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Some Signs of Life

Every blue moon nowadaze, my resignation and complacency gets jolted a bit by this-or-that smidgeon of good news. Here are two big stories that I see gjohnsit has broached a bit but they deserve some more attention:

Notice the title of this article about Buffalo's India Walton and Cleveland's Nina Turner:

The empire strikes back: Mainstream Dems try to crush the left in Buffalo and Cleveland

The Weekly Watch

House and Home

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Nothing speaks independence louder than owning your own home. Owning it free and clear provides an even greater sense of freedom and control over your life.

The CDC’s final eviction moratorium expires July 31.

Housing has increasingly become one of the most unequal parts of the economic recovery.

At the top there is a nationwide housing boom, fueled by a run-up in home prices as higher-income households rush to take advantage of record-low mortgages. But at the same time, millions of renters, especially people who have missed rent payments or whose jobs haven’t come back, are at risk of losing their homes before the end of the summer.

The looming eviction crisis has added urgency — in Washington and across the country — to ensuring emergency rental aid reaches the most vulnerable Americans before it is too late.

Are we headed toward a housing crisis? I hope you all have secure living situations in these volatile times.

US Withdrawal from Afghanistan, ‘the Graveyard of Empires’?

‘Biden announces US military withdrawal from Afghanistan’, Patrick Martin, 14 April 2021, wsws.org (w/ permission to republish)

“US President Joe Biden announced Wednesday afternoon that the remaining American troops in Afghanistan would begin pulling out on May 1 and that all of them would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

UN Rebukes Pope Francis on Child Sex Abuse – Again

A letter sent to the Vatican in April was published on the website of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 21. UN human rights experts expressed “utmost concern” about “the apparent pervasiveness of child sexual abuse cases” in the Catholic Church.

This was the third time during his pontificate that UN representatives made clear to Pope Francis the ways he has refused to protect our children and told him what measures needed to be taken.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

It is summertime in the Northern hemisphere. Hot summers days, outside activities and the potential for heat stress. Times change, climate changes and most importantly we change. What were once safe levels of physical activity and temperature might cause problems. It becomes important to recognize heat stress in ourselves, those around us and our communities.

Friday Open Thread ~ Foodie Edition ~ High On The Hog


African Americans have lived through over 400 years of enslavement, lynchings, Jim Crow, redlining, gentrification, and cultural appropriation. Meanwhile, so much of our history has been destroyed, erased, and ignored by the white supremacist systems that dictate so much of American culture. But as Black people today fight to tell our truths—in the streets, the workplace, and now on Netflix—we are continuing our ancestors' unfinished work of liberation. By preserving and celebrating their legacies of resilience and spirit of resistance, we are building a world where they can finally find rest and freedom through us. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever been able to convene with them,” Satterfield says, overcome with tears as he pays homage to the enslaved at Benin’s Gate of No Return. “Finally, they get to come home.”