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Saturday was the first day that CO2 measured in the atmosphere was above 420 ppm since measurements began in the 1950s. This moment in time has sapiens in a perilous position of our own making where CO2 in the atmosphere is almost 50% higher than it was since the industrial revolution. Just a wisp...

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  • April 5, 2021

More “bad days” ahead. We’re not going to throw up our hands even as social media now shifts to predictable Islamophobia. Notable is that the shooter in Boulder bought his gun on the evening of the  Atlanta shootings. A Brady Bill might have stopped him. By the end of February, people around...

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  • March 23, 2021

Dale Cooper: There’s nothing quite like urinating in the open air. (Twin Peaks) A Colorado man who refused to wear a mask on an Alaska Airlines flight and urinated in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants. The charge carries a maximum term of 20...

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  • March 14, 2021

Ok, this is Sunday and I try to stay away from political posts on Sunday.   Something happened yesterday and took me back 30 years and I smiled.  My car had just stopped and would not crank at the drive through at CVS.  I called my husband to come down and jump...

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  • March 14, 2021

Not sure if you remember the infamous Jon Stewart Crossfire appearance in which he basically burned the erstwhile CNN show to the ground. Okay, “burned to the ground” is a metaphor, but it’s not really hyperbole. Just months later, CNN canceled the program, 86’d cohost Tucker Carlson, and actually cited...

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  • March 12, 2021

It seems clear that Trump will continue to be a Russian asset, with the bonus of classified information transferred even beyond his presidency. A new book by Craig Unger features a former KGB spy, Yuri Shvets as a source. …Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he...

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  • January 30, 2021

I had never heard the extraordinary story of Ada Blackjack, her Alaskan way of life was transformed into a destitute single woman with a small child when abandoned by her dog-musher husband. She had no choice but to walk forty miles to Nome, Alaska, with a two-year-old ill with tuberculosis.  Upon arrival, she...

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  • December 28, 2020

We will remember 2020 as the good old days as the climate continues to overheat due to our failure to rein in heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. Heck, this year might even be the coolest we will experience for an unknowable number of Millenium. We have entered perilous times, and physics will...

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  • December 3, 2020

x I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon —...

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  • November 17, 2020

x I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon —...

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  • November 17, 2020

From CNN: The last time Kansas sent a Democrat to the US Senate, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby was all over the news. “Tarzan the Ape Man” was a hit movie. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt won his first term, crushing incumbent Herbert Hoover. The year, as you history majors...

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  • October 5, 2020

I was at the Bryn Mawr PA train station waiting for a train to take me into Philadelphia for a party I was going to attend.  Someone I knew slightly walked by me without noticing me, so I called after her. We chatted as we waited for the train. She...

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  • September 21, 2020

More Trump nonsense, perpetuating a lie, and Trump will bring it Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin. America has always been at war with Eastasia. Portland and Kenosha. You’d think someone would have noticed all those decades of a burning Portland. then again “Trump says Biden is controlled “by people who are in the...

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  • September 1, 2020

 A few blocks from my home is the site of the Pulse massacre. We just passed the 4-year anniversary. In the six months that led up to the massacre, Florida Republicans had introduced more than 200 bills attacking freedoms of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. But it’s okay: my right-wing...

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  • June 22, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Like clockwork, Donald Trump has determined that John Bolton is a wacko. That’s what happens when you challenge Kaiser Cray-Cray. You get a dose of whatever medicine he snorted this morning.  x ….He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with...

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  • June 18, 2020

Deliberate attacks on journalists have cost at least one reporter an eye. And yet the COVID-19 pandemic remains. A number of efforts are underway to try to track the attacks on journalists, which are often first documented on Twitter. Bellingcat senior investigator Nick Watershad documented 100 incidents by 12:50 PM ET...

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  • June 1, 2020

Jake Tapper: “It’s not all bad news”. There’s no way of knowing the false sense of security that Trump’s declaration created one month ago, that “15 cases will soon be zero”. The Trump goal remains reelection, if only to evade indictment, and the key is trying to resurrect the economy,...

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  • March 25, 2020

Justice gets done, despite the tweet-bleating of Trump and the intervention of Barr. The Trumpocracy’s court jester is sentenced to 40 months in prison (three years, four months, $20,000 fine, two years probation, plus community service). There will be an appeal, as well as speculation about a Trump pardon/commutation, as the...

