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justaprogressive's Journal
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December 31, 2023

A Flower in Winter

December 31, 2023

whorls of grass

December 30, 2023

Bare Trees

December 30, 2023

Old Piano Playing Ragtime

It's been raining for four days

December 28, 2023

We drove around the town to see the Christmas lights on Christmas Night.

How terribly depressing.

Of the hundreds of houses we drove by, only about twenty even had so
much as a lighted wreath...

The nine or ten lavishly decorated houses were all in the two areas where
the wealthiest of our citizens live....

A hard Christmas in a small town...

Anybody else experience this?

December 27, 2023

Want Environmental Progress? Follow The Kids. By Jim Hightower

"OK, boomer." That's a snarky phrase currently some use to mock 60- and-70-year-olds they consider to be cluelessly out oftouch.

Recently, however, teenagers and 20-somethings have turned that snide sentiment into a positive challenge directed at doomsayers of all ages who claim nothing can be done to stop runaway global warming: "OK, doomer," these young climate activists respond. It's their shorthand way of saying to do-nothing fatalists: Give up if you want, but please step aside while we organize and mobilize for climate sanity.

Our globe's fast-warming, catastrophe-creating climate is more than just another issue: It has become a generational cause for young people. Indeed, 62% of young voters support totally phasing out fossil fuels, and they're channeling their anger about official inaction toward both political parties. Such feisty grassroots groups as Gen-Z for Change, Zero Hour, Black Girl Environmentalist and Our Children's Trust are on the front lines — in the face of power, and on the move.

As in all progressive struggles — from civil rights to labor to environmental justice — progress comes from sticking with principle, building incrementally on local victories and persevering against moneyed reactionaries. Already, one breakthrough by these young climate activists was made this year in deep-red, rural Montana. In a case filed by Our Children's Trust, 16 children, ages 2-18, charged that a state law took away their right to challenge energy projects that increase global warming. Noting that Montana's constitution establishes a right to "a clean and healthful environment," state Judge Kathy Seeley ruled for the children... and for a clean, healthy climate future.

Progress is not made by spectators and cynics, but by activists. And those who say that activism can't produce change should not interrupt those who're doing it.

December 27, 2023

Facets of an Ornament

Still settling teething issues with my new camera...
December 25, 2023

This Christmas

December 24, 2023

"Funny Farm" Green

The "Chevy Chase" gazebo is no more...

A drunk Bimmer driver ran into it in 2016...like of course.
December 23, 2023

Bricking it: Do you actually own anything digital? - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

From The Register "Biting the hand that feeds IT"

What do Amazon, Sony, and Broadcom all have in common? Give up? Each, in their own way, has made it clear that when you buy something from them, you don't actually own it.

Going back to 2009, Amazon dropped 1984 and Animal Farm from its Kindle eReaders. You may have thought you owned copies of these classic George Orwell books, but you were wrong. Amazon said they'd discovered they hadn't the right to sell the books, so they deleted them from your eReaders. Eventually, Amazon restored those books, but a precedent had been set. Amazon, not you, owns your eBooks.

To quote from Amazon's copyright policy: "All content included in or made available through Amazon Business, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software is the property of Amazon or its content suppliers and protected by U.S. and international copyright Laws. The compilation of all content included in or made available through any Amazon Business Service is the exclusive property of Amazon and protected by U.S. and international copyright Laws."

Funny, as I look at my large library of old-style books, I never had to worry about that with them. They all belong to me. Eventually, they'll go to my daughter's home or a library. My eBooks? They're off to the digital dustbin as soon as I'm under the ground.

Much more recently, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that as of December 31, 2023, users can no longer watch their previously purchased Discovery video content on their PlayStations. I'd never bought copies of Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, How It’s Made or My 600-Pound Life myself, but someone did. If I were in their shoes, I'd be ticked.

What's that? Can't they always stream those shows? Can they? Not always. Take, for example, perhaps the best, most realistic American crime show, Homicide: Life on the Street. I love that show, and I have it on DVD, but the DVDs aren't available in the States now, and the show isn't available to stream anywhere. Like other shows, its rights are locked up in a mess and may never be available. This is especially poignant since the star, Andre Braugher, recently died, and many people want to see his signature role as Detective Frank Pembleton.


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