ArtDaily: Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions.
“Kraus specifically objected to one item in next week’s auction, lot #206 described as a warrior jacket of scalps. ‘In our world, if that’s human remains, you cannot sell human remains. It’s just not the thing to do’ ...” It is wrong, and it should stop.
WaPo: Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist.
Symbolic. Not that they’ll get full shrift, with 2/3 opposition.
Mashable: Female pilots who flew during WWII can now be buried at Arlington.
This surprised me. Even the women ferry pilots should be accorded this honor.
Bernie supporters, Nevada, and the larger picture.
I mentioned this on Facebook, but forgot to mention it here. The chairwoman in Nevada made a fundamental mistake. The voice vote should have been reinforced with another form of voting when opposition was raised. If you’ve not attended public meetings, you may not be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order. When she made what seemed to be a bad call, *any* member of the polled group should have been able to ask for a ‘division of the assembly’. I’ve been to enough public events, been the butt of enough bad calls, to predict that I would have been irate at this behavior as well. Roberts is used at just about every political or community meeting I’ve ever been to.
None of the media are pointing this out. Bernie’s run has been showing up the structural weaknesses of each state’s primary and caucus systems, and revealing how they might be gamed. I’m not saying they are, but certainly there’s enough “we’ve gotta make chicken salad out of chicken scratch” procedures that beg justification. I’m hoping these systemic flaws are fixed before the next Presidential election. Where there’s no wood, a fire can’t burn. The fact that thousands of primary voters were excluded because the polls simply could not handle the volume should disturb you enough. Yet the news media’s been remarkably silent. I hear from my readers here, directly (thank you all!). This broken system is just not acceptable in the 21st century.
I have to conclude that the dinosaurs in the DNC, the DLC should-be-extinct reptiles, are dialing up their pressure on Sanders to bow out. They don’t want to make compromises at the Convention (though they’re starting to creak just a little, I suspect it’s all just for show, going through the motions). “Liberal pundits” are starting to realize the situation. The 1992 strategies will not work today or tomorrow. Time for fresh ideas.
Expect more savagery aimed at Bernie, daily. The establishment wants him out, yesterday. The polling putting Trump ahead of Hillary is scaring the bejesus out of them. They think they can put a nice face on Clinton’s campaign and push Trump back. Cue up Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” (released a couple of months before I graduated high school - 1977!) and talk up a two-executive Presidency (which roused unbelievable amounts of opposition in ‘92) and push Trump to the rear just as they’ve done so effectively with Bernie Sanders.
Excuse me while I engage in a bout of tragic laughter ...
Later: Hillary dropped out on June 7, 2008. I would not be surprised if the Clinton camp is telling the Sanders camp on backchannels that if the writing is on the wall after the votes in CA and NJ, he must kowtow or he won’t get any concessions.
SF New Mexican: New Mexico health insurers propose rate hikes for 2017.
“Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico also plans to sell coverage on the exchange this year, and proposals submitted to the state show average increases of as much as 83 percent for individuals.” Jesus H. Christ. The next enrollment period starts November 1 - election is November 8. Once America sees the rate hikes ... ? The Dems have wanted to avoid mentioning the necessary ACA fixes during the election cycle - but if price hikes match these news articles, the nominee better start doing a fast dance or it’ll be a dull Trump-Trump-Trump sound over their political grave.
NY Times: Unearthing the Secrets of New York’s Mass Graves.
“New York is unique among American cities in the way it disposes of the dead it considers unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of inmates. Buried by the score in wide, deep pits, the Hart Island dead seem to vanish — and so does any explanation for how they came to be there.”
FishbowlNY: The Toast Is Shuttering.
AlterNet: Pentagon Allowed to Supply Military Gear Directly to Homeland Security Dept.
“The new provision stipulates that Pentagon equipment can be supplied to domestic agencies for the purpose of counterdrugs, counter-terrorism and ‘border security,’ thus formally militarizing border operations under homeland jurisdiction.” Read the article to see what materiel law enforcement will have access to.
PS Mag: Land Grab Duplicity.
