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A Trump policy institute? Heaven help us

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As a brand extension, the recently announced launch of the America First Policy Institute couldn’t be better. The name leans on Donald Trump’s campaign catchphrase and, true to form, promises something grand. And though it’s built on a shaky foundation — how many real policies did the former president actually have? — its $20 million starting budget offers insiders a chance to get paid for continuing to spread Trump’s populist message.Michael D'AntonioMichael D’AntonioTrump alumni without independent means are going to need paychecks — especially after some members of the former administration were reported to be having trouble finding jobs following the deadly Capitol riot by Trump supporters on January 6. Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes magazine, bluntly warned employers that if they hired any of Trump’s “fellow fabulists” the publication “will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.” Politico also reported that former Trumpers faced “bleak” job prospects due to the taint of their association with him.A handful of Trump loyalists still draw federal salaries because the government provides small staffs for former presidents. And some, like former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, have been given work by Fox News.

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Joe Biden’s audacious gambles(Kudlow is also listed as vice chair of the America First Institute’s board.) However, few other major hirings have been announced and GOP/Trump insider Armstrong Williams told the Washington Post that “many, many people” saw job offers rescinded after Trump incited the attack on the Capitol.Given the former president’s entrepreneurial past, it’s no surprise that acolytes who faced dim job prospects decided to create work for themselves. According to the institute’s website, 35 of them have been named to the “team.” (Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will reportedly be part-time advisers.)

With those millions in start-up money, salaries shouldn’t be a problem. And in true Trump fashion, more than half the folks named to the institute will get fancy titles such as “chair” of this or “director” of that.But what exactly will they be doing? According to the institute’s site, it will house 15 or more “centers” that will conduct research and “develop policies that put the American people first.” It’s worth noting that Team Trump promised the same thing during his administration, but didn’t get very far. Perhaps as they set to work, the institute’s chairs and directors could come up with the health care plan promised by Trump and never delivered. Or a real infrastructure program to replace the one Trump apparently forgot.Come to think of it, the institute could fill its entire agenda with ideas that the former president either failed to develop or implement despite big promises. To begin there’s that “big, beautiful” southern border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay to construct. Trump didn’t get it half-way finished and Mexico hasn’t paid a penny. Then there are all those jobs Trump promised to create in manufacturing plants and coal mines. And how about the 4% annual growth in Gross Domestic Product he promised? Maybe the institute could devise policies to make that happen.

GOP senator is staggering around after riding the Trump-a-Whirl too long

GOP senator is staggering around after riding the Trump-a-Whirl too longThe problem for all the thinkers who will populate the America First Institute is that greater Washington, not to mention the country overall, is already very well-served by policy experts. The Heritage Foundation, Brookings, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Rand Corporation, Center for American Progress, and National Bureau of Economic Research, to name a few, spend hundreds of millions annually on policy research and development. They also count Nobel laureates and other global leaders in their ranks.At the American First institute one of the best-known names comes with additional controversy attached. John Ratcliffe, who served as Trump’s director of national intelligence for seven months, faced questions about whether he misrepresented his credentials prior to taking the job and while in office declassified unverified Russian intelligence in an apparent attempt to help Trump politically.A few of the institute’s people, like Lt. General Keith Kellogg, former national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, will bring a touch of gravitas to the operation but generally speaking the folks at Rand or Brookings likely have little to fear in terms of academic competition. Besides, some of the topic areas assigned to this team suggests a less-than-serious cast of mind. Among the institute’s “centers” will be one devoted to “media accountability” that will be directed by a former Trump campaign marketing officer with no apparent experience in the media. Likewise, a Center for Election Integrity will be run by a former state trial court judge who lists no election-related expertise in her biographical sketch. Election integrity and media accountability are obsessions for Trump, who is infamous for unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and countless reckless attacks on the press.Taken together, the people and the agenda of the new institute suggest that it will serve mainly as a make-work project for needy administration alumni keeping up the pretense that Trump was a successful leader. Much will have to be overlooked, including the former president’s miserable response to the Covid-19 pandemic, his record of lies, and his decisive defeat in his reelection bid.

