The Evening Blues - 8-10-17


The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Roy Milton

Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features jump blues and r&b musician Roy Milton. Enjoy!

Roy Milton - Baby Don't You Know

Making America Grating Again

Give me your dictators, your poor polluters yearning
not to worry if people breathe free, the gropable (“tens”
only, of course) women of your teeming beauty contests
and shores, send these, the Russian oligarchs, to take advantage
of me, as I worship my reflection in my hotel’s golden door.

— Bob Hicok

News and Opinion

Gulf Government Gave Secret $20 Million Gift To D.C. Think Tank

The United Arab Emirates is on pace to contribute $20 million over the course of 2016 and 2017 to the Middle East Institute, one of Washington’s leading think tanks, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. The outsized contribution, which the UAE hoped to conceal, would allow the institute, according to the agreement, to “augment its scholar roster with world class experts in order to counter the more egregious misperceptions about the region, inform U.S. government policy makers, and convene regional leaders for discreet dialogue on pressing issues.”

The Emirates, according to the Associated Press, operate a network of torture pens in Yemen where detainees are grilled alive.

MEI was founded in 1946 and has long been an influential player in Washington foreign policy circles. It serves as a platform for many of the U.S.’s most influential figures, allowing them to regularly appear on cable news, author papers, host private briefings and appear on panels in between stints in government.

The End of the CIA’s Dirty War in Syria

Washington’s announcement that the CIA has cancelled its program to support ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria – estimated to have cost the US taxpayer over $1billion and which has helped perpetuate a conflict in which up to 400,000 people have died, many in the most heinous way – was made recently in the manner of a multinational corporation wrapping up a failed business venture overseas.

There was no mention made that the program had been undertaken in violation of international law. No mention either of the fact it was in support of an insurgency largely been made up of non-Syrians, who over the past six years have descended on the country driven not by the desire to establish a democracy in the country but rather to impose religious and cultural tyranny. ... As for those who argue that the West has only ever supported moderate head-chopping fanatics in Syria, never the extreme kind, this is a preposterous distinction that the Syrian people have never had the luxury of embracing. ...

What did they think was going to happen? Did the CIA really believe their nice moderate rebels with their shiny new US-supplied weapons and equipment would slot into the conflict and remain inoculated from the attentions of the bad extremist rebels? Are they really so incredibly inept and disastrously ill informed about a region they have expended so much effort in trying to dominate over the past 70 years?

Rania Khalek is reporting from Syria. Here's a teaser from her latest report:

How a Free Syrian Army Unit Uncovered the Rebels’ Israeli Connection and Switched Sides

Ahmad Kaboul has big shoes to fill. Earlier this summer, his childhood friend and commanding officer of the Golan Brigade, Majed Hamoud, was killed by Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s al Qaeda affiliate, which now goes by the name Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham.

Founded as one of the dizzying array of fighting units in Syria’s six-year civil war, the genesis of the Golan Brigade was one of the most remarkable. The brigade was established in 2014 by Syrian fighters who had defected from the Free Syrian Army rebel group after they made a shocking discovery: their unit had been coordinating with the Israelis.

After switching sides to support the Syrian government, they witnessed the Israeli military providing direct air cover for attacks launched against them by Al Qaeda. The Israelis even tried to kill Majed on several occasions before Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Nusra, finally did him in.

This July, I met veterans of the Golan Brigade and heard their stories. They painted a picture of the war that stood almost entirely at odds with the dominant narrative of the conflict spun out in Western mainstream media. And this is perhaps why they have received so little attention.

UN Envoy Haley Heads to Vienna to Challenge Iran’s Nuclear Deal Compliance

President Trump has suggested he’s going to claim a violation [of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran] next time, and [Ambassador to the UN Nikki] Haley is reportedly planning to visit the IAEA in Vienna later this month, with the visit expected to focus on Iranian compliance. The IAEA has affirmed Iran remains in compliance monthly since the deal went into effect.

Neither Haley nor Trump are believed to be particularly concerned with the factual details of compliance, so much as declaring Iran in violation would give them a pretext to withdraw from the deal, and escalate sanctions and military threats against Iran. ... Haley’s visit, then is likely to be done mostly to make a show of engagement with the international community ahead of declaring the violation.

Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations?

Hurtling Toward ‘Fire and Fury’

Like some demonic Hollywood director, President Trump keeps finding new ways to make us jump out of our seats, just when we think we’ve seen everything. On Tuesday, he outdid himself by twice pledging to meet any further North Korean threats to the United States “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” His headline-grabbing comments were sufficiently incendiary that White House staffers rushed to reassure reporters (and the public) that the President was just improvising, not speaking from an approved script. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that the President simply meant to say that “the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack . . . So the American people should sleep well at night.”

