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All wars are battles among falcons, they are never fought between hawks and doves. A UN enforced no-fly-zone would have no doves. As James Clapper said on CNN: “The game’s on”. The reality is that wars like Ukraine-Russia are fought in blood even if they can be modeled as a series of...

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  • March 14, 2022
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

Trump Sued by Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition Over ‘China Virus’ … and the CACRC wants Trump to cough up $1 for every Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the United States. 29 other suits now currently in action against previous guy. Likely Trump will pay off in Bitcoin or NFTs. More pathetic are right-wing Indians reacting...

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  • May 21, 2021

MSNBC Host Katy Tur is taking the family leave offered by MSNBC. She slammed the U.S. for its deficiency in valuing the needs of families. MSNBC Host Katy Tur touts family leave See full episodes here. She did not have to do this, but she did. MSNBC Host Katy Tur is almost...

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  • May 6, 2021

According to new findings from the University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, primarily in summer, unprecedented quantities of heat from the Pacific are pouring into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait. This likely explains the rapid decimation of sea ice in the region. The decline has...

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  • April 23, 2021

Weed o’clock struck early today. Not sure why. Something to do with daylight saving time, I think. Or the Maya calendar? Fuck if I know. It just felt like a day-tokin’ kinda day here in the Pacific Northwest. But this isn’t about me. Because there’s no way in hell I would...

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  • April 12, 2021

LIVE Q&A | BEGINS 2:30 PM EDT APRIL 5, 2021 As the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community continues to grapple with violence, many are searching for ways to prevent further harm toward Asians. Join Wall Street Journal reporter Ang Li in conversation with John C. Yang, president and executive director...

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  • April 5, 2021

Q&A | APRIL 5, 2021 As the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community continues to grapple with violence, many are searching for ways to prevent further harm toward Asians. Join Wall Street Journal reporter Ang Li in conversation with John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice,...

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  • April 5, 2021

Rye Development is proposing a massive pumped storage power plant uphill from the site of the closed Goldendale smelter, next to the Columbia River.  This facility will take over a closed pumped storage plant. Native American tribes, including tribes from Asia, originally migrated to this vicinity as a group with common languages and...

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  • March 23, 2021

We have all experienced remotely-located call centers, whether from US prisons or foreign countries. “Minerva at Midnight” (I’m usually posting a story at midnight so I might as well make it a feature, not a bug) Blade Runner questions will be at least amusing when you as a disgruntled consumer, is...

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  • March 22, 2021

Tuesday morning, I had the first of my two scheduled vaccinations for the coronavirus. I was apprehensive, at first, but once I passed the first phalanx of civilian volunteers, I was met by a battery of fresh-faced Marines, herding, asking me questions, screening me to avoid exacerbating any of my...

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  • March 19, 2021

About 15 years ago, my son and I dug out two back yard fish ponds with a back hoe, to my wife’s surprise.  A backhoe. (not in my backyard.) This pond was about 12 X eight feet. We stocked it with dime-a-dance aquarium goldfish. The goldfish grew rapidly. I operate...

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  • March 14, 2021

Twitter’s decision to cancel Donald Trump, Insurrectionist was a boon to the nation’s mental health. I don’t have any metrics to back that statement up, of course, but then I’m not telling anyone to inject bleach or shove any light bulbs up my arse. (By the way, my mother-in-law was...

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  • March 12, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Green, unburdened by House committee work, should put a bit more time into her trolling banter. Sadly, this was no different than the previous guy’s issues with thinking the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico weren’t part of the US, and his minions’ interest in giving Alaska back to Russia....

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  • March 12, 2021

Hi, Hoomans!  The last couple of months have been a whirl!   All I remember is waking up really horny and cold in the middle of January. “Hey,” I thought to my self, I remember these ponds from before.” At dusk, I heard a dozen male chorus frogs making their crude and...

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  • March 6, 2021
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Recovering memory and historical revisionism in sex work might be the sad product of many repressive regimes. What becomes worse is the complicity of academic institutions in white-washing crimes against humanity.  Harvard is no stranger to items like Alan (buddy of Jeff Epstein) Dershowitz’s attempt to move the statutory rape...

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  • February 20, 2021

1969 1969, a day of pride and glory 2021, a day of shame and hate 1964 displaying gallows for hanging It is unbelievable how far we have fallen instead of moving forward. The first still picture is gallows being erected for the hanging of Mike Pence. The picture  below is gallows...

