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We'll never see tRump in this setting (re Speaker Pelosi's Texas trip)

From Auguest 12....
Text: Yesterday, our delegation visited La Lomita Chapel in Mission, TX, where we prayed for all those suffering in the Northern Triangle. We then spoke w/ migrants at a processing center & concluded our trip w/ a visit to Sister Norma & Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center.

I love the compassion, concern and hands-on work of our Democratic leadership......

Corporate interests and funding corrupts almost without fail.

Many public organizations (including charities and universities) with original good intentions become corrupt after allowing massive corporate sponsorships. They become shills for the companies, drift away from their original missions, and leaders are often bribed.

Gun and ammo manufacturers and owners are simply another sector the GOP has co-opted to gain votes and campaign contributions, along with many of our churches and private schools.

The reason the GOP went after the gun and church sectors is because they can use fear of losing something (guns, religious rights, etc.) to capture votes and funding from organized groups.


More on the National Socialist Movement and this criminal....

National Socialist Movement (United States)
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Socialist_Movement_(United_States)

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) is a neo-Nazi organization based in Detroit, Michigan. It is a part of the Nationalist Front. The Party claimed to be the "largest and most active" National Socialist organization in the United States. Although classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, it refers to itself as a "white civil rights organization", and compares itself to the NAACP. The party also objects to being referred to as "racist", and "Neo-Nazi", stating that such descriptions of their goals are unflattering and inaccurate. Each state has members in smaller groups within areas known as "regions". The NSM holds national meetings and smaller regional and unit meetings.

Another article in the Los Vegas Sun which is better written....

Link: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/aug/09/fbi-las-vegas-man-with-ties-to-white-supremacist-g/

Agents serving a search warrant for Conor Climo found a notebook with “hand-drawn schematics” for a possible attack in the Las Vegas area, and drawings of timed explosive devices, authorities said.

He used encrypted messaging to disparage Jewish people and members of the LGTBQ community, authorities allege. The 23-year-old also discussed attacking a local synagogue and talked about surveilling a downtown Las Vegas bar he thought catered to the LGBTQ community.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Aug 9, 2019, 08:17 PM (0 replies)

'I think Trump needs to show his face': Laid-off miners losing faith...

'I think Trump needs to show his face': Laid-off miners losing faith in coal promises
Chris Kenning, Louisville Courier Journal Published 11:45 p.m. ET July 31, 2019

Read here: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/07/31/laid-off-eastern-kentucky-coal-miners-continue-block-train/1879761001/

Protesting Kentucky coal miners sweated through a fourth day on top of a railroad track as they continued blocking a coal train from leaving a Harlan County mine.

Recently laid off, the miners are demanding weeks of back pay from their bankrupt employer as the company assets were put up for auction Thursday.
But Blackjewel’s collapse left more than a quarter of Harlan County’s miners jobless. Some say they have nearly given up on President Donald Trump’s long-promised coal revival.

"I think Trump needs to show his face” in Harlan County, said miner Scott Mefford, who was among the dozens of miners on the train tracks near a sign that read, "No Pay, We Stay."
Since the bankruptcy, Harlan County’s miners have struggled with overdrawn bank accounts, payments on houses and electric bills. Some said 401(k) contributions hadn’t been properly credited to their accounts for months. Many have been relying on charity, unemployment or are considering changing careers amid coal’s long decline here.

"Our husbands worked for that money," said Sherrie Bowman, who said that her electric was temporarily disconnected and that she hasn't been able to get her son for critical medical treatment in Lexington.

The bankruptcy of the nation's sixth-largest U.S. coal producer came after a string of other major coal company bankruptcies in recent years, including Blackhawk and Wyoming-based Cloud Peak Energy in May.


Got a chuckle over seeing these two headlines....

on the Marketwatch home page sidebar.....

The rate of bankruptcy-related job losses has not been this high since the depths of the Great Recession

Barron's On the Road With the Fire-Breathing Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

Oh, the irony of life in America......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Aug 6, 2019, 12:07 PM (6 replies)

Reports from The Guardian and BBC....

Mass evacuation after fire triggers explosions at Siberian base
Flying shrapnel from military base leaves one soldier dead and at least seven injured

Andrew Roth in Moscow
Mon 5 Aug 2019

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/05/mass-evacuation-after-fire-triggers-explosions-at-siberian-base

An estimated 40,000 tank and artillery shells are kept on the base in Achinsk, a Siberian city that lies near the Trans-Siberian railroad, 2,000 miles east of Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said the storage site that exploded held gunpowder charges for artillery shells.
It is not clear what caused the blasts, although lax safety precautions have caused similar accidents in the past. Siberia has also been hit by wildfires this summer, made worse by warming temperatures and a lack of rainfall.

Explosions at ammunition dumps can send unexploded shells flying for miles around, requiring a significant clean-up effort to de-mine residential areas before locals can return to their homes.

Russia arms dump fire: huge blaze in Siberia extinguished
26 minutes ago

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49249504

Firefighters have put out a blaze at an ammunition dump in Siberia and munitions are no longer exploding there, the Russian military says.

