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Fighting Back: Earth Day – “Our respect for science is essential for the future of our country and our planet.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … Today is Earth Day and people around the globe will be joining together to March for Science in support of, well, science. It is incredible that in 2017 there are still people, indeed an entire political party, that denies the value of science, the results of scientific inquiry, and the use of science to make our lives better. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “This Earth Day, Americans across the country are stepping forward to oppose the anti-science crusade that harms the health of our communities, the strength of our economy, and the security of future generations. “Our respect for science is essential for the future of our country and our planet. America’s leadership in clean energy is critical for creating good-paying jobs, and the…

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It Takes A Villlage – VNV Tuesday: Why We Can’t Ignore the Legacy of Slavery 4/18/17

Today’s post is a response to two different, but converging, prompts. First, as I mentioned in a comment yesterday, is my reading of Eric Foner’s Reconstruction Updated Edition: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, a massive history (that I’m less than one-third of the way through) of an era that continues to reverberate today. The second is…

Fighting Back: – Tax Day March

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … On Saturday, April 15, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and advocates deliver remarks at a rally to call on President Trump to…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: A Dogpile of Sea Lions Gish Galloped in the Gaslight 4/11/17

With the ongoing misdirection, distraction, and lies from the R administration, it seemed a good time to remind us all that what we’re seeing is predictable, and even expected, from our attention-deficient Narcissist-in-Chief. 45* has already shown that he has the attention span of a gnat; that he takes on the opinion of the last…

Fighting Back – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: “Judge Gorsuch did not show he would stand up to the dark money threatening our democracy”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island, discussing the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination. Senator Whitehouse: “Judge Gorsuch needed to convince…

Motley Megaphone

Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Our World in Images

The Torturous Tenacity of Trees: Nurse logs, stumps, and rocks

Gnarled roots entwined from Cedar and fir trees seeking sustenance where they can   This is a photo diary on some unconventional looking trees I’ve observed in my various local wanderings. Some appear to be growing and prospering under rather difficult and stark conditions. Their shapes are often graceful and even artsy. Others are contorted, gross, gangly, and…

Just Grazin'

Springing into Spring – No Kidding!

Today at 10:28 UTC (5:28pm CDT), the Spring Equinox will occur. An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The name…

Spring is in the air!

At the beginning of February, when the earth appears frozen and lifeless, there are stirrings below the surface and above us in the sky. The light is returning; today there is nearly an hour more daylight than there was on the Winter Solstice. Mid-January through mid-February is when the Great Horned Owls start breeding and…

Oh Hai, the Returning Light!

The winter solstice “occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter and the first day of winter.” That moment occurred this morning, December 21st, at…

Fiction

Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

Jolyon

After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

The Invisibility Factor

The girl was snatched before their eyes—why didn’t the police respond to the women’s calls? It all happened so fast. One minute the young girl in the pale pink track suit, eyes cast down as she texted on her cellphone, was walking down the opposite side of the street from where Charmiele sat on her…

Recent Posts

It takes a village: This is just f#=/_+$@ Ridiculous.

  Athletes, musicians, authors, experts command high fees. Why begrudge @BarackObama his due? Especially when he does good in the world? — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 26, 2017   Barack Obama is getting paid to give speeches because speeches are work — Sydette (@Blackamazon) April 25, 2017   Barack Obama was a state senator, US…

Saturday’s Hill Country Ride for AIDS – rain or shine, the people served still need your help

I’m doing the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, weather permitting, on Saturday — there’s a 50% chance of thunderstorms. Right now, they’re saying later in the day Saturday but yesterday they were saying Friday night/Saturday morning, so I’m not sure they have any idea really. As you can see by the picture, I’m not the fittest chick.…

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 4/24/17

    Glad to see that President Obama will be making a speech soon. Sent encouragement to the French Presidential Candidate Melacon. Popular vote winner Hillary Clinton blasted the Vagina’s Grabber In Chief recent anti-LGBTQ attacks, urging Americans to “remember 2018, the midterm elections” and “resist, insist, persist and enlist and make sure our voices…

Fighting Back: Earth Day – “Our respect for science is essential for the future of our country and our planet.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … Today is Earth Day and people around the globe will be joining together to March for Science in support of, well, science. It is incredible that in 2017 there…

TGIF …#StopTheBern

Morning meese…Going to be a day of tweets with my wonderfully antagonistic commentary mixed in… I am pretty much sick of Trump and his antics with his deplorable assholes…This got me feeling very angry…. .@hilaryr calls Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock photo with @HillaryClinton portrait in @WhiteHouse "classless" https://t.co/l7WFcE9TO7 — Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) April…

It takes a village: “are you a democrat?” “NO.”

I officially want to file a divorce from Bernie fucking Sanders. We have irreconcilable differences Please grant us the divorce @TomPerez — Amene (@Ange_Amene) April 19, 2017   I'm with her. It is literally the simplest least contrived statement she could have used. He hated her. Not her campaign https://t.co/v6nupUxhiN — Summer (@PolitikMasFina) April 19,…

It Takes A Villlage – VNV Tuesday: Why We Can’t Ignore the Legacy of Slavery 4/18/17

Today’s post is a response to two different, but converging, prompts. First, as I mentioned in a comment yesterday, is my reading of Eric Foner’s Reconstruction Updated Edition: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, a massive history (that I’m less than one-third of the way through) of an era that continues to reverberate today. The second is…

Easter Breakfast

I’m writing on Saturday, so let’s hope we’re all still here to read it on Sunday. As is becoming almost usual, I’m leading off with Patrick Cockburn: War-whoops and loud applause from foreign policy establishments and their media supporters have greeted President Trump’s missile strike in Syria, the dropping of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb…