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Hey Californio's!  Sick of the endless f**king rain?  Check this out.  Here is how bad it can get.  43 straight days of endless rain in 1861-62 that turned the San Joaquin Valley into an inland sea and bankrupted the State...
Yea...I can't even begin to imagine it...
A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern California underwater for up to six months, and it could happen again
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This is a really good examination of the real causes of the Civil War and all the political compromises that occurred over 50 years to lead up to it. 
Well worth reading...
Didn't know that the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Jefferson, had a clause excoriating slavery and the Kings participation in it.  It had to be removed, or the southern states wouldn't sign the document and the 6 Northern States would have to fight England on their own..
 
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne ...
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Not much to add here, unless it would be a large dose of anti-psychotic meds to McConnell's daily regime..
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Truth from the master..
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A statement like a rock!
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No surprise to most, I would guess.   Trump and his Cabinet will probably address this national embarrassment first thing..;-(

"Indeed, a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute found that between 2000 and 2015, wages for the bottom 60 percent of male workers were flat or declined and that most of the wage gains have occurred among the highest earners. David Lee, executive director of Feeding Wisconsin, part of the Feeding America network, puts it another way: "A good-paying job is the best antidote to hunger."
Despite the US economic recovery, 1 in 7 Americans go to bed hungry each night. New restrictions on food stamps put us at a tipping point.
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Thought I'd post this for no particular reason.  From the late, great Jason Molina..
One of the greatest songwriters ever..
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This kind of say's it all..
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MTL More to Love
MTL My True Love
MTL More Than Love
MTL Miller Taste League?
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Nice analysis of Trumpism by Tom...

"Post-election, here was the shock for me: it turned out that I, too, was an American exceptionalist.  I deeply believed that our country was simply too special for The Donald, and so his victory sent me on an unexpected journey back into the world of my childhood and youth, back into the 1950s and early 1960s when (despite the Soviet Union) the U.S. really did stand alone on the planet in so many ways. Of course, in those years, no one had to say such things.  All those greatests, exceptionals, and indispensables were then dispensable and the recent political tic of insisting on them so publicly undoubtedly reflects a defensiveness that’s a sign of something slipping."

"Obviously, in those bedrock years of American power and strength and wealth and drive and dynamism (and McCarthyism, and segregation, and racism, and smog, and...), the very years that Donald Trump now yearns to bring back, I took in that feeling of American specialness in ways too deep to grasp.  Which was why, decades later, when I least expected it, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it couldn’t happen here.  In actuality, the rise to power of Trumpian figures -- Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Viktor Orban in Hungary, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, Vladimir Putin in Russia -- has been a dime-a-dozen event elsewhere and now looks to be a global trend.  It’s just that I associated such rises with unexceptional, largely tinpot countries or ones truly down on their luck."

"So it’s taken me a few hard weeks to come to grips with my own exceptionalist soul and face just how Donald Trump could -- indeed did -- happen here."
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This is pretty good.  And not too long.
The points made, are of course, intuitively understood by the mass of humanity..
 
Guy Standing sits a moment to break out the five big lies of global capitalism and what the problems that flow from them are. (Quick read)
From free markets to patents, the cornerstones of globalization are dangerous delusions, says Guy Standing in the second of his three-part series on modern capitalism.
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Here is something to ponder that has nothing to do with world wide Fascism, Trump-ee, the ME and/or anything else in the known world..
+Eco Traveler , +Edward Morbius and any other intrepid souls or AI experts, figure this out for us.  ;-)
Dissertations accepted below..must be single spaced, plain text only.
Here is part two for the curious..
https://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2490&category=Environment
Part 1: Is Our Universe “Someone Else's” Computer Simulation? © 2016 by Linda Moulton Howe. “He (Other Universe Voice) told me that they were trying to understand their place within their universe and that what they had discovered is that they were inside of someone else's universe just like we ...
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You can also get a library card for free...
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I don't know...when I bring it up among people I know, they openly admit to never reading a book for years, if not decades.  Not all, but a lot..
The only thing they read is some sort of tract that they think will help them make money or something like that..
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