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Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Mark Twain

 

Camí de la llibertat

JORDI SÁNCHEZ

16/10/2017, © ara.cat

El camí de la llibertat no és sempre fàcil. Però quan es fa amb tanta gent és sempre agradable. L'actuació de l'Audiència Nacional ha arribat en un moment on algú potser ha pensat que podria ser determinant per capgirar la voluntat d'un poble expressada a les urnes.  full article>

 

Locals X, now feted by the city, the Dodgers and the Grammy Museum, are still doing it for 'the punk rock team'

Randy Lewis

October 15, 2017, © Los Angeles Times

I'm probably not the only one who may find it a bit disconcerting — albeit thoroughly engaging — to wander through the Grammy Museum's newest exhibition, which is devoted to the 40-year career of L.A. punk band X.

I've seen the group in all manner of dive clubs over the years and have been a long admirer of songs that question many forms of institutional conformity.  full article>

 

The New World

(lyrics by Exene Cervenka and John Doe)

 

"Honest to goodness
The bars weren't open this morning
They must have been voting for a new president or something
Do you have a quarter?"

 

I said yes because I did,

 

"Honest to goodness
The tears have been falling
All over the country's face."

 

It was better before
Before they voted for what's-his-name
This was supposed to be the new world

 

Flint, Ford, Auto, Mobile, Alabama,
Windshield wipers, Buffalo, New York, Gary, Indiana
Don't forget the Motor City
This was supposed to be the new world

 

All we need is money
Just give us what you can spare
Twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes
Or 20 or 30 beers
A turkey on Thanksgiving
Like alms for the poor
All we need are the necessities and more

 

It was better before
before they voted for what's-his-name
This was supposed to be the new world

 

Don't forget the Motor City
This was supposed to be the new world
(REPEAT)

 

Lluís Companys

 

 

Lluís Companys i Jovernota nació en Tarrós el 21 de junio de 1882 y fue asesinado por el gobierno del dictator fascista Francisco Franco en Barcelona el 15 de octubre de 1940. Fue un político y abogado español, de ideología catalanista y republicana, líder de Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, ministro de Marina de España durante 1933, y presidente de la Generalitat de Catalunya desde 1934 hasta 1940.

 

 

Exiliado tras la Guerra Civil, fue capturado en Francia por la Gestapo, a petición de la policía franquista, y trasladado a España, donde fue torturado, sometido a un consejo de guerra y finalmente fusilado en el castillo de Montjuic.

 

(Ficha policial de Companys de 1940)

 

La entrega al gobierno del general Franco la realizó el policía español Pedro Urraca Rendueles a través de la frontera de Irún. Fue trasladado a la Dirección General de Seguridad en Madrid, donde permaneció hasta el 3 de octubre de 1940, siendo torturado. Desde ahí fue enviado al castillo de Montjuic, que servía de prisión. Allí fue juzgado en consejo de guerra el 14 de octubre. Su defensor de oficio fue el capitán de Artillería Ramón de Colubí. Como había sido juzgado en rebeldía en aplicación retroactiva de la Ley de Responsabilidades Políticas por un tribunal especial de Barcelona, sólo fue juzgado y sentenciado por "Adhesión a la rebelión militar", en una única jornada por un tribunal militar sumarísimo sin garantías. Tras un juicio que duró unas pocas horas, fue sentenciado a morir fusilado. El dictador Franco dio el "enterado", ‚Äãpor lo que el fusilamiento tuvo lugar al alba del día siguiente, 15 de octubre de 1940, en el foso de santa Eulalia del castillo de Montjuic. No quiso que se le pusiera una venda en los ojos y murió diciendo: "Per Catalunya!".

 

 

En la década de los noventa, el alemán Helmut Kohl y el francés François Mitterrand pidieron perdón en nombre de sus respectivos países por haber colaborado en la detención y deportación de Lluís Companys. En junio de 2013 Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya se querelló en Argentina contra el Estado español, con motivo de los crímenes del bando franquista contra cargos republicanos.

 

(Franco)

 

Companys vigilat i detingut

JORDI GUIXÉ COROMINES

14 OCT 2015, © El País

Els serveis secrets dels estats no s'improvisen. Darrera les accions novel¬∑lesques de vigilància, persecució i transmissió d'informació o secrets hi ha macrobjectius, geoestratègies i planejaments molt ben estudiats. La vigilància i seguiment de líders polítics és una pràctica habitual. També ho era en la època d'entreguerres i ja no cal citar l'augment d'agències d'espionatge i d'informació a partir de la Guerra Civil i la Segona Guerra Mundial.  full article>

 

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

G. K. Chesterton

 

I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room, which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed. A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not. I had what I thought were boundaries - I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status-quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family. I would like to applaud the women who have come forward, and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers, managers, executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said "well, that's just Harvey (/Mr X/insert name here)" will realize that we in numbers can affect real change. For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in. I had a male friend who, based on my experience, warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ; the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off. Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder, and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick, and that we have work to do.

Kate Beckinsale

 

One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.

Jean-Paul Sartre

 

The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester

Jerry Lembcke

VIETNAM '67 OCT. 13, 2017, © The New York Times

"So where do these stories come from?"