Join us on Twitter and FacebookThe team’s commitment to maintaining the mirage of Trump’s “success” — even without mentioning him by name on the site — was apparent as the institute’s president Brooke Rollins announced it was launching to “continue the transformative changes” of the last four years. “We keep the mission going,” she declared in her pop-up video message on the site’s home page.Heaven help us.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/18/opinions/trump-america-first-policy-institute-dantonio/index.html

Man Finds Abandoned Newborn On NYC Subway. With Judges Encouragement, He And His Husband Adopt Him.

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At 8:00pm on August 28th, 2000, it was a typical New York frenzy in the New York City’s 14th Street subway station, in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.

34 year-old social worker Danny Stewart had left his Harlem sublet to meet with his partner of three years, 32 year-old playwright and web designer Pete Mercurio, for dinner.

And he was late.

As he was about to reach the stairs to leave the station, he saw what he thought was a toy on the ground in a corner, alone.

“I noticed on the floor tucked up against the wall, what I thought was a baby doll.

I glanced back one more time, and that’s when I noticed his legs moved.”

He rushed over to discover a baby boy.

“He didn’t have any clothes on, he was just wrapped up in this sweatshirt. His umbilical cord was still partially intact, so I could tell he was a newborn. I was thinking maybe a day or so old.” 

Who? What? Why?

He was trying to wrap his mind about it all.

And then he picked up the baby.

“He did look up and I stroked his head and then he whimpered a little bit. It seemed really unreal, the whole situation, and at that point I was trying to alert people to what was happening, but I couldn’t get anybody’s attention.”

This was a time before everyone had a cell phone, so he fished out a couple of quarters from his pocket, and got into a pay phone.

First was to 911.

The second was to Pete.

“Once again, I blurted out, ‘I found a baby. I don’t think the police believe me so call them please right now.'”

Pete rushed out to get to the subway station and got there at the same time the police were leaving with the baby.

The authorities, who named the baby Daniel “ACE” Doe, (after Danny who found him, and it was at the A-C-E train station ), took him away to the hospital. 

I remember turning to Danny and saying to him on the sidewalk as the police car was driving away, ‘You know, you’re going to be connected to that baby in some way for the rest of your life,'” says Pete.

“Danny was like, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Well, eventually, this child is going to learn of the night he was found and he may want to find the person who discovered him. Maybe there’s a way that we can find out where he ends up and send a birthday gift every year on this date?'”

Said Danny, “I thought, ‘Maybe this is destiny, maybe this is divine intervention. This is a gift we’re given and how can we say no to a gift?'” 

Even with the news coverage and investigations, by December, with no trace of the mother, Danny went to court to testify of the events of the discovery.

And that’s when he met a remarkable judge, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

She was part of a fairly new program that was being implemented, that made the adoption process quicker and less taxing.

During the proceedings, she asked Danny, in front of all in court, if he wanted to adopt Daniel.

“Mr. Stewart, I want to let you know what’s happening here, in instances where we have a baby that has been abandoned, we want to place them in pre-adoptive foster care as quickly as possible.

Would you be interested in adopting this baby?”

Danny was taken aback, and quiet for a moment.

“Yes, but I don’t think it’s that easy.”

The judge smiled.

“Well, it can be.”

“[She] said that all babies needed a connection to somebody. And so when Danny was testifying in the courtroom about finding the baby, in her mind his most serious connection in the world was to Danny, so why not just ask him?” Mercurio told the BBC. “It was almost as simple as that. She saw a connection that was already made, and had a hunch that it would be the right connection.”

Pete wasn’t ready and balked at the idea, and the couple had a turbulent couple of days.

That is until they visited Daniel in foster care.

Said Pete, “The baby squeezed my finger with his entire hand so hard.

He was just staring up at me and I was just looking at him, and it was almost like he found a pressure point in my finger that just opened up my heart to my head and showed me in that moment that I could be one of his parents, one of his dads.”

And one week after that court appearance and three days before Christmas, the judge offered them the chance to take the baby home, to be fostered by them.

They agreed and made haste to turn their apartment into a home for a baby.

And when Daniel moved in, his name was changed to become Kevin, in honor of a stillborn sibling Pete’s parents lost when he himself was a child…and he never left the home and hearts of Daniel and Pete.

“And he’s been with us ever since,” said Pete. “It was the best Christmas present ever. It was amazing.”

One year later, Kevin became their son.

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Flash forward ahead eleven years.

It’s now 2011.

Gay marriage is now, finally, thankfully, legal.

And whilst walking Kevin to school, the youngster asked Peter, who he calls ‘Papi,’ and Danny, who he calls ‘Daddy,’……..

“Don’t judges perform ceremonies? Why don’t you try to contact the judge who finalized my adoption?” 

I composed a query letter and e-mailed it to the Manhattan family court. Within hours, a court attorney called to say that of course the judge remembered us, and she was thrilled by the idea of officiating our marriage.

A month later, back in family court after 12 years, Kevin reached out to shake the judge’s hand.

“Can I give you a hug?” she asked. After they separated, the judge asked Kevin about school and his interests, hobbies, and friends. When we finally remembered the purpose of the visit, Danny and I moved into position to exchange vows. I reflected on the improbable circumstances that delivered us to this moment. We weren’t supposed to be there, two men, with a son we had never dreamed of by our side, getting married by a woman who had changed and enriched our lives more than she would ever know. But there we were, thanks to a fateful discovery and a judicious hunch.

Said Danny, “This woman, the very reason we’re a family, is once again, the very reason we’re getting married. It was like coming full circle.”

It’s 2021 and Kevin is now 20.

“I’m very loved.

I feel very lucky.”

Says Pete, ”We love him to death.

“You know sometimes in life you have to say yes

 And we said ‘yes’ to becoming this baby’s parents and it was the best ‘yes’ decision we have ever made in our lives.”

Added Danny, “I can’t imagine my life if it didn’t turn out this way.

My life has become much more enriched and full. It has changed my world view, my perspective, my whole lens.

I mean, deep down when you strip away all those layers, all those labels, we’re all human beings and were all connected by certain things that we need in our lives.

 Love.”

And to the judge…whoever you may be….you are one insightful, courageous and beautiful sister.

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www.amazon.com/… I’ve read it. And it’s as good as the many reviews say.

A Thank You to Holgar ( very much! ) for sharing this sweet story with me, so i could share it with you.

'What FOX News Has Created is a Market For CRAZY' – Truth Bomb From Down Under

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The vast majority of the American people recognize that Fox News is a deceitful cabal of propagandists bent on advancing the interests of radical Republicans and Trump cultists. Never mind the ratings. While Fox Entertainment is leading the other legitimate news networks, that’s only because they have a near monopoly on the right-wing fringe. Their actual penetration into the population at large is only about one percent.

Nevertheless, Fox News is deliberately dividing the nation on behalf the corporations and wealthy elites they represent. And they have an impact because other media parrots their partisan rhetoric and helps to disseminate their lies. But they aren’t fooling everyone, and especially not the leaders of foreign countries that have their own problems with Rupert Murdoch’s media.

Case in point, on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning, Malcolm Turnbull, the former Prime Minister of Australia, Murdoch’s birthplace, explained to host Brian Stelter why Fox News is so dangerous (video below). And he wasn’t mincing words:

“What Murdoch has delivered largely through Fox News in the United States is exactly what Vladimir Putin wanted to achieve with his disinformation campaigns. Turning one part of America against another. So exacerbating the divisions that already exist in American society and undermine the trust Americans have in their Democratic institutions. That was the objective of the Russian disinformation campaign. And that is exactly what is being delivered by Fox News, and by other players in that right-wing populace media ecosystem.”

