Funny, Girl

December 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Intimidation and Control

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Slave Revolt

What with the continued killing of people by the police and the militarization of the police, I then come across this article in The Guardian.

Two years later, the Department of Defense’s (DoD)Army Modernisation Strategydescribed the arrival of a new “era of persistent conflict” due to competition for “depleting natural resources and overseas markets” fuelling “future resource wars over water, food and energy.” The report predicted a resurgence of:

“… anti-government and radical ideologies that potentially threaten government stability.”

In the same year, areportby the US Army’s Strategic Studies Institute warned that a series of domestic crises could provoke large-scale civil unrest. The path to “disruptive domestic shock” could include traditional threats such as deployment of WMDs, alongside “catastrophic natural and human disasters” or “pervasive public health emergencies” coinciding with “unforeseen economic collapse.” Such crises could lead to “loss of functioning political…

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Democracy on the critical list: How do we escape this toxic political cycle?

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Democracy Flatline

This piece from Salon by is the best description or our present status and his thought on where we might be headed is the best I have read so far on the subject. However the “liberals”  and “progressives’ who may read this or Salon would disagree and not be terrible happy about his assessment of their delusions and fantasies. I will highlight those passages I feel are the most important.

Everyone understood that the Republicans would make substantial gains in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s business as usual in the dumbed-down Newtonian physics of American politics. Almost every midterm since the current two-party system began to take shape at the end of the 19th century has involved the president’s party losing seats in the House and Senate. But this week’s calamitous wipeout came as a surprise to everyone, Republicans included. Even GOP strategists cautioned that the…

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Slavery ….. Connecting the dots

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Hands Tied

After reading this piece in Alternet by Frank JoyceA Visit to the Slavery Museum: How the Legacy of Slavery Is Linked to White Racism Today,I felt I just had to write about it and what has been going through my mind. I know most would like me to get off of this subject but I cannot help but get the feeling that a lot of white folk – especially those who are on the political left – still do not get it. Joyce – who also writes for Salon and has done interviews with Thom Hartman – really does connect some dots that leads right to where we are right now.

He begins with his visit to Old Slave Market Museum in Charleston SC. That this was at one time the location of The Old Slave Market and then how the Slave Market did it’s best…

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40 Acres and A Mule

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

40 Acres and a mule

Got into a discussion the other day on Facebook about whether or not the Slaves, once freed, received anything for their trouble. The answer, it turns out, is absolutely nothing. Zip, zilch, nada, zero. I remember seeing that PBS series on The Civil War and thought I remembered seeing where they got some land or something.

Well here is the story. They did…for a very short time. But let me back up a bit. Back in 1820 Joseph E. Davis, the younger brother of Jefferson Davis, established the plantation Hurricane at Davis Bend, Mississippi.

Davis was influenced by the utopian ideas of Robert Owen, whom he met in the 1820s during Owen’s tour in the United States. When he established his plantation Hurricane at Davis Bend, Davis worked to create a model slave community there. He hoped to show that a higher functioning community…

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An Extremely Late Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on The haikulodeon:

Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:

Thus each day must end,
to let each night begin so
we may build new dreams.

(Photo courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Lying in the sun’s
the universal sign of
complete contentment.

alternate version:

Lying in the sun
with your best friend.  Life is good …
and sealed with a nap.

(Photo courtesy of Kristina Rebelo)

Standing on a rock,
and seeing her reflection …
Miss Egret regrets.

(Photo courtesy of Kristina Rebelo)

A sleeping dog guards
the pumpkin harvest while the
leaves sneak from the trees.

He buried his fear
in the pleats of mother’s skirt.
( … and wiped his nose too.)

Fear is a fabric
that folds under stress, and when
in hot water, shrinks …

tanka haiku: When you first awake,
check your bedroom for feathers,
lost from angel’s wings.

They may, of course, appear…

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#NatureIsSpeaking – Redwoods

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


This is so true

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has committed to donating $1 to Conservation International for every unique use of the hashtag #NatureIsSpeaking, up to $1 million.

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