THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

THE HOUSE turns blue

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

After two long years of dirty dealings from the people with all the power, we’re gaining a bit of clout We won’t be able to make big changes yet with just one branch of government, but now that we have the House…we can INVESTIGATE.  @nowthispolitics shared a video with a list of what the Dems plan to look into. The list put a smile on my face and I hope it does on yours.

Trump’s tax returns, firing of FBI chief, Jim Comey, mass firing of U.S. attorneys & the ‘cleaning out’ of career federal employees.

Trump’s family businesses potentially profiting from foreign governments,   receiving trademarks from China and use of his nonprofit for self-dealing.

W. H. staff’s use of personal email & servers. Cabinet officials’ travel, office expenses, uses of charter flights & other misused perks & incomplete security clearance forms.

Trump’s ban on transgender military service members.

DHS’s family separation policy at the border.

“Dirty ops” on Obama staff by Israeli intel firm Black Cube.

Payments to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

Dismissals from EPA’s board of scientific counselors and EPA’s failure to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.

The citizenship question added to the 2020 census.

The Justice Dept’s refusal to defend the ACA.

HHS, DOJ and Homeland Security’s alleged gag order on whistle blowers.

HHS collaboration with right-wing group on Medicaid family planning policy. 

Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance and dirty dealings.

Cambridge Analytica’s undisclosed hiring of foreign nationals and contacts with foreign governments.

Foreign efforts to breach state election systems during the 2016 election.

Discussions of classified info at Mar-a-Lago &what Trump told  Putin in their hours-long summit.

There’s more, but this is a taste of what we might see in 2019. Yes, it’s been a long two years, and we’re going to need every blue and purple hand out there to change things. But tomorrow, the House turns blue. Let’s make the most of it @blueravenartist

HAPPY NEW YEAR

PEACE ON EARTH

I wish for peace on earth. I wish you much happiness too. I hope that this year is better than last one and that we can come together and begin to push things in a better direction. Happy New Year and peace on earth.

PEACE ON EARTH

FOR YOU

If I could take peace and joy and wrap them up in a box and give them out like candy, I would. We've had a chaotic year. I'm hoping that next year plays out better. So here's wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year. Peace on earth, my friends. Peace on earth.

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

while you were sleeping

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

NPR announced that a specially appointed panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethic complaints against Brett Kavanaugh regarding his confirmation hearing conduct. Seems it doesn’t matter that the judges admitted the complaints “are serious,” including, outright provable lying, to say nothing of spouting right-wing conspiracy theories in a tone so disdainful that people around him were visibly cringing. The conservative John Robert’s appointed judges decided that they had no authority to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices. That seems like a cop-out. Does that mean that if you’re a Supreme Court justice, you can get away with anything?  Kinda like our President so far, I guess.  I hope that’s about to change in the near future. (With what’s going on, that seems highly likely. Go Mueller!)

As for the Christine Blasey Ford  case;  we now know there was only a sham investigation. Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior is okay anyway in the circles putting him in office. They’re fine with wife-beaters, sexual harassers, and even pedophiles. Like Trump said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Apparently that works for a Supreme Court judge too since the GOP is in control.  Once again, we’re seeing the impact of McConnell’s success in packing the courts with right-wing judges. Once again we’re getting a “canary in a coal mine” warning about the importance of judicial appointments.

There’s not much hope that we can do anything about Kavanaugh at this point. But I hope that when we take over the Presidency in 2020 we make it a priority to fill as many judgeships as we can, so that we can bring a little sanity and science back into the powers of justice.  Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist

NO BIG

NO BIG

NO BIG

5 Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in Texas that’s holding about 2,700 immigrant teens between 13 and 17 costing roughly a million bucks a day.  “It’s in a remote location on purpose so that the American people do not know what’s happening here,” said Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.  Rep. Judy Chu of California said, “We need to shut it down. It’s inhumane. It is a child prison. It has no right to exist.”

BCFS Health and Human Services, the contractor running the facility, told them that this one tent city costs taxpayers about $144 million bucks since opening. Set aside the inhumanity of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for a moment and look at it from a fiscal point of view. The U.S. has approximately 200 facilities holding some 30,000 immigrants on any given day. The combined budget of enforcement agencies was $19 billion in 2016 and it has only skyrocketed since. Think of the good that could be done with all that cash. Think of how much better off we’d all be if we got our priorities straight.

