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The World Is Flat After All – appropriate re-post

Published June 20, 2018 by Nan Mykel

THE WORLD IS FLAT AFTER ALL

Dubbed Democracy, it used to be

top of the line, the lead ship, at sea,

and on the land it served us well,

 until the  strains of its death knell

fell,

baring an underbelly swole

with all the pilfered things they stole

in broad daylight, and  on t.v.!

Gone is the half-belief in he

who’ll take us safely to the shore

while staying steadfast to the core.

                                                                                                                                                                                   The compass nestles in the deep

while those on board remain asleep.

They used to say the earth was round,

that right makes might, but I found

that all I knew I now know not,

nor how to tell the truth from rot,

and not so sure that we’ll endure,

to make a safe arrival.

                                                                                        Nan

Planned Obsolescence

Published June 20, 2018 by Nan Mykel

While I understand that we’re all part of the Universe’s “Planned Obsolescence” blueprint,  and I know my pig valve and cow valve must be getting rusty, I want to say that today time has been on my side, for at least a little while.  More than a year and half ago when I sustained a compression fracture from lifting a heavy terra cotta giraffe off my counter, and more recently  totalled my car and gave up driving, I felt time was gobbling me up.  But now, today, I can say that I’m somewhat my old self again, without pain but just a little short on energy.  But to feel like time is still a little bit on my side is really awesome, as the new generation would say.

 

 

Just in case you missed…

Published June 20, 2018 by Nan Mykel

More than 600 members of Jeff Sessions’ church just charged him with violating church rules

Sleeping Giant – funny reblog

Published June 19, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Belly laugh…

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“I’m quite tired of beating myself up to write. I think I’ll start letting the words slip out like a tired child. ‘Can I have a piece of pie’ he asks, and then he’s asleep back on the cusp of the moon.”
– Jim Harrison

Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of primordial creation, swaggered drunk through the door at 6AM this morning as I was getting ready for work.

He does this every time he comes to visit – drinks pulque all night with his cousins in Queens, then comes to sleep it off on my couch.

When he wakes up he will eat an entire box of Pop-Tarts and drink all the orange juice. He’s just like that. Fun god to know, but lousy houseguest.

With all those snakes and war hammers and other cool god gear I can’t really say no, although my wife thinks I could just not…

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Just Think About It

Published June 19, 2018 by Nan Mykel

If an individual wanted to destroy a democracy, what would he do?

Maybe you can come up with your own list. Feel free to add to mine:    

Strengthen our enemies?

Weaken our allies?

Refuse to protect our elections?

Use his influence to pad his pockets?

Weaken public school education?

Lie?

Cheat?

Destroy checks and balances?

Restrict workers’ pay?

Blatantly appoint termites to the system?

Lionize despots?

Strip power from our democratic institutions?

Actively harm the weak, the poor, non-whites, all minorities except the one percent?

Immolate trust in democracy?

Castrate the power of the people?

Sacrifice survival of the planet for short term gratification?

Put babies and children in concentration camps?

Replace love with lust?

Withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council in a pique?

Poison the milk of human kindness?

That’s what a traitor would do

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The thing that scares me the most is how many people LOVE this guy.

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What Is the Trump Policy on Family Separation? A Ravitch reblog

Published June 18, 2018 by Nan Mykel

The facts…

Diane Ravitch's blog

“Family separation is the Democrats’ fault.”

“We are just following the law.”

“If the Democrats don’t like it, they can repeal it.”

“It is not happening.”

“It breaks my heart, but the Democrats did it.”

“It’s a good way to deter future immigration.”

From the Washington Post:


Trump team cannot get its story straight on separating migrant families

THE BIG IDEA: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted last night. “Period.”

This formulation is striking because President Trump’s top domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, was quoted in Sunday’s New York Times touting the crackdown. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry,” he said. “Period.”

DHS announced last week that around 2,000 children have been taken from their families during the six weeks since the policy went into effect, and…

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Blogger’s Lament

Published June 17, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Had to reblog this gem.

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Blogger’s Lament



I do not want to bait a hook,
do the dishes, write a book.
Don’t wake at 6 or make my bed.
Most of my time’s spent in my head.
In two weeks, I’ll be seventy-one,
so when all is said and done,
I’ve earned the right to just obsess
on what I wish to. I confess
I’m up at eight or nine or ten,

with laptop or with notes and pen,

fulfilling all my blogging jobs,
and I must say that there are gobs
of prompt sites since

(and here I wince)
WordPress quit, thereby unleashing
scads of prompt sites without teaching
Mr. Linky or other ways
to try to ease our blogging days.

Now hours are spent just trying to

link up to that frog that’s blue

or finding where the prompt is hidden
even after we’ve been bidden
to come post on someone’s site.
So…

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The Borders of Decency

Published June 17, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Halleluiah is all I can say. Your post revved me up until the very end, and still does. I admire your intelligence, talent, courage and moral fibre. Thank you for speaking out so effectively.

The Green Study

I’ve been reading about the immigrant situation and the separation of children from their parents for the last two weeks. My response, from the safety of my own study, has been to sign petitions, send money to the ACLU, write testy letters to my own representatives, which in a purplish-blue state, involves preaching to the choir in some cases. It’s not enough.

canstockphoto46338616I believe the inhumane immigration policy enacted by this administration is the Japanese internment camp of our time. It will be our national shame for years to come. While we’ve already replaced our human rights high horse with a jackass on the world stage, I fear our grandchildren will ask “What did you do when they started putting the children in tent camps and warehousing them in a vacant Walmart?”

It is, unquestionably, an issue of morality. Not biblical morality, which is as whimsical and cruel as the…

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