People at home and around the world were rattled but not too alarmed, judging by the modest drop in stock prices on U.S. and foreign exchanges. North Korea responded to Trump’s threat with a threat of its own to vaporize Guam, yet no war broke out. So far, leaders of both countries, like taunting schoolboys, seem content to lob only harsh rhetoric across the ocean, not fully armed missiles. It’s easy to discount Trump’s bluster, based on his long history of practicing the art of “bullshit.” Maybe he’s just trying to make Chinese leaders nervous about his intentions, so they try a little harder to rein in Pyongyang. Surely he understands by now just how devastating a war with North Korea would be, right?

I’m not so sure. What increasingly keep me up at night are the uncontradicted claims of one of the GOP’s leading foreign policy spokesmen, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, that Trump is ready and willing to launch a preemptive war “if [North Korea tries] to keep developing an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top to hit the [U.S.] homeland.” ... The Trump-Graham doctrine recalls the George W. Bush administration’s justification for preemptive war against Iraq in 2003 — with the key difference that North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction are real, not mythical. Contrary to all evidence, Trump appears to believe that America’s immense nuclear arsenal will be insufficient to deter North Korea from attacking the United States or its allies.

Why North Korea won’t back down against Trump

The last time the U.S. appeared this close to war with North Korea was 23 years ago. Back then, a Pentagon plan to send cruise missiles and stealth fighters to strike a North Korean nuclear reactor forced Pyongyang to the negotiating table. Now, as the war of words between the two countries escalates to unprecedented levels, experts aren’t convinced a similar threat today would intimidate the Kim regime.

Kim will stop at nothing to achieve his goal of building a nuclear missile arsenal, analysts told VICE News, predicting the North Korean leader will continue to flout U.N. sanctions and provoke Trump in an increasingly vitriolic war of words. His reasoning is remarkably straightforward: Having nukes gives the regime leverage and a sense of protection. ...

“Much of the [Trump] rhetoric about military actions or war with North Korea actually serves the interest of North Korea rather than U.S. interests,” said Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The more Kim can create the perception of an external threat, the more he can tell his own people they have to work harder on nuclear weapons.”

Previous U.S. presidents have faced similar threats from Pyongyang, but the big difference now is that North Korea poses a credible nuclear threat, having successfully tested a missile capable of sending a warhead to the West Coast. Further, the latest round of sanctions may be celebrated as a diplomatic victory, but they aren’t likely to have much impact on Kim’s regime, which through black market trade, hacking enterprises, and clever financing, is better prepared to weather the economic punishment than previous regimes.

North Korea details Guam strike plan and calls Trump 'bereft of reason'

North Korea has defied threats of “fire and fury” from Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a “load of nonsense” and announcing a detailed plan to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

A statement attributed to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country’s strategic forces, declared: “Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him”. The general outlined a plan to carry out a demonstration launch of four intermediate-range missiles that would fly over Japan and then land in the sea around Guam, “enveloping” the island.

“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA [Korean People’s Army] will cross the sky above Shimani, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures of Japan,” the statement said. “They will fly for 3,356.7 km for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40km away from Guam.”

The statement said the plan for this show of force would be ready by the middle of this month and then await orders from the commander-in-chief, Kim Jong-un. ...

The response from Pyongyang was its most public and detailed threat to date, and evidently meant to goad the US president. Trump had “let out a load of nonsense about ‘fire and fury’ failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation. This is extremely getting on the nerves of the infuriated Hwasong artillerymen of the KPA.”

Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling

Chinese media warn Trump's war of words with North Korea could spiral out of control

An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea. In an English-language commentary, China’s official news agency, Xinhua, said “tit-for-tat confrontations” between Washington and Pyongyang would lead nowhere and argued dialogue was the only way to defuse the North Korean nuclear crisis.

South Korea, whose capital is just 35 miles from the North Korean border, needed to be particularly wary of how a “war of words” might spiral out of control. “For Seoul, an uncontrolled situation and even perhaps any accidental spark could trigger a conflict and prove to be a disaster it cannot afford,” Xinhua warned. ...

Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Communist party-controlled tabloid, claimed the US would come off worse from any military clash with North Korea since it had far more to lose. “The US is more powerful than North Korea but in a real showdown I don’t think they would beat North Korea. There is a Chinese saying: ‘A man with nothing to lose, doesn’t fear a man with something to lose,’” he said in an online opinion video.