“These lands are owned by us — the American people — and held in trust by federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. Should the transfer movement succeed, however, they’d be ours no longer.” That’s for bloody sure. Fight this tooth and nail, my friends. Our Federal lands are an investment for the future. These scoundrels want to frack and mineral-extract themselves silly, take the companies bankrupt, and then give the land back to taxpayers once it’s ruined and all but unusable.
BBC: The untold story of Europe’s drowned migrants.
Backstory. Good maps of the sea routes.
My own name for these kinds of ridges. Literally covered in petroglyphs. More Anasazi ruins in the Galisteo Basin than around Chaco; the only difference is, these ruins are all on private ranchland now. Better that way, actually. Less tourist foot-traffic and destruction. Much hasn’t been touched in 50 years - imagine what modern techniques could learn, if excavated with modern respect for Native cultural mores.
TechDirt: Homeland Security Wants To Subpoena Us Over A Clearly Hyperbolic Techdirt Comment.
Trigger words. So there is good reason to be hesitant to use certain language on the ‘net.
GQ: Chasing the Wake of 14 Shootings in 10 Days.
“There will be injured, and there will be dead. We will begin with the obvious questions: Who is the shooter (age, occupation, etc.)? What is his psychological profile? Where did he get the gun? The last question will be maddening, because if answered honestly, each and every time we’ll realize that we gave it to the killer ourselves.”
Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.
“... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.
The Atlantic: The Average 29-Year-Old.
“The median income at 29 is about $35,000. Talk of a steady ‘career’ for most young people is more aspirational than descriptive. Jobs are still temporary for twentysomethings. The average American has had more than seven jobs before she turns 29, and a third of them lasted less than six months.” Jeebus, just read it.
BBC: US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions.
I’d certainly like to hear more in-depth info about this situation than our candidates.
NY Times: Andrew Sullivan on Trump and Tyranny.
Denver Post: Colorado Supreme Court rules state law trumps local bans on fracking.
I have to imagine those who approve of this measure, have never even visited a fracking area. They’ve not experienced the smell, the noise, the devastation. Or understood the fact that your average fracking well produces for a very limited number of years. Half-life is two years - with multiple ‘frackings’ during that time. Noise, stench, effluence. Hence the huge land-grab - they need acres and acres of new land. The industry wants to destroy as much landscape as possible for their bottom line - and taxpayers will end up on the hook for cleanup and remediation. Keep up the fight, people.
NY Times: Drastic Cutbacks in Illinois.
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
Guardian.UK: I hate this US election and the dopey faux-confusion it inspires.
You hate it now; you weren’t old enough to experience the - *ahem* - entertainment of the first Clinton Administration, the misogynist attacks against ‘Hillarycare’, the birth of talk radio histrionics, the infamous GoPac memo/Contract with America loonybin, the impeachment, and oh so much more. Load your fridge with protein shakes. You’ll need ‘em.
BBC: Barbie challenges the ‘white saviour complex’.
“... work and volunteering can work as long as some basic points are observed. Firstly, that people are aware that they are coming not to ‘save Africa’ but to help out locals who are already doing the work. Secondly, they need to acknowledge the privilege that they come with.” Even some budding journalists head over thinking they’ll find Africa still exists as 60’s National Geographic tableaus.
SciAm: Unearthing the Atrocities of Nazi Death Camps.
“The controversy that surrounds the investigations raises vital questions: How necessary is it to turn an exacting new lens on long-buried atrocities? And how can researchers strike an ideal balance between honoring the dead and gathering knowledge for future generations?” We rip Pharaohs out of tombs, Native Americans from their resting places. Why not investigate these atrocities? Many Vreelands (I have no Jewish heritage - I don’t think - my direct ancestor was Dutch Reformed - but there were many chances for crossbreeding between the 1600’s and WWII) died at Sobibor. I want to know what happened to these distant possible-relatives.
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
Farmington Daily Times: San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone.
As I’ve mentioned many a time, it is a terrible shame scent cannot be broadcast. If so, you would understand why the oil and gas areas are worst. You know, amazing things might happen if we had a way to share smells across long distances. I wonder if anyone’s working on such a device.