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National Geographic Formally Recognizes Earth's 5th Ocean -- the Southern Ocean

Yay society, catching up with scientists. Glad the name's made official.


Since National Geographic began making maps in 1915, it has recognized four oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.

Starting on June 8, World Oceans Day, it will recognize the Southern Ocean as the world's fifth ocean.

"The Southern Ocean has long been recognized by scientists, but because there was never agreement internationally, we never officially recognized it," says National Geographic Society Geographer Alex Tait.

While the other oceans are defined by the continents that fence them in, the Southern Ocean is defined by a current. Scientists estimate that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) was established roughly 34 million years ago, when Antarctica separated from South America. That allowed for the unimpeded flow of water around the bottom of the Earth. The ACC flows from west to east around Antarctica, in a broad fluctuating band roughly centered around a latitude of 60 degrees south -- the line that is now defined as the northern boundary of the Southern Ocean. Inside the ACC, the waters are colder and slightly less salty than ocean waters to the north.

Extending from the surface to the ocean floor, the ACC transports more water than any other ocean current. It pulls in waters from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, helping drive a global circulation system known as the conveyor belt, which transports heat around the planet. Cold, dense water that sinks to the ocean floor off Antarctica also helps store carbon in the deep ocean. In both those ways, the Southern Ocean has a crucial impact on Earth's climate.


This Sundown Town Update Is How Democrats Know That Race War & White Ethno-State Talk Are Serious

from The Root
Nevada Passes Law Banning Racist School Mascots & *Checks Notes* 'Sundown Town' Sirens...in 2021

Here’s a question: If America isn’t and never has been a racist country (it is, but stay with me) as the massive Republican swath of white and fragile Critical Race Theory opponents claim, then why are there still entire states that are just now getting rid of its “sundown town” sirens? Why TF did American states ever even have the sirens if America wasn’t and isn’t a racist country? And we’re not just talking about states in the deep south full of people clinging to their precious antebellum roots (not that they’re racist AF or anything)—we’re talking about fucking Nevada.

CNN reports that Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak “was joined by members of the Nevada Indian Commission and tribal elders during the signing” of Assembly Bill 88, which basically bans “racially discriminatory” shit like racially and culturally insensitive school mascots and—oh yeah—sirens that historically meant that it was open lynching season on any person of color caught on the street after dark.

If you were to guess what year the state ordinance that basically told non-white people, “if you’re caught out here after dark the best you can hope is that a nice white mob lets you choose your own noose” was eliminated, what year would you say? 1930? 1950? 1964, when the federal Civil Rights Act was signed? How about ten whole-ass years after that?

According to CNN, the ordinance wasn’t done away with—in this totally not racist country—until 1974. The fight to remove the siren in Minden has been controversial because white people love their white supremacy memorabilia the siren is now used to honor volunteer firefighters, according to what Minden town manager J.D. Frisby told the Reno Gazette-Journal.


https://www.theroot.com/nevada-passes-law-banning-racist-school-mascots-and-ch-1847042716?utm_campaign=The+Root&utm_content=1623013057&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0SWA8ED291Z1o9lz3ikjtPZ-tDbmUkXiLn3K3tZKIpkgl9YzboX5YuZRM

Apologies if someone has already posted this news.

Best Repost on my FB Newsfeed

Thanks to a former colleague now at OU in Norman, Oklahoma.


Opinion: 'The Point Was to Win,' Barack Obama Writes

By Ezra Klein
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/opinion/obama-biden-democrats.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

“My entire politics is premised on the fact that we are these tiny organisms on this little speck floating in the middle of space,” Barack Obama told me, sitting in his office in Washington.

I was the one who had introduced the cosmic scale, asking how proof of alien life would change his politics. But Obama, in a philosophical mood, used the question to trace his view of humanity. “The differences we have on this planet are real,” he said. “They’re profound. And they cause enormous tragedy as well as joy. But we’re just a bunch of humans with doubts and confusion. We do the best we can. And the best thing we can do is treat each other better, because we’re all we got.”

How Obama navigated the differences we have on this planet is the primary topic of “A Promised Land,” the first volume of his presidential memoirs. One passage, in particular, had stuck in my mind for weeks. Obama is reflecting on the Tea Party uprising, and the thrumming undercurrent of racism that powered it. He recalls the din of cable news chatter debating the Tea Party’s true nature, and the pressure that built for him to render his presidential verdict. He admits that his White House wanted nothing to do with this debate, in part because it had “reams of data telling us that white voters, including many who supported me, reacted poorly to lectures about race.”

