Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Seven Plagues

Aside from the abdications of the Bumbler-in Chief in the face of the COVID pandemic, already much was being imposed on Americans.  Added to this are the manifold incidents within the past six months of freak climate occurrences throughout the planet, Including floods in Ohio, catastrophic fires in Washington, Oregon and California, hurricanes in the Gulf states, collapse of the Greenland glacier twice Manhattan’s size, floods and mass starvation in Yemen, Zionist genocide in Palestine, and war, and occupation throughout the globe, and the immiseration of millions.


Piled on  top of these many whammies, are the White House occupant’s phobia for calling the moving men, the support of his enablers in Congress, many of them Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, and that segment of the American public willing and itching to re-elect an incumbent who has done more to destroy this country and dismantle any of our ecological protections than any foreign agency could possibly have done (that includes whipping boy nations like China and Russia) and now, the icing on the cake, the passing—and the possible final extinction of our democracy— of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.


Before anything else is said, we should be reminded that RBG has worked so hard throughout her life to protect us, to defend us from the depredations of forces either aiming directly to destroy our lives, or whose activities work to destroy our lives and our pursuit of happiness, she deserves her rest now. We must always hold her dear in our hearts and honor her memory. That comes with the obligation to take on and intensify her fight for social justice not only in the face of our enormous repression, but in the face of an outright war, an economic war by the elites against working people that has seen a massive transfer of wealth within the past four and a half decades, an actual theft from the working classes of 50 trillions, not millions, not billions, 50 trillions of dollars.

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If there are people who once worked in California’s Kern county now living in tents in the hundreds of thousands all along the railroad right of way from Fresno to Hanford, if there are people living along highway underpasses in the millions, that is what the theft of 50 trillions of dollars looks and smells like: like all war zones, that detritus, that misery, that near-starvation, that smell of urine and feces. Let us never never overlook the connection.  It is a connection that extracts payment in the starvation of children, and in disease, misery, and death of millions.


Debs, Rebel In US Colonies


Already in 1888, Eugene Debs bent over pencil and paper, drawing calculations. “If a grandson of Cornelius Vanderdbilt started out with $2 million, from father and grandfather, if a locomotive foreman would work 4,444 years, 300 days each year, at $1.50 per day, he would be in a position to bet Mr, Vanderbilt $2.50 that all men are born equal.” Debs left school at 14 to become a scraper on the cars of the Vandalia Railroad for 50 cents a day. He graduated to fireman shoveling two tons of coal an hour, 6 days a week, 16 hours a day. Eventually, he was to found the American Railroad Union, although he had not yet embraced socialism, He still clung to the shibboleths of the two-party system. The American Railway Union voted to strike, a strike which paralyzed transportation west of Detroit for more than a month. From then on, Debs dedicated himself to the struggle between what he identified as the “producing classes and the money power.”


Eventually indicted for leading the strike, he was sentenced to 6 mos. in prison, from which he was given certain privileges: allowed to run his union, allowed to leave jail on his honor, and allowed to dedicate most of his time to reading, which included reading Das Kapital.


From then on, with Debs, an ideological shift had to take place. Although he endorsed Bryan, business-funded McKinley won election, and in 1897, for the first time, Debs declared himself a socialist. “Money constitutes no basis for civilization,” he wrote. In 1900 a Massachusetts delegate nominated him to the presidency, for which he ran in 1900, and twice afterwards, until 1912, his fourth time, when he won nearly a million votes.  By 1914 and the outbreak of WW I, he wrote, ”The working class who fight the battles, the working class who make the sacrifices, the working class who shed the blood, the working class who furnish the corpses, the working class have never yet had a voice declaring war.”


Standing trial during the war for his socialist beliefs, he stated, “If the Espionage Law stands, then the Constitution of the United States is dead.”  But his speech during his sentencing to ten years is best remembered. “While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” His sentence was commuted to three years, but jail killed him. He emerged little more than a shell of his former self. So America dispenses with the greatest amongst us.


