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It's only Tuesday, and yet this has already been been a terrible week for Donald Trump. It's week that follows several wherein he has been brutally and deservedly chastised for having dined with racists and anti-Semites, and for calling for the “termination” fo the Constitution, and for hawking his ridiculous...

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  • December 20, 2022

Critical Race Practice. Organizers have canceled plans for an afternoon of speeches and performances commemorating the centennial on Monday of the Tulsa massacre. This reminds us that the early 1920s was a mass othering of America that includes events like the Wall Street bombing of 1920, whose death toll was exceeded in the Tulsa...

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  • May 28, 2021

Let’s be clear. I don’t condone Rand Paul’s neighbor’s decision to beat the crap out of him, but I do condone (nay, applaud) everyone else’s decision to laugh at it. Rand Paul is a doctor … of sorts. He rather famously accredited himself through his own accrediting agency—an instance of self-gratifying...

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  • May 23, 2021

http://www.cnn.com/… The Food and Drug Administration is giving emergency approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid Vaccine for use in juveniles from 12 to 15 years old.  Several of the vaccine manufacturers are conducting limited trials for younger groups. Vaccinations of young people will not only increase the percentage of the population...

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  • May 11, 2021

Normally it’s a given that the party that wins the White House will lose congressional seats in subsequent midterm elections. In 2010, Democrats got clobbered after Barack Obama’s historic 2008 victory. And a blue wave took hold in 2018, almost certainly in response to Donald Trump’s 2016 creepy-twins, blood-elevator Overlook Hotel red...

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  • May 6, 2021

Europe will start welcoming American tourists who can show they are fully vaccinated, currently 29% of the US population. The American government has provided at least one dose of Covid vaccine to 42.2% of its population. Some 53.6% of American adults have had at least one jab, and the percentage for...

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  • April 25, 2021

Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has learned from the death of Bernie Madoff about Ponzi schemes, because QAnon surely couldn’t be a cult of personality or a grift used by criminals in charge. Because the previous guy still says “the best is yet to come”, having killed hundreds of thousands, we also know...

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  • April 19, 2021

The stuck ship does tell us something about the fragility of global trade and the flow of capital.  Fungible Space Logistics, that concept popularized by United Parcel Service is also about the spatial problems of concrete versus abstract global networks. x Everyone is talking about the big ship getting stuck...

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  • March 28, 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

More than 110 million Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in the United States, of which about 90 million happened after Joe Biden took office. The 100 million vaccination pledge will be reached about March 20. Alaska and Mississippi are the first two states to widen eligibility to all adult residents. But...

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  • March 16, 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

“The universe has been to them.” (Resident Alien) 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...

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  • March 13, 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

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who announced a 2022 Senate bid earlier this month, said in a statement Tuesday that he will not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry in his run. Fetterman said in the statement obtained by The Hill via...

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  • February 16, 2021

Trump’s defence liars lawyers talked about unity at the beginning of the trial. Well as we all have seen that is bullshit. They all ended up channelling Trump. They ranted. Not only that, but they were frivolous with respect to the law. Attacked by means of out of context quotes,...

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  • February 13, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021

“Can anyone honestly say that if some of those in the mob with zip ties, stun guns and other weapons actually came upon a member of Congress in the Capitol on Jan 6, they'd have just stopped and asked them to pose for a selfie?” x Anyone who thinks Trump...

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  • February 2, 2021

Large hedge funds representative of fictitious capital aka “dumb money” got screwed by swarming reddit collective action. Numerous “redditors” caused a small scale version of (short) market chaos. WE GOT JON STEWART TO JOIN TWITTER He's right tho… https://t.co/iHedgMhKqg — WSB Mod (@wsbmod) January 29, 2021 UPDATE: It's definitely not a...

