Sunday Thoughts

The above statement was running through my mind all week long.

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"Donald Trump must be convicted and removed from office," Rep. Adam Schiff argued before the Senate last night. "Because he will always choose his own personal interests above our national interest. Because in America, right matters. Truth matters. If not, no Constitution can protect us. If not, we are lost." #RightMattersTruthMatters

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Do you think this statement is making a dent in any of those fuckfaces opinions?

Me neither…


Wednesday Reads: Dots ⚪️🔴🟠🟤🟡🟢🔵🟣⚫️

Yesterday’s Senate showdown? Didn’t see it, but my dad had it on the TV all day. From his heated “criticism” at the people on the screen (he fact-checks the GOP during the hearings/trial) it seems like I did not miss much.

Just a side note, as of now 1:43am the trial shitvote is ongoing:

Yeah, #ImAwake status update is trending on Twitter!

Then there is this,

The whole thing is a joke.

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Day 1 of of the Senate’s Impeachment Trial, AKA watching 53 adults twist themselves into a Nunes pretzel while running interference for their muskrat-wigged mob boss. #dumptrump #trumpcrimefamily #asteriskpresident #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Stepping away from our failing democracy, could it be said that the final stage of a tRump dictatorship has been tripped with this official first day of his impeachment trial?

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Republicans blindly following their messiah. • #impeachment #impeachtrump #impeachmenttrial #trumptrial #impeachandremove #republicans #republicanshame #complicitgop #moscowmitch #leningradlindsey #votethemout #grabthembytheballot #mickmulvaney #johnbolton #ukrainegate #trumpgate

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Also:

Some science related pictures and videos:

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A look at earthquakes from inside the Earth. Created by Raluca Nicola with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Tap the link in our bio for the app.

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You can play with an interactive map here.

More on earthquakes:

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Our most-liked post of the year. See you in 2020! 🌎🌍🌏 Paleogeography—it’s a thing. These 41 paleo-elevation models (DEM) show Earth’s evolution from Pangea to the Holocene. Tap the link in our bio to try the prototype app.

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Some may call this option extreme but desperate times call for desperate measures. • #australia #australianfires #australianbushfires #bushfiresaustralia #bushfire #bushfires #australianredcross #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #climatedeniers #getwiththeprogram #scottmorrisonwhereareyou #scottmorrison #trump

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"Whatever you seek can be obtained provided the thirst for the object of
your desire pervades every fibre of your being.". . . ~ Sri Anandamayi Ma ~ . . . . . Jai Ma Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma. 💘❤💓💕💖💗💙💚💛🧡💜🖤💝💞💟❣💌💌❣💟💞💝🖤💜🧡💛💚💙💗💘❤💓💕💖 . . . #selfrealized #selfrealization #jaijaima #AnandamayiMa #universalmotherhood #light #body #mind #heart #emotions #intellect #tools #to #reach #self #yoga #path #guru #shishya #relation #purify #yourself #by #contemplating #guru #eternal #eternity #India #eternal #love #blissfulmother #stayblessed💙

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Martin Luther King Day reads

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I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives are at present misunderstood. We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny. Before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here. For more than two centuries our forebears labored in this country without wages; they made cotton king; they built the homes of their masters while suffering gross injustice and shameful humiliation—and yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to thrive and develop. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.

—Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Apr 16, 1963

Let us celebrate the man and his legacy today.

From Charles Blow:

I had been taught only the “Dream” King. That is what America wants King to remain: Frozen in perpetual optimism, urging more than demanding, appealing to America’s better angels rather than ruthlessly calling out its persistent demons.

But, that must not be done. That must not be done.

As King said in a 1967 interview when asked about the “Dream” speech, after much soul-searching he had come to see that “some of the old optimism was a little superficial, and now it must be tempered with a solid realism.”

That evolution, toward a more “solid realism,” toward the more rational King, toward the more radical King, is why I happen to believe that one of King’s most consequential speeches is a little-discussed address he gave in 1967 at Stanford University. It was called “The Other America.”

In it, King blasted “large segments of white society” for being “more concerned about tranquillity and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.”

He slammed what he called the “white backlash” for being the cause of black discontent and demands for black power, rather than the result of it, calling it “merely a new name for an old phenomenon.”

And he declared that true integration “is not merely a romantic or aesthetic something where you merely add color to a still predominantly white power structure.”

This speech was delivered after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As King put it in the 1967 interview, passage of those acts came at “bargained rates.”