The inhumanity can only be set aside briefly. Immigrants tell of cruelty, illness and filth, and the night and day wailing of hungry children.  They arrive after harrowing journeys seeking asylum and are held in overcrowded and filthy conditions. Some are in huge tent cities lacking adequate sanitary facilities. Some are still caged, sleeping on the hard floor with nothing but a metallic sheet where the lights blare 24/7  and they’re often dehydrated and don’t get enough to eat.

Even the death of little 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died in custody while waiting an hour and a half before receiving emergency care, doesn’t sway this President or the GOP-ruled Congress.

Yeah, if it were their guns we were detaining and locking up, the GOP would riot. But since it’s just a bunch of brown people…no big. This needs to change. Progressives unite; push forward. Find me on Instagram/Facebook @blueravenartist

AFTER THE GIG

AFTER THE GIG

When you’re big in the music business, you have a whole entourage to handle your every need. There are light people and sound people and a manager and roadies to take care of your instruments and then the catering crew and someone for props; and the whole scene’s highly chaotic.

But if you‘re smaller scale and play the local scene, sometimes it’s just you and your instrument and whatever way you have to get the two of you home. I imagine my guy in the image, late, late at night, walking a few quiet streets to where he needs to catch a taxi or the subway or perhaps parked his car. He’d have his guitar in a case, I know, but cases can get so dinged up and ugly, especially if they’re covered in old back stage passes…I know, sentimental value, I get it. But for creative license and because I love the sheer beauty of musical instruments, my guy’s carrying his baby, bare, over his shoulder.  Regardless…

There’s this special time after a gig, particularly a good one, where everything came together and the music really flowed. The crowd disperses and the band members are starting to go their own ways after having a friendly beer. The on-stage buzz has died down and you’re fried, but still slightly, subtly euphoric as you make your way home to get some much-needed shut-eye.

While you’re walking, your mind drifts from the high of the gig to a softer feeling, knowing there’s someone at home, sound asleep, but still waiting for you. And the two feelings merge and you have this quiet, private, perfect moment on that silent street, to take it in and savor. It’s a special time, after a gig, one worth saving…at least for the guy in the image.

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NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

We’ve always had haters. But in the last few decades we were beginning to evolve towards a more educated and tolerant nation. There were those in the media who helped that considerably. One of my heroes, Gene Roddenberry, showed people of color in places of power, something completely new that opened people’s mind to the reality that race is just a social construct. Archie Bunker showed us the ugliness and ignorance of bigotry. ‘WILL AND GRACE’ (the old one) showed us that gay people were just people. The LGBTQ community lost at least some of the fear of living their lives as their true selves and more and more of them were able to come out of the closet. As for the border and our friends down in Mexico, we didn’t give it much thought. It was a cool place to visit. The people were friendly. We were beginning to learn something that any evolved species eventually understands, that the color of one’s skin or their ethnicity or sexual orientation or gender are just attributes that make each person unique. People are just people under the skin.

Then came Trump.

Crimes incited by hate are rising steeply, according to a Justice Department survey of major cities.  According to new data “hate crime totals for the 20 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade, rising 12% just last year.” One report found an 86% increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ people in 2017.  Anti-Semitic incidents have increased dramatically, up 57% in just the last year according to the Anti-Defamation League. Ironically, other crimes like regular violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

Something changed and that something is the ‘leader of the free world’ who spouts hate and vitriol and bigotry at every turn. He’s made it okay for haters to come out into the open and flaunt their hate and even act on it. We need him out of office.

We’ve always had haters. But Trump is giving license to their hate and emboldening them to act as though their hate is justified and normal. We can’t let that happen.

Somehow, love must trump hate, no matter what we’re up against. Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future.

TRUMP'S GUT

TRUMP'S GUT

TRUMP’S GUT

“They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”  These are Trump’s words about the Fed in a recent ‘WASHINGTON POST’ interview.  

Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-Large gives an excellent analysis of the interview between Trump and the Post:  ’21 very revealing lines from Donald Trump’ s ‘gut’ Washington Post interview.’ It’s one thing to hear Trump babble on and spew his usual nonsense, but seeing his words in print just screams how ignorant the man actually is. Although, we mustn’t forget “I know words. I have the best words.” In reality, the man has the vocabulary of a 5th grader. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so, well…not funny.

