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To some extent we probably all share the frustration

We've all been driven into the political wilderness by recent events, but it's been coming a long time. At least since Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his most important and most famous speech on Jan. 17, 1961.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

The Weekly Watch

This weekend is the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs.

While I'm there, I thought I might share some memories of some of the musicians that have made this long running festival so special. I think I've been going to the festival for about 30 years. I was amazed my first year at the Florida Folk Festival to hear so many songs about Florida. They not only wrote their own pieces but also sang each others songs.

Step into the light.

An informative and profound report by Caitlin Johnstone, May 27, 2017. Included in this report is an in depth interview with Vanessa Beeley.

SYRIA: You Only Hate Assad Because Your TV Told You To

“What we’ve been undergoing to a large extent is a form of psychological abuse, actually, by very narcissistic, hegemonic governments and officials for a very long time. It’s a form of gaslighting where actually our own faith in our ability to judge a situation, and to some extent even our own identity, has been eroded and damaged to the point where we’re effectively accepting their version of reality.” ~ Vanessa Beeley

Two more things Medicare-for-all won't cure: Robbie the Robot and the insider wallet raiding

A recent essay by The Aspie Corner about "how the Professional Class Kills Desire for Decent Employment" spurred a comment by me along the same vein (artery?)


Today I Wept

I'm not one of the flag pin wearing patriots, but I love my country for what it gave me from birth; family, friends and lovers. I'm proud of its beauty and diversity yet still not blinkered enough to ignore its baser realities. Far from perfect far from being the worst.

The Bush years made me angry for sure, Obama could have done oh so much better. However I have never seen the like of what I have seen the last few days.

The fundamentals of political energy

The first law of thermodynamics states that, simply put, energy cannot be created or destroyed; energy can only be transferred or change form.

Over these past decades, and even so far as throughout the past century, our political energy has come in many forms; however, some of those forms have been suppressed and ultimately converted to other forms of energy.

HazMat Thread - A Remarkable Confluence

          Libby Montana: Submitted by gjohnsit on Thu, 05/25/2017 is a good example of one of my major (professional as well as personal) concerns. Herbicides, Pesticides, Radioactivity, et cetera in Soil, Water, and Air are HazMat and of major concern with respect to environmental policy discussions.
          I would like to easily find other articles of this sort. Like for the Open Threads, it would be very helpful (to me) if members (and future members) of caucus99percent would consider tagging articles of this ilk with "HazMat Thread" in the Title and in the Tags.
          I would appreciate any feedback with regard to this proposal.