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  • February 15, 2021

When California’s deadly and worst wildfire struck the state of California, intense drought provided the fuel necessary when a PG&E Pacific Gas and Electricity sparked the catastrophe. California has a Mediterranean climate, which is particularly vulnerable to our climate crisis. That explanation was too much for the simple-minded QAnon nutballs. To...

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  • January 28, 2021

When California’s deadly and worst wildfire struck the state of California, intense drought provided the fuel necessary when a PG&E Pacific Gas and Electricity sparked the catastrophe. California has a Mediterranean climate, which is particularly vulnerable to our climate crisis. That explanation was too much for the simple-minded QAnon nutballs. To...

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  • January 28, 2021

The local internet buzzed. The local goose had tangled itself in a loose strand of fishing line, with a barbed lure tearing at her throat. The local goose was an odd duck.  My best effort called her a Greylag or an Anser Anser.  She was mean and would chase children. ...

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  • January 27, 2021

The January rains struck parts of NW Oregon with near-biblical storms.  Bethany Lake flooded to new heights.  Two inches fell overnight and never let up. The Wood Duck Island vanished.  The shallow turbid muddy stream turned into a 100-foot-wide version of a real river.   While I’ve often joked this weather...

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  • January 24, 2021

While I won’t be entirely happy until Donald Trump is exiled to the isle of Elba or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (my top choice, naturally), his ineluctable slide into social and business pariah status is heartening. When people say “your money’s no good here,” it’s usually a gesture of familiarity...

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  • January 23, 2021

By January Bethany Lake in NW Oregon, just west of Portland, gathers storm waters from hundreds of acres of avoided wetlands. Effluent also drains from the thousands of manicured yards and miles of streets in the surrounding suburban areas. The Lake and its tributaries discharges to Rock Creek, which slithers down...

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  • January 17, 2021

The big day is here! Grassroots groups are pushing to  help boost Democratic Election Day  turnout in Georgia and here are a few ways you can help. I received this e-mail just now from Serve America  PAC: Today is the big day. Control of the U.S. Senate will be decided...

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  • January 5, 2021

Received this e-mail today from actor Bradley Whitford on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA)  & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Hey there. Happy New Year! Bradley Whitford here — the monster from Jordan Peele’s film Get Out who's not unlike the two GOP Georgia Senators we're...

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  • January 3, 2021

Happy New Year Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers...

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  • January 2, 2021

Name’s Red. Red Woodman, Major Mammal Crimes Detective.  This is supposed to be my last day on the job is I can make it through. Cough. They’ve assigned me a kid nick-named “Lucky” I’m supposed to train to take my place. I’m looking through his resume.  He’d flunked out of...

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  • December 28, 2020

A piece in The Bulwark gives us another political neologism, as if we had enough to deal with in designated “more conservative”, “more moderate”, “less liberal”, and even anti-progressive Democrats. At their margins they may be responsible for the Democratic losses in Congress even as Trump has been defeated. “Can’t we all just get...

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  • December 22, 2020

Edward Abbey memorialized environmental resistance to mindless development in his tome The Monkey Wrench Gang. It essentially endorsed sabotage to thwart degrading of the natural world, for instance, putting sugar in the gas tanks of bulldozers that are about to plow under a nice area. However, advances in surveillance make...

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  • December 19, 2020

Received two e-mails today from two members from The Squad in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA)  and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns. The first one is from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.  MI-13): Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Tonight at 6pm ET...

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  • December 17, 2020

The hummingbirds dash around my back yard, as hard to track as a feathered 3-card monte game; are there 2 or 3 or 4 hummers? Any hummer that sits in our Bartlett pear tree is automatically named Bart.  It fights any other hummer using any one of five feeders below...

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  • December 16, 2020

But there are 40-odd cinder cones of once-active volcanos clustered near the bucolic town of Boring, just east of Portland Oregon.  These, and the related lava flows, are part of the Boring formation. I live off this map to the left (west of Beaverton).  I am intensely interested in this Boring...

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  • December 12, 2020

Donald Trump is the grift that keeps on grifting. And he has 42 more days to embarrass our country and everyone in it. And, damn, is he ever obliging. He’s almost completely given up on governing so he can focus 100 percent on keeping the job he has no interest in...

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  • December 9, 2020

Donald Trump has been plotting to screw our climate and kill off the diversity of life for four years.  This isn’t hyperbole; he has devasted critical habitat and created scars over 400 miles long through National Parks, private and public lands along the US and Mexican borders with his racist wall. By changing...