I’m going to quote what Obama writes next at length:

More practically, I saw no way to sort out people’s motives, especially given that racial attitudes were woven into every aspect of our nation’s history. Did that Tea Party member support “states’ rights” because he genuinely thought it was the best way to promote liberty, or because he continued to resent how federal intervention had led to an end to Jim Crow, desegregation, and rising Black political power in the South? Did that conservative activist oppose any expansion of the social welfare state because she believed it sapped individual initiative, or because she was convinced that it would benefit only brown people who’d just crossed the border? Whatever my instincts might tell me, whatever truths the history books might suggest, I knew I wasn’t going to win over any voters by labeling my opponents racist.


Behind the Scenes and Across 16 States, Ammon Bundy's 'People's Rights' Are Organizing

A SPECIAL REPORT BY THE INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH & EDUCATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE MONTANA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK

This is a twelve-part report containing historical & current facts, names, locations and sources about Ammon Bundy's growing on-the-ground white supremacist movement a) under media radar, b) that presents itself as the "next door neighbor," which c) sits parallel to what Figliuzzi and others see in QAnon, as an armed danger to all who support BLM and liberal democracy.

Besides their concepts, ideas and justifications presented here, there are two things I think are important about this org's relative strength and longevity.
1. The concentric ripple effect of this organizing in battlegrounds.
2. Who has paid for Bundy's system, allegedly, and scripts its/his message for on-the-ground naifs.
I'm looking for those meta funding source(s).

Introduction
SEIZING ON COVID-19 ANXIETY, AMMON BUNDY AND HIS ALLIES HAVE CULTIVATED A DANGEROUS NEW NETWORK OF MILITIA MEMBERS, ANTI-MASKERS, CONSPIRACISTS, PREPPERS, ANTI-VAXXERS, AND OTHERS INTO AN ARMY OF FOLLOWERS—AMMON’S ARMY.

This report by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the Montana Human Rights Network explores the breadth and depth of the network built by Bundy and named “People’s Rights.” What started in late March with a few dozen supporters in a rural Idaho warehouse has swiftly expanded to a membership base of over twenty thousand across the country.

Relying on field reports, countless hours of video footage, interviews, archival material, and a massive trove of online data, report researchers have captured the first full picture of Ammon’s army.

Data presented in this report suggests that the rapid growth of the People’s Rights network has been spurred by a fusion of Bundy’s core of the far-right paramilitary supporters built up over years of armed standoffs with a mass base of new activists radicalized in protest over COVID-19 health directives.

The leadership of the People’s Rights network has remained hidden, locked away inside a new online platform away from public scrutiny, until now. Under the People’s Rights banner, Bundy has assembled a team of 153 “assistants” in sixteen states. This report, for the first time, names all 153 of those activists and examines their backgrounds–including extensive far-right activism by many area assistants. Though the national and state leadership is still dominated by men, this report also documents how People’s Rights has a majority of women in local leadership positions—a first for modern far-right networks.

This report also details how People’s Rights carved up the country into local areas. It maps the locations of the more than twenty thousand members of the People’s Rights network. It also dives into the data collected by report researchers on the composition of the online membership base of the twenty-two different People’s Rights Facebook groups that helped accelerate the spread of the network.

The report digs into the new online platform developed by People’s Rights, a way to communicate with activists in case of de-platforming by major social networks.

The results of this study contravene many of the myths surrounding the People’s Rights network. Instead of a more traditional “anti-government” narrative, People’s Rights leaders have expressed a desire for governmental power to be used to protect the “righteous” against “wicked” liberals, antifa, Black Lives Matter activists, and others.

Several People’s Rights leaders are running for elected office—to become the government. Absent that sort of intervention, leaders have proposed a type of armed enclave-style “neighborhood” nationalism, where “righteous” neighbors stand against the “wicked.” People’s Rights leaders have often defined the “wicked” using far-right conspiracism, racism, antisemitism, anti-indigenous, and anti-transgender sentiment.

Despite the different network branding, this report further highlights how the People’s Rights network shares many commonalities with far-right paramilitary movements of the past, including the Posse Comitatus and the militia movement.

Throughout the report, the danger of Ammon’s army becomes evident. Already there have been significant clashes and growing rage. In the context of the pandemic, it puts the lives of community members and public servants at risk, straining democratic institutions, and damaging civil society. We hope this report will serve as an alert to all communities in the path of Ammon’s army.