The reporter was asking about accounts that soldiers returning from Vietnam had been spat on by antiwar activists. I had told her the stories were not true. I told her that, on the contrary, opponents of the war had actually tried to recruit returning veterans. I told her about a 1971 Harris Poll survey that found that 99 percent of veterans said their reception from friends and family had been friendly, and 94 percent said their reception from age-group peers, the population most likely to have included the spitters, was friendly.  full article>

 

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

 

Puerto Rico's Continuing Health Crisis

By Dennis J Bernstein

October 11, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com

More than two-and-a-half weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory continues to face a humanitarian crisis with people lacking basic needs, such as food, clean water, electricity and medical supplies. Doctors say they don't have what they need to save lives, with unnecessary deaths occurring especially among the elderly, the infirm and those on respirators and other kinds of electronic life support systems.  full article>

 

A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on its way out. ... The historian can peg the point where a society begins its sharpest decline at the instant when women begin to take part.

L. Ron Hubbard

 

The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin

By Pepe Escobar

October 9, 2017, © Asia Times

What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally.  full article>

 

Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.

Andrea Dworkin

 

Trump's Latest Attacks on the Press are Ignorant, Wrongheaded, and Dangerous

By John Nichols

October 11, 2017, © The Nation

Donald Trump has decried, derided, and dismissed reporters and news outlets since he emerged as a presidential contender in 2015. Even after he swore an inaugural oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" that guarantees a free press, this president has continued to attack major newspapers, magazines, cable news networks, and the major broadcasters of the United States.  full article>

 

The NFL stood by African American players ... until its money was threatened

Les Carpenter

Wednesday 11 October 2017, © The Guardian

Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players and their fans while the world's most-lucrative sports league caves to his tweets.

NFL players are sacrificing their brains for a league that will make at least $14bn off them this year. Many are shorting their memories, breaking their bodies and forgoing any hope of walking normally past the age of 45. The majority of them do not have guaranteed contracts and while the very best are paid well for the tiny window that is their professional career, they remain among the most exploited of American professional athletes – their sports lives dangling by the sturdiness of their ACLs.  full article>

 

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.

Phaedrus

 

America's Long History of Warfare

By Lawrence Davidson

October 8, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com

If you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action.

Often this is aimed at controlling foreign resources, thus forcing upon others the consequences of their own capitalist avarice. At other times the violence is spurred on by an ideology that confuses U.S. interests with civilization and freedom. Only very rarely is Washington out there on the side of the angels. Regardless, the bottom line seems to be that peace has never been a deeply ingrained cultural value for the citizens of the United States. As pertains to foreign policy, America's national culture is a war culture.  full article>

 

A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.

Marina Tsvetaeva

 

Stephen Miller, Captain Odious: The Last Major Alt-Right Figure in Trump's White House

By Heather Digby Parton

September 21, 2017, © Alternet

After torch-bearing white nationalists marched in Charlottesville last month and a peaceful counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was murdered by a neo-Nazi, the leaders of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses in Congress sent a letter to President Trump. They asked that he fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.  full article>

 

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

Noel Coward

 

Mike Pence's NFL Walkout Was a Cheap, Transparent Stunt

For which taxpayers picked up the tab.

By Dave Zirin

October 8, 2017, © The Nation

Vice President John Nance Garner once said that being the vice president was "not worth a bucket of warm piss." (Many know this quote as "bucket of warm spit." It's "piss".) The current holder of that office, Mike Pence showed on Sunday that Garner, if alive, would owe an apology to piss buckets everywhere.

Pence used the NFL to star in a cheap, transparent political stunt. The narrative Pence tried—and failed—to sell was that he showed up at the Colts-49ers game in Indianapolis and then supposedly left in a huff after being shocked—SHOCKED!—at seeing the San Francisco 49ers kneel. After assumedly taking a whiff of his personal smelling salts, he immediately released a statement that magically was already prepared, which read in part, "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem."  full article>

 

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

William Shakespeare

 

While the U.S. Talks of War, South Korea Shudders

There is no war scenario that ends in victory.

By HAN KANG

OCT. 7, 2017, © The New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea — I cannot turn my thoughts from the news article I happened to see a few days ago. A man in his 70s accidentally dropped two thick wads of cash in the street. Two people who happened upon this bundle of money and shared it between them were caught by the police, made to give up the money and charged with theft.

Up until here, it is still an ordinary story. But there was a special reason this man was carrying so much cash on him. "I'm worried that a war might be coming," he told the police, "so I'd just taken my savings out of the bank and was on my way home." He said that it was money he had saved — a little bit each month — for four years, intended to send his grandchildren to college. Since the Korean War broke out in 1950, war would have been the enduring experience of this man's adolescence. I imagine what he would have been feeling, a man who has lived an ordinary middle-class life ever since, on his way to the bank to take out his savings. The terror, the unease, the impotence, the nervousness.  full article>

 

나무를 심는데 가장 좋았던 때는 20년 전이었다. 두 번째로 좋은 때는 지금이다.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

(Korean saying)

 

El ánimo que piensa en lo que puede temer, empieza a temer en lo que puede pensar.

Francisco de Quevedo

 

Felip VI obvia demanar diàleg, s'alinea amb Rajoy i acusa el Govern d'una "deslleialtat inadmissible"

DANI SÁNCHEZ UGART Madrid Actualitzada el

03/10/2017, © ara.cat

La Zarzuela surt de la inacció. El rei d'Espanya, Felip VI, ha dirigit aquest dimarts al vespre un discurs als espanyols en el qual s'ha situat sense embuts al costat de l'estratègia del govern espanyol de Mariano Rajoy i ha obviat demanar diàleg per resoldre el conflicte, com han fet diversos actors internacionals.  full article>

 

People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me.