Exactly! And Turnbull’s commentary applies just as much to Donald Trump as it does to Fox News. The talk of “collusion” during the first impeachment of Trump barely scratched the surface of the conspiracy that engulfed Trump, Russia, and Fox News. They were (and still are) all working toward the same ends: Turning Americans against each other and their country. Turnbull continued saying that…

“What they have created is a market for crazy. They’ve become unhinged from the facts. It is now, basically, they’ve worked out that you can just make stuff up. Everyone talks about and complains about social media. But what is being done by curated media, mainstream media – including, and in particular, Fox News – has done enormous damage to the United States.”

The evidence of the ultra “crazy” market that Fox News created is all too apparent in the Trump insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. It is apparent in the adoption of QAnon insanity by many on the right, including the QAnon supporting primetime host, Tucker Carlson. And it couldn’t be more obvious than when Fox News denies that the GOP is the party of QAnon.

Turnbull concluded by asking whether America is “a more divided country than it was before, thanks to Murdoch’s influence?” The answer is an unequivocal “Yes!” Murdoch is a foreign-born domestic terrorist who has never had the best interests of the nation at heart. To the contrary, he has spent his lifetime attempting to pervert democracies in order to empower the oligarchs and enrich himself.

The harm done by Fox News is extensive and destructive. And Trump is just as responsible for it as Murdoch and his treasonous media manipulators. They have been executing the agenda of Vladimir Putin, who couldn’t be more pleased with the efforts by Trump and Fox News. And they must be called out at every opportunity for their betrayal.

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OAN knew its election claims were false when it made them

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If you are a lawyer representing, say, a voting machine manufacturer suing the Trump-centric propagandist conspiracy network known as OAN, you probably already have today’s New York Times story on the network printed out, all the interesting bits highlighted. In an examination of OAN’s continued misinformation, disinformation, and genuine frontier gibberish, Times reporter Rachel Abrams drops a few intriguing little tidbits from inside Fort Alwaystrump. The part that will have lawyers feeling peppy is this one:

“In interviews with 18 current and former OAN newsroom employees, 16 said the channel had broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate or untrue.”

In other words, if the Dominion legal team throws a dart at old and current OAN corporate org charts and subpoenas whoever the dart picks, the odds are 80% or so you’ll have found a witness to testify that OAN broadcasts information even its own employees believe to be “untrue.” And it doesn’t sound like they’d necessary be hostile to testifying, either.

“Mr. Golingan, the producer, said some OAN employees had hoped Dominion would sue the channel. “A lot of people said, ‘This is insane, and maybe if they sue us, we’ll stop putting stories like this out,’” he said.”

You’d think! But no. No, OAN has found it exceedingly difficult to just not broadcast the untrue things they are being sued for. An ex-producer told the Times “more than a dozen” network employees quit after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol spurred by the network’s provably false voter fraud claims, presumably because their own ambitions did not align with goading violent and gullible nitwits into attempting to overthrow the government.

That producer also claimed that “many people” raised concerns about the networks craptacular claims, but “when people speak up about anything, you will get in trouble.”

So what we have here, then, is a pretty clear picture. OAN’s employees knew full well that the network was promoting false claims about voter fraud. The network’s owners and top brass insisted on the falsehoods anyway, either because the top brass are true conspiracy theory believers or, more likely, because their intent was to propagandize and titillate to begin with. Not only does Dominion have an ironclad case that the company’s fictions substantially harmed their future prospects as a voting machine manufacturer, the FBI might want to have a look at the network’s internal emails to see if stoking full-on sedition was also an intended outcome of their coverage.

Given this Times story? It seems more possible than not.

Former VP Walter Mondale has passed at 93.

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According to a statement from the family of former Minnesota United States Senator and U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, Mr. Mondale has passed at the age of 93.

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Known as Fritz to family, friends and voters alike, Mondale died in Minneapolis, according to a statement from his family.

