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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A Ludicrously Lovely Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

October 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on The haikulodeon:

Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:

I keep wondering:
Will such wonders ever cease?
Not in this lifetime!

Someone should tell her,
“I really dig the beach”, is
just an expression.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Ignore clever men
they can be out-witted. Keep
your eyes on mad-men.


A triangle of
tranquility sails the sea
‘neath darkening skies.


Shafts of golden light,
signaled we’d weathered the storm,
so, we headed home.

(Photographs courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Reaching for the moon
Is an admirable goal.
Having patience helps.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

We drove through the night
to see the fall foliage
mirrored in the lake.

To be committed
is to fly through each sunset
in search of the dawn.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

The ecdysiast’s
dress men find teasiest, zips
up the easiest.

What if we’re all cogs
in a huge…

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Fabric From The Past-Toile de Jouy

October 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Trkingmomoe's Blog:


Toile de Jouy simply means “cloth made in Jouy en Josas,” a village in southwest France.  This type of cloth was soon just called by this name even though it was made in other countries. The factory became famous because of it’s monochromatic prints of scenes with people in the French country side.  Come join us as we explore this fabric that began in 1760 and is still produced today even though the original factory closed in 1843.

The factory was founded in 1760 by Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf.  He was a descendant of family of Bavarian dyers.  He was inspired by the traditional Indian printing techniques. In 1686 France banned the Indian fabrics both the import and making of them.  This was not lifted until 1759. France was behind in this technology of this very popular fashion in fabrics. Oberkampf left Germany and started the factory.  Other countries that was printing…

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