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  • February 20, 2020

Trump quotes Peter Baker quoting Emerson, as Trump golf trips are 250% of PBO’s at the same moment in their presidencies. x …..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch...

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  • February 15, 2020

Mike Lee (R-UT) doesn’t want to be told by the WH to “shut up and dribble” on discussing War Powers issues. As if no discussion by Congress was relevant to the question of the necessity and proportionality of assassinating Suleimani. “What I found so distressing is one of the messages was do...

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  • January 8, 2020

Climate change, it’s here. Perhaps it is time that the world helps Australia in their moment of need. It is like Armageddon in many areas of the continent. Yesterday, over 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate a huge swath of land in Victoria state, known as Gippsland, as soaring temperatures...

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  • December 31, 2019

“Friends. Shit is getting well-serious. I am at my place at the very top of the Bellinger Valley. Smoke has completely saturated everything for days now. “Most of this evening I have heard the wind absolutely roaring on the escarpment above. These beasts are inexorably heading for Point Lookout and...

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  • December 17, 2019

I think one of the most exciting primaries for the U.S. Senate is the Democratic primary in Georgia to unseat U.S. Senator David Perdue (R. GA). Democrats are proving to be competitive in this changing deep red to purple state. With U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R. GA) retiring early due...

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  • December 12, 2019

Last year, the Parkland students took on the National Rifle Association (NRA). All of the adults in the proverbial room told them that it was futile because the NRA was just too powerful with its legion of followers. The kids didn’t know any better and took them head on, even when...

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  • November 28, 2019

http://www.nytimes.com/… jamanetwork.com/… The New York Times reports that life expectancy, especially for Americans between the ages of 25 to 64, is declining despite the highest per capita spending in the world on health care, according to a study newly published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the new...

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  • November 27, 2019

Trump goes to the Game and roots for Bama, Bama loses! Next time they should boo him! pic.twitter.com/VSk2rm0dxH — Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 10, 2019 #Bama won 31 straight home games over 4 a year span Then Trump came to see a game…. #ETTD pic.twitter.com/4P3fpneMR9 — ALBΞRT MacGloan (@AlbertMacGloan) November...

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  • November 10, 2019

According to a new report prepared by the US Army and, commissioned by the Pentagon, found that the next couple of decades will be so chaotic due to a warming climate that we will be unable to adapt in time. Our inability to change will be the result of years...

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  • October 26, 2019

National Geographic has a fascinating story where a bottlenose dolphin adopted a baby of a different species, a melon-head whale, back in 2014 and is still caring for it today.  The whale species are found throughout the tropics and are a close relative to pygmy whales and pilot whales according...

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  • August 10, 2019

“Because the Arctic’s role in regulating the global climate is a critical link in the chain of climate protection it should be the focus of an all-out effort to keep it strong and safe,” Durwood Zaelke, preident of the Institute of Governance and Sustaninable Development. Scripps issues a  code-red warning...

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  • August 6, 2019

< p style=”text-align:left”>The IPCC gave us 12 years to set the wheels in motion to save ourselves from the apocalypse known as climate change. Now in the scientific community, a consensus is building that we have only 18 months to implement aggressive climate policy. Which means “that the decisive, political...

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  • July 24, 2019

At 11 AM on June 16, 2015, Donald Trump rode down the escalator inside Trump Tower to announce his presidential campaign. With paid actors cheering him on, Trump instantly lied about the size of the crowd as he kicked off a meandering, 45-minute hate speech that was carried live by...

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  • June 16, 2019

In a story titled Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses. CAUTION —  this is not the information being sought by Ways and Means. It is from the period of 1985-1994. And guess what?  Trump was losing money hands over fists. Let me...

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  • May 7, 2019

It has been longer than that if you include my school years [St George’s Edinburgh, it would be 26] but 20 years a full time expat split between the UK and France, so over half my life. The reason I bring this up? I think that it is really this...

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  • January 16, 2016

As the nation marks the end of the four-year term of Barack Obama’s ascendance to the presidency, (or the beginning of a new term), we will once again be subjected to endless discussion about the significance of the nation’s first non-white president. For many African-Americans, this may be a time...

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