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FYI, FoFB: Peter Lamborn Wilson, Advocate of 'Poetic Terrorism,' Dies at 76

Found on Facebook:

Peter Lamborn Wilson, Advocate of ‘Poetic Terrorism,’ Dies at 76

His concept of a “temporary autonomous zone” became an inspiration for protests like Occupy Wall Street and for gatherings like Burning Man.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/11/us/peter-lamborn-wilson-dead.html?unlocked_article_code=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEIPuomT1JKd6J17Vw1cRCfTTMQmqxCdw_PIxftm3iWka3DLDm8biPkORJCN50rXIK5qYtE0xTLeW95FK7gpAfB_x-MZP1BoT0PghKq4r6k_And_r5OvDCRx1ojRXLs8_HjjNTS1cux1mPix4RvadWW-XvbA2XAqJRI185E1cl353ncPwf3VA6UijIkFqPQrD5F7RzkCbDDb_KW7TkUjZ6jVK03U-QI0WOpGWD7MndX667wIdApaCF6uX2ooqC9nq4saYIVLSf65ex0we8P-gqETDHhrL-qqAZ42QIvWk9Z6oPu8XF7wiRKunffruMafMv0&smid=url-share

Putin dies and goes to hell....

Putin dies and goes to hell, but after a while he is given a day off for good behavior. So he goes to Moscow, enters a bar, orders a drink, and asks the bartender:
-Is Crimea ours?
-Yes, it is.
-And the Donbas?
-Also ours.
-And Kyiv?
-We got that too.
Satisfied, Putin drinks, and asks:
-Thanks, how much do I owe you?
The bartender replies:
-5 euros.

FYI/FoFB: Center for Free, Fair, and Accountable Democracy

For Your Information, Found on Facebook - Center for Free, Fair, and Accountable Democracy

https://cffad.org

Their modus operandi seems to be to post click bait links with titles that hint at right wing extremist canards, that lead to thoughtful and liberal analysis.

EG: America: Republic or Democracy? https://cffad.org/america-republic-or-democracy/

FYI: Education Truth Project ....

FYI, Found on FaceBook: https://educationtruthproject.org/

Education Truth Project is a Political Action Committee whose main purpose is to educate the public on real issues facing public schools and Boards of Education.

Our specific goal is to support local school board candidates and causes that share our values by:

*Reforming our public education system by promoting pragmatism and critical thinking. We expose hyperbolic, fake curriculum issues like CRT and “The 1776 Project,” in Public School Board’s.

*Helping candidates with the resources and support necessary to combat the toxic candidates and environment created by MAGA movement and fake news organizations.

*While divisive groups want to return to the past for answers, we at Education Truth Project are focused on our future
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War in Ukraine generates interest in nuclear energy, despite danger

European nations are weighing climate benefits against the perils of putting nuclear power plants in harm’s way...

The war in Ukraine has intensified interest across Europe in building new nuclear energy plants or extending the lives of old ones to liberate the continent from its heavy reliance on Russian oil and natural gas.

Belgium... The Czech Republic... Poland... [Romania] “They’re all doing it for the same reasons: decarbonization, energy security and national security,” said Westinghouse’s energy systems business.

WaPo, No Paywall: https://wapo.st/3jJYuS8

North American Trades Women's Delegation

An acquaintance of mine, a young woman who is a union carpenter, shared this with me, and asked me to share it with others:

https://gofund.me/672524c4

"Help me send Cindy Frank to London for the North American Trades women's delegation! Cindy has been a union carpenter since 1979 and would provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussions of this delegation. The goal of this delegation is to build transnational solidarity among women working in trades, learn about lives and working conditions of tradeswomen in other parts of the world, to share best practices for women gaining access to careers in the trades, and continue growing the international network of tradeswomen."


Solidarity!

These tight-ass assholes need a new butt....

An assistant principal read the children’s book ‘I Need a New Butt!’ to second graders. He was fired.

https://wapo.st/35Qi6Av (WaPo, No Paywall)

When a guest who was scheduled to read to second graders over Zoom earlier this month didn’t show up, Toby Price, the assistant principal at a Mississippi elementary school, improvised.

