A PTSD Election

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I talked to a friend the other day, a fellow Bernie Sanders supporter (Berner), and we talked about experiencing a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We have since the end of the primaries, since Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary, since the DNC the last week of July – been bummed out from: Bernie not winning, his endorsement of “her”, the fiasco of the DNC according to many Bernie delegates, the blatant (to many of us) election rigging, DNCLeaks, voter suppression and disenfranchisement, potential election fraud, #ExitPollGate, seeing the Bernie vote split between Jill, Trump, Gary, Hill or even those who just don’t want to vote at all now.

And, it occurred to me that it wasn’t that simple. It’s not simply just a case of PTSD.

The reason people feel lost now isn’t just that Bernie lost. We feel, deep down, that WE, the United States and perhaps even…

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The Cuyahoga Ignites

I think Chris will enjoy this. The blog is a couple of years old but still very timely. Boy do I remember when that river caught fire. We watched it burn on local TV.

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My friend, Aaron, was a high school junior at Cleveland, Ohio in 1969.  He remembers how his fellow Clevelanders used to ridicule the nasty Cuyahoga river. The Cuyahoga oozed its way through the city, brown with oily, bubbling goo.   The Federal Water Pollution Control Administration once noted that the lower Cuyahoga had no visible forms of life.

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Cuyahoga is the Iroquoi name for “the crooked river” that winds its way through Northeastern Ohio. The two branches of the short river emerge from fresh water springs that come together as the main Cuyahoga. The river cuts through forests and farmland.  When it reaches the Akron vicinity, it meets a continental divide that forces a northwesterly flow.

This stretch from Akron to Cleveland is the lower Cuyahoga where the Ohio & Erie Canal ran parallel to it.  This section of the river has been the home to intense industrial activity lining the…

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Tolerance and Acceptance

Finnish Perspective

Something this country seems to be lacking. At leas on a group level, thought maybe less so on an individual level. I have heard it said that though Donald Trumps supporters are very bigoted as a group, not so much as individuals. I however do not know this myself.

We are a very diverse society and country but as such each separate group shows more or less intolerance and judgement of other groups. Along cultural lines made up of varying religious, societal, economic, gender and racial cultural norms. As well as language, artistic, economic class,  education and dietary preferences. To name just a few. A lot of the problems we see today stem from this lack of tolerance and judgement of some group has with another group. And if you think it’s better elsewhere just remember the French passed laws not long ago prohibiting Muslim women from wearing Hijabs and…

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There’s a Reason People Think the Democratic Primary Was Unfair and Undemocratic: It Was

Very good information here about the election fraud.

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Journalists have been cautioning Bernie Sanders against “suggesting the entire political process is unfair,” insisting that doing so could have “negative and destabilizing consequences.”  They contend that he must “argue to his supporters that the outcome of the [Democratic primary] process was legitimate” so that he can convince them to vote for Hillary Clinton.  According to several recentarticles, this argument should be easy to make because “The Democratic Primary Wasn’t Rigged” and “Bernie Sanders lost this thing fair and square.”

The problem, however, is that the Democratic primary was anything but “fair and square.”  It may not have been “rigged” in the narrow sense in which some of these writers have interpreted that word (to mean that there were illegal efforts to mess with vote counts), but it certainly wasn’t democratic. That’s why only 31 percent of Democrats express “a great deal of confidence” that the Democratic primary…

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We Are Not Defeated

I saw many clips and periscope coverage of this. It was huge and peaceful march. The Delegates left the convention and was also marching.

The Writing of John Laurits

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Greetings, all of you — those who are with us & those who aren’t with us & those who are indifferent — I’m writing to you from the center of the storm.

This will be brief because I have no electricity here & I must rejoin our revolution, as soon as I can. Though I can hear them & see them, the fact that I am not in their midst is painful to me. I will soon be posting my livestreams for those of you that wish to see what the marches in front of the convention were like. Unfortunately, Facebook repeatedly sent me messages of network errors when I tried to continue the livestreams (though, those around me did not have the same problem, so I’ve been unable to continue them, tonight (so far). Here’s the basic story, as I’m understanding it so far —

Bernie appears to have…

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Why the Revolution Failed. A simplistic view of America and The World

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The party candidate isn't true to its basic principles, lies, is ruthless, breaks the law and has record-high disapproval ratings in the polls. How the hell did America's oldest political party wind up with such a terrible candidate? Easy: they plotted and schemed. The party candidate isn’t true to its basic principles, lies, is ruthless, breaks the law and has record-high disapproval ratings in the polls. How the hell did America’s oldest political party wind up with such a terrible candidate? Easy: they plotted and schemed.

One of the issues I had with the OWS movement and it’s 1% vs 99%  is that this view is so simplistic and B&W. If you look at the charts and tables of income in the US as presented in this Wikipedia entry, you will see it leaves leaves out a whole swath of people that sit in the middle.  This view congers up an image or picture of the US that is like that of France in the 1800s or Russia in the early 1900sof starving peasants and a handful of rich robber barons. A picture that is far from the reality of modern…

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Pan Can, Can You Do the Pan Can?

Well.

So Rob and I are back together again.

I’m caregiver, he’s patient.  He’s very, very patient.

In May of this year, he suddenly started suffering stomach and back pain, along with constipation, and he ended up in the emergency room around May 17.  After an MRI showed a mass on his pancreas, he had an appointment with his (rather useless) primary care physician who administered lots of pain drugs but no tests for a month.

I think I wrote, last month, that he was scheduled for a biopsy.  Biopsy was done on June 23 and still no cancer care until almost another month later, when we were finally introduced to an oncologist who is now Rob’s primary care guy.  Not a moment too soon, oy.  Since then, several tests have been done, he’s got a gastroenterologist, a physical therapist, chemo…

And here we are.  I’m not able to get online much, because I’ve been spending every night at Rob’s cabin, about four miles away from our house.  He has no internet there.  His rent is no longer affordable, with disability payments alone, so he’s moving back in with me in our house next week.

Meantime, he started chemo this week – very aggressive stuff, but that’s the way we like it.  I am determined to see him back on his Harley by autumn.

Are you with me?

I’m gonna blog when I can, with updates, rants, prayers, tears, and hopefully nothing worse.

Meantime, I’m joining the Green Party and voting for Jill Stein.  The Democratic Party is shit, in my eyes.  That’s all I will say about politics.

I’m here for the fun, and the not fun.  I’m not here to talk about how wonderful Hillary Clinton is.  Oy.