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  • January 29, 2021

http://www.msn.com/… The Mike Hunter, Attorney General. of Oklahoma is trying to get back $2 million the state paid to acquire a supply of hydroxychloroquine, one of the favorite snake oil remedies for Covid 19 praised by Donald Trump for much of 2020. Fox News and other right wing news media touted it endlessly as...

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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

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

It’s a short book 172 pages or so and I recommend it strongly. I know many here think along the same lines, it cost very little about $10.99. I’ll leave you to read it if you want to. My own thoughts. It is the greatest threat to democracy in our...

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  • January 15, 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

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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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

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

Ever since the first enslaved Africans stepped off ships, suffering from dysentery, malnutrition, and pleurisy, the marker was laid that race is the predominant politic in America. I highly recommend that if you see slavery as some sort of isolated cruelty, you read the 1619 Project. There has been criticism...

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  • December 14, 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

Whether profit or perfidy, count on Trump to do the wrong thing. Now, fewer Americans will be vaccinated before June. What appears to be happening is promotion of those drug makers (the legal ones) who were more friendly to Trump. x BREAKING: Trump passed on buying more Pfizer vaccine. Because...

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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

In the first week of April this year, the first quantifiable effects of the Covid-19 virus on people of color were released in the press. April 17, 2020, Donald Trump tweeted out ‘Liberate Michigan!’ I am sure many of you think black and brown people are just paranoid when we...

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  • December 2, 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

Now that’s what I’m talking about: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country. Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation...

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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

As we all begin to turn our attention to the Supreme Court again, I came across the below YouTube video of a 2009 debate between US Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Scalia.  It is a breath of fresh air and I believe it is unthinkable today.  (Scalia may deserve some credit for...

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  • October 9, 2020

Industry concentration and monopolization have become boring and technical so the exploitation of labor now gets a meme-term from Zephyr Teachout that sounds more like a QAnon conspiracy: chickenization.  COVID-19 does have something to do with it considering the acceleration of the pandemic in meat production centers. It involves something more akin...

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  • October 7, 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

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the state’s next elections. He will serve...

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  • October 4, 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

From The Daily Beast: A leading congressional ally of President Donald Trump alleged last week that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) threatened to withhold financial support for the president’s re-election effort unless he helped get her top Republican opponent out of the race. According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Loeffler or...

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  • September 24, 2020

Last night and this morning, I felt like crawling into a hole for the next 40 days or so. And not a deep hole. I didn’t have the energy or joie de vivre for a deep hole. It would have been a shallow hole. Barely a hole at all. Really,...

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  • September 19, 2020

In case you haven’t noticed…Almost every Front Page Post gets this comment from 2Thanks. Agreed. Taking back our country from the vlad-compromised virus spreader is of course not a matter of luck, but work. Dear Readers and Members of Daily Kos: Please donate to Joe and Kamala via our new ActBlue...

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  • September 14, 2020

But even bold purply flowers, like this welcome offering from my hacked-down artichokes, seem washed out, as if horror author  Stephen King’s Tommyknockers are draining colors from view. I’ve offered some purple, now for the Haze. In some ways this is scarier than a Nebraska tornado cloud. No where to...

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  • September 12, 2020

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the three witches promised Macbeth that he could not lose until “Birnam Wood shall come to Dunsinane” (that being Macbeth’s castle). Since it was impossible for a forest to pick itself up and move, Macbeth figured he was invulnerable. But Duncan’s troops cut branches from the trees...

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  • September 4, 2020

Today, Joe Biden appeared in front of the press and did his best impression of a non-senile presidential candidate who’s about to dropkick Donald Trump’s traitorous ass back to Trump Tower — preferably the one he’ll end up building in Moscow. (Of course, having squeezed all the juice out of...

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  • September 4, 2020

An Oregon developer of a proposed gas station next to a creek and wetlands has withdrawn his application. In short:  Victory! Withdrawn App, how sweet the sound, Saving trees … thirty feet around. They were doomed on this place, but now are saved, thanks to Grace. The nearby neighborhoods’ coveys...

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  • September 4, 2020