Donald Trump

 

Trump hails 'incredible' response in 'lovely' trip to storm-torn Puerto Rico

By Jenna Johnson and Ashley Parker

October 3, 2017, © The Washington Post

President Trump arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday as the territory struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria, which has left nearly all the island without power and most residents without water nearly two weeks later.  full article>

 

My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.

Donald Trump

 

I was Catalan, Spanish and European. But Mariano Rajoy has changed all that

Irene Baqué

Tuesday 3 October 2017, © The Guardian

On Sunday, I watched innocent people being beaten up, pulled by their hair and thrown down stairs – just for trying to express their opinion in a ballot – people back home in Catalonia who could easily have been neighbours or school friends. I was glued to my screen for 12 hours with tears in my eyes, sitting in my room in London.  full article>

 

Cuanto peor mejor para todos y cuanto peor para todos mejor, mejor para mí el suyo, beneficio político.

Mariano Rajoy (13/6/2017)

 

Needed:

Strictest possible G-U-N C-O-N-T-R-O-L.

Please.

"Nevada state law does not require the registration of firearms. Following the passage of SB 175, handgun registration (or registration of any kind), is no longer required in Clark County or anywhere in the state of Nevada for handguns or long-arms (which already did not require registration). Governor Brian Sandoval signed this bill into law on June 2, 2015."

(source: Wikipedia)

 

Catalonia's Independence Vote Descends Into Chaos and Clashes

By RAPHAEL MINDER and ELLEN BARRY

OCT. 1, 2017, © The New York Times

BARCELONA — Catalonia's defiant attempt to stage an independence referendum descended into chaos on Sunday, with hundreds injured in clashes with police in one of the gravest tests of Spain's democracy since the end of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s.

National police officers in riot gear, sent by the central government in Madrid from other parts of Spain, used rubber bullets and truncheons in some places as they fanned out across Catalonia, the restive northeastern region, to shut down polling stations and seize ballot boxes.  full article>

 

What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico

by Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz

September 29, 2017, © Counterpunch

Puerto Rico is not large enough to stand alone. We must govern it wisely and well, primarily in the interest of its own people. –Theodore Roosevelt

Puerto Rico is dying.

Let those words sink in.

Three and a half million people are without power, water, fuel, food, and support. This isn't some uninhabited atoll. This is where I grew up. This is where my family lives. This is my home.

And my home is dying.  full article>

 

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

En mans dels ciutadans

ESTHER VERA

30/09/2017, © ara.cat

Com totes les dates marcades en vermell en el calendari, l'1 d'octubre ha arribat lentament. Culmina una fase de la política catalana, i la lectura que se'n pugui fer dependrà del que cadascú íntimament decideixi avui i com s'interpreti a l'Estat i a la Unió Europea. Tothom ha de ser conscient que el món està mirant, i que potser trigarà a tornar-ho a fer per la volatilitat de l'agenda mediàtica. El procés sobiranista es juga ara al carrer i la lectura de la jornada d'aquest diumenge condicionarà el futur del país per als propers anys o dècades.  full article>

 

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment)

 

Cuando la extrema derecha ocupa el centro sin que salten las alarmas

ALEJANDRO TORRÙS

29/09/2017, © Público

Es difícil darse cuenta. El mensaje llega a nosotros envuelto en una bandera rojigualda con toques de sentimentalismo. Apela a tus emociones. Trata de noquear tu razón. Se camufla entre datos, cruces de acusaciones y expresiones grandilocuentes como 'golpe de Estado' o "sediciosos catalanes'. El 'España se rompe', la AntiEspaña y el discurso de los enemigos de la patria. Otra vez. La idea que se desprende de ese mensaje es que, por un lado, aquel que defiende la celebración de un referéndum en Catalunya es antiespañol, rojo, separatista. Sea de Madrid, de Huelva o de Vic. Por otro, que la única manera de entender España y de sentirse español es la negación a ultranza de una España plural y diversa. Te lo venden como sentido común, como la normalidad, pero es el mensaje de la extrema derecha. Y lo tienes ahí, delante de ti, envuelto en la bandera de España.  full article>

 

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.

Pearl S. Buck

 

I'm all for war crimes trials in The Hague – so long as we agree to prosecute every possible war criminal

Robert Fisk

Thursday 28 September 2017, © The Independent

I like the idea of war crimes trials. Make an example of the monsters, is what I say. "Collar the lot," as Churchill demanded in a somewhat different context. And if Nuremberg was victors' justice, I'd prefer the imperfect trials they did hold than the version we would have got if Hitler had won and Roland Freisler, State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice, was still running the Nazi People's Court.  full article>

 

Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.

Sigmund Freud

 

Trump attacks Puerto Rico mayor: 'They want everything done for them'

Saturday 30 September 2017, © The Guardian

Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city on Saturday as the row over his administration's response to a hurricane and humanitarian crisis escalated.  full article>

 

I compose most of my tweets with care, as if they were aphorisms - they are not usually dashed-off. Sometimes I'm surprised by the high, poetic quality of Twitter - it lends itself to a surreal sort of self-expression.

Joyce Carol Oates

 

Koch network's failing investment in ACA repeal

by Geoff West

September 29, 2017, © The Guardian

Another Obamacare repeal bill is dead, and wealthy conservative donors aren't happy.

On Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canned a Senate vote on health care legislation drafted by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

"It still lies ahead of us," McConnell told reporters. Just not this week.  full article>

 

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Corporate Media Analysts' Indifference to US Journalists Facing 70 Years in Prison

Adam Johnson

September 26, 2017, © FAIR

For over two years, many in corporate media have been trumpeting the looming threat to a free press posed by Donald Trump. "Would President Trump Kill Freedom of the Press?" Slate (3/14/16) wondered in the midst of the primaries; after the election, the New York Times (1/13/17) warned of "Donald Trump's Dangerous Attacks on the Press," and the Atlantic (2/20/17) declared it " A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency."  full article>

 

Dennis J. Kucinich

On Behalf of the Basil Peace Office

The United Nations General Assembly

High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 

Your Excellency, President of the General Assembly, Distinguished Ministers, Delegates and Colleagues:

 

I speak on behalf of the Basel Peace Office, a coalition of international organizations dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons

 

The world is in urgent need of truth and reconciliation over the existential threat of development of and use of nuclear weapons.

 

We have a shared global interest in nuclear disarmament and nuclear abolition, deriving from the irreducible human right to be free of contemplation of extinction.

 

This is the place and now is the time to take confidence-building measures, new diplomatic steps towards averting a nuclear catastrophe, to enact the new ban treaty, to refrain from precipitating nuclear showdowns, to begin anew the quest to eliminate nuclear weapons through reciprocal trust-building.

 

We from Civil Society insist upon structured, legally-affirmed nuclear arms treaties compelling non-violent conflict resolution, mindful of the founding principle of the United Nations to "end the scourge of war for all time."

 

Today's world is interdependent and interconnected. Human unity is the first truth.

 

Technology has created a global village. When a greeting can be sent to the other side of the world in a matter of seconds, this represents the constructive power of global citizens, affirming our commonality.

 

Contrast that with a nation sending an ICBM missile with a nuclear warhead.

 

There is a thin line between deterrence and provocation.

 

An aggressive expression of nuclear sovereignty is illegal and suicidal.

 

The threat of the use of nuclear weapons nullifies our humanity.

 

Let us hear and heed the demands for peace and nonviolent conflict resolution from the peoples of the world community.

 

Let the nations of the world affirm the evolutionary potential of technology for peace. This great institution cannot do it alone.

 

Each one of us must disarm and abolish any destructive force in our own lives, our own homes and our own communities which breed domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, gun violence, racial violence.

 

The power to do this is in the human heart, where courage and compassion reside, where the transformative power, the conscious willingness to challenge violence anywhere helps to tame that beast everywhere.

 

If we are to eliminate nuclear weapons we must also eliminate destructive rhetoric.

 

Here we acknowledge the power of the spoken word. Words create worlds. Harsh words, the exchange of threats between leaders, begins a dialectic of conflict, breeding suspicion, fear, reaction, miscalculation, and disaster. Words of mass destruction can unleash weapons of mass destruction.

 

The ghosts from Nagasaki and Hiroshima hover over us today, warning us that time is an illusion, that the past, the present and the future are one and can be obliterated in a flash, proving nuclear weapons are a fact of death, not life.

 

Nations must explicitly abandon designs for empire and nuclear dominance.

 

The brandishing of nuclear weapons triggers the inevitability of their use.

 

In the name of all humanity this must stop.

 

Instead of new nuclear nations and a new nuclear architecture we need new, clear action to create a world with freedom from fear, freedom from violent expression, freedom from extinction, and a legal framework to match.

 

On behalf of the Basel Peace Office and Civil Society, we say let peace be sovereign. Let diplomacy be sovereign. Let hope be sovereign, through your work and our work.

 

Then we shall fulfill the prophecy that "nation shall not take up sword against nation."

 

We must save our world from destruction. We must act with a sense of urgency. We must destroy these weapons before they destroy us. A nuclear weapons-free world is waiting to be courageously called forth. Thank You.

 

Website: Kucinich.com email: contactkucinich@gmail.com Dennis Kucinich represents The Basel Peace Office and Civil Society today. He served 16 years in the US Congress and was Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. He has twice been a candidate for President of the United States. He is a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.

 

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Henry David Thoreau

 

Trapped by Their Own Lies

Paul Krugman

SEPT. 25, 2017, © The New York Times

On Saturday pretty much the entire medical sector — groups representing doctors, hospitals, and insurers — released an extraordinary open letter condemning the Graham-Cassidy health bill. The letter was written in the style of Emile Zola's "J'accuse": a series of paragraphs, each beginning with the bolded words "We agree," pointing out the bill's many awful features, from the harm it would do to people with pre-existing conditions to the chaos it would cause in insurance markets.  full article>

 

Market moralities and mentalities-- fueled by economic imperatives to make a profit at nearly any cost-- yield unprecedented levels of loneliness, isolation, and sadness. And our public life lies in shambles, shot through with icy cynicism and paralyzing pessimism. To put it bluntly, beneath the record-breaking stock markets on Wall Street and bipartisan budget-balancing deals in the White House lurk ominous clouds of despair across this nation.

Cornel West

 

Painting of the Day:

"Autumn, Crotona Park, Bronx" (circa 1922-1925)

by Abraham A. Manievich

 

Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Slouching towards Biloxi: Joan Didion on life in America's south

Joan Didion

Saturday 23 September 2017, © The Guardian

John and I were living on Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles. I had wanted to revisit the South, so we flew there for a month in 1970. The idea was to start in New Orleans and from there we had no plan. We went wherever the day took us. I seem to remember that John drove. I had not been back since 1942–43, when my father was stationed in Durham, North Carolina, but it did not seem to have changed that much. At the time, I had thought it might be a piece.  full article>

 

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism.

