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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

There’s something happening. Something new in the air. A disturbance in the Force. Democrats are laser focused on Trump’s shenanigans with Ukraine. As a Ukrainian by birth all I can say is “You’re welcome” if this is the thing that brings down Trump.

Something feels different about this one. I hope I’m right. I hope we don’t lose this one because we don’t have many chances left.

So to help each other get through these newly exciting and mortifying times, let’s try to make each other laugh. Post a funny video. Could be a funny cat video. Funny music video. Whatever makes you laugh. Make us all laugh!

Welp, we’ve been having some very lively conversations here on TW about impeachment lately. Unless that Saudi Arabian Magic 8-Ball is wrong, it looks like we will very soon have enough votes for the full House to approve impeachment hearings. It’s pretty hard to ignore a President admitting to treason on the TeeVee, after all.

According to the WaPo, it’s all over but the shouting.

Pelosi, according to multiple senior House Democrats and congressional aides, has been gauging the mood of her caucus about whether they believe allegations that Trump pressured a Ukrainian leader to investigate a political foe is a tipping point. She was making calls as late as Monday night, and many leadership aides who once thought Trump’s impeachment was unlikely now say they think it’s almost inevitable.

But what is actually being voted on? I think the word “impeachment” is being used to discuss a multitude of processes.

For example, I do not support voting for a resolution to impeach the President at this time, because after that, it goes to the Senate. The Senate will then acquit, and then we will all be sitting with our thumbs up our asses till 2020. Moreover, people will blame the Democrats for not getting rid of him! No, that will not help anyone.

What would be more than fine with me is the way the Democrats did it with Tricky Dick. First, the whole House votes to give the Judiciary Committee the authority to begin impeachment investigations. That is what I hope the vote will be. After that, there will be more drip, drip, drip, as the hearings expose more and more of the Mango Moron’s high crimes and misdemeanors. The idea is that these hearings will bring the American people around, most of whom (as of the latest polls we have) do not support impeachment at this time.

Even as nearly two-thirds of Democratic members favor impeaching President Donald Trump or at least opening an impeachment inquiry, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows they haven’t made the sale to voters. Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it. Just 12 percent of voters are undecided.

This strategy worked for the Democrats against Nixon, who was at 67% popularity when they started, and after a year was at 24%. The hearings are what brought him down. As slow as it is, it’s the strategy I support, because it worked before, and I believe it will work again…just in time for the 2020 elections. And that’s why Nancy Pelosi is committed to following it.

Just to make sure I’m clear, I would so love for Drumpf to be removed tomorrow. I can’t believe he’s still in office. He is a horrorshow of a creature, along with the Party that enables him. Every day he squats like a feces-throwing orangutan in the Oval Office diminishes and endangers our country. But until Republicans are ready to desert him, he’s not going to be removed from office. It’s so sh*tty, but it’s true.

This is an open thread. Here’s a blast from Randy Rainbow’s past.

Good Weekend Widdershins!

No, not falling back as in the (ugh) time change but rather offishully  *fall* or autumn which arrives on Monday, September 23rd as the autumnal equinox.  I hope however that DYB enjoyed his fallish temps last week.  Did they stay around D?

 

Now despite that scientific fact, we here in Nola are probably going to continue having our high temps in the 90s.

Nevertheless, we’ll just pretend it’s “fallish”.  And speaking of autumn or fall I found some quotes concerning the season.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

— Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

— Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

So let’s take a look at some fall or autumn songs and I hope you add some of your own.

 

Love me some Ella.

 

 

 

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And lest we forget that because it’s Fall or “pre-Fall” it’s also time for this:

Okie doke, open thread as usual.

 

Hello Widdershins! It’s been a while since we had an actual Activist Tuesday. Given the flywheel o’crazy that is constantly churning in DC, we could use a few outlets for our frustration, tears and anger.

Here are some things you can do!

Marching:

We the People March – September 21, 2019 (this Saturday!)

Giving:

Official Donation Site for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

Volunteering:

Onward Together – pick an organization!

That’s it for now folks. Tawk amongst yerselves – this is an open thread!

 

 

 

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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

The weather is starting to slowly change (although after a few cool days we suddenly got a couple of 90 degree humid ones…) But now we are back to our regularly scheduled program of a beautiful, sunny, cool, breezy day. Comfortable enough to wear shorts and t-shirt, but cool enough to actually enjoy the city!

What is happening in your neck of the woods? What’s on your mind? What are you listening to? Post some tunes you think are kind of underrated. Something that never became a big hit, but you think is grade-A material.

Do you remember this article from a couple of years back? It was big in the media for a few days. Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children.

Having a child contributes some thirty times as much to warming the planet as the next closest action an individual can take: living without a car.

 

Climate change impact of having a child: each one adds 58.6 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. Using a car adds 2.4 tCO2e per year.

 

 

And yet, amidst all the discussion of air travel and bicycling and electric vehicles, there’s a ban on mentioning population control.

Another example I came across recently was in a very encouraging article about greening the Sahel in Africa.

… {Farmers had a] cheap, effective way to regreen the Sahel. They did so by using simple water harvesting techniques and protecting trees that emerged naturally on their farms.

Garrity recalls walking through farms in Niger, fields of grains like millet and sorghum stretching to the sun planted around trees, anywhere from a handful to 80 per acre. “In most cases, the trees are in random locations because they sprouted and the farmer protected them and let them grow,” he says. [Depending on species] [t]he trees can be cut for fuel… They can be pruned for livestock fodder. Their leaves and fruit are nutritious.