Canadian army builds 500-person border camp as asylum-seeker numbers rise

The Canadian military has been deployed to build a 500-person camp at a remote location at the border as authorities grapple with a growing number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada by foot from the United States.

On Wednesday, nearly 100 soldiers were sent to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle – just across the border from Champlain, New York – to erect heated tents to temporarily house as many as 500 people, the armed forces said in a statement. The site has become a popular crossing spot in recent months, with hundreds of people a day making the easy trip over a shallow ditch that connects both countries.

Since the start of the year, the numbers of asylum seekers entering Canada from the US has risen sharply. More than 4,000 of them – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants – have entered Canada at remote, unguarded locations along the border. By doing so, they aim to skirt a 2004 agreement between Canada and the US that forces most migrants to apply for asylum in the first country in which they arrive. ...

Authorities have responded by opening additional welcome centres. After hundreds of beds were set up last week in the city’s Olympic Stadium, officials opened similar sites in a former convent, as well as a decommissioned hospital. Asylum seekers will probably only spend a few weeks in the centres before being moved into longer-term housing while they wait for their claims to be heard.

Human smuggler “deliberately drowned” teenage migrants, UN says

50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants were “deliberately drowned” by a human smuggler as their boat neared the coast of Yemen, the UN’s migration agency said Wednesday. The war-torn country is a heavily trafficked gateway to the Gulf, and the migrants on board were hoping to reach safe haven from the war zones they were fleeing.

The International Organization for Migration said that a smuggler forced 120 migrants off the boat and into the rough sea near the coast of Yemen’s Shabwa governorate when they saw an official boat approaching. The agency said it found the shallow graves of 29 individuals, while 22 people are still unaccounted for.

The average age of the migrants onboard was 16-years-old.

Netanyahu's Billionaire Backer May Help Bring Him Down

U.S. Oil Industry Pushes Back On Sanctions Against Venezuela

Even as the list of targeted [Venezuelans] grows longer, promised economic sanctions have yet to materialize amid an outcry by the U.S. oil industry that a potential ban on petroleum imports from Venezuela — the third-largest supplier to the U.S. — would hurt U.S. jobs and drive up gas costs.

While most Venezuelan officials wear U.S. sanctions as a badge of honor — and are frequently rewarded with promotions as a result — Maduro faces a far greater threat if Trump follows through on economic sanctions against the OPEC nation. For all of Maduro's anti-capitalist rhetoric, Venezuela, which sits atop the world's largest oil reserves, remains highly dependent on oil exports to the U.S., especially for importing food and medicine — items in short supply as crude prices have fallen and triple-digit inflation wreaks havoc on the economy. ...

But since the election last month, no such action has materialized, leading some of Maduro's opponents to wonder whether the U.S. president has lost his nerve. The prospect of an import ban has alarmed U.S. oil companies that rely on Venezuelan crude. Nine companies, including Chevron, Valero, Citgo and Phillips 66, currently process Venezuelan crude in more than 20 U.S. refineries, most of them located along the Gulf Coast, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Many of these refineries are designed for the type of heavy crude that Venezuela exports and replacing those supplies would be disruptive and costly. ...

Six Republican congressmen from three of the states that process Venezuela's heavy crude — Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana — recently wrote a letter to Trump warning that banning Venezuelan oil imports would do more harm than good. While applauding the president for his efforts to counter "the disturbing decline of democracy" in Venezuela, the lawmakers, led by Rep. Randy Weber of Texas, said that it could jeopardize 525,000 refining-related jobs along the Gulf Coast.

The west is gripped by Venezuela’s problems. Why does it ignore Brazil’s?

Venezuela is the question on everyone’s lips. Rather, Venezuela is the question on reporters’ lips whenever they see Jeremy Corbyn: will he condemn the president, Nicolás Maduro? What is his position on Venezuela, and how does it affect his plans for Britain? The actual problems of Venezuela – a complex country with a long history that does not start with the previous president Hugo Chávez and certainly not with Jeremy Corbyn – are largely ignored or pushed aside. This is nothing new: most of the time, Latin America’s debates are seen through western lenses.

Of course, the situation in Venezuela is deplorable and worrying. But it’s easy to see that concern about Maduro’s undemocratic abuses don’t necessarily come from actual concern for the welfare of Venezuelan people.