But what is notable is that at the height of his struggle, the United States embraced the progressive reforms long advocated by the socialists: women’s suffrage, trust-busting, economic reform, maximum hour and minimum wage laws, the abolition of child labor, and the direct election of U.S. Senators, all reforms espoused by both the Democratic and Republican parties of that time.


I Can’t Breathe

Regrettably, no such sign of bi-partisanship has yet been applied to the planet’s greatest task at hand, one that threatens to rob our children of their future, namely the mitigation of global warming, whose latest manifestations are not only the intensity of Gulf hurricanes, Mid-West flooding, the melting glaciers and, under its horrifying pall of chocolate skies, the catastrophic fires engulfing the entire West Coast States brought on by drought, but the threat, one yet more alarming in this writer’s view, of violence brought on by the diminished ability of people to think clearly because they can’t breathe.


Repeated studies over many years have revealed the link between the presence of lead in gasoline and house paint with the rise of violent crime, its so called “controlled experiment,” the removal of lead in gasoline, to be the clincher.


As we slowly asphyxiate and our skies turn repeatedly to chocolate, can we anticipate a cultural collapse brought on by human inability to grapple thoughtfully with world-shattering problems, and a resort to mass violence and global warfare, shown to be the greatest fossil fuel release of all?


 Are we there already?




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With planet and future on line, Sunrise Movement doubles down on 2020 after RBG death.


As COVID spreads, global peace builders call on  governments to re-commit to peace.


Russia bans Wi-Fi.


New Simón Bolívar institute for peace and solidarity among people established Sept. 6.


Venezuela foils CIA terror clot., arresting agent Matthew John Heath and 3 others..


UK Israeli drone-manufacturing factory occupied.


Although  you’d never know it from the media: in London over the weekend, thousands come out peacefully to protest medical fraud and wacko BioSecurity State takeoverlula.


Opposing deals to set up diplomatic relations bet. Israel, Bahrain and Emirates, Palestinians declare the self-determination not for sale.


UN Assembly approves pandemic resolution with objections by twins, US and Israel.


US China tariffs ruled illegal by WTO.


New York judge blasts US prosecutor’s conduct in Iran sanctions case.


Minnesota’s prosecutor, John  Choi quits #45 law enforcement commission.


After more than 50,000 people tell CDC to extend no-sail order for cruise ships, environmental good news: No cruises in US until after COVID.


Movement for Black Lives and Working Families Party form coalition to protect election and fight for their communities, regardless of election outcome.


Federal court pauses anti-voter changes made by Postmaster DeJoyless.


Federal judge suspends #45 administration’s move to end 2020 census early.


Red States only: #45 to block oil drilling of Fla, GA, and S. C. coasts.


Politicians from 27 different countries such as Lula, Rosseff, Zapatero., Corbyn, Paul, Galloway Gravel, and Varoufakis join 189 independent international judges, lawyers, legal academics and legal associations endorse open letter to UK government calling for Assange immediate release.


Top Green group aims record $100 million to ditch #45 and Republicans. 


New report underscores  Clean Energy would create more jobs than fossil fuels, and that fracking is not a sustainable pathway to prosperity.


Landslide vote by NC nurses delivers biggest hospital unionization win in South in 45 years!


Sanders and Gillibrand unveil postal banking act to provide alternative to predatory Wall St. banks.


Morgan Stanley greenwash: A commitment to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050.


Good riddance party held for Silicon Valley Pallantir, ICE and cop enabler, moving to Denver.


AOC urges Dems to prevent #45 filling RBG vacancy,


According to ActBlue since 8 Pm Friday until yesterday, $100 million added to war chest investing in candidates up and down ballot and organization on front lines of impending confirmation fight.


Reuters/Ipsos polls: 62% adults (including half Republicans) believe the SCOTUS vacancy should be filled by winner of 2020 election; 20% disagree. (I guess that rosemissing 18% are so busy with their cells phones and Facebook, they don’t know.)