Trump’s gut being the deciding factor in what happens in the world is a grave concern.  And as for his “gut,” the image I get is that of the old sci-fi movie ‘ALIENS’ where that gross monster thing bursts out of the screaming guy’s stomach, only in my mind’s eye, the alien has the face of Sean Hannity. Yuck!

So while we watch the world turn on the whim of Trump’s gut, other body parts are contributing to the chaos. We have hate, lies, and bigotry from his mind and mouth. And cruelty, revenge, and complete lack of empathy from his black, shriveled little heart.

It’s less than a month before the Blues take over the House and at least gain a bit of power. We won’t be able to control him, but we’ll have a little bargaining power and we will be able to launch investigations. It’s just a little over a month until January 3rd. Until then, I’m holding my breath hoping that Trumps “gut” takes a break for the holidays. @blueravenartist

gassing children

GASSING CHILDREN

“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on Tear gas.” THE WASHINGTON POST

“A little girl from Honduras stares into the camera, her young features contorted in anguish. She’s barefoot, dusty, and clad only in a diaper and T-shirt. And she’s just had to run from clouds of choking tear gas fired across the border by U.S. agents.

“A second photograph, which also circulated widely and rapidly on social media, shows an equally anguished woman frantically trying to drag the same child and a second toddler away from the gas as it spreads.” Tim Elfrink and Fred Barbash from the POST, describing a photo by Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters)

Gassing children…seriously? Children were left gagging with tears running down their little faces. Think of the damage that’s being done to these innocent children, both physically and psychologically. Tom Perez, DNC chair tweeted, “Shooting tear gas at children is not who we are as Americans. Seeking asylum is not a crime.” I sure as hell hope not.

Public outcry is having a little impact, but the GOP has shown time and time again that they will be complicit in anything, no matter how vile because they sure don’t want to upset Trump’s base. As for me, I’m with the Dems, holding on till January when we can control the HOUSE…and then working to make big changes in 2020. @blueravenartist

THINK THANK

 Three faces, representing different facits of self, think, ponder, and meditate in the think tank.

THINK TANK

As I watch what’s happening in the world today, it blows my mind how we’re blowing it as a species. A new UN report warns that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, while the “leader of the free world” calls climate change a hoax. Instead of moving us forward, he’s making moves that lead to exactly what the UN report warns us against. One of the last important messages left to us by the late, great Stephen Hawking, was that the solutions to our environmental challenges and potential AI threats will come from science and technology. Yet, we are living in a time that increasingly pays little heed to truth, facts, and science. This is truly insanity, given the immensity of our situation and downright stupid given what we know to be true.

In a speech last year, Hawking said, “We are witnessing a global revolt against experts.” That’s a scary thing. I’m always amazed that so many people put so little emphasis on intellect when choosing our leaders. Me, I want the smartest man or woman in the room to be making the big decisions. I couldn’t care less if they’re someone I might want to have coffee with. I want them smart, super smart, capable of formulating brilliant solutions to the challenges we face.  And I want them to have a team of the best experts available to help them think the big things through.

So I dream of a time when science and thinking become valued again, when decisions are made logically for the good of the species.  Hawking also said, “Humanity is on a path to either disaster or the stars.” The path we’re on right now is the former. We need more open minds. We need to bring facts and science back into the collective decision-making. We need a few more think tanks and a populace that pays heed to experts. Hawking said that the fate of humanity is totally up to us. Wouldn’t it be cool to be moving in the direction of going to the stars? Now that’s a think tank I’d like to see happen. @blueravenartist

THE IRONY OF RACISM

 black and white silouettes with words on top talking about the irony of racism.

THE IRONY OF RACISM

The irony of racism is that we all descended out of Africa from a single female who walked the earth 150,000 to 234,000 years ago. Scientists call her Mitochondrial Eve and she was the many-many-greats grandmother of every person currently living on the planet. Which means that, however distant, every human being on the planet is actually related.  Skin color is purely the result of adaptation to the environment through time, carried on via DNA, continuously being homogenized when one set of DNA met another.  After all, it’s just color, easily blended. In humans, the variation between races isn’t indicative of major differences in DNA. If you take any random two humans, their DNA generally varies by less than 0.1%. We are largely the same throughout because we are all of the human race.