One tree, Faidherbia albida, goes dormant during the wet season when most trees grow. When the rains begin, the trees defoliate, dropping leaves that fertilize the soil. Because they have dropped their leaves, the trees do not shade crops during the growing season. Their value had long been recognized by farmers….

[But] “He laments that work is moving too slowly. With the Sahel’s population doubling in 20 years, Reij says regreening needs to be finished within 10 to 15 years.”

He makes it sound as if this doubling is a great force beyond human influence, like a solar storm or a meteor strike. It’s not. It’s merely human reproduction. We’re helpless only because the subject is so untouchable it can’t even be said out loud.

What’s up with that?

I think the answer lies in the two possible trajectories to control births.

One is coercive. China’s one child policy is perhaps the most famous recent example. Since women are the ones giving birth, you have to control women. You punish them if they have too many children. You enforce abortions on mothers. Or, if you’re a Nazi in the 1930s who wants lots of blond babies and no browner ones, you try to enforce a eugenics program on women. You sterilize gypsies or the disabled or Jews while giving “your” women the option to be incubators or nothing.

All those methods involve hideously totalitarian pre-emption of individual choice and body autonomy (like the supporters of forced pregnancy, but we’re more used to them so it doesn’t feel as outlandish). But on the bright side, they don’t require any changes to misogynist and patriarchal social systems.

The other trajectory is to give women control over their own reproduction. Wherever that is done, birth rates drop dramatically. They may not fall all the way to replacement levels, but they get much closer than any other method. Giving women control works, it works sustainably and long term.

But.

But it deprives society of its main tool to control all aspects of women’s lives. Your reliable producers of the next generation, your unpaid domestic servants and nannies and handholders and caregivers, gradually find other things to do with their lives. Members of the upper caste might have to do their own dishes. Your whole system falls apart.

And therein lies the rub. All our current problems are made much worse by overpopulation. Dealing with that requires treating women like human beings. Which gives the patriarchy the vapors.

So suddenly respect for medieval religions and medieval cultures make it impossible to promote birth control. They might be offended!

There’s not the same action-limiting respect when it comes to things that serve the caste system. Porn is all over the place even though the Pope disapproves. But breastfeeding is too avantgarde for the delicate sensibilities of men on Facebook. Nor is there ever equivalent concern that women object to being erased.

The discrepancy has a name. Sady Doyle wrote about it almost three years ago, Trump, Putin, Assange, and the politics of sexism. Supposedly all three are exponents of radically different systems, and yet they have a lizard brain-level understanding that they’re on the same side. Her focus is social and political effects, but the same allergy to anything kind or well-meaning is everywhere.

Recently, reactionaries have made The Misogyny of Climate Deniers obvious by their revolting comments against a 16 year old who’s done nothing except use the full weight of all the evidence to disagree with them.

The connection has to do with a sense of group identity under threat, … both by developing gender equality—Hultman pointed specifically to the shock some men felt at the #MeToo movement—and now climate activism’s challenge to their way of life, male reactionaries motivated by right-wing nationalism, anti-feminism, and climate denialism increasingly overlap, the three reactions feeding off of one another. … Climate change used to be a bipartisan concern, the first Bush senior presidency famously promising to tackle global warming. But as conservative male mockery of Thunberg and others shows, climate politics has quickly become the next big battle in the culture war—on a global scale.

Misogyny isn’t the only motivation of reactionaries. There’s greed and garden variety hatred in there, too, but misogyny is the core. It’s misogyny, not greed or racism or ordinary hatred, that makes men fear weakness more than anything. And fear of weakness is what ties together the worst of what they do.

They think strong man governments are a good idea. They like guns and “defence” — war, really, so long as somebody else dies in it. Peace is only tolerable “through strength.” The reactionaries are against anything that doesn’t shout big power. They like nukes because gigawatts! dangerous! The truth is that even building a new gigawatt nuke every two months from 2010 till 2050 would solve only a small part of climate change and energy needs. Meanwhile renewables could provide all our energy by 2050 for a fraction of the cost and without radioactive waste. But distributed power, whether that’s rooftop solar or real democracy, strikes reactionaries as la-la limp-wristed hippie crap. Likewise, restraint against environmental destruction is pathetic weakness in the face of hard choices.

And weakness is the worst thing you can show. They (“They”) come and take your man card away. It’s the only thing that gave you any standing and it’s gone.

That is a future so horrible it’s worth burning the world down to avoid it. It must never be spoken lest saying its name calls it forth.

Crossposted from Acid Test.

 

I was able to crop his paw out

Good Weekend Widdershins

I bet you already guessed that I’ll be absent most of the day and into the evening today because football.

It’s been said  “weather: you just can’t do anything about it”.  Well, they weren’t counting on tRump and his ever handy sharpie.  He’s not going to let measly little things like science, or meteorology, or complex mathematical formulas get in his way.   That hurricane was going to Alabama-by-god!

So while we mere mortals can’t do anything about the weather, we can do something about weather music.  So let’s take a look at some songs about weather.

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Those are my contributions and I hope you’ll add some of your own below.

Open thread always.

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Addendum:  tRump had such a hit with the hurricane map he decided he’d finish up the border wall/fence also.

 


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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
14 months to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Rudy: oh shit the pee tape IS real!

Need Reminders?

Never too early to shop for Christmas

“Look this way”

Manafort’s Jail Photo

Indeed who?

Trump spam

IOW Dumb = Happy?

Simply Put

Ironic

Awrite! Here’s your damned wall

Dems are coming for ya