Backlash against GOP power grab is seen in fundraising numbers: in less than three days, more than one million people sign petition demanding that RBG seat not be filled until 2021.


See it when I believe it department: several Repubs promise to oppose any replacement confirmation before election (but not inauguration?)


House passes historic legislation protecting pregnant workers from discrimination, prompting Senate to follow suit.


Progressive hit back after DOJ designates New York, Seattle, and Portland ‘anarchist jurisdictions.’


Lots of luck with that department: as #45 sows chaos, Sanders and Schumer call on Mitch to hold public hearings, help restore confidence in election integrity.


ACLU launches voter preparedness campaign.


New York Senate attacks monopoly crisis.


“just tax the rich,” to avoid austerity, patriotic millionaire tells N.Y. Gov. Cuomo after Mayor de Blasio cuts city spending.


First ever endorsement; Scientific American backs Biden.


Indigenous stewardship of landscape, 57% federal, and 3% California might help prevent raging climate fires.


Student Debt Crisis officially endorses Biden.


Warren and Schumer unveil plan to cancel $50,000 for fed student loan borrowers.


Kenyon College students organize first campus-wide undergrad union.


City of Oakland looking to buy more than 20 buildings for homeless and COVID housing.


Redwood City CA approves $1.7 RV parking program.


San Francisco new safe sleeping village opens in Mission to include 40 tent sites.


San Diego looking to convert hotels to house the homeless now berthed in Convention Center.


Important measure for climate voters in Berkeley and Albany appear on ballot: Berkeley’s Measure HH exempting low income households from utility tax., Albany’s Measure DD to provide funds for climate action and emergency response.



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Start With a Bang, End With a Book

Last Wednesday the sky fell over the Western States. Skies over San Francisco’s Bay Bridge that morning turned chocolate, not milk chocolate, dark chocolate. Half a million people have been evacuated from their homes as fires spread over all the Western States, dozens of people have been killed or reported missing, the deaths of at least 6 people have been confirmed (not the over 90 number who died last year because of our local utility, PG&E’s, affinity for manslaughter); millions of acres of wild forest, the trees and the animals that make it their habitat have been immolated. This event is a repeat of the multistate conflagration as reported on Sept 15, 1902 by the San Francisco. Call. As I write we are in our 7th day  of dangerously polluted air, some readings exceeding 400 ppm (that’s particles per million) and today’s readings over the Bay Area still hover at 175 ppm. Colorado already reports  a slight overpall of whispy smoke. Next week I hope to address the further implications of this catastrophic event.  Please visit the ACTION section below if you are able to help.



Mean time the US pre-election Saturnalia continues with solicitations round the clock to keep these abject excuses for rulers in power as youth leading the Sunrise Movement, who represent a generation with little hope of a future remind us: “This is an imminent existential threat.” Right now, not next year, or next decade, or in the next 50 years. NOW. Revisiting the thought of Gene Debs, which I also hope to do next week, has been an eye opener for this writer, who marvels that already by 1875 he was beginning to see that the struggle between the elites and the working classes amounted to a war.




Entry Without Inspection


For some years now, I, along with many of my fellow and sister activists, have been demonstrating outside the San Francisco Headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters. Once I held the space alone until one reinforcement arrived a half hour later, sometimes we were 4 or 5 crying in the wilderness, Eventually our numbers swelled to nearly 300. The best demonstration was led by Buddhist priests from San Francisco’s Japantown and elsewhere. Elderly Japanese women, two of them sisters, one a diminutive 89 years old, and incarcerated in 1942 in Chrystal City concentration camp, gave testimony of how racist US policies have played out, even against its own naturalized citizens. It climaxed with a walking meditation, and because there were nearly 300 of us passing through two intersections as we walked, we were able to block part of San Francisco’s financial district.