Skin color has no bearing on who a person is, other than that imposed upon him or her by society. So when someone claims they are superior or more valuable simply because of the color of their skin, doing so shows an ignorance that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century.  As the human race becomes even more homogenized, we’ll move past something as foolish as judging people by skin color.  But at the moment, the powers that be are trying, quite effectively I might add, to divide us, because dividing us allows them to hold on to power and resources.

A new 2017 FBI report shows a spike in U.S. hate crimes of about 17%, meaning 7175 hate crimes and those were only the ones that got reported. This is the third year in a row the FBI has reported a steep increase.  Although hate crimes encompass religion, sexual orientation, gender bias or disability bias, fully 59.6% were motivated by hatred over race or ethnicity. Is this really the America we want to be? We are all human beings. We need to stand up against such vile tactics. Let’s not let them use race to divide us.  @blueravenartist

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

THE HOUSE turns blue

THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE

We made calls, canvased, protested, we made art and wrote political commentary. We voted in record numbers to try to recover some power from the corrupt forces in Washington. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but we DID make progress. Primarily, we turned the House blue, which gives us at least a fighting chance. Now that we can set the agenda in the House, we can once again fight for affordable healthcare, reasonable prices for drugs and to protect the 130 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. We’ll do what we can to protect Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. We’ll channel resources towards shoring up our infrastructure. We’ll fight for a living wage for all Americans. A blue Congress means a Congress that works for the people.

“We will drain the swamp of dark interest money. The Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness so the public can see what’s happening and how it affects them.” Nancy Pelosi

According to Leader Pelosi, a vote on campaign finance reform legislation tops the agenda, which rocks, but we don’t have much power to make these things a reality when we only control once branch of government. We’ll have to wait until 2020 when we take back the Presidency to really have impact. Our fight is not over.

But here’s what we CAN do. Since the Blues will now have control of Congress, they can set the agenda. They also will chair all of the committees, which means that committee chairs will have the power to call top Trump administrations officials to appear at hearings to answer questions about their actions. We’ll be able to look into all the nefarious activities the Reds have been committing and covering up. And we will, to some small extent, be able to hold the President in check.

Demographics continue to change in our favor. Millennials and the younger crowd are voting in larger numbers. More women are in positions of power. It’s not some huge, rip-roaring win. But it’s a step forward in our fight to bring some sanity back into Washington.  We’re moving in a better direction and I know I’ll sleep a little better tonight.  I’m loving a blue House. How about you? @blueravenartist

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

When the far right Supreme Court made Citizen’s United the law of the land, they basically gave Corporations the ability to buy legislation and in doing so, design the playing field in their favor. That’s how resources have been transferred from the masses to the very rich. Slowly, law by law, they rig the game. The only way we stand a chance against this is to tsunami the ballot boxes tomorrow. We need everyone. We’ve got to do it. There’s so much at stake.

Health care: If the Reds hold the House, Obamacare will be history. Republican proposals could permanently cripple Medicaid. Millions will lose coverage. Pre-existing condition? You’re out of luck. Medicare and social security will be next. The Reds want that money for more billionaire bonuses.

Women’s rights to control their reproductive lives: In fact, women’s rights to retain control of their very bodies. That a bunch of old, rich men could take body autonomy away from us is outrageous—completely unacceptable.

Our image in the world has collapsed into a chaotic mess that’s spread uncertainty and fear across the globe. No one has a clue what Trump might do at any moment. He’s alienated our staunchest allies and befriended despotic dictators. His off-the-cuff tariffs could pull us into a recession. Our human rights activities are atrocious. We need a Blue Congress, who can at the very least, slow him down until we can dump him in 2020. (Unless Mueller comes through before then. Go Mueller!)

Climate change: A new UN report warns that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. It’s imperative that global warming is kept to a maximum of 1.5 C; anything beyond even a half degree will significantly worsen the risks of floods, drought, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.  A report like this should have the whole country talking; but no, the populace has been caught up with the Trump reality-TV side show.  And the ultra-rich 1% continues to suck up all the resources on the backs of the 99% masses. Not okay. Not okay at all.