Carl Bernstein

 

How GOP leaders are using TV to misinform the public about the potential health care repeal

CRAIG HARRINGTON

September 22, 2017, © Media Matters

Republican senators took to the airwaves this week to shore up support for the so-called "Graham-Cassidy" health care bill, the latest GOP proposal that aims to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a series of proposals adopted from previously failed legislation. The often contentious interviews frequently devolved into stonewalling and deflection when reporters pressed lawmakers for answers about the ways the legislation would affect tens of millions of Americans who rely on programs such as Medicaid, live with pre-existing medical conditions, or have gained coverage under the ACA.  full article>

 

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.

Gore Vidal

 

If Nikki Haley doesn't drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

Robert Fisk

Thursday 14 September 2017, © The Independent

Under a broiling hot midday sun on the south Lebanese-Israeli border this summer, an extraordinary and very angry meeting took place between two major generals: the 60-year-old Irish UN force commander in Lebanon and the 54-year-old deputy chief of staff of the Israeli army. Listening to them was the ambitious, pro-Israeli – but very inexperienced – US ambassador to the United Nations. The row between the two men appears to have been pre-planned by the Israelis to impress the highly impressionable Nikki Haley. It worked.  full article>

 

The real danger we face is not from terrorism but what is being done under the pretext of fighting it.

Michael Parenti

 

Contra las domiciliarias

23 de septiembre de 2017, © PÁGINA 12

Las vueltas a las casas de los represores generan nuevas prácticas de denuncia contra la impunidad. Desde hace varias semanas un grupo de víctimas de la Brigada de Investigaciones de San Justo recorre uno de los barrios de La Matanza en compañía de un grupo de HIJOS de esa localidad. Cada por casa van contando a los vecinos de la calle Albarracín 985 de Rafael Castillo que allí vive uno de los represores recordados por los sobrevivientes entre los más violentos y agresivos del antiguo centro clandestino. Es Rubén Alfredo Boan, entonces suboficial de la policía bonaerense, torturador y secuestrador del campo, que luego de estar seis años detenido regresó a su domicilio en el contexto de un juicio oral cuyo inicio está demorado y en un proceso en el que está por caer la prisión preventiva. La acción incluye un escrache que se realizará hoy, con salida a las 14 horas desde la Plaza Atalaya de Isidro Casanova. Y la solidaridad de los feriantes de la Plaza Atalaya que están impidiendo que alguien rompa los afiches de las calles con el anuncio.  full article>

 

I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge.

Mikhail Bakunin

 

Sock Puppet of the Day

The Red Heel Rockford Original Sock Monkey:

A sock puppet is a puppet formed and operated by inserting a hand inside a sock. The hand is opened and closed to simulate the movement of the puppet's "mouth" and give the impression of speaking. Sometimes eyes and other facial features are added to the sock in order to make the puppet more realistic. Sock puppets are popular in many puppet performances, as they are simple to make and easy to use. They are mostly used in satirical or children's works. (source: wikipedia)

Sock monkeys are perhaps not, technically, sock puppets. They have been around for centuries, but became popular in the United States during the Great Depression. In 1955, the Nelson Knitting Company was awarded the patent to the iconic sock monkey that most of us are familiar with. This company is based in Rockford, Illinois, where there is a Sock Monkey Museum and an annual festival takes place, including an official lecture and Sock Monkey beauty pageant.

 

Carried away in a sort of dream, he smiled, then he began to hurry back towards the lady; he was walking faster than usual, and his shoulders swayed backwards and forwards, right and left, in the most absurd fashion; altogether he looked, so utterly had he abandoned himself to it, ignoring all other considerations, as though he were the lifeless and wire-pulled puppet of his own happiness.

Marcel Proust (Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove)

 

Warmongers and Peacemakers at the U.N.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

SEPT. 19, 2017, © The New York Times

The United Nations isn't the venue one would expect for threatening war. Yet that's what President Trump did in his first address to the General Assembly.  full article>

 

If you look at Iraq and Afghanistan's situations, they are quickly becoming much like our reservations. They will have puppet governments funded and controlled by a U.S. Government that siphoned off their resources. You don't have to be an English major to read the writing on the wall; I am in here as a warning to others, just like those men who are in Guantanamo are a warning to others - if you stand up to us you face these same consequences.

Leonard Peltier

 

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

By J.P. Sottile

September 19, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com

President Trump opened his big United Nations week ... and his famous mouth ... with a predictable plug for one of his properties and some playful glad-handing with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also scolded the U.N.'s unwieldy scrum for "not living up to its potential." He made a passing reference to the U.N.'s wasteful use of American money. And he called for "reform" of the much-maligned international forum.  full article>

 

Horace was a nice little guy who looked like one of his own baboons; he turned me over to a Doctor Vargas who was a specialist in exotic biologies--the same Vargas who was on the Second Venus Expedition. He told me what had happened and I looked at the gibbons, meantime rearranging my prejudices.

Robert A. Heinlein (The Puppet Masters)

 

The Empire's Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn't Include Anti-War

by Ajamu Baraka

September 20, 2017, © Counterpunch

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

"I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional war...What we have today is basically unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe."  full article>

 

When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.

Jim Henson

 

Everyone's quick to blame the alien.

