases, and radar in the gulf that an air attack from Iran couldn't be detected?"

Come on..WMD all over again.

Good to "see" this Sunday. Hope all is well in your corner of the left coast!

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Thanks for keeping the focus on the Climate Strikes. Agree with the 2020 date. What we are seeing is the manifestation of exponential. Looks different than the chart. Heh. I can only imagine how it’s going to go. Not good. So let’s go down fighting. And not just hoping but making change happen. We are in this together. Change for the young ones!!! Have a good one...

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Stop Climate Change Silence - Start the Conversation

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@magiamma

Hope it grows next Friday and Oct 7 too.

Here's a nice 1 min ad for Oct 7 from George and XR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLqR_wPt6R4

Here's another from David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall who talk about climate collapse (3 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMOEcUPGi9c
oddly produced by the world economic forum - the capitalists are moving in on the movement.

Good to "see" you this Sunday!

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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@UntimelyRippd

I love the playing for change global music sessions. Here's one of my faves...
One I love to play and sing...

Thanks for dropping the link... I love the global collaboration!

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Tomorrow morning at 2:50 AM Central, the sun will shine directly on the equator and summer will be over and fall will begin. The weather here seems anything but fall like. It's been hot and dry for weeks now.

My apologies, couldn't resist:

"There's mosquitoes on the river
Fish are rising up like birds
It's been hot for seven weeks now
Too hot to even speak now...."

When Messrs. Weir and Barlow wrote those words, they described just the kind of thing you're experiencing now: a summer dying hard.

Here in Eastern Slope Colorado, the weirdness is this: biometerological summer iks both starting and ending late, later every year.

p.s.: Great Essay!

Smile

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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Thanks for the music!

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@Lookout

Always a pleasure to "see" you

Thanks for the music!

Always! Smile

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

I returned home to 84 degree temps that feel like 95 degrees due to humidity.
This month bears no resemblance to this month in my youth.
As for protests being helpful...
One parent protest about aggressive school police getting aggressive about everything did actually work. The district attorney backed off on filing juvenile cases on kids on the bus passing around a whiskey bottle.
Did Occupy Wall Street accomplish anything?
And the Yellow Vests seem to have brought about more police and stricter regulations about peaceful protests. Have they gotten any positive rules or laws to help them?
I watch in wonder with these people all over the world going up against Big Oil and wonder if any government anywhere will control the most expensive commodity on earth when their governments and economies are oil based and oil dependent.
I am pretty cynical, but have engaged in protests for most of my life, and always hope that this protest this time will work.
Go protest, see if it helps.

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@on the cusp

Did Occupy Wall Street accomplish anything?

Yes. It put these three terms into public American conversation:

(1) "The 1%";

(2) "The 99%";

(3) "Socialism" (and its derivatives).

Occupy was worth doing and supporting even if it had accomplished nothing else. And it did accomplish other things, too. Other peaceful rebellions, from Algeria to Hong Kong to Korea to the French gilles jaunes to the worldwide Global Climate Strike are all rooted in Occupy.

And I'm convinced we haven't seen the last of Occupy itself, either. I think that the clear demand for a real, genuine Green New Deal, rather than the milquetoast incrementalist phony substitute now making its way through Washington (Elizabeth Warren's "green bombs") will cause Occupy to return with a vengeance.

Occupy Forever -- Forever Occupy!

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@on the cusp

Hope your trip to the south was rewarding, and you've revived from your bite.

As we've discussed wild weather WILL be our fate. Can protests overthrow the oligarchs? I think it takes revolutions to do that.

Let's enjoy what time we have left. All the best!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”