Don’t let the ultra-rich continue to take it all. Everyone deserves a descent life, not just the blue-bloods. The only way to regain any power for the rest of us is by voting. So vote! Let’s bring a little justice back into the picture. @blueravenartist

ONE BALLOT TO GIVE

one ballot

ONE BALLOT TO GIVE

I regret that I have but one ballot to give for my country. I wish I could do more. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. But we have to remember that our one ballot is one of many that will be counted and that count will determine who makes the choices about our future. With so much against us: voter suppression, cheating, gerrymandering and especially big money, we need to turn out big time to counter these obstacles. So even though I have just one ballot, I’m damn well going to make sure it gets counted, because every freaking ballot matters. I’m just hoping you all get your ballots counted too. Are you with me? Progressives unite; push forward. @blueravenartist

IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE LOST

IN MEMORY

IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST

We call out the hate and bigotry that lead to the murder of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue this weekend because some monster had been convinced that “Jews” were taking over “his” country. We call out the hatred that prompted the white supremacist to ram his car into a group of peaceful protesters, killing innocent Heather Heyer at the White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville. We call out bigotry and hatred that prompted an avid Trump supporter to send out pipe bombs to Trump rivals and journalists who criticized him, in one of the worst domestic terrorist attempts in our history.

In June, five journalists at the Capital Gazette newspaper were gunned down in the deadliest assault on journalists in the U.S. since 911.  When the President calls journalists the “enemy of the people,” journalism, so essential to a working Democracy, is becoming a dangerous profession. Even more dangerous is the threat to our country.

When the President routinely implicitly and explicitly calls out for violence against his political rivals and journalists who criticize him, it gives cover for bigots and haters to act on what he’s promoting. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.”

Journalist Katy Tur reported that the President and White House repeatedly stoked divisions since the Synagogue shooting, including repeated attacks on the media just hours after the FBI confirmed that another mail bomb had been send to CNN, a company Trump continuously rails against. When Trump continuously stokes violence, violence will follow. One of the first steps to fascism and authoritarianism is to discredit the press and rally against scapegoats like, well, anyone not white and rich. We need to stop this before it grows like a cancer, destroying our democracy. So in memory of all who were lost, we hope more people will wake to what’s going on. Meanwhile, our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. And our hearts are broken at this blow to who we are, who we used to be, as a country. Vote BLUE next week. The future depends on it. @blueravenartist

SOMETHING GOOD

Tree of light

SOMETHING GOOD

This week I’m in need of a little positive news, something that brings a little light into my world. I have to admit I’m a certified tree hugger. Trees are my pets every much so as your cats and dogs. I love how they change in the seasons, so fresh in the spring, especially those that flower and smell so fragrant, so lush and full in the summer, so colorful in the fall.  I even love bare trees, their branches stark against the slate winter sky or lined with brushes of snow.  Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, something this planet desperately needs more of. They supply the oxygen we breathe. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. That’s impressive…and vital to our survival. Planting more trees is one of the steps we need to take to combat climate change.

So I was pleased to hear that the National Forest Foundation planted a record 2.6 million trees in 2018.  “We are thrilled to have planted this many trees in one year,” said Wes Swaffar, the NFT’s director of ecosystem services. “The credit for this milestone goes to our many supporters and partners. Together we’re making a big difference for our forests.”

What’s more, the NFF has announced a campaign to plant 50 million trees on National Forests on Earth Day 2018. You can follow them on Instagram @nationalforests I just wanted to give a shout-out to them, well done everyone. Thanks for the good news. One step towards saving the planet.

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CANADIAN CANNABIS

BLUE RAVEN RAVE 3

Canadian cannabis smokers are getting their grove on and doing it legally. Millions who used marijuana under the table for medical reasons are breathing a sigh of relief because the herb that means everything to their quality of life is now legal. 2018 just might be the year that marijuana wins the war against prohibition. Gallup polls show support for recreational legalization at 64% and for medical marijuana as high as the 80’s. There are plans to pardon Canadians who’ve been convicted of possession of 30 grams or less; smooth, sensible move, Canada. Hopefully the United States will follow suit, pass legalization federally, and pardon all those non-violent offenders who have been jailed for simple possession.

Currently, 9 states and D.C. allow recreational marijuana use and medical use is legal in some form in 31 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.  This year, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Utah have marijuana legalization on the 2018 ballot. What’s more, it looks like the measures have a good chance of passing. Hopefully, this will get the younger generation to the polls. The dominoes are beginning to fall.

According to a wide-ranging California survey as reported in the Post, 92% of medical marijuana patients say that cannabis alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, and cancer. Americans suffer from one or more of approximately 687,696,716 cases of aliments or diseases of which cannabis has been shown help…at a much lower cost, I might add. That it has taken so long to legalize and especially decriminalize marijuana use is just foolish. We’re a nation drowning in healthcare costs, much of that for ridiculously expensive pharmaceuticals..