After serving four years as vice president under President Jimmy Carter, Mondale was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984. He lost to the incumbent, President Ronald Reagan, in a historic landslide.

“A night like that is hard on you,” Mondale wrote in his 2010 memoir, “The Good Fight.”

Even in defeat, Mondale made history by choosing as his running mate Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. It followed a series of political landmarks in a public career that spanned seven decades.

A protégé of Hubert H. Humphrey, another Minnesota politician who rose to the vice presidency and lost a presidential election, Mondale served as a U.S. senator from Minnesota for a dozen years. He played a lead role in the passage of social programs, civil rights laws and environmental protections that defined President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society.”

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 · 1:18:13 AM +00:00 · Chitown Kev

One bit of work that I know earned Walter Mondale international recognition was his work on migration and refugee issues.

The Indochinese refugee problem had not engaged the public imagination, and yet it presented a disaster of tragic proportions. Thousands of refugees had been forced to flee from Vietnam after America’s withdrawal in 1975. Many lived in overcrowded camps in substandard conditions. Some were being murdered by their oppressors. Others were dying in shark-infested waters as their unseaworthy vessels could find no safe harbor to accept them.
 

In spring, 1979, America was doing little to respond to this global tragedy. Policymakers were focused on other challenges, and bureaucratic considerations counseled against American intervention.

That changed once Mondale became involved. Mondale persuaded Carter that America’s human-rights policy would ring hollow if we did not act to address the problem. With Carter’s support, Mondale persuaded the State Department to denounce Vietnam for its inhumane policies, and he persuaded Carter to send the Sixth Fleet to rescue the boat people from the perils of the seas. Mondale also persuaded Carter to seek additional funds to establish refugee processing centers in Southeast Asia and to assist in resettling refugees, and to agree to admit 14,000 refugees to the United States per month.
 

Mondale headed the U.S. delegation to a U.N. Conference on Indochinese Refugees in Geneva on July 20-21, 1979. He spent the first day persuading other nations to increase the numbers of refugees they would accept, to expand temporary camps, and to stop forcing the refugees to sea. But the highlight of the conference came on July 21, 1979, when Mondale delivered one of the truly eloquent speeches in American history.

And even before his efforts in assisting refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia, Senator Mondale replaced Robert F. Kennedy on the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare and, in 1969, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor, organized and chaired a historic set of meetings on issues involving migrant labor.

Powerlessness became the topic of several months of hearings over which Senator Mondale presided as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. After meeting with César Chávez and visiting migrant labor camps, Senator Mondale said in an interview, “I have tried to find out for myself how migrants live, and I want to help them—really help them, not urge band-aids for the deep wounds they have.”[2]

He organized the hearings in seven parts, each part focusing on a specific aspect of the life of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Instead of only hearing from experts and outsiders who had visited migrant labor camps, he insisted that the workers themselves have a voice and testify in the hearings. Many of them testified about the unsanitary conditions in which they were forced to live and the powerlessness they experienced in trying to affect any positive change. They described the sporadic education their children received and they talked about how they often ended up being in debt to the crew leaders after weeks of work due to being underpaid and overcharged for transportation. Rudolfo Juarez, a migrant worker from Florida stated, “Gentlemen, bad working conditions and low wages for generations have maintained a slave labor system which ensures that the migrant farm worker’s children will have to live the same way he did and will continue to be slaves to agriculture and business.”[3]After hearing reports from doctors who had investigated the health and living conditions of migrant workers, Mondale returned to the Senate floor to say, “I wish that all of my colleagues could have been in the hearing room as these doctors testified, for it is impossible to recount to you the hushed silence as they enumerated their findings. It is impossible to capture today their rage at having to recount their own experiences. There were few men and women that could sit through the testimony with dry eyes, insensitive to the realities of how we are daily destroying human beings.”[4]

Due to the political climate after the election of President Nixon, Mondale did not attempt to introduce new legislation to help migrant workers, but rather tried to work to strengthen existing laws. His attempts to extend unemployment compensation and Social Security coverage to migrants and to obtain increased funding for migrant health, education and legal service programs were defeated in Congress.[5] He did succeed, however, in extending occupational hazards to farm workers.