I began addressing US immigration policy in 2009 when I first interviewed a Jewish woman activist working in the Patterson N.J. jails to aid the immigrants detained there, some from Iraq, Jamaica, Guiana, and other parts of the world. She had come to prominence because she became the first whistleblower ever to report a death in detention, the death of a Pakistani taxi driver who had simply disappeared without a trace inside the bowels of the bureaucracy.  That led to a 2009 New York Times article identifying as many as 106 deaths in ICE detention accompanied by a coroners report. (Note: cause of death sometimes listed as asphyxiation.) 


At the time I had absolutely no idea that I was taking the first step on the journey to discover my authentic origins. Although I did not come into the world an orphan, as I was raised all the truths of my past were deliberately held from me. It’s only with the publication of my debut novel, Face, where I first shed a married name to reclaim the name of my birth (which happens to be matrilineal from my great grandmother) that my journey of discovery began, a journey that  would eventually lead back to the name’s origin in 1746 and to the surprising revelation that climaxes the book.


Entry Without Inspection chronicles that story against a background that records the beginning and evolution of US immigration policy, recently come to the forefront of our attention since, as a result of family separation, the first child-in-detention was reported dead, a little Maya Q’eqchi girl, who before setting out on her walk of two thousand miles from her destitute village in Guatemala to reach the US border where she would meet her death, had received the gift of her first pair of shoes.


Remember her name: Jakelin Caal, Presente!





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Super victory for human race: Duane Arnold, Iowa’s only Nuclear Power Plant has shut down as Iowa now gets 42% power from wind.


UK government says NO to opencast coal mining in Druridge Bay.


Montano condemned to serve 133 years for Jesuit murders of 1989 in El Salvador..


Australian youth sue to stop coal mine expansion.


Dramatic evidence in Assange trial as Prof. Mark Feldstein testifies in no way do publishers get to be prosecuted because for press, publishing classified information is a daily occurrence,


Blocking #45 gutting of methane regulation, coalition of state and local governments sue EPA.


Targeting ExxonMobil, Connecticut joins wave of climate lawsuits suing fossil giants.


Farewell to Big Oil? BP admits demand ay have already peaked, predicts growth of renewables.


Milliions demand Congressional action on COVID relief.


Massachusetts joins Maine, putting ranked choice voting on the ballot.


Social justice demonstrations mark first week of NFL by remaining in locker room, linking arms, and taking the knee during national anthem, following Kaepernick’s earlier, courageous example.


Payday Strike Tracker records more than 1,000 strikes across the US since March 1.


Draft Report from Homeland Security names white supremacist terror as the gravest threat to US.


Post Master Dejoy under House investigation for alleged campaign finance violations and perjury to congress.


Condemning attempt at voter suppression, Colorado sues Dejoy over misleading Postal Service mailers.


Rochester police chief and deputy chief resign as police department is accused of literal cover up in death of Daniel Prude whose head was covered with a hood, allowing him to suffocate.


CNN anchor shuts down Republican’s attempt to dodge #45 lies.


Those “vaccines”: Oxford and AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trials put on hold after a UK participant suffers emergency spinal cord infection.


Voting reports indicate tiny leads favor needs of Latino voters in 4 key states: AZ, FLA, NC, and Penn.


Philadelphia  temporarily to block landlords from enforcing evictions.


The list of NBA arenas to be given over he voting sites this year now numbers 20.


Protesting the police murder of homeless immigrant by officer originally disciplined in San Francisco, hunger strikers demand police reform in Antioch, California.


Hoping to solve the digital divide, Irregulators halt billions in wireless subsidies in favor of fiber optics for kids returning to school, many of whom can’t go online.


Will we grab  it? New plan to avert climate catastrophe would create millions of new jobs and save US families money, freeing economy of carbon dependence in 15 years.


Following police shooting of now-paralyzed Jacob Blake, Madison protests celebrate 4th peaceful night.


Huge vindication for Oceti Sakowin water protests as U.S. District Court judge Daniel Taylor allows lawsuit challenging law enforcement use of munitions and fire hoses in freezing weather, to go forward.


Red Fawn Fallis finally free after 4 incarcerated years for joining NODAPL stand at Oceti Sakowin as a medic and falsely imprisoned.


