The Eagle Creek fire has jumped the Columbia River and is racing westward in two states.
Pristine wilderness gone.
Some of the finest hiking trails in the western U.S. denuded of all life.
Allie Koralik is a non-binary, transgender resident of Long Branch, NJ. Koralik was making signs Sunday at a gallery on the boardwalk in Asbury Park for a Stand Against Hate rally when they were approached by Morris May, 22 of Scotch Plains and his 20-year-old brother, who were carrying a Trump 2020 sign.
My brother and I are both hard-core conservatives," said May, adding that he supports three things: "liberty, free speech and the Republican Party.
China Readies Yuan-Priced Crude Oil Benchmark Backed By Gold
The world’s top oil importer, China, is preparing to launch a crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese yuan and convertible into gold, potentially creating the most important Asian oil benchmark and allowing oil exporters to bypass U.S.-dollar denominated benchmarks by trading in yuan, Nikkei Asian Review reports.
Trapped. That's how I feel now when I read what's happening in the foreign policy/geopolitical world. Trapped. I feel like screaming out to anyone, "hey, can't you see!!"
But there's no one who will listen except the die hard anti-imperialists who truly understand what has happened and what is happening. They're all trapped also.
View from Lookout Mountain, CO. Not clouds. Not Smog. Smoke from wildfires 800 miles away.
Dell EMC2 has agreed to pay $60,000 to a transgender former intern in order to settle claims that she faced sex and gender identity-based discrimination while working at the company.
A judge in Tippecanoe County, Indiana had decided that a person seeking a name or gender change had to publish the change in a newspaper in their home county at least three times.
On Thursday the Indiana Court of Appeals overruled that decision.
Hat tip to BuzzFeed for three very good articles. From The Intercept, a statue of the first KKK Wizard:
Forrest The Butcher
As President Donald Trump gave his tacit support to white supremacists on TV, Memphians returned to a place they had been protesting for years: the large bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Workers of the World Unite!
It's Labor Day weekend. It marks the end of the summer season for many, however we still have a few more weeks till the equinox and true Autumn. This summer was the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love”...a time when hopes and dreams of a better world filled many minds of my generation. At that time I thought our idealism would change the world. Sadly capitalism was a more powerful force than our aspirations. How far away we have drifted from that dream of a better world. Today's image of America in my mind includes it's militarized police, disregard for people in favor of corporate profit, massive incarceration of the poor people of color to benefit privatized prisons and probation services, large scale aggression across the world, destruction of the planet and climate for the benefit of the few, and top it off with a heapin' helpin' of our arrogance that we are exceptional (yes exceptionally evil).
We have all heard recently about how Google has instituted policies, allegedly to counter "fake news", suppressing results of various non-mainstream website in their search results. This has resulted in significantly less traffic and therefore less revenue for many sites which we in our community look to for news sources. So, when I had a bit of free time the other day, I set out to do an experiment, to test this hypothesis and observe Google's search results censoring in action.
Los Angeles County Judge Gregory Keosian dismissed Richard Simmons lawsuit against National Enquirer owner American Media, saying that "it is simply not libelous or defamatory to call someone transgender."
Misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation .... The court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them.
Back in the day I followed Kunstler, but for the last few years he's been an old man yelling at clouds more often than not. Today's rant actually had a bit of the old sparkle.
He leads off with the money quote...
Welcome to the World of Dr. Mengele, courtesy of the Salt Lake City Police. Unlawful search and seizure. Whazzat? 4th Amendment. Those bullies in blue (BIB) don't give a rip! Yeah, we need police to serve and protect, not to coerce and detain. How much of this is going to go? Ask J. Beauregard Sessions--quick catch him before he puts his white robe on. Ask D. John Trump, if you can catch him of Twitter or a golf course.
Former Army secretary Eric Fanning, former Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus, Jr.
Stuff has been dribbling into my inbox from worldbeyondwar.org regarding an upcoming event for months now. Today's pointedly said to forward the information to all and sundry, or words to that effect. The event in question is No War 2017, a 3 day conference. This years theme is oriented toward uniting the anti-war and environmental movements. There will also be an emphasis on Activism
Comey drafted conclusion in Hillary Clinton probe before key interviews, top Republicans say
Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 5:26 PM EDT
Fired FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement to announce the conclusion in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed key witnesses, including Hillary Clinton herself, top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee claim.
On Monday, two more lawsuits were filed against the Trump administration challenging the ban on military service by transgender people.
As the actual storm named Harvey moves out of state the drama and apocalyptic horrors left in it's aftermath move on apace. Today it is being reported that a huge explosion of an Ammonia plant in Crosby, TX just off Interstate 10 between Houston and New Orleans may well be unstoppable.
This was quoted in gjohnsit's recent diary on the new McCarthyism: "Is This the New Russia?"