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  • December 8, 2020

For starters, this  “No Trespassing” sign isn’t on private property.  It’s on Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Lands that are open to the public as the Rock Creek Greenway, west of Portland Oregon. Fortunately there are many anglers who are simply crazed about catching fish and who would wade through Hell fire for...

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  • December 5, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Democracy For America: Have you signed up to text Georgia voters yet? On Friday, at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific, we'll kick off our Georgia Text Out The Vote campaign. We have 33 days to reach 3 million voter contacts and we need all hands on deck...

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  • December 3, 2020

“It’s gotten so out of whack that we are now looking at survival for our children, not survival of our grandchildren.”, Peter Carter, M.D., – reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. Dozens of scientists from Sweden, Russia, China, and seven other countries studied methane emissions...

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  • November 23, 2020

“It’s gotten so out of whack that we are now looking at survival for our children, not survival of our grandchildren.”, Peter Carter, M.D., – reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. Dozens of scientists from Sweden, Russia, China, and seven other countries studied methane emissions...

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  • November 23, 2020

Nearly anyone would be better than the Dominionist nutlog, Mike Pompeo. Robert Wright (New Republic) and Connor Echols wrote an article last week grading Tony Blinken, the apparent choice by Joe Biden for Secretary of State. The combination with his former partner in a consultancy, Michelle Flournoy as Secretary of Defense,...

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  • November 23, 2020

Hard rains just swept across NW Oregon and vicinity. The creeks climbed their banks. I watch Rock Creek, and its tributaries that flow through Bethany Lake, ten miles west of Portland Oregon.  Upstream of Bethany Lake, a half mile wide grassy meadow has transformed into a nicely braided  creek with...

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  • November 20, 2020

I toss in my sleep, grabbing for the water bottle. I have to push the straw deep for the last few drops of precious cool water. Even the dregs are sweet. And in that moment between a memory and a dream, I was not sure if I was a hummingbird...

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  • November 10, 2020

For six years, tadpoles have morphed into tiny chorus frogs in my backyard ponds.  But once they’ve turned into frogs I seldom see them again. For the first few days into July, I  find them near their birth ponds. Their default move is to hop back into the water for...

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  • November 1, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Wisconsin Democratic Party: We’re only 21 days away from the election of our lifetimes and, as everyone from Speaker Pelosi on down keeps saying, it all comes down to Wisconsin. Now is the time to make sure we do everything possible to reach voters in...

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  • October 14, 2020

Will Trumpian domestic terror’s “strategy of tension” for the next decade ultimately be predicated upon the little tiny fishes, or the strawberries, or the tow target. “California is gonna have to ration water. You wanna know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to...

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  • October 12, 2020

For 20 years, I’ve tracked the movements of herons and egrets where I’ve worked and walked.  I’d been working at a golf course in Banks Oregon, 20 miles west of Portland.  We had a year-round heron, and every autumn, an egret visited and fished for a few days, angering the...

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  • October 10, 2020

Even at 36 people stricken with COVID so far from contact at the White House, all kinds of people are missing, perhaps quarantined, with a few hospitalized. Perhaps there will be improved contact tracing, despite the attempts to conceal their base incompetence and slavish loyalty to Trump.  x Getty's last...

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  • October 9, 2020

A backyard pond turns oily. A DIY oil test confirms it’s more than iron oxide,  I found tiny broken eggs and cat-sized poop nearby (not pictured).  I suspect coon. I found knocked over plants in another pond. I put rounded rocks into abandoned birds’ nests and set them on the...

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  • October 5, 2020

“Oyez!  The Summer Session of Frog Court is called to order,  Judge Jeramiah Bullfrog presiding,” honked the Bailiff, who was  a Canadian goose. In strode two robed judges, who were six foot tall bullfrogs, trying to walk on two legs, but instead hopping from foot to foot.  The third bullfrog...

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  • October 3, 2020

Prior to this reporting, very few SARs had ever been revealed. The FinCEN Files encompass more than 2,100. Will there be folks taking the easy way out after these revelations, but more importantly, will this have an effect on future prosecutions that might even involve Trump and his minions, because...

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  • September 21, 2020

Fuck him: Loren Culp, the Republican nominee running to unseat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), is pushing a conspiracy theory that many of the wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest are the result of a coordinated arson campaign. In a 13-minute campaign video posted to Culp’s YouTube late Wednesday, the...

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  • September 18, 2020
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