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This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 56

Trump Watch:

Trumps second unconstitutional Muslim ban has been overturned.  Trump isn’t happy, but maybe this will teach him something about how the law works.  It should also teach him to keep is stupid orange mouth shut, as its what got him in the most trouble.  The judge in the case was simply, taking what he said as being what he meant.  Something we should all do from now on, take him at his word, and then hold him to it.

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Trumpcare is in big trouble.  I think if we play our cards right… and stay with me now because this is going to sound crazy, but I think we could end up with universal health care if we do this right.  I say the progressive left counter punch with Medicare for all universal healthcare.  We vote so many of them out of office that we can do universal health care.  Remember the EPA, clean air act, title 9, clean water act, were all passed under Nixon.  Mostly because the left was so strong.  We Can Do This.

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Trump is going to cut meals on wheels to pay for the Mexican border wall.  Remember every bullet we buy, every tank, every stupid border wall takes money away from much more important programs.

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The most anti-gay republicans are almost always gay themselves.  Sad really.  If they would just come out of the closet they could just be happy and live a normal gay life.

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The FBI just briefed top lawmakers on the Russian Trump investigation.  Drip drip drip.

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Trump’s approval ratings fall even farther.  He really is a monumental fuck up.

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You should still be worried about the NSA spying, and warrant-less wiretaps.

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Trump laughs as the world burns…sigh.  We must stop him.

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Trump probably leaked his own tax returns for 2005, because it might have been the only year he actually almost looked like he wasn’t a criminal.

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The Resistance!:

Upcoming Marches Against Trump:

April 15 – Tax Strike

April 22 – March for Science

 April 29th – Peoples Climate March

June 11 – LGBTQA+ March on DC

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Lets get these people elected!

Seattle has a public election financing system, and some really good candidates are running!

Jon Ossof in Georgia, help out here.

Kathryn Allen is running to kick out Jason Chaffetz. help out here.

Quist in Montana, help here.

Arturo in California district 34, help here.

Mejia for congress in California district 34, help here.

James Thompson Kansas

Cheri Honkala in Philadelphia 197th district help here.

Lets replace a republican with a scientist! 

More!

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According to a Fox News Poll, Bernie Sanders, Planned Parenthood, and Obamacare are the three most popular things in America.  This says to me that its time for Corporate democrats to get out of the way, and let Bernie and Elizabeth Warren run full steam ahead with a progressive agenda.  America wants it, and they need it.

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Bernie is busy building a 50 state coalition to fight for progressive values.

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The American Trump might be such a huge embarrassment that he got the Dutch to vote against the Dutch Trump. 

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Big shocker, but states that raised their minimum wage, saw most low income wage earners pay go up….you mean paying people more makes their wages go up?!?  Duh.

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San Francisco might be the next major city to divest from oil pipe lines.  Can you hear that?  Its the sound of the carbon bubble popping.  Pull your money out of oil investments now, before you lose the farm when it all collapses.

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You can’t fight something with nothing.  We should be countering the right wing populism with left wing economics!   Medicare for all, free college tuition, 15 dollar minimum wage, pay equity for women!

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) told a man to shut up after he disagreed with the congressman’s vote against the Violence Against Women Act.

At a rowdy town hall in Frost, Texas last week, one constituent asked Barton to work with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to sponsor legislation combating violence against women,” The Dallas Morning News reported.

“Given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today, make a promise that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?” the man said.

Barton explained that he voted against the bill because he believes violence against women is a “state issue, not a federal issue.”

The answer earned the congressman boos from the audience.

“Violence against women, that’s a national issue!” one member of the audience shouted. “That’s an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country, but everywhere!”

“You, sir, shut up,” Barton snapped, pointing his finger at that man.

The command, however, had the opposite effect on the audience.

“You don’t tell anybody to shut up!” the constituent shouted back. “You work for us!”

There is just something so refreshing watching a bunch of constituents take a representative to task for not representing them.  GO to your reps next town hall and make sure they are representing you!

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates)

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

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Year In Review 2009

Well, that’s that then. A whole year, and now decade past. Seems like just yesterday I was a little kid, and now I have passed (gracefully I hope) into my third decade. In what has become an annual January 1st tradition around here (see 08,07,06) I make a number of predictions for the year ahead, and also see how I did the year before.

happy new year

2009 was a rough year in many ways, it capped off the warmest decade on record. The economy fell apart, the country is in two wars, people learned the folly of “magic money”, and for most of the last decade we have done little to save the human species from the greatest challenge it has ever faced. But things are looking up, we have new leadership, its a new decade, the economy seems to be reshaping to fit into a greener future, and who knows maybe I can finally figure out my personal life.

Lets get to it. Last years predictions were:

1. Cape Wind will get approved. Seriously 2009 is the year. They are so damn close I can taste it.

2. The horrible economy will affect the growth of the renewable energy market. Look for a slowdown in wind and solar.

3. The price of oil will rocket right back up in the summer of 09, look for it to once again top $150 dollars a barrel.

4. The pace of global warming will began to accelerate as feedback loops intensify. The arctic will be ice free this summer, or damn close. The northwest passage should once again open next summer.

