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Agree, but the ever-present fascist right-wing cancer continues to grow......

just as it has in my memories post-Nixon. I still suspect Nixon's failure was a wake-up call for right-wing billionaires to open the floodgates of money with no moral restrictions to slowly undermine the U.S. Government.

I agree with you and others posting here that an instant takeover of our government is nearly impossible, perhaps other than by nuclear armageddon.

The most absurd parts of the J6 rally are that it was entirely based on the Big Lie and yet tRump was able to attract hundreds of citizens to travel to Washington D.C. and endanger their futures based on that lie.

But what we must work to stop and reverse is:
* that slow corrosion of fear and hatred they promote that divides us like never before,
* right-wing administrative occupation of almost all of our public and social media,
* absurd, astronomical amounts of money being poured into our elections, and
* GOP non-stop lying to - and deceiving of - our general public with no consequences.


Beautiful heart-touching song and photos for this season of giving and gratitude.

Homeless in America - It Ain't Pretty, But it's Beautiful
Video compilation by CyndeDawn

"It Ain't Pretty (But It's Beautiful)" Lyrics
Song by Clay Walker
Lyrics by Doug Johnson, Nicole Witt and Kim Williams

Driving home from work just yesterday
impatiently waiting for the light to change
I noticed a homeless mom and her two kids
She reached out and lifted up a trash can lid
Her face lit up when she looked inside
And pulled out a broken armless doll
knelt down and gave it to her smallest Child
And God you should have seen her smile

It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
Life ain't perfect, but it's wonderful
We're all broken, but we're loveable
It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful

Got home and told my wife bout what I'd seen
She grabbed her purse, took me by the hand and said come with me
We drove around until we found the three of them
I wondered who was blessing who when they got in
We bought them food and clothes and drove them to a toy store
And the little girl said "I don't need a brand new doll"
as she hugged the broken armless one they found before
she said "this one needs me more"


She ain't pretty, but she's beautiful
She ain't perfect, but she's wonderful
She might be broken, but she's loveable
She ain't pretty, but She's beautiful

Last night my wife and I talked till the sun came up
About how we fuss and fight sometimes,
Say ugly things act so unkind
But we think God we always find our way back to love

It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
Our love ain't perfect, but it's wonderful
We're still learning to be loveable
It ain't pretty, but it's beautiful
We're all learning to be loveable
Ain't always pretty, but it's beautiful

(lyrics courtesy of azlyrics.com)


This botanist from Chicago knows how to talk to Republicans.

(#66) Public Service Announcement from Jake Wozcak and Crotalus Oreganus
Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't
Apr 7, 2019

Also, check out his great videos on botany from around the USA and Mexico!:

Crime Pays But Botany Doesn't

Homepage: https://www.youtube.com/CrimePaysButBotanyDoesnt/videos

KY....... .........

You're very welcome, Mahina. I wish your son the very best.

It's a huge but sometimes very mean world out there and I'm sure you will provide him guidance. It took my wonderful son 'till his mid-30s to find his way.

Check out this post from today on a new development in Kentucky: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10532696

That's about 30-miles South of Louisville and we already have two huge Ford truck and auto plants located here.


Ford, SK On bringing 5,000 jobs to Kentucky with massive electric vehicle battery park

Ford, SK On bringing 5,000 jobs to Kentucky with massive electric vehicle battery park
Olivia Evans
Louisville Courier Journal
December 5, 2022

Link to Article: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2022/12/05/ford-sk-innovation-break-ground-electric-vehicle-battery-park/69695077007/

Calling it a "huge step forward," Ford Motor Company and SK On broke ground Monday on an electric vehicle battery park in Glendale, Kentucky, that is expected to create 5,000 new jobs in the commonwealth.

The BlueOval SK Battery Park, at 1,500 acres, will be the largest in the world and will start production in 2025. It's "the biggest economic development project this state has ever seen," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Ford plans to produce an annual run rate of 2 million electric vehicles globally by the end of 2026, and the BlueOval SK Battery Park will play a large role in executing this goal. BlueOval SK has already invested $5.8 billion to produce electric batteries for Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

What's coming to Kentucky

The battery production site will consist of two battery production plants across a more than 2.3-square-mile campus. Each production plant on the campus will employ about 2,500 people. While the goal is to hire as many Kentuckians as possible, Beshear noted that BlueOval SK will need to attract some employees from outside the state.

