Featured Editorials

Julian’s Extradition Show Trial Resumed on Monday Sept. 21 [Updated]

with reports from Tues. and Wed.

‘Explosive evidence from Trump insider, Assange dragged from embassy “on the orders of the president”, Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020, wsws.org (with permission & my bolds)

Assange arrested by the British police on April 11, 2019

“Alt-right media personality Cassandra Fairbanks’ witness testimony was read out in court yesterday, providing evidence that Julian Assange’s April 2019 arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was politically motivated and directed by United States President Donald Trump.

Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had told her that Assange was taken from the Ecuadorian Embassy “on orders from the president.” The conversation between Schwartz and Fairbanks occurred in September 2019 and was recorded by Fairbanks.

Our Concerns are not Their Concerns

We are definitely not all in this together. Old news, that. But it was never clearer to me than it has been the last few days as the Media, Print, Web, and TV are indulging themselves in oceans of SCOTUS coverage.

WE are interested in the COVID spread which spiked alarmingly to 54,874 (per NY Times) new cases in one day. Up from many weeks of 30,000-40,000 new cases per day.

Bodycam footage of the shooting of 13-yr-old autistic Linden Cameron

either 10 or 11 shots can be heard at about 18:06. I’ve cued the video to 6:37 when the police reach Golda Barton’s car; here's hoping it works.


This is body-worn camera footage from the Officer-Involved Critical Incident which occurred on September 4, 2020. The video begins when the officer activated their camera. The video is stopped after the shooting occurs in order to protect the privacy of the juvenile who was shot.

Tuesday Open Thread ~ The Earth Whisperers


“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” ~ Wendell Berry

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An Evacuation Can’t Be All Bad When You Have Goats


Angeles Crest Creamery is a goat ranch in the San Gabriel Mountains, developing a low-input and climate-change-resilient model for meat & dairy in Southern California, and providing educational opportunities for Angelinos interested in learning more about how food can be produced regeneratively in our local mountains. Our work is funded by our agritourism business. ~ Angeles Crest Creamery


How We Fight (or don't)

From the front page of today's NY Times,

President Barack Obama, 2016 "I simply ask Republicans in the Senate to give him (Merrick Garland) a fair hearing and then an up-and-down vote. If you don't, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair." Indeed.

The Weekly Watch

Now returning as the Sunday...
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CStMS will be moving her essays to Wednesday to relieve el of creating two open threads every week. So as usual please feel free to chime in with whatever is on your mind. I'm calling today's edition:

Burnt Out, Washed Up, and Blown Away

In homage to powers of nature... wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and the erosion of social cohesion. Perhaps we can find some good in the tragedies as any rational person must admit to climate chaos, a failed political system, a collapsing economy, and a polarized society. Awareness is a first step toward change. We can't force societal change, but we can as individuals select a better path to survival. I'm fine, but the young people deserve our best effort.