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 · 3:45:59 AM +00:00 · Chitown Kev

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Federal judge warns that Trump could be in yuuuuuge legal trouble

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Surprised no one has mentioned this, but earlier this week, a federal judge fired a shot across the bow of the crybaby from Queens. In the midst of telling one of the Capitol rioters that he was going to be in jail for awhile, that judge delivered a sobering warning to Trump—he could potentially have to answer for his role in the horror of Jan. 6.

On Wednesday, federal judge Emmet Sullivan dealt with the case of Jeffrey Sabol, a Colorado geophysicist who is accused of grabbing a DC cop’s baton, then using it to attack another officer, among other things. Sabol went back to his home near Denver, fried all of his devices, then made his way to Boston in hopes of fleeing to Switzerland. But when he saw cops there, he rented a car and tried to make a break for it south. He only made it as far as the outer suburbs of New York City before being arrested. That escape attempt was enough by itself for Sullivan to deny Sabol bail.

AlterNet notes that Sullivan also cited Sabol’s “prior planning” ahead of the insurrection as a reason to keep him in jail. But in so doing, Sullivan also put Trump on notice—he could be in big trouble. From Alternet (by way of Marcy “Emptywheel” Wheeler):

“To be sure, to what extent President Trump’s words and actions led to the violent and shocking storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 is an important question, and one that could still have legal consequences for the former President and his prominent supporters,” Sullivan wrote, citing a civil lawsuit against the former president. “But President Trump’s culpability is not before this Court.”

It’s not often that you see a federal judge use this kind of language about an incumbent or former president. The fact that Sullivan pointed this out at all is a sign that Trump is in very real legal jeopardy. The only question is if and when his reckoning will come.

Ryan Cooper: "unproductive firms would not be able to stay afloat by underpaying their workers."

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There is a great article by Ryan Cooper over at “The Week”: The fake innovation of gig companies .

His writing mostly focuses on the false narrative of the gig economy and all it’s promised wonderful benefits.  They don’t exist, and it is the same old same old:

These stories illustrate an important truth about these gig companies: They are not actually innovative, in the traditional economic meaning of the word. Instead they rely on the most ancient employer technique of all: plain old labor exploitation.

I have long thought that Uber and Lyft were fairly bogus, just making their jing by cutting around the taxi rules and taking advantage of folks who own cars and want more income.  I suspect that most of those drivers profit  little if at all, once you factor in the wear and tear and replacement cost of a car.  I have used them a couple of times with a friend who was a fan, and it worked well with the app showing where the Uber was so we could find it, and it was fairly quick.  But then,  I have never had a real problem with taxis either, although I rarely need either one.  We started using DoorDash for food deliveries when Covid lockdowns hit, but quickly stopped when we found out how much they gouge the restaurants.  What a crock of poop.  

The meat of the article to me came at the end though, and it relates to the minimum wage and a living wage.  Cooper writes:

As Saoirse Gowan and Mio Tastas Viktorsson write about Sweden’s postwar economic model, one prime objective was to ensure that “unproductive firms would not be able to stay afloat by underpaying their workers.” If a company can’t survive without paying its workers decently under good conditions, it doesn’t deserve to exist.

Not paying a living wage should be considered to be immoral.  Think about it: the owner of the business is turning a profit and putting cash in her/his pocket, but doing so by exploiting his workers, leaving them with a shithole life.  That is simply wrong.  To put the thought from above in another way, if your business cannot raise prices or increase efficiency to support a living wage, then society is telling you that your business is not valued enough to be viable.  Otherwise, you are leaving the rest of us to make up for your greed, with support in food, housing, mental health, day care, etc etc etc.  