Aeschylus

 

The People We Forget When We Remember the Vietnam War

Phil Klay

Sep. 16, 2017, © Mother Jones

When filmmaker Lynn Novick signed on to co-direct The Vietnam War, the new 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary, with Ken Burns, she advocated incorporating a large dose of Vietnamese perspective into the project. Novick—who, at 55, came of age in the war's aftermath—had long sensed that the United States' failure in the conflict hinged in part on our country's ignorance about the Vietnamese and their priorities. "What was at stake for them? Who were they?" Novick says. "These are questions that we've never really, as a society, been able to understand."  full article>

 

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.

Hubert H. Humphrey

 

Why Climate "Alarmists" Should Not Be Ignored

By Scott Colvin

September 15, 2017, © Truthout

In a December 2011 article, Noam Chomsky noted that in addition to those preaching skepticism of climate change, there exists another group of climate commentators whose input is ignored by the mainstream media: those who insist that the dangers of climate change go far beyond what we are told is the scientific consensus.  full article>

 

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell

 

Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates

by Paul Street

September 15, 2017, © Counterpunch

Numerous correspondents sent me the latest lengthy Atlantic essay by the brilliant and eloquent but bourgeois Black Identitarian Ta-Nehesi Coates and asked for my reflections. I reluctantly agreed to read and comment on Coates' long treatise.

"The Mind Seizes"

There is plenty to concur with and even applaud in Coates' prolonged reflection, which bears the provocative title "The First White President." The author is, I think, quite correct to note that that Donald Trump is a vicious white supremacist dedicated to denigrating and even erasing the legacy of the nation's first technically Black president Barack Obama.  full article>

 

The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.

Dante Alighieri

 

Miss Texas calls out Trump in Q&A portion of Miss America pageant

9.11.17, © The New York Times

Don't mess with Miss Texas. That's not exactly the famous saying, but maybe it should be after last night.

Margana Wood may not have won the crown at the 2018 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night, but she won the hearts of many on social media during the question-and-answer portion of the competition. Wood had an actual substantive question tossed her way by pageant judge Jess Cagle, the editor-in-chief of PEOPLE magazine.  full article>

 

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.

Albert Einstein

 

Nikki Haley Falsely Accuses Iran

By Paul R. Pillar

September 6, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program, is for Donald Trump one more of the Obama administration's achievements to be trashed. It goes alongside the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate change agreement, and other measures (most recently the "dreamers" program involving children of illegal immigrants) as targets for trashing because fulfilling campaign rhetoric is given higher priority in the current administration than whether a program is achieving its purpose, whether there are any realistic alternatives available, or what the effects of the trashing will be on the well-being of Americans and the interests and credibility of the United States.  full article>

 

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Don't assume the militias at the Charlottesville rally were white supremacists. This is what they believe now.

By Sam Jackson

September 8, 2017, © The Washington Post

A few weeks ago, the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" demonstrations – where violence wounded at least 34 people and killed one counterprotester — drew a tremendous amount of national attention. Much of the discussion focused on two opposing groups: the white supremacists who call themselves the alt-right and the counter-demonstrators who came to oppose racism. But a third group was there as well: militia members, wearing camouflage, carrying long guns and claiming to be there to keep the peace and protect free speech.  full article>

 

It's great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.

George Foreman

 

El fotógrafo que hacía la calle

Esteban Linés

04/09/2017, © La Vanguardia

El fotógrafo Joan Colom falleció ayer a la edad de 96 años, dejando tras de sí una destacada obra gráfica en la que ocupa un lugar especial una visión de la Barcelona más realista en los años cincuenta y sesenta. Una Ciudad Condal alejada de la postal oficial, de perfil duro y marginal que se extendía por el Barrio Chino, el Born o el Somorrostro. Considerado uno de los pioneros del fotoperiodismo, Colom fue uno de los grandes renovadores de la fotografía de posguerra española así ...  full article>

 

Infierno, purgatorio y cielo

Pedro Madueño

04/09/2017, © La Vanguardia

"Yo trabajo de la plaza Catalunya hacia abajo, este es mi territorio. Cuando empecé a hacer fotos vivía en el barrio de Sant Antoni y cuando me asomaba a Ciutat Vella era maravilloso, era como entrar en la escenografía de una obra de teatro, con personajes peculiares: putas, travestis, borrachos... aunque eran los niños los que verdaderamente me motivaban a la hora de hacer fotos".  full article>

 

My poetry is often criticized for a failure to communicate, but I take issue with this; my intention is to communicate and my feeling is that a poem that communicates something that's already known by the reader is not really communicating anything to him and in fact shows a lack of respect for him.

John Ashbery

 

Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice From Harvey to Haiti's Matthew

by K. Jessica Hsu - Mark Schuller

September 5, 2017, © Counterpunch

Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb, as Senator Bernie Sanders pointed out.

It is dumber to not also question the current global economic system and policies perpetuating racial inequalities. The conversation must shift toward climate justice.  full article>

 

In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting.

Stefan Zweig

 

Ken Burns Never Knew How Wrong He Was About the Vietnam War

Phil Klay

September/October 2017 Issue, © Mother Jones

Novelist Robert Stone once likened the Vietnam War to a piece of shrapnel "embedded in our definition of who we are." Who better to extract that shrapnel than Ken Burns, America's preeminent documentary filmmaker? Ever since his definitive 1990 series, The Civil War, attracted a record 40 million viewers to PBS, Burns has been tackling historical topics ranging from jazz and the national parks to World War II, often in collaboration with director Lynn Novick. Ten years in the making, The Vietnam War, Burns and Novick's 10-part journey into the most divisive of our 20th-century conflicts, premieres September 17 on PBS.  full article>

 

We live our lives, made up of a great quantity of
isolated instants
So as to be lost at the heart of a multitude of things.