Price’s boss at Gary Road Elementary School suggested Price read to the students, so he reached for one of his favorite children’s books: “I Need a New Butt!” written by Dawn McMillan and illustrated by Ross Kinnaird.

“It’s a funny, silly book,” Price, 46, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I’m a firm believer that … if kids see that books can be funny and silly, they’ll hang around long enough to see all the other cool things that books can be.”

The students “thought it was hilarious,” Price recalled. But the superintendent for the Hinds County School District near Jackson, Miss., did not, and about an hour after the event, Price was placed on administrative leave. Two days later, on March 4, he was fired.

How is the war going for Putin on social media? Not great.

On Telegram and other platforms, cracks are appearing in the official Russian narrative

WaPo, no paywall: https://wapo.st/3trzu6g

While Vladimir Putin’s military lays siege to Kyiv, his propaganda organs at home are waging an impossible war to simultaneously hide and justify the invasion of Ukraine. Despite the Russian president’s reputation as a master media strategist, his government is losing the propaganda war — and fast.

His propaganda assault is monotonous. The news is full of references to the “special military operation” — a term that is as tedious in Russian as it is in translation. While the sense of war pervades this media space, it is never named as such: The conflict is supposedly between the West, which has insidiously spread anti-Russian and “fascist” oppression, and the innocent people of Ukraine; Russia and its armies are absent from the battlefield.

But look beyond the state’s social media sphere, and cracks begin to emerge. Only 47 percent of younger Russians profess support for the war. More active on independent or foreign-owned platforms such as Instagram and the messaging service Telegram, they are expressing support for Ukraine and hearing anti-government views.

Telegram, which allows total anonymity and provides strong encryption, has thus far proved unblockable by the government. It has in recent years increasingly been used as an organizing space for anti-government protest. Opening one of an array of Russian-language Telegram channels — some with subscriber counts in the millions — gives Russians easy access to a counternarrative.

'I Just Can't Stand By': American Veterans Join the Fight in Ukraine

Source: New York Times, No Paywall

‘I Just Can’t Stand By’: American Veterans Join the Fight in Ukraine

“Sanctions can help, but sanctions can’t help right now, and people need help right now,” said the former Marine, who lives in Tampa Bay, Fla., and like other veterans interviewed for this article asked that only his first name be used for security reasons. “I can help right now.”

All across the United States, small groups of military veterans are gathering, planning and getting passports in order. After years of serving in smoldering occupations, trying to spread democracy in places that had only a tepid interest in it, many are hungry for what they see as a righteous fight to defend freedom against an autocratic aggressor with a conventional and target-rich army.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/05/us/american-veterans-volunteer-ukraine-russia.html?unlocked_article_code=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEIPuomT1JKd6J17Vw1cRCfTTMQmqxCdw_PIxftm3iWka3DODm4fiPkORIGF9l3MbqNlIsU-wzmBTdladaEoQOF00uJSJQlwSBOho52J3Y4YOD40oMSzQmYyldrrbIwPzAXLPCO_Ofstg_q2pQ6HOzy9RvDc03J2JgxjvcBicVm13SAClbOWG-QlxoN63P8lUpF7QjYHYzKY_KW9U2UIM9SMZxvd7AA9SrsZDWmVxYjAnupGJAZCClvGT2d943I-7L5fOtAUOqX-J30waZa0wOVRWiEzctDfV9BmTJPUlr5qrbfLtRWKrcK3zP0zH69f16jWQPvthI0gX2YQh6tj-YgAEg&smid=url-share

Canada must confront the toxic 'Freedom Convoy' head-on

The convoy is, by and large, a fringe group — an unfortunate minority in which a further minority of insidious extremists lurk. They are driven by a generalized rage, misplaced anger about supply chain challenges and antigovernment sentiment. 

Time and time again we learn the lesson that teaches us that rage-soaked antigovernment types can’t be reasoned with. This time around, the convoy has produced an incoherent “memorandum of understanding” premised upon a misunderstanding of government and absurd demands. Of course, the memo should be ignored. It’s the product of a temper tantrum.

WaPo, No Paywall: https://wapo.st/3odDDce
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