Ten massive Il-76 cargo planes and five Mi-8 helicopters are water-bombing the area, near the town of Achinsk in the Krasnoyarsk region. A defence ministry statement said "there are no more fires" at the site, an old dump due for closure housing some 55,000 artillery shells.

More than 9,500 people were evacuated. Six injured people are in hospital, but they are not critically ill.

Flying munitions damaged a school and a kindergarten in the village of Kamenka. But Deputy Defence Minister Gen Dmitry Bulgakov said that besides smashed windows there was little structural damage in the area. Local residents were evacuated from inside a 20km (12 miles) radius around the arms dump.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Aug 6, 2019, 05:41 AM (0 replies)

Very complex issues. Republicans play our public like a cheap fiddle.

Inherited from our primitive ancestors, thousands of twists in individual mental properties exist between us that will always be there. But modern man chooses to create an ideal human as reference and any of us not fitting that perfect model may be shunned rather than embraced to fit in and be happy and comfortably productive.

That ideal human concept was implanted in our brains by a combination of greedy psychopathic leaders, inhuman corporate objectives, and commercialized dogmatic religion. Persons who are mentally different, highly sensitive, artistic, physically unattractive or otherwise not the perfect producer are considered outcasts.

The internet provides a place of escape for outcasts or those not seen as perfect, just like the kitchen table at home and the humble churches used to provide. It's collects both the best and most evil among us and can be a blessing (as with DU) or a curse - where many dark and dangerous sites exist to play on the vulnerable. The fact that individuals can latch onto a group of people they've never seen and whose history or motives they don't know, and yet call that group "friends" or that place "home" is a very disturbing trend.

We live in a high-pressure society that draws out the worst properties in most of us, driven by unfettered capitalism promoted by selfish so-called conservatives around the globe. These pressures worsens mental sensitivities and often trigger violent reactions. Demands for higher and higher productivity, advertising that encourages waste and individuality, and the urge to buy everything in sight ('cause the neighbor got one) drives us toward individualism rather than a healthy community.

It's no wonder we're collectively going nuts. We cannot behave sanely without brotherhood and love of fellow man.

I would submit that we're facing a very dark future unless we:
* are willing to unchain ourselves from nationalism, individualism, racism, materialism and greed,
* demand reasonable limits on individual wealth,
* develop systems of shared ownership of the earth's resources,
* rededicate ourselves to fundamental moral values and the value of community, and
* dedicate ourselves to protecting our planet's environment as best we can.

In summary, people haven't really changed much but our society's mental and emotional environment sure as hell has.

Great OP, H2O Man.........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Aug 5, 2019, 10:58 PM (1 replies)

Agree that latent fear in the general public has increased.

I place the bulk of blame squarely on the Republican Party here, and other right-wing factions world-wide.

This is clearly caused by divide and conquer rhetoric in right-wing media tainted with machoism, racism, xenophobia and misguided religious dogma driven by nefarious plutocrats that want to control every aspect of our lives.

Strange that in reality, we have far less to really fear than most nations in the world. Most of our fear is internally created and self-inflicted, including that of those behind most mass shootings.

Fear begats fear, and worsening fear always creates or worsens mental illness in any population.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Aug 3, 2019, 04:07 PM (1 replies)

We can bet this is a coordinated Rethug effort by right-wing think tanks...

and well financed by the plutocrats. Brings them bragging rights in the golf course club house.

One way we can help keep this issue in check is to support organizations fighting voter suppression such as these:

Let America Vote: https://www.letamericavote.org/

We have a voting problem in America. Voting in our country has never been easy, but there??s a new challenge: Politicians are trying to stop Americans from voting because of who they are likely to vote for in an election.

Extreme voter suppression laws that disproportionately impact people based on their race or ethnicity, gender, age, or income have started popping up all over the country. If we don’t fight back, more and more Americans will become disenfranchised.

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression

Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws. These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Since 2008, states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include cuts to early voting, voter ID laws, and purges of voter rolls.

The ACLU is engaged in advocacy and litigation across the country to get rid of these harmful voter suppression measures once and for all.

League of Women Voters: https://www.lwv.org/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression

Voting rights are under attack. In recent years, politicians in dozens of states have erected intentional barriers to our right to vote, including forcing discriminatory voter ID and proof-of-citizenship restrictions on eligible voters, reducing polling place hours in communities of color, cutting early voting opportunities and illegally purging voters from the rolls.

Fair Fight: https://fairfight.com/

Like the poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era, modern voter suppression efforts are relentless and effective.

Efforts to discourage and disenfranchise voters—in voter registration, ballot access, or counting of votes—have a catastrophic effect on our democracy and our communities. The facts and faces of voters from the 2018 election in Georgia convey the insidious design and pervasive impact of voter suppression.

Welcome to DU, Sane Floridian!........

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:26 PM (1 replies)

Shred, I suggest asking the Rethugs this....

"When there's a common function for society that the majority of Americans want and there's no benefit for there being competition in that task, then why add a layer of profit to the taxpayer's bill?"

That applies to, for example:
* Public schools,
* The military,
* Infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and
* Basic foundational healthcare.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 1, 2019, 11:49 AM (1 replies)
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