Nearby neighbour Brazil has not been analysed or debated at length, even as it demonstrates similar problems. The country’s president, Michel Temer, recently escaped measures that would see him put to trial in the supreme court by getting congress to vote them down. The case against Temer was not a flimsy or partisan one: there was a mountain of evidence, including recordings of him openly debating kickbacks with corrupt businessman Joesley Batista. That a president put into power under circumstances that could be, at best, described as dodgy, manages to remain in power by buying favours from Congress, even as he passes the harshest austerity measures in the world should be enough to raise a few eyebrows internationally. But that has not happened, and Brazil has carried on as most stories about Latin America do: unnoticed and uncommented on. ...

[Brazil's] economy continues to sink, as the unemployment rate soars to 13%. That narrative isn’t very convenient, though, and nobody is interested in making Brazil the representative case of how capitalism is an undemocratic system doomed to fail.

The 1% Is Organized and Coming for Its Tax Cuts. Is the Resistance Ready?

Though some suggest the Republicans' effort to push through "tax reform" will likely fail like their effort to repeal Obamacare, the White House and its corporate allies have undertaken a coordinated campaign to ensure the passage of a tax code rewrite that stands to fatten the pockets of the wealthiest.

Launching Wednesday, for example is a $2.5 million TV ad from American Action Network (AAN), a conservative group linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which claims "America's tax code is sabotaging our economy." The spending on the ad, which will run on national cable and air in 24 Republican-held congressional districts, marks half of the $5 million the group pledged to spend on its "full-scale campaign" to push the effort during the August recess. 

The high-powered group, CNN notes, is just "one of many right-leaning organizations pushing Congress to act on the issue." Indeed, the ad comes amidst promotional efforts by Koch brothers-affiliated groups to bolster the GOP tax cut endeavor, including an ad blitz of their own and a line-up of events in 36 states. There's also a more stealth effort underway far closer to the Oval Office.

According to new reporting by Bloomberg, the White House has taken a page from the George W. Bush's administration by gathering a "Red Team" to strategize a successful tax code rewrite. ...

With this new agenda item on the docket, the Indivisible team is gearing up, writing on Twitter Wednesday morning: "Trump's tax cuts for the rich are what's next," and linking to a "toolkit" that offers a handful of questions constituents can ask their representatives on the issue during this month's recess.

Indivisible explained:

Here's the first thing to know: this is not going to be true tax reform. Calling it "tax reform" suggests they intend to close corporate loopholes or address the growing wealth inequality that the current tax code fuels. But that's not what Republicans have in mind.

Instead, they want tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking away Medicare, Medicaid, and education funding. Since they want to pass their tax cut plan through the Senate with only 51 votes, they have to follow the rules of reconciliation. One of the rules is that the legislation can't add to the deficit after ten years—meaning that, in order to make their tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, they intend to make deep cuts to entitlements to offset them.

the evening greens

Climate Change: Greenland Wildfires Triggered by Rising Temperatures, Scientists Warn

Greenland is burning. Not all of it—this northern island is mostly ice—but a cluster of large wildfires is currently spreading through western Greenland, near the town of Kangerlussuaq, a base camp for researchers studying the island’s ice sheets. The strange event has surprised researchers, who are unaccustomed to blazes of this size in the area.

At first, scientists thought traces of smoke in the satellite data from this region were anomalies in the data, says Jessica McCarty, assistant professor of geography at Miami University of Ohio. But a closer look revealed that the area was burning.

The fires started on July 31 and are still going strong. Researchers suspect that the fire is fueled by peat, a dark soil rich in organic material found throughout the northern latitudes. Besides peat, only grasses and rocks make up the landscape in this region, McCarty says. The largest of these fires covers an area that is 3,000 acres in size, and the blaze is likely the largest ever observed on the island, says Jeff Weber, a scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Climate change has almost certainly contributed to this fire. Research shows that warming temperatures associated with human influences have already led to the melting and degradation of west Greenland’s permafrost, soil and sediment that usually stays frozen year-round. Rain has been sparse this summer, and temperatures have been slightly warmer than average, drying out the soil and grass and setting the stage for the fire, McCarty adds.

Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

The US government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal. The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission, an Anchorage-based agency that is crafting a plan to safeguard or relocate dozens of towns at risk from rising sea levels, storms and the winnowing away of sea ice.

Federal assistance for these towns has been ponderous but could now grind to a halt, with even those working on the issue seemingly targeted by the administration. In July, Joel Clement, an interior department official who worked with Alaskan communities on climate adaptation, claimed he had been moved to a completely unrelated position because of the administration’s ideological hostility to the issue.