John Ashbery

 

John Ashbery Is Dead at 90; a Poetic Voice Often Echoed, Never Matched

By DAVID ORR and DINITIA SMITH

SEPT. 3, 2017, © The New York Times

John Ashbery, a poet whose teasing, delicate, soulful lines made him one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on Sunday at his home in Hudson, N.Y. He was 90.  full article>

 

Chimps are very quick to have a sudden fight or aggressive episode, but they're equally as good at reconciliation.

Jane Goodall

 

Life After Hate: Full Intv. with Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi

August 18, 2017, © Democracy Now

 

Walnut Tree of the Day

Juglans Nigra (Eastern Black Walnut):

Family: Juglandaceae
Native Range: Eastern United States
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 75 to 120 feet. Under forest competition, it develops a tall and straight trunk. When grown in an open area it has a short trunk and broad crown.
Spread: 75 to 100 feet
Odour: Most parts of the tree including leaves, stems, and fruit husks have a very characteristic pungent or spicy odor. This odor is lacking in the nut itself.
Bark: The bark is typically grey-black and deeply furrowed into thin ridges which gives the bark a diamond shaped pattern.
Pith: The pith of the twigs is chambered and light brown.
Buds: The buds are pale silky and covered in downy hairs. The terminal buds are ovate, and 8 mm long, and slightly longer than broad, the lateral buds are smaller and superposed.
Leaves: The leaves are compound and alternately arranged on the stem. They are 30–60 cm (1–2 ft) long, typically even-pinnate but there is heavy variation among leaves. The stems have 15–23 leaflets, with the largest leaflets located in the center, 7–10 cm long and 2–3 cm broad. The leaflets have a rounded base and a long pointed (acuminate) tip as well as having a serrated edge. The leaves are overall dark green in color and are typically hairy on the underside.
Leaf scar: The leaf scar has 3 prominent bundle scars and has a notch on the side which points toward the tip of the branch (distal side)
Flowers: Black walnut is monoecious. The male (staminate) flowers are in drooping catkins 8–10 cm long. These are borne from axilary buds on the previous year's growth. The female (pistillate) flowers are terminal, in clusters of two to five on the current year's growth.
Fruit: Ripens during the autumn into a fruit (nut) with a brownish-green, semifleshy husk and a brown, corrugated nut. The whole fruit, including the husk falls in October or November; the seed is relatively small and very hard.
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green

Black walnut is primarily a pioneer species similar to red and silver maple and black cherry. Because of this, black walnut is a common weed tree found along roadsides, fields, and forest edges in the eastern US. It will grow in closed forests, but is classified as shade intolerant, this means it requires full sun for optimal growth and nut production.

 

 

The nuts are food for many rodents and make up to 10% of the diet of eastern fox squirrels.The nuts are also eaten by species of birds. The leaves are browsed by white tailed deer,although they are not a preferred food. Squirrels benefit this species by distributing and burying the seeds; if the seeds are not reclaimed by the squirrel, they will germinate and help disperse the species.

 

 

Where the range of the eastern black walnut overlaps that of the Texas black walnut (J. microcarpa), the two species sometimes interbreed, producing populations with characteristics intermediate between the two species. J.nigra and J. cinerea often grow in the same range as well but they do not hybridize naturally.

The tree's roots often form endomycorrhizal relationships with fungi in the genus Glomus. Some endomycorrhizal relations improve the plant's growth.

Species often associated with J. nigra include yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), white ash (Fraxinus americana), black cherry (Prunus serotina), basswood (Tilia americana), American beech (Fagus grandifolia), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), oaks (Quercus spp.), and hickories (Carya spp.). Near the western edge of its range, black walnut may be confined to floodplains, where it grows either with American elm (Ulmus americana), common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), and boxelder (Acer negundo), or with basswood and red oak (Quercus rubra) on lower slopes and other favorable sites.

 

(Sources: missouribotanicalgarden.org and Wikipedia)

 

Cecil Andrus, defender of Alaska's wilderness as Carter's interior secretary, dies at 85

By Harrison Smith

August 25, 2017, © The New York Times

Cecil D. Andrus, a former logger and self-described "political accident" who served a record four terms as governor of Idaho, and who as President Jimmy Carter's interior secretary spearheaded conservation efforts including the protection of millions of acres of Alaska wilderness, died Aug. 24 in Boise. He was 85.  full article>

 

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Dolly Parton

 

'A Refugee Crisis Forces a Country to React According to Higher Standards'

By John Washington

August 25, 2017, © The Nation

Between 2013 and 2015, more than 100,000 unaccompanied child migrants showed up at or crossed the US-Mexico border, seeking asylum or some other form of legal status. Numerous articles and reports documented these children en masse, pointing out the violence they were fleeing and the violence of the policies that met them. And yet misperceptions still abound: Though classified by the US government as "unaccompanied" because they arrived without their parents, most of the children—they continue to arrive—are not actually traveling alone, but are accompanied by family members or trusted guides. And though the numbers and the media reports may conjure images of small children toddling across the border, an overwhelming majority of these children are teenagers. Even if some Americans have warmed to their plight, images of raucous protesters shouting at the children to go home, as well anti-immigrant rhetoric and draconian policies still spewing from the Trump administration, continue to haunt our national immigration conversation.  full article>

 

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

Hal Borland

 

Trump's claim that a general dipped bullets in pigs' blood is fake news – but the US massacre of Moro Muslims isn't

Robert Fisk

Friday 18 August 2017, © The Independent

I don't know what the people of Barcelona think about Trump's demented and repulsive tale of bullets and pig's blood – but I know what Mark Twain would have said. He was the finest American political writer of his time – perhaps of all time – and he wrote with bitterness, sarcasm and disgust about the US military's war crimes in the Philippines in 1906. No doubt Trump would have approved of them.  full article>

 

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Nearly Half of Trump Voters Think Whites, Christians Are Most Oppressed Groups

By Mike Ludwig

Friday, August 25, 2017, © Truthout

He has come for Mexicans, Muslims, Black people, trans people, Democrats, the news media, activists and even leading members of Congress from his own party. Few have been spared Donald Trump's scorn, but when it came time to condemn white supremacists for inciting deadly violence last week, the president was quick to argue that it wasn't entirely their fault.