Kudos to Gov. Beshear for his tireless work for our people. I hope that area will be able to grow their housing, schools and infrastructure ahead of the coming population storm. Although Elizabethtown (locally called E'town) is a fairly developed town of about 30K souls and 150K metro population (including Ft. Knox), it's still very much a rural farm and small industry town.

This plant - including the training school - will drastically change the landscape in this already busy I-65 corridor.


The little blue marble shines once again.

Timelapse shows Earth visible on Nasa's Orion lunar flyby – video
Guardian Video
Source: Nasa

Mon 21 Nov 2022 18.56 GMT
Last modified on Tue 22 Nov 2022 10.11 GMT


Burned in my memory are the Hasselblad camera shots of our planet from NASA's 60s moon missions.

Congratulations to NASA and JPL for a successful mission for America and international science.

A beautiful speck of dust in the Universe.


USPS announces new 2023 stamps in honor of DUer SalmonChantedEvening.

See: See: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2022/1024-usps-reveals-stamps-for-2023.htm

Someone at the Post Office must be a fan of Your Sunday LOLcats!

Just kidding of course, but SCE was the first thing I thought of when I saw that graphic.

KY........ .........

How Florida's power will be restored (and how Puerto Rico's is currently)

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.

Link: https://www.publicpower.org/storm-center-and-mutual-aid

Mutual aid is electric utilities helping each other in times of need. The American Public Power Association, together with state and regional public power utilities and organizations, coordinates the mutual aid network for the nation’s public power utilities. Utilities that want to give and get help for power restoration after a disaster sign up for this network.

When (and even before) a major disaster hits a utility’s territory and the utility knows that its own crews and equipment won’t be enough to restore power quickly, it calls for mutual aid. It provides its best estimate of how many people it needs and what type of skills they should have. The utility also specifies equipment and material needs. Other utilities in the network respond with what they can offer.

The actual dispatch and movement of crews from different utilities is coordinated by utility and public power association personnel who volunteer as regional and national mutual aid coordinators.

Also see this APPA Fact Sheet that details the process: https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Mutual%20Aid%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Of course, this is all done in coordination with FEMA and the state's emergency management so there's minimal conflict between agencies and that aid is going where it's needed most.

These are crews heading there today from my area's utility:
This is an extremely challenging task. Not only must crews and trucks be efficiently dispatched, but also massive quantities of repair materials such as poles, cables, transformers and insulators have to somehow flow into the disaster zone. Plus, the crews must be housed and fed.

Best of luck and wishes for minimal damage and injury to everyone affected by this monster storm.


I would wager many, if not all, of the Moar-B-Loco docs were scanned or photographed...

and could have been sent who knows where or are being held as future ammo for espionage or blackmail. Hell, they were not safe or secure while in the White House during TFG's stay and also were fair game for all sorts of crooks and spies while in Florida.

Other guesses and questions:

1. When shipped from Washington, could the boxes have been intentionally mislabeled (say, as tRump business documents) in order to conceal their content?

2. Isn't there an existing protocol controlling everything that leaves the White House? It was evident from the start that TFG and his team would not respect any laws, rules, norms or standards.

3. Can the Secret Service be compelled to reveal anything they observed relating to the movement of these documents and any activities around them after arriving in Florida?

4. Are these original documents and the only existing copies, or are the originals still in D.C.? I was under the impression that all documents, event records and transcripts during any administration is supposed to be immediately archived in a safe, secure place.

5. Surely the originals of any classified documents found in Florida are still secure in Washington!

6. I wonder if there are ways to determine what documents are missing from the original shipments.

I hope President Biden and Congress take firm steps during this administration to insure this can never happen again.

KY rant done.....

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Giving what I can when I can and wishing Val (and America) the best of luck.......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Aug 8, 2022, 08:29 PM (1 replies)
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