5. Obama will (hopefully) make renewable energy and efficiency infrastructure projects a major component of his stimulus package.

6. Troops will start to come home from Iraq in large numbers before the end of 2009.

7. The financial turmoil will continue leading to millions of people loosing their jobs, massive downturns in global production, deaths, famines, and increased problems world wide. I predict 2009 to be a very not happy year for a large number of people.

8. Look for major legal action to be taken against prominent Bush administration people. If we are really lucky, Bush or Cheney might even be included in the mess.

9. Look for major breakthroughs in efficiency technology when it comes to lighting and solar panels. Specifically solar panels that produce energy cheaper than coal, oil, or wind. Look for LED technology to slowly start replacing CFL technology.

10. I will build my first bicycle.

Like I said I am no crystal ball, but I feel I got 2,4,5,6,7,9,10 more or less correct.

The ones I got wrong were 1,3,8

1: Cape wind STILL HASN’T BEEN APPROVED (I can not believe that shit), but it has finalized its agreement to sell power and both the governor of Mass. and the federal government want it built, Senator Kennedy one of the projects biggest foes passed away, and new polls show a vast increase in the demand for the project, so its only a matter of time.

3: Oil didn’t skyrocket this summer in price, instead the world wide global economic melt down actually led to a decrease in oil demand, lowering the price. The price might not have rocketed to record highs again, but it has been creeping up steadily for the last half of the year while the amount of money people made went down. The steady creep in price combined with the drop in disposable income has basically left most Americans in the same spot there were when oil prices were moderately insane.

8: While some Bush era people did see court, not nearly as many as I would have liked for me to call this a correct guess.

My predictions for 2010 are:

1. Cape wind WILL BE APPROVED (I am going to predict this till it is correct), all the signs point to it being approved this year, this is the year!

2. Democrats in the house (and maybe senate) will attempt to pass a climate bill, I give it a 40% chance of passing, and 30% chance of doing any good if it does.

3. China and the USA will come to some legally binding agreement on climate change gasses.

4. The economy will continue to sputter, look for bright spots in the renewable energy and efficiency market.

5. The mid-term elections will leave the democrats slightly weakened, but still with majorities in the house and senate.

6. I will ride my bicycle more than 4000 miles this year, with at least one long fully bicycle powered trip across country.

7. Some sort of major melting event will occur this year, I hope to god it isn’t the west antarctic ice sheet, most likely it will be a ice free arctic this summer.

8. At least one conflict will have its roots based in climate change.

9. 2010 will be in the top 5 hottest years on record

Once again I find myself making mostly negative predictions. I don’t do this out of a sense of pessimism, simply with eyes fully opened to the reality we live in. A world rich with problems is a world rich with opportunity for solutions. I am convinced humanity will find these solutions and in the process built a sustainable solution for humanity to move forward into a future filled with a positive outlook.

Happy new year everyone, may 2010 bring you a year filled with love and happiness.

Sietch Nevada: Unfortunately This Isn’t About This Website

I found this to be very very cool. Obviously judging by the name of this website I am a huge Dune fan, good to see others are putting the environmental message found in that book to good use.

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From the Sietch Nevada Website:

Description: In Frank Herbert’s famous1965 novel Dune, he describes a planet that has undergone nearly complete desertification. Dune has been called the “first planetary ecology novel” and forecasts a dystopian world without water. The few remaining inhabitants have secluded themselves from their harsh environment in what could be called subterranean oasises. Far from idyllic, these havens, known as sietch, are essentially underground water storage banks. Water is wealth in this alternate reality. It is preciously conserved, rationed with strict authority, and secretly hidden and protected.

Although this science fiction novel sounded alien in 1965, the concept of a water-poor world is quickly becoming a reality, especially in the American Southwest. Lured by cheap land and the promise of endless water via the powerful Colorado River, millions have made this area their home. However, the Colorado River has been desiccated by both heavy agricultural use and global warming to the point that it now ends in an intermittent trickle in Baja California. Towns that once relied on the river for water have increasingly begun to create underground water banks for use in emergency drought conditions. However, as droughts are becoming more frequent and severe, these water banks will become more than simply emergency precautions.

Sietch Nevada projects waterbanking as the fundamental factor in future urban infrastructure in the American Southwest. Sietch Nevada is an urban prototype that makes the storage, use, and collection of water essential to the form and performance of urban life. Inverting the stereotypical Southwest urban patterns of dispersed programs open to the sky, the Sietch is a dense, underground community. A network of storage canals is covered with undulating residential and commercial structures. These canals connect the city with vast aquifers deep underground and provide transportation as well as agricultural irrigation. The caverns brim with dense, urban life: an underground Venice. Cellular in form, these structures constitute a new neighborhood typology that mediates between the subterranean urban network and the surface level activities of water harvesting, energy generation, and urban agriculture and aquaculture. However, the Sietch is also a bunker-like fortress preparing for the inevitable wars over water in the region.

Credit: Andrew Kudless (Design), Nenad Katic (Visualization), Tan Nguyen, Pia-Jacqlyn Malinis, Jafe Meltesen-Lee, Benjamin Barragan (Model)

Check them out here.