Criminalization has done tremendous harm to the people whose lives have been ruined, not by the substance, but by the industry that profits off jailing users. People of color are overly subjected to penalties. We need to have laws, sure. But they should be sensible laws. So congratulations, Canada. It's nice to have a little good news once in a while, don't you think? @blueravenartist

REPAIRS

Repairs

REPAIRS

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We’ve come a long way in understanding the human mind, but much of it remains a mystery. We alter our state with substances from coffee and alcohol to seemingly unending drugs but still, as Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” And when the world is in such chaos, it seems that happiness is often elusive and peace of mind hard to find.

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Sometimes I wish we could just tinker with our brains as though they were simply clockworks; adding a little calmness here, turning up the motivation there…adding a little creativity. It would rock if we could make an adjustment and cure insomnia, control pain, engage the body to heal itself. There have been those who have made meaningful strides in harnessing the power of the connection of the mind and body. Mindfulness meditation has been proven to be of significant value in how one experiences the world. There are other modalities that are beneficial as well if one is willing to work at it.

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Still, I wonder if I will live long enough for science to have truly significant breakthroughs. I know that, if given the opportunity, I would love to design a few “repairs” to my own brain. How about you? @blueravenartist

It'll Change Back Again

climate change

IT’LL CHANGE BACK AGAIN

A new UN report warns that we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe. It’s imperative that global warming is kept to a maximum of 1.5C; anything beyond even a half degree will significantly worsen the risks of floods, drought, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.  A report like this should have the whole world talking; but no, we’re caught up, as we have been for the last two years with the Trump reality-TV side show. 

“The world our parents and grandparents grew up in – is gone forever. There is no going back.” Jeff Goodell ROLLING STONE

Goodell goes on to say, “A thousand years from now, when some vaguely human-like machine digs through the ashes of the Twenty-First century and tries to figure out what happened to those once-thriving animals called Homo sapiens, it may be confused about why an intelligent species that could build rockets and write songs like “Imagine” couldn’t heed warnings of its own destruction. A key question for future historians of the universe: How stupid were those humans anyway?”

The problem isn’t that Homo sapiens are stupid. It’s that the leader of the free world is.  Perhaps stupidity isn’t it exactly. It’s more like abject ignorance, overwhelming greed and a complete lack of caring about anything other than his own self-aggrandizement.  

When pushed by the ever-persistent Leslie Stahl arguing scientific fact and the recent uptake in severe weather events, Trump finally said, “Something’s changing and it’ll change back again.” Like the seasons? Or perhaps the stock market or whether or not we wear skinny jeans. The man doesn’t have a clue about cause/effect, nor does he care. He’ll be dead before things get really bad so WTF? He’s going to get his while the getting’s good. It’s worth sacrificing the future of humanity, even if it’s just to get a two-minute applause jolt from his base. Yes, he really is that petty…staggeringly so.

I’m not going to lay out all the science here. I’d recommend the excellent article in ‘THE GUARDIAN’ that does. But what it comes down to is we’ve gotten ourselves in a pretty desperate situation that we can’t reverse entirely. But we CAN slow things down and take steps to give future generations a fighting chance. That’s why it’s vital we go BLUE next month and in 2020. This next vote might be the most important one of your life. It surely will be for your descendants. @blueravenartist

BLIND & HANDCUFFED

blind and handcuffed

Most of us were relieved when Senator Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation before he’d vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Although Trump said he wanted a “comprehensive” FBI investigation, we now know that’s just another Trump lie. In truth, the FBI was severely restricted both in time and especially in scope. They only interviewed four witnesses and each step the FBI might want to take had to be okayed by Trump.  

 

More than 40 people with potential information into the allegations against Kavanaugh weren’t contacted for interviews. One accuser, Deborah Ramirez, gave the FBI a list of more than 20 people she said either heard about later or were witnesses to Brett Kavanaugh exposing himself to her while drunk at a college party. None of these people were contacted. There were potential witnesses who were attempting to contact the FBI no avail. This whole reality-TV production has been a sham. They were doing an “investigation” but only investigating anyone that Trump thinks might help Kavanaugh. This confirmation is a travesty in so many ways. @blueravenartist