The US Faces another Existential Crisis

Right now we’re facing one existential crisis: Trump, the Republicans, and the White Supremacists along with the oligarchs, are trying to turn this country into South Africa during apartheid. (Yes, Godwin’s Law has been suspended, and Trump thinks Mein Kampf is an instruction manual, but for the time being I suggest that apartheid just might…

I'm a Convert to Impeachment

I have been reluctant to push for impeachment up til now, on the grounds that, since the Senate would never convict, it’s a fruitless exercise which might well help Trump and the GOP. I’ve changed my mind, for a number of reasons: 1. I haven’t read the full Mueller report, but I have read bits…

The Daily Bucket–The Snail Whisperer

I recently set up a 5 gallon aquarium and germinated lotuses in it from storied seeds.  I purchased two Japanese “trapdoor” snails to eat the aquarium’s algae.  They just had a half-dozen live young, so I am sort of a grandfather of snails. This covey of snails swiftly ate all of the Lotus tank’s algae, to…

The Daily Bucket–There's a thousand stories in Frog Court.

The ”Frog Court” originated as result of a sealed court settlement over an unfortunate incident regarding Nixon EPA Administrator Anne Gorsche, prescription drugs, a government limo, and a lost weekend in the early 1970s. The quiet settlement established the Frog Environmental Regulatory Commission, or FERC.  FERC’s mandate is the protection of native frogs in the…

Repost. 2016's 'Twas The Right Before Christmas

Ursulafaw requested a repost of this Christmas classic from 2016.  Hope you enjoy! 'Twas the Right before Christmas   Twas the right before Christmas, when all through the states, – 'Thug legislatures were ginning up hate. – In Charlotte they dimmed the new Democrat's lights, – And Columbus nixed women's health care rights. – 'Thug…

Spain draws closer to the edge

Things are… not going well in Spain right now. How to breed an infertile, mentally disabled king, who soils himself regularly, and sparks a regional war with his death. First, a little history. Some three hundred years ago, what is now that little pointy bit that constitutes the northeast corner of Spain was its own (more…

Dear People of Michigan: We Told You So

This blog originally appeared on Up North Progressive Can we revoke Directive 4 on The Nerd yet? Back in 2011, when an unknown, nerdy former chairman of the board of a former computer giant called Gateway was sworn in as governor of the state of Michigan, his plans for the state set off alarm bells…

The Top 11 Reasons Teachers are Undervalued

We've all heard the complaints about teachers: They're lazy, they get the whole summer off. What do they even do all day with those kids? It's not like they actually produce anything. Once they get tenure it's impossible to get rid of them no matter how terrible they are and the union backs them up….

The Turkish People Have Killed Their Fear Of Authority

I read a very interesting piece about the protests which have been sweeping across the major cities of Turkey.  It seems that if you hold a people down with a heavy authoritative fist, they will eventually rise up and strike back.  In this case, the Turks are doing so peacefully – despite the very violent…

The Scars of Capitalism

Start a discussion about 20th century industry in America and images of factories humming with  production probably fill your head.  It's nice that romantic image fills your head because the reality is harsher to comprehend. Many factories today in this country sit idle; the people and machines that made them productive are gone. Rusting, rotting…