“We were getting down to the brass tacks of relocation [of towns at risk] and now work has just stopped,” Clement told the Guardian. He has lodged an official complaint over his reassignment.

“Without federal coordination from Washington DC, there isn’t much hope. This will take millions of dollars and will take years, and these people don’t have years. I think it’s clear I was moved because of my climate work. It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change.”

U.S. Pipelines Spill 9,000 Gallons of Dangerous Chemicals a Day

Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

Mattis Threatens End of North Korea, ‘Destruction Of Its People’

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

America's Ukraine Hypocrisy

The United States Is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen

The emerging unholy alliance between hawkish Democrats and neoconservatives

Despite Record Stock Markets, Almost Half of Americans Own No Stocks

Iowa Voters Reject Transphobia, Democrats Win Surprise Election

A Sobering National Climate Change Report

Thomas Frank digs deep to find a glimmer of hope in the Democrats' alleged "Better Deal."

Thomas Frank: Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That's reason for optimism

A Little Night Music

Roy Milton & Camille Howard - That's The One For Me

Roy Milton - Short, Sweet & Snappy

Roy Milton - Don't You Remember,Baby?

Roy Milton and his Solid Senders - Everything I Do Is Wrong

Camille Howard & Roy Milton and his Solid Senders - Groovy Blues

Roy Milton - It's Later Than You Think

Roy Milton - Have It Your Way

Roy Milton - Red Light

Roy Milton and his Solid Senders - Junior Jives

Roy Milton - You Got Me Reeling and Rocking

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Arrow's picture least we're not in a nuclear war yet.
Oh...and that'The Nation' article...Read it here first. Smile
Good songs on 'black' record know how segregation was.

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I want a Pony!

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yep, so far the world has dodged the bullet. maybe our allies will keep our teenage schoolboy president in line.

heh, i'm glad to have the scoop, but i'm even more glad that the article is getting attention. Smile

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divineorder's picture

Having dinner and a glass er two of wine, reading the EB. Raising a toast to your health !

Et tu, California?

Fully one-third of our population, including seniors, people with disabilities and children, depend on Medi-Cal, the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income Californians. While there is wide coverage, Medi-Cal recipients have worse access to healthcare than Medicaid recipients in almost every other state, judged by the percentage of physicians who accept Medicaid patients.

This means suffering for people who have health coverage but, in fact, can’t get care. Too often, Medi-Cal patients are told no doctors will treat them, must endure long delays in scheduling appointments, and are forced to travel long distances for care. Poor, disproportionately Latino Medi-Cal patients often are unable to access care they would receive if covered by other health insurance.

While California has wide coverage, so few doctors here accept Medi-Cal patients that recipients have worse access to healthcare than Medicaid recipients in almost every other state.

Our state’s payments are so low that they deter many providers from treating more than a few, if any, Medi-Cal patients, with physicians saying that Medi-Cal payments are far below their costs of providing care, whether in fee-for-service or managed care.

This not only endangers the health of millions of Californians, but as our state officials should know, it violates health and civil rights laws.

[Edited to add this sentence. -- divineorder ]
Today, Latinos are more than half of all Medi-Cal enrollees statewide. As Latino enrollment in the program surged, Medi-Cal’s relative reimbursement rates plummeted.

Email today, for those who want more options to take action:


[divineorder and jakkalbessie],

Don't we have enough opponents of single payer - insurers, pharmaceutical companies, GOP leadership, etc. - without the shameless ladder-climbers of the Democratic establishment joining their ranks?

Paul Krugman wrote in his column this week that it's "time for a little pushback" to the Medicare for All movement, firing up the usual warnings about taxes and political feasibility, and even questioning whether or not the issue was important. Vox has published similar pieces over the past couple of weeks.

Knowing that we have to meet this well-funded and well-connected resistance with serious resources, our ally Physicians for a National Health Program has pledged to MATCH every donation that we receive during August up to $5,000! Give today and your gift - no matter how much - will be DOUBLED!

With Bernie Sanders set to introduce a Medicare for All bill in the Senate soon, and the House bill breaking the cosponsorship record every week, single payer is pretty high profile right now. Our success was bound to invite serious flak - and this is just the beginning.

Donate to the single payer fight today to double your impact!

Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie

Be gone !!!!!

Have a good evening all !

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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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here's to you guys and your continued good health. (runs to kitchen and roots around under the sink)

california is such an odd mix of progressive and regressive politics, they are kind of the one step forward, two steps back state. perhaps the nurses will succeed in making enough noise to get something going on healthcare there, especially given the institutional racism embedded in california's healthcare law.