Bad wages are not fair to workers and they are not fair to society.  They are not good for the economy and they are not good for humans.  Stop the insanity and raise the minimum wage.  Fifteen bucks is a start but not enough.

Sekrit Armee Sundai — We Muzt Proteckt Da Erf

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Here is a gentle reminder of how we do things:  

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Pooties are cats; Woozles are dogs.  Goggies are dogs, too. Birds…are birds!  Peeps are people.  PWB Peeps are Pooties, Woozle, Birds People.  Neat, huh.

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Uh — ten — HUT!

Iz me, Kummandur Pixie.

Diz week we will selluhbrayt Erf Dai.

Tudai, Ai hab desidud tu repeet a lezzon on clymut chaynj

so ahl da troopz kan xplayn diz portant subjickt tu dere hoominz.

Dere r tingz in da atmusfeer cahld greenhowse gasuz.

Sum ub deze cum frum deekompuhzishun, rezpurrashun, an volkaynoez.

Greenhowse gasuz ubsorb heet, so dey halp da erf stay warm.

Wifowt dem, it wud be tu kold tu lib on erf.

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Nawt lyk diz

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Tu much sno

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Tu kold

Hoominz alzo mayk greenhowse gasuz.

Wen dey dryb a kar, or uze elecktricitee,

or run a facktoree, dey kawz moar greenhowse gasuz.

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Yu mayk tu mani greenhowse gasuz, hoomin.

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Dont wayzt elecktrizitee

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It iz a kwandree. Fackoree mayk jawbz but alzo mayk greenhowse gasuz

Wen hoominz mayk tu mani greenhowse gasuz, tu much heet iz

ubsorbd intu da atmusfeer, an da erf gitz tu warm.

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Tu hawt to moob

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Tu hawt fur long hayr

When da atmusfeer gitz warmur, much ub da heet iz ubsorbd by da ohshunz.

Da ohshunz r gettin bery, bery warm, an diz kawzuz mani problumz.

Da ohshunz r home tu mani plantz an animulz.

When da wadder iz tu hawt, dey die.

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Dollfun nawt lyk hawt wadder

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Ohshun tu hawt

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Turtullz nawt lyk hawt wadder.

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Manuhtee nawt lyk hawt wadder.

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Fish nawt lyk hawt wadder

Coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Koral nawt lyk hawt wadder

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No buddy heer lyk hawt wadder

Glayshurz melt, wich kawzuz ohshun wadder tu rize.

Diz kawzuz fludz.

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Nawt lyk fludz

Hawt ohshunz chaynj weddur patturnz.

Sum plazez git hurrikaynz.

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Tu much rayn

Udder plazez dont git enuf rayn.

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Dezert gitin klozer

Dere r alzo moar firez.

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Tu mani firez tu keep up

Wen da wedder chaynjez, mani moar plantz an animulz die

becuz dere nawt enuf plazez tu lib an nawt enuf food to eet.

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Susanne Miller/USFWS)
No moar polar bayr

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No moar gurraf

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No moar eluhfuntz.

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No moar big birdiez

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Or liddel wunz

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No moar tygurz

An did ai menshun dere wud nawt be enuf food?

Eben kittehz mite go hungaree.

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Nawt enuf fud?

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No fud?

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Pleez dont mayk me go hungaree

Be shur yur hoominz unerstand da portanz ub clymut chaynj.

Pleez proteckt da Erf.

It iz da onlee wun we hab.

At eez.

FosterMom: Sorry about the repeat. I got a little tied up with other stuff, and time got away from me. It’s been a few years, though, since this diary first appeared, and we did add a few new photos. The troops are hoping our new president & administration will be able to make some much needed progress in this area.

