Essays and Open Threads
Back in January I wrote Georgia judge chastised by Appeals Court over transphobic rulings, about Georgia transmen Rowan Feldhaus and Norman Baumert winning the right to legally change their names in court.
The latest Kim Dotcom tweet posted around 1:00 PM EDT. It directs you to the kim.com website, where if you scroll down you can read his statement regarding Seth Rich:
I know that Setch Rich was involved in the DNC leak.
I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.
In 1994, Mitt Romney, then looking for his main chance to build Presidential cred, challenged Senator Ted Kennedy for his U.S. Senate seat. During an interview, Senator Kennedy held forth about the superiority of Democrats to Republicans--the standard "we Democratic politicians versus Republican politicians nonsense. When he stopped talking, the interviewer asked, "If that is so, why aren't you doing better?" Visibly gobsmacked, Ted Kennedy said nothing (a first?).
Once upon a time, I believed the American dream pertained to everyone. Sadly, I have been progressively deterred from that opinion. What woke me up? Bernie! My worldview will never be the same. Regretfully, when having my eyes opened widely, I began detecting more and more corruption. Many of you caught on to this miasma of politico-social events long before I have. Congratulations to all.
It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.
One of my cats has been having problems with his teeth and his left eye for the last few weeks. Today we brought him in for surgery this morning thinking a few teeth had to be removed and maybe he needed a shot of antibiotics for what we thought was pink eye that we tried to treat a couple weeks before with some ointment.
Joe Kennedy, referenced in Part One, helped FDR craft the New Deal. On the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Joe's son, Meet the Press ran a tape of then Senator John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign appearance.
May 22 is the 142nd day of the year. There are 223 days left.
Today's number is 22
We built a seed bank to preserve food crop seeds against all disasters and catastrophes and buried it in the the world's biggest deep freeze, the Arctic permafrost. It is buried inside a mountain on Spitsbergen, and global warming has produced such unimaginable temperatures there that meltwater flooded into the entrance tunnel.
because he wrote an essay in TruthDig that is very compelling right now.
Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease
I just received this message. I would appreciate your help getting the word out.
A lot of attention has been given to the grassroots vs. establishment political battle in California this weekend, but an event that is more representative of the current state of the Democratic Party happened this week in Broward County, Florida.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, Jesse Helms insisted on tacking on an amendment which excluded application of the ADA to transgender people.
Kate Lynn Blatt of Pottsville, PA sued Cabella, Inc. in 2014 for sex discrimination in her dismissal after she suffered much harassment, including being forced to wear a name tag with the name she was assigned at birth.
Finally, a major union leader and political activist, RoseAnn DeMorro, head of National Nurses United and a former Bernie supporter, lets Democrats know that the days of assuming activists will just fall in line behind whatever corrupt corporate Dem is on the Ticket are over. See her tweet with embedded video below:
This comes from news.com.au, a news and media website that I've never heard of, but this story is full of details on the Seth Rich story that haven't appeared anyplace else that I know of. It has new tweets of interest, a video of Seth Rich's parents thanking the internet for pursing the investigation, and information on Reddit deleting Seth Rich's Reddit posts.
I'm beginning to have sporadic internet service, but too little too late to put together my usual news review. So how about something completely different...ever heard of Lotus Dickey?
Note: I am updating this to add an incredible article published by Caitlyn Johnstone just two hours ago. I will link it here and below where I have excerpted two paragraphs from it . I urge everyone to read her article.