He explained: “It didn’t cost the nation anything. In fact, it helped the economic side of the nation to integrate lunch counters and public accommodations. It didn’t cost the nation anything to get the right to vote established. And, now we are confronting issues that cannot be solved without costing the nation.”

Collectively, the 101 black teens participating in the study reported more than 5,600 experiences of racial discrimination over two weeks. That boils down to an average of more than five instances per day for each teenager. That’s more than 70 over two weeks.

Those findings may not be surprising to those who face routine discrimination, but they reflect a higher frequency of racism than has previously been reported.

What caused the increase? Researchers say that the study was the first to include so many expressions of racial bias, 58 in all, and to ask participants to record them daily. Previous studies have typically asked participants to recall experiences from the past, which researchers say is not as accurate.

Although there has been an increase in hate crimes during the Trump administration, this study measures incidents that occurred when Barack Obama was in the White House.

From Michelle Alexander:

“We are now living in an era not of post-racialism but of unabashed racialism, a time when many white Americans feel free to speak openly of their nostalgia for an age when their cultural, political and economic dominance could be taken for granted — no apologies required. Racial bigotry, fearmongering and scapegoating are no longer subterranean in our political discourse; the dog whistles have been replaced by bullhorns. White nationalist movements are operating openly online and in many of our communities; they’re celebrating mass killings and recruiting thousands into their ranks.”

Have a blessed day. The struggle continues. March on.

 

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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Wednesday Reads: Boom, Boom, Boom

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The only people on this debate stage who have won every single election that they've been in are the women. We need a candidate who will excite all parts of the Democratic Party, bring everyone in, and give everyone a Democrat to believe in. That's my plan—and that is why I’m going to win. #DemDebate

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(Hopefully you can see that video clip.)

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Elizabeth Warren at tonight's #DemDebate, on whether a woman can beat Donald Trump.

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It is so good, I had to post it twice!

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Women can win. #demdebate

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Oops! I’m dropping f-bombs again! #justanotherday #excuseme #fbomb #fbombmeditation

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Worrisome Democracy breaking out around China #china #lunarnewyear #lunarnewyear2020

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Now back to my favorite imaginary segment on Fox News, “What if Obama did it.” • #fauxnews #foxnews #trump #tuckercarlson #thanksobama #obama #barackobama #foxnewsisntnews #politicalart #instaart #instaartist #votethemout #grabthembytheballot #obamas #dumptrump #lockhimup #notmypresident

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Day 1089: Please oh please put this tumbleweed-skinned dust mummy lawyer front and center at the trial. #asteriskpresident #trumpcrimefamily #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Democratic Candidates Immediately Descend Into Violent Pandemonium Without Cory Booker’s Message Of Love

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Increasingly Unwell Harvey Weinstein Arrives To Court As Jar Of Ashes

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A cartoon by @dsipress. #NewYorkerCartoons

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Sanders Campaign Doubles Down With New Ad Warning Americans They’ll Never Be Able To Hear A Female President Over The Sound Of Her Vacuum

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Day 1088: To the world’s most eminent fabulist, everything is “imminent”. #cowardlylyin #dumptrump #trumpcrimefamily #presidentfulldiaper #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Take a look at that thread above and the comments, disgusting.

In relation to this:

I don’t know about you all, but I believe Ambassador Yovanovitch life was in danger.

Here are the docs:

Meanwhile,

I wish Kamala hadn’t dropped out, she was the best.

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Many tree species live for hundreds of years; others, including the sequoias, survive for thousands. Bristlecone trees, like those in California’s Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, can last almost indefinitely. For millennia, the bristlecones have remained resistant to fire, harsh weather and soil conditions, and insect threats. “I get a chill from standing next to something that’s been living in the same place for 5,000 years,” one scientist said. “We can’t begin to comprehend the mechanisms of birth and death on that scale.” Minute changes in the tree-ring record make bristlecones an exceptionally useful source of data about changing conditions on earth, and that data shows that the trees have also survived hot spells: in 4000 B.C., during the mid-Holocene period, the earth was about one degree Celsius warmer than it is today. But it is on track to get hotter than that. Can these ancient trees, which John Muir once described as “irrepressibly and extravagantly picturesque,” withstand climate change? Read more at the link in our bio. Photographs by Jordana Meilleur/Alamy; Jason Bazzano/Alamy; Robert Rosenblum/Alamy; Dennis Frates/Alamy

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Love. Just so much love. To you. You who’s reading this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Sunday Reads: S-T-O-M-P-E-R

Just dial #STOMPER!

