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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
http://china.usc.edu/confucius-analects-13

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from. 
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To say the world is having a hot streak like no other is an understatement. Global warming has made cold scarce on a planetary scale.

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As we sit around wondering if the U.S. will be engaged in yet another futile war read this: 
A brilliant, brilliant essay. Please read it...it's phenomenal.

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My all time favorite television series is now available online. 

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Because the threat of the Trump administration ignorance extends to all the world's people I'm taking some posts out of the "U.S. Politics" section. This is one of them. 
This is a good explanation of just why Spicer's Hitler comparison was so bad. It's that it took him three tries of explaining himself before he stopped saying al-Assad's victims were different because they were "innocent." It's that press secretaries don't generally come up with rationales for military action on their own, which means he was repeating things someone more senior was saying. It's because you can excuse lines like this as mistakes if they happen once, but anti-Semitic "slips" come out of this regime every month or two, and against Muslims, or immigrants, or trans people, they're not even passed off as slips; they're just overt.

It's because Trump and his people have been preaching hate and violence from the moment the campaign started (and for many of them, like Trump himself, and Bannon, and Miller, long before) and the Jews know better than anyone else what it means when someone does that, and what it means when large crowds cheer them on.

That's why reconciliation in this country is increasingly unlikely. No matter what someone's reasons for supporting Trump, no matter what their "economic concerns" or their feeling of being ignored, or left behind, or simply scorned by the country, or their dislike for Clinton, it was not possible to be unaware of what Trump was preaching. And that means that no matter what else it may have been, a vote for Trump was a statement of being ultimately okay with that, as a means or a side effect if not an end.




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It's now officially the wettest year on the instrumental record here in Northern California. We went from drought to deluge in 2 years.

https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/precipapp/get8SIPrecipIndex.action
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Thanks to somebody in my feed for pointing me here. I forget who. Whoever you are; I owe you.

+Idris Elamin Pictures of California desert flowers from space. 

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Something we've known all along confirmed once again. White kids use more drugs than black kids. 
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