CONTENTS
ONE: INTRODUCTION | POINT OF THE SPEAR

TWO: UNCOVERING THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS NETWORK

THREE: THE ONLINE ARMY

FOUR: A DEN OF RATTLESNAKES

FIVE: THE POSSE RIDES AGAIN

SIX: MIDDLE AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD NATIONALISM

SEVEN: CONSPIRACIES AND ANTISEMITISM UNBOUNDED

EIGHT: PEOPLES RIGHTS AND RACISM

NINE: ANTI-INDIGENOUS ACTIVISM

TEN: POLITICAL POWER

ELEVEN: PREPPING FOR THE FUTURE

TWELVE: NOTABLE NETWORK FIGURES

THIRTEEN: CONCLUSION


EDIT: If time's short, bookmark for later reference; this info will likely be in the news in the future.
Also, the link, just for variety of access https://www.irehr.org/reports/peoples-rights-report/

In These Times, Still Feelin' the Birthday Gras for Bobby




...Across the street
They've nailed the curtains
They're getting ready
For the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
They're spoon feeding Casanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they'll kill him
With self-confidence
After poisoning him with words

And the Phantom's
Shouting to skinny girls
"Get Outta Here
If You Don't Know
Casanova is just being
Punished for going
To Desolation Row"

Now at midnight all the agents
And the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory
Where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see
That nobody is escaping
To Desolation Row

Praise be to Nero's Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody's shouting
"Which Side Are You On?"
And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot
Fighting in the captain's tower
While calypso singers laugh at them
And fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea
Where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much
About Desolation Row

Yes,
I received your letter yesterday
(About the time the door knob broke)
When you asked how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?
All these people that you mention
Yes, I know them, they're quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces
And give them all another name
Right now I can't read too good
Don't send me no more letters no
Not unless you mail them
From Desolation Row

When it Comes to Democracy, Sundays are No Longer Days of Complete Rest

No complacency.
There are no radical left.
There are the radical right.
Radical right men.
This year is mobilizing. Next year is action.
At least half the population are not safe from white supremacists posed as 'civic nationalists.'
Peaceful vigilance.


https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/american-insurrection/

The politics of spite cannot abide a smoothly run, no-drama democracy.

Or...

Democracy with dignity.
Democracy with (omg!) equality of participation.
Democracy with peace.
Democracy with good faith intentions.
Democracy with stability.
Democracy with good governance for all.
Democracy with respect for reality.
Democracy with transparency, facts, truth and science.
Democracy with investment in the demos.
Democracy with visions of the future.
Democracy with rule of law.
Democracy with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


In 2020, election officials tried to make voting easier and safer amid a global pandemic. Next time, they might get fined or face criminal charges.

Republicans are creating a new slate of punishments for the county officials who run elections, arguing they overstepped their authority when they expanded voter access during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The process could be likewise corrupted by the secretary of state arbitrarily administering the law in a very uneven manner, depending on whether you’re a Democratic county or a Republican county.”

Looming fines also could dissuade people from taking jobs as election workers or make staffers hesitant to help voters, especially in smaller counties that can’t afford to risk the costly penalties, said Travis Weipert, Democratic auditor of Johnson County, Iowa.

“It’s literally becoming, when you look at the laws, the haves and the have-nots,” he said. “The counties that can pay to still continue what they do are going to do it, and the counties that can’t are going to be restricting voting.”


https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-laws-elections-voting-health-4cb9244c381f1031c9ce20610c79a931?fbclid=IwAR0nEJrlqBNb91B7ETmydz0Y6ZCbyzuqKpPzRX4CUtaY-1MX1zquBDIXVcA

Republicans are making voting a pre-crime totalitarian nightmare for Americans. If covid couldn't smash Americans' voting, then they will. The politics of exclusion, extremism and spite is why Democrats must nuke the filibuster -- now used for obstruction over deliberation -- and pass the For The People Act.

Rachel Maddow -- News on Covid, DarkSide, AZ's Fraudit, Schumer & McConnell Bigfooting S1 Rules,

and Medina Spirit's Cheating Trainer Calling "Cancel Culture" for Being Caught

John Oliver Reviews Tuckertalk

John Oliver's is the first thoughtful review of tuckertalk I've seen -- talk that poses white supremacist, or even "replacement theory" talk as civilized thought, even Western philosophical thought.

Less than 1% of the country watch Carlson per night. Tucker needn't preoccupy us; still, his sophomoric questioning style can be filed away as more drag on the nation's unity and progress in solving larger problems like cascading climate change.

Per Oliver, FOX loves its big signal-to-noise distractor who grooms 3 million and their adjacents ( still not more than another 1% of the country) with language that twists their beliefs about who are the good and bad people, who are American and who are not, who deserve power and who don't, who deserve to exist and who don't, what “civilization" is superior and which inferior.

Tuckertalk reinforces their belief that their America and their very “civilized” selves, are in an existential crisis for survival, as if a subculture of 3-5 million is the equivalent of a dying civilization.

Across statehouses (“The pests are voting!” “Kill the democracy beast!”) ALEC templates for suppressing votes get passed around.

Last obvious thing: the other drag on democracy’s big problem solving tasks is other media’s similar profitable tendency toward elevating the FOX/trumpcult subculture of controversies to a ’thing.’ We see the stuff of digital ad displays on major news sites — when media knows better that it's real, usable information that people of democracies need.



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