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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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glad to see that tim is on the story and pointing out the hypocrisy of our professional christian class.

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manage to get here earlier, since I found a blurb that I think folks might want to see (about SSDI). I think that I can get it posted at a decent hour tomorrow, if things don't blow up in my face. Meaning, if I get my car out of the shop at a decent hour. We're pretty fanatic about keeping vehicles maintained, but slipped up on one (skipped full servicing due this Spring), mostly because we're in it so much as of late. Anyhoo, gonna have a considerably lighter pocketbook by tomorrow afternoon, but look forward to knowing that it's well maintained, and presumably safer.

I've got a link to post tomorrow, about a HuffPo (lengthy) piece about the opioid and herioin crises. I look back at previous EBs, 'cause I'm thinking that maybe you've posted it. Otherwise, I can't figure out how I found it. Anyhoo, it's such an excellent read, I'll go ahead and post the link tomorrow, just so folks don't miss it.

Thanks for tonight's EB, Joe. I'm thinking that this summer may be the least hot that we've seen for about 4 years. Mind you--I haven't looked ahead beyond next week. And, with my luck, we could be looking at a record-breaking heatwave coming this way. Still, so far, except for about 3 or so weeks, during which we had miserable humidity, and therefore, 'real feels' topping 100, it's not been 'too terrible.' Of course, I don't like hot weather, period. Which is why Alaska was a natural fit for me.

Hey, Everyone have a nice evening!



"Every time I lose a dog, he takes a piece of my heart. Every new dog gifts me with a piece of his. Someday, my heart will be total dog, and maybe then I will be just as generous, loving, and forgiving."
____Author Unknown

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."--Will Rogers

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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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@Unabashed Liberal

have a nice, cool night. looking forward to your posting on ssdi!

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divineorder's picture

G String Cowboys, our favorite group in Costa Rica (expats from US and Canada)

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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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get yer back to school guns? i guess that's for the better-off kids who don't have the skills to make one in metal shop?

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divineorder's picture

@joe shikspack high school classroom in Austin and take a male student away. She had been talking to hin about his failing grade and how he might salvage it. She told him she hoped he would be okay and bring it up. So during her conference period she marched down to the assistant principal's office to find out what was up. He said that they had been told that the kid might have a gun and that there was a problem between the kid and another one. Sure enough, he had weapon.

Within the first couple of years after we moved to Austin from Houston in 1976 from Houston we joined many in being shocked when a police officer stopped a mustang and the driver shot through the back quarter panel with a machine gun and killed the officer right in front of the high school where she ended up getting a job and taught for the next 29 years in the same class room. I retired from teaching at the same school she did .

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas high school valedictorian who became a drug dealer was executed Tuesday evening for killing an Austin police officer with an assault rifle during a traffic stop 32 years ago.

David Lee Powell, 59, became the longest-serving inmate executed in Texas and one of the longest-imprisoned in the nation to die.

Powell received a lethal injection about 30 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal. His attorneys had argued unsuccessfully that his exemplary behavior on death row over the past three decades showed jurors were wrong when they decided he would be a continuing danger and should die for killing 26-year-old Ralph Ablanedo.

Asked by a warden in the death chamber whether he had a final statement, Powell gave no response. He was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m.

About 150 retired and active police officers from Austin traveled 135 miles east to Huntsville and waited outside the downtown prison in 90-plus-degree heat as the punishment was carried out. They stood at attention as Ablanedo's family left the prison.

In May 1978, Ablanedo pulled over a car driven by Powell's girlfriend, Sheila Meinert, because it had no rear license plate. A background check showed Powell, riding in the passenger seat, was wanted for theft and passing bad checks. Powell shot the officer 10 times with a Chinese version of a Soviet-made AK-47.

A student waiting on the sidewalk near the front of the school was shot several years before we retired in a drive by.

During her three year tenure at her first teaching position in Houston middle school a student brought a gun to school and shot the shop teacher.

We both were opposed to the district in Austin placing uniformed police officer on campus when it happened, but later acquiesed as more and more grocery stores and other businesses led the way in this.

This action by Walmart should never be forgiven imo. Of course we have informally boycotted Walmart for years.

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

enhydra lutris's picture

nuclear weapons has been obvious since before their first test. It is best visualized via a two step process.

1) List all of the countries that the US has attacked, invaded or subjected to a coup by proxies
2) List the nuclear powers included in the first list

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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 --