NYC Just Escaped a Possible Mass Shooting (Edited w/ Response)

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[Edit: Response to some comments below]

Some of the comments have pointed out that the gun pictured is only an AK-47 knockoff, or some other kind of gun that doesn’t shoot as many bullets or as fast as the real thing. That misses the point: This person was carrying a weapon and had a fully loaded magazine, and was capable of using it to wound or kill as many people as that magazine had bullets. (And if there was only one bullet in the magazine, that was one too many.) They also overlook the menace factor: If someone pointed this rifle at you, would you stop to look it over and realize that it’s only a knockoff, so it can only kill you 5 times over instead of 20? Or suppose he planned to take hostages rather than indiscriminately spraying bullets around one of the most crowded stations in NYC at rush hour?

[End response rant.]

It looks like New York City just had a narrow escape:

18-year-old from Ohio arrested with AK-47 in Times Square subway station, police say

(CNN)An 18-year-old from Ohio is facing weapons charges after officers patrolling a Times Square subway station on Friday found him with an AK-47 and a loaded magazine, police said.

(I don’t know why I can’t find this story in the NY Times. CNN posted it 8 hours ago.)

[The 18-y/o] was sitting down while charging his phone at the subway station, and had the unloaded AK-47 in front of him, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN on condition of anonymity. The teen also had a gas mask with him, the source said.

      Police have not said why the teen had the weapon and loaded magazine.

      (CNN did give the suspect’s name. I won’t give him the publicity.)

      I’m posting this diary with caveats about the teen’s intentions, because the rifle wasn’t (yet) loaded and no one is saying what he planned to do with it (though I don’t think it was to go duck-hunting in Jamaica Bay).

      New York (my former home town) is VERY lucky that the cops spotted him before he could do whatever he was going to do. The police commissioner agrees:

      “This story could’ve had a tragically different ending, but thanks to these diligent cops it ends with the suspect in handcuffs,” Shea tweeted Friday.

      I don’t have the time of the arrest, but the tweet’s timestamp is 4:33 PM on Friday, meaning rush hour.

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      AK-47’s are military weapons designed to kill as many people as fast as possible. There is NO legitimate reason for a civilian to have one.

      The country has gone mad.

      Dangerous toys of the 1970s (but fun)

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      I must have been around 5 years old when my parents’ friends’ daughter got a Play-dough pumper.  It came with a part that looked like a ruler with different shaped holes.  Pumping the playdough through the ruler produced, well, a turd in the shape of the hole — triangle, square.  It was the circle that got me.  I stuck my little finger into the circle, and was unable to get it out.  All the parents tried. Eventually, they just broke it to free my little finger.  That was a rather simple end result.

      Resting at home after my Pfizer-1, I’ve got the television on, and I’m watching the Crown.  The young princes are bouncing on their big red boppers to gather around the television to watch the moon landing.  Yes — I did have one of those.  As a young faithful watcher of Romper Room, I also had Romper Stomper, two yellow cups with strings for learning balance — making clip-clapping sounds around the asbestos tile floor in the suburban basement..   

      I also remember loving Spirograph.  But, I also recall the many tiny green push-pins — imagine — to hold the pieces in place on the cushioned cardboard base.  Young children, allowed — no encouraged! — to play with pushpins.  Yet, I made the most wonderful circles and circles — flowers — different colors — 

      There were click-clacks — later learned to break apart and spew pieces with sharp edges.  There were not-so-easy bake ovens.  Yes kids, plug this in and let your toys get hot enough to bake small cakes.

      My sister, just a few years young than me remembers shrinky-dinks — go ahead kids, put plastic into the oven.  What’s that stinking up the whole house?  Well, melting plastic, of course.  She also remembers creepy-crawlers, which came with a hot plate.  Go ahead kids — play with a hotplate!

      Yet, I would say, though, that there was an era of independence that I don’t see in my generation’s parenting.  We were admonished — “Go out and play.”  “Go up the block to the playground.”  “Go ride your bike…”  We played kickball in the streets, unsupervised.  My sister, circling our block on her bigwheel.  Hmmm — thinking back and considering — risk versus inventiveness….

      (And, yet, my sympathies to anyone who reads this who suffered or had a sibling or friend who was harmed by any of these toys).

      Please, share your memories here.