Didn't know how I would pull through but I did. Someone had held a couple big checks for a month that I thought had been put in and I was definitely behind the eightball. Now I get to play another day.
Spent my time this weekend puttering around the house, filling little bare spots of canvas in the garden with color, mostly shades of blue and purple. Found my heirloom mulberry nigra at Exotica.
Out of all the authors that have written on the subject, Gans, Troy, Jackson, Relix, blah, blah, blah, the only one I felt that really captured the inner dynamic of the experience adequately, for me anyway, was Hank Harrison and he was excommunicated for spilling too much.
There is new footage here, great acid test video as well as Kesey stuff, if you have an interest in what made this psychedelic ecosystem tick, do check it out.
Reminds me of the late Philip Jones Griffiths shot from Northern Ireland.
|Philip Jones Griffiths|
Tracy is at the Issa office every Tuesday, Jerri went to Washington D.C. for a protest. I think it's great but lack any personal ambition for a heightened role in the struggle.
But it is starting to feel like occupied France. Kip sent this podcast over, these guys take current events really seriously, if you have a spare hour give it a listen.
Timothy Snyder gives a sober and frightening comparison of today's events to Germany in 1933. I sort of wanted to puke when it was over.
News today that Texas now has the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world. Remember when they said that they could cut funding to Planned Parenthood and other agencies would pick up the slack in terms of women's health? They lied.
Back in 2011, the first order of business for the rabidly anti-choice Texas state legislature was to shut out Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program. What they found out was that it’s not so easy to do that without hurting family planning clinics in general because you first have to scrap the entire family planning program and then re-make it to exclude Planned Parenthood from the list of eligible providers. By the time they finished this process, they had also gone ahead and cut the state’s general family planning budget by two-thirds (from $111 million to $37.9 million).
The result: More than 80 family planning clinics closed, most of which were in rural areas where there were no other clinics offering affordable care. Only a third of them were run by Planned Parenthood.
|Texas Governor Greg Abbott|
The scientists at that fake science school MIT, say that Trump and Pruitt misrepresented their study on the implications of climate change. Pruitt says they fudged the results after he schooled them. Here is a link to some of the fact checking on recent Trumpisms, courtesy of that fake science magazine, Scientific American.
PRUITT: "What short memories these folks have. What short memories they have. James Hansen, former NASA scientist, the father of climate change, he’s been called, called Paris a fake and a fraud, because of the very things the president cited. Two-tenths of one — there are other studies. The Global Policy publication came out criticizing — "
WALLACE: "Are you going to speak to what the MIT authors — "
PRUITT: "Look, it’s very fishy to me that MIT updated their study or their results after we started citing it. No one is questioning their methodology. Nobody’s questioning their findings."
Climate change called and said that it doesn't believe in Donald Trump.
Finally, and I am frankly sick of the subject, our president is the kind of guy who leads with his elbows. People don't like being bullied by people with sharp elbows. The people in Paris aren't going to renegotiate, the people in Fiji who might be underwater one day due to rising seas and climate change aren't going to beg him back to the table. The Democrats aren't going to come crawling to him with their hats in their hands. The farmers he lied to about subsidies will not forgive him, nor will the seniors who see Medicaid and health care ravished. What people will do is wait for the first opportunity they can find for payback. Domestically and internationally, it is coming. Nobody likes a bully and they doubly can't stand a lying bully.