A storm of media controversy followed, but Trump refused to back down, defending his initial remarks about the racist invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia. Then he held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona this week where he threatened to shut down the government over funding for his unpopular border wall and flirted with pardoning former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a known racist who is facing jail time because he refused to stop racially profiling Latinos.  full article>

 

To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.

Leonardo da Vinci

 

Victory for Indigenous Peoples as Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Limit Indigenous Land Rights

By Brent Millikan and Christian Poirier

08/18/2017, © International Rivers

In a major victory for indigenous peoples, Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week in favor of indigenous land rights in two separate lawsuits, setting an important legal precedent.

"This is a very important victory for our people and our family...who are fighting for health and territory," said Adilio Benites, a Guarani Kaiowá leader celebrating the decision in Brasilia, after holding an all-night vigil outside of the Supreme Court. Indigenous tribes and allies had protested around the country for several days before the Court's decision, and international allies from around the world lent their voices to the call for land rights.  full article>

 

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

Willa Cather

 

The Possible Education of Donald Trump

By Robert Parry

August 25, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com

Despite the chaos and ugliness of the past seven months, President Trump has finally begun to turn U.S. foreign policy away from the neoconservative approach of endless war against an ever-expanding roster of enemies.

This change has occurred largely behind the scenes and has been obscured by Trump's own bellicose language, such as his vow to "win" in Afghanistan, and his occasional lashing out with violence, such as his lethal Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield.  full article>

 

Dying people often become childish.

Georg Buchner

 

Trump Shares, Then Deletes, Twitter Post of Train Hitting Cartoon Person Covered by CNN Logo

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MAGGIE HABERMAN

AUG. 15, 2017, © The New York Times

President Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person's head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later.  full article>

 

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

George Orwell

 

In the Wake of Charlottesville, Let's Call for Structural Transformation

By Austin C. McCoy

August 15, 2017, © Truthout

White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr.'s murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and near-massacre of antiracist protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville turned the mobilization into a flashpoint for politicians on both sides of the aisle, as well as for media outlets. Heyer's death shifted the mainstream portrayal of Charlottesville from a "street fight between the right and the left" to a terrorist attack aimed at the antiracist left.  full article>

 

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Bertrand Russell

 

Charlottesville and the Bigotocracy

Michael Eric Dyson

AUG. 12, 2017, © The New York Times

The late, great Gore Vidal said that we live in "The United States of Amnesia." Our fatal forgetfulness flares when white bigots come out of their closets, emboldened by the tacit cover they're given by our president. We cannot pretend that the ugly bigotry unleashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Va., this weekend has nothing to do with the election of Donald Trump.

In attendance was white separatist David Duke, who declared that the alt-right unity fiasco "fulfills the promises of Donald Trump." In the meantime, Mr. Trump responded by offering false equivalencies between white bigots and their protesters. His soft denunciations of hate ring hollow when he has white nationalist advisers like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller whispering in his ear.

Such an ungainly assembly of white supremacists rides herd on political memory. Their resentment of the removal of public symbols of the Confederate past — the genesis of this weekend's rally — is fueled by revisionist history. They fancy themselves the victims of the so-called politically correct assault on American democracy, a false narrative that helped propel Mr. Trump to victory. Each feeds on the same demented lies about race and justice that corrupt true democracy and erode real liberty. Together they constitute the repulsive resurgence of a virulent bigotocracy.  full article>

 

I was standing in the old Western Studio 3 in Los Angeles looking at record albums. I saw a Johnny Rivers album with a song whose title intrigued me. I didn't know if 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' was about the town or about the mythological bird coming out of the ashes.

Glen Campbell

 

Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81

By MICHAEL POLLAK

AUG. 8, 2017, © The New York Times

Glen Campbell, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and '70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81.  full article>

 

I like to start the day early, it keeps me out of trouble.

Glen Campbell

 

Secretive search for man behind Trump dossier reveals tension in Russia inquiry

Julian Borger

Monday 7 August 2017, © The Guardian

Two US congressional staffers who travelled to London in July and tried to contact former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele were sent by a longstanding aide to Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee and a close ally of the White House.  full article>

 

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

 

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

 

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

 

William Carlos Williams

 

Caregiving Is Hard Enough. Isolation Can Make It Unbearable.

Paula Span

AUG. 4, 2017, © The New York Times

For years, Marcy Sherman-Lewis went to a beauty salon in St. Joseph, Mo., every few weeks for a haircut and highlights.

It had become something of an ordeal to prepare her husband, Gene Lewis, for this outing; he has Alzheimer's disease, at 79, and helping him shower and dress, insert hearing aids and climb into the car was a very slow process.  full article>

 

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

FALL SALE $5 TITLE:

In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

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