Innit about time we had a #tRumper hotline?

At least there is this bit of news:

This as well:

And then there is this story on a train:

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Wednesday Reads: Holy Hell, Holy Sh*t

Good morning, when I started writing this post, I had no idea about the new battlefields in Iraq.

So…some of the cartoons may be a little, dated. Here’s to WWIII

What the fuck is wrong with these people? “Holy Hell?”

https://twitter.com/mcfaul/status/1214775041109442560?s=21

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Day 1080: Very cool of Iran to spare the Tomb of the Unknown Hairline. #presidentfulldiaper #unfit #asteriskpresident #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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Aww don’t worry President Corned Beef Personality, I’m sure you’ll draw a massive crowd when it’s your time. #sad #bebest #asteriskpresident #magaisformorons #trumpcrimefamily #thedailydon

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As if all that wasn’t bad enough,

Lastly, a bit down under:

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Among the many apocalyptic scenes from the Australian bush fires has been the presence of explosive, towering clouds appearing in the skies above the fire zones of southeastern Australia. These clouds are fire-generated thunderstorms. Their presence is an indication that a fire is exhibiting extreme behavior, such as spreading quickly beyond containment lines, switching its direction of movement, and even whipping up fire whirls and full-fledged fire tornadoes. The fires have been so intense that they’ve lofted smoke particles all the way into the stratosphere, in part through the clouds that in some cases look more like explosions. Once in the stratosphere, which is the layer of the atmosphere above where most weather occurs, in the troposphere, these particles can travel thousands of miles and even influence regional and global climate. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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My illustration for the Australian bushfires. I can’t seem to find any more words that haven’t already been said, there’s only sorrow and tragedy. I pray for Australia, the people, and wildlife…🙏🇦🇺 #saveaustralia#pen#watercolor#penart#watercolorart 🖤 Edit: I’m so incredibly humbled by the overwhelming response to my illustration. Thank you all for the tremendous support! I thought I would try to help a little more by providing some links to organisations/volunteer work to donate to, on my Facebook page. Link to my Facebook is on my bio. Any donation big or small can go a long way to help!❤️#helpaustralia

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my heart hurts for Australia 💔 here is a list of places you can donate to if you’re able to! feel free to add more in the comments if I missed any! 🦘 @wireswildliferescue, @redcrossau, @1300koalaz, @cfavic, @act_wildlife, @wildlifevictoria 💓

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Sunday Reads: Red Rover

Sounds like a reasonable way to explain tRumps latest war crime… (Obviously, I’m being sarcastic here…)

This Iran “mess” is serious:

The Word from Iran…

So many comments on that thread run along the same line. That Iran is welcome to tRump…as well as many of his top enablers, like Moscow Mitch, Steve Miller, Barr and Pompeo.

I would also like to add one more…Chuck Todd!

Don’t forget that while the world is raging, there is a real rage of fire in Australia:

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This isn’t a filter. This a person filming outside their home in Australia. This is our planet on fire. This is our house on fire! Do whatever you can to lessen your impact on nature. Understand that you don’t have to be perfect. We need millions making sustainable choices imperfectly. If you are not working toward good choices for the future and our planet you are helping it burn. It’s as simple as that. Stop smoking. Stop littering. Use a Reusable Coffee Cup. Walk. Recycle. Meatless Meals. Use aReusable water bottle. Paperless billing. Pick up litter. Buy local. Buy secondhand. Donate. Give. There are so many ways to make an impact. Pray for all those loosing everything in wildfires in Australia and all over the world. There is no neutrality. Take action. 🌎🌲🐨 #australiawildfires #savetheplanet #savetheearth #smallsustainablesteps #donate #wildfires #climatechangeisreal #wildfiresarehumancaused #sustainability #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #reuse #reusablebags #reusablestraw #reusablecup #reusableproducebags #reusablecoffeecup #ourhouseisonfire

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Those images from Australia are horrifying.

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Day 1079: Keep your heads down and mouths shut for the next predictable round of America’s greatest export. #friedchickenhawks #asteriskpresident #reelectionstrategy #boneheadbonespurs #magaiaformorons #thedailydon

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Day 1079.1: In which a prep school draft dodger employs his favorite pastime of using other people (AKA losers) as collateral. #cadetbonespurs #asteriskpresident #magaisformorons #thedailydon

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I’m tired.

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