Citizens of Toronto rally in support of Six Nations people arrested in land dispute with Govt. of Canada.


Yes on proposition 16 promoting equal opportunity for all endorsed by the LA Times.


CA Governor Newsom signs bill allowing inmate firefighters to have their records expunged.


Believe it when you see it: #45 to ban oil drilling off Coasts of Florida, Georgia and S.C.


Top green group aims record #100 million at defeating #45 and Republicans.


Countering misinformation flowing from ‘highest levels’ ACLU launches voter preparedness campaign.


New York’s state Senate attacks US monopoly crisis. 


Pittsburgh’s black farmers work to grow a new future.





Heard in a N.Y. subway: I can't believe people are comparing Trump to Satan. Sure he's evil, but certainly not as evil as Trump.


Dr. Falsie never got the sense that #45 was downplaying COVID-19.


Vote for a fossil-free cabinet. Sounds like a  refreshing idea.


Sunday grimmie article title on Common Dreams: A Thank You Letter From Coronavirus to My Enablers in the United States.








Sunday, September 6, 2020

Thing One and Thing Two

People are functioning like 3-toed sloths. They have too much on their minds, give them a break. And at 3 PM the heat suffocating the Bay Area clocked at 102, which does not  help.  It’s a wonder anyone cares about anything, except the good news is vast numbers of folks do. And 102 is so cold in places like India and Japan, and Nigeria people have to bring blankets. That applies to many other countries as well, even some that use toilet paper. 


We have a few issues that concern us. The Disunited States is gripped at the moment in the convulsions of an election circus. Two old white men, neither a candidate known for original ideas, are facing off, and even the 3-toed sloths are galvanized in submoronic attempts to bolster the political creature of their choice. And neither creature represents the millions of people who are about to lose their housing security, to be tumbled out into the streets, alongside their piled up furniture. So let’s restore a bit of sanity to the proceedings, quit the circus tent for a moment to have a gander at the Big Picture. Outside, where cooler heads prevail.


Thing One 


We have two main issues and only two to really worry about. Call them Thing One and Thing Two: global climate collapse, and the nuclear industry. The latter is a two headed-monster, head one: energy; head two: nuclear weapons. The latter range from small  “depleted uranium" tipped ordnance which is pyroclastic (that is it atomizes on explosion) to Tridents with 96 warheads, each 8 times as powerful as a Hiroshima bomb, which were just lollipops in comparison. 

But these two are joined at the neck. Nuclear power has a two-headed reciprocal relationship, one people entirely overlook, namely that nuclear weapons wouldn’t and couldn’t be there if there were no nuclear plants, and nuclear plants had to be built to create the weapon’s grade plutonium without which nuclear bombs could not be manufactured. So we have a two-headed monster whose heads feed one another (kinda like those cute little parakeet couples that regurgitate, and feed each other their own vomit).  


Thing Two


We are already in the thick of the first stages of climate collapse: Fires (California, Brazil) , floods (Ohio, Yemen) , desertification (sub-Saharan Africa and Central America), glacier and ice shelf melt (the Andes, Arctic and Antarctic), Hurricanes and Typhoons (southern US and Asia), storms and freak winds (on my street last night one mini whirlwind sheered a huge tree of one of its tree-sized limbs). Migration already displacing millions as soils in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America become too desiccated to farm.

                        Folks in Yemen try to help one another


Now Thing One and Thing Two, are kinda like larger sets of nuclear power; they too are joined at the neck. For example, Korea’s Busan  Kori Nuclear Power plant (NPP) lost power because of typhoon Maysak; Preceding this latest event, a whole history exists of other plants failing, even becoming endangered as rivers and oceans surge: Oyster Creek in the Disunited States which came close to being another Fukushima during  superstorm Sandy in 2012 not to mention N.Y, State’s Indian Point; Ft. Calhoun in 2011  which nearly failed when the Muddy Missouri overflowed its banks, and a truck backing up punctured the inflated boom meant to hold floodwaters back.