Sunday, December 8, 2019

Introduction to "Cc's Pageant of Evolution"

They say a true test of how well you've learned about something is how well you can explain it to others and in its essence this months long Pageant of Earth’s Evolution project has been that sort of a self-evaluation for me.  Both to see how well I understand it and to see if I could convey the story in a way that might resonate with people.  

Why is that important to me?  Because I believe clearly appreciating Earth and her story is one of human society’s greatest failures - and greatest challenge for enabling any sort of future functional human society, since our avarice has pretty well condemned this globally connected modern society we depend on.  

I keep struggling with; How could intelligent people allow such self-destructive disregard to the need of the life support system that sustains your society?  I mean seriously, never accepting that our long term economy depends on a healthy biosphere no matter how much we’ve learned about it?  

Proudly proclaiming that endless growth was our economic priority and that Greed was Good and Too Much Was Never Enough.  From my perspective it’s always been nothing less than sociopathic self-interest and faith-induced-blindness.  Along with being absolutely self-destructive.  As those who dare to open their eye and minds can see when surveying the growing carnage covering our planet.  But I digress.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

House Intelligence Committee December 3, 2019, Impeachment Draft Report

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., 
holds a news conference after his committee released their impeachment report.
Streamed live December 3, 2019  |  NBC News
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The Rachel Maddow Show 12/03/19 


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House Intelligence Committee Releases Draft Report As Part of Impeachment Inquiry
Report To Be Voted on This Evening
Washington, December 3, 2019

Washington, DC – Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the draft report – “The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” – to all Members and the public.

Monday, December 2, 2019

C-SPAN's Trump Impeachment Inquiry Collection - November 2019

Here's a collection of C-SPAN videos covering November's House Impeachment Inquiry Hearings.  I'm also including the time signature notes Make-Make has been posting as comments.  I think Make-Make has done a wonderful service worth sharing.  These notes can be helpful when trying to navigate the hours worth of questions, answers and GOP's rhetorical fancy dancing and diversions, (not to mention their god-awful normalization of out and out criminality and even treasonous behavior).  But I digress, this is about creating my own record of what was actually said. As a personal bonus, it would be cool if some others can find it helpful.  Feel free to copy and share.

https://www.rev.com/blog/category/political-transcripts
For Impeachment Hearing Transcripts link to: 


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Streamed live on Nov 13, 2019, by C-SPAN

House Impeachment Inquiry, Hearing Day 1 - Taylor and Kent Testimony

Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testify on Impeach Inquiry before House Intelligence Committee. Go to 34:02 for gavel start of hearing. 



also notes from Matthew Caplan and Make-Make

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Matt Kiser - Impeachment Watch - WhatTheFuckJustHappenedToday.com

I'm always amazed at how the days and weeks speed by, between having to spend time getting caught up on pre-winter and now early-winter chores (we do live in the country and our little cabin is heated by wood) so there's work that needs to be done.   Plus the 500 mile trip down to spend a week with family and our young grandson.  Too much going on.  Enough time to get caught up on news, vent by starting yet more potential projects, while not enough to concentrate on getting any of them finished.  Now it's time to get back to it.

The following is a collection of links to resources provided by Matt and friends over at the blog, What The Fuck Just Happened Today, which has been tracking and compiling Trump news since day one, so that We The People have a record to learn from, to use and retain for future reference.  And me?, it simply seems like a patriotic duty to share and hopefully help spread this information.

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Impeachment Watch: Day 4.0 (and Day 3.0)

WTF Community Leader

1/ The U.S. ambassador to the European Union testified that he and senior administration officials “followed the president’s orders” to work with Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into Joe Biden and the discredited conspiracy theory that the country helped Democrats in the 2016 election. Gordon Sondland testified that he, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and special envoy Kurt Volker coordinated with Giuliani at the “at the express direction of the president of the United States” to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations. 
Sondland said he directly communicated the “quid pro quo” arrangement to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland also provided House impeachment investigators with emails and texts showing that acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Perry, and others were all aware that Trump conditioned a White House meeting for Zelensky on his willingness to launch investigations. “They knew what we were doing and why,” Sondland said. “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.” 
2/ Sondland testified that he told Pence before his Sept. 1 meeting with Zelensky that he “had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations.”

Friday, November 22, 2019

How Trump 'Hijacked' American Politics With Delusions (and plain nastiness).

They meme’d Trump into the White House.  How was that possible?  How did We The People of the United States allow such a recognized lowlife self-serving deadbeat and showman to be handed the Presidency of this nation?
  
Well, it started with allowing the US House of Representative to be packed with a bunch of angry scared Tea-partiers with their open contempt for our American government.  They have had one thing in mind, that is to weaken our government to the point that it's easy pickings for the oligarch wannabes such as the Kochs and Murdochs and Ailes (who masterminded the past decades of descent into an alternate reality that dismisses physical reality with a self-certain arrogant contempt that beats all.)

A healthy democracy depends on an informed and engaged citizenry.  Here I share a series of stories that look at one of the reasons we got here.  This threat needs to be recognized and understood  - if we are to try and seriously confront it.  Confront it with what?  With a renewed demand that honesty, truth, ethics do matter to a civil society and our future.  I include excerpts from:

          Greg Epstein, TechCrunch.com         
          Interview with Terry Gross, Fresh Air
          Kara Swisher Book Review, New York Times
          Brian Feldman, New York Magazine
          Kathrine Schwab,  FastCompany
          Strand Book Store  |  YouTube Video
          J Oliver Conroy, The guardian.com
The Book:
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          Annie Karni, Kevin Roose and Katie Rogers, New York Times
          Drew Harwell, Tony Romm, Washington Post
          Allyson Chiu, Washington Post
          Yuliya Talmazan and Monica Alba, NBC News


          Charlie Warzel, New York Times
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Trump Impeachment Hearings (Day2) - Marie Yovanovitch

During today's Impeachment Hearing, Day Two, it was nuts listening to Jordan and Stefanik's dialogue, what's with all that melodramatic dripping contempt for our democratic government and it's rules?  

So now the GOP tells us it's a "performance" to expect the rule of law to be respected and obeyed?  It's "performance" that we're appalled at witnessing our President playing political extortion with an ally's self-defense needs.  What is going on here?  Actually, I do know, the GOP questioners are playing to their bubble and steadfastly ignoring the reality of the facts. 

What about simple FAIR PLAY.  What about Honest Constructive Debate?  Where both sides are bound by an expectation to be truthful?


Doesn't a sane government require a standard of honesty that applies to all sides?  But all I hear from the GOP is malicious slanderous innuendo, fabricated conspiracy theories, misdirection, and wasting time with ridiculous side stories, oh an the bullying - all justified because of their most grotesque partisan blindspots.


I wish someone would ask the GOP what they think of the other half of this country who believe in science and constructive debates, debates where honesty is expected from all sides?  Where learning and improving is the goal.  What about us?  Where do we go from here?



Watch: Day 2 of public Trump impeachment hearings
Washington Post  |  November 15, 2019

The Roger Stone Collection - November 15, 2019


I’ve been watching that amoral Roger Stone damage American politics all my life.  With his love of dirty tricks and hurting people, his prideful contempt for humanity and civility, ethics, dignity, honor, respect, empathy and then the self-worship and his own gluttony - he epitomizes the "Ugly American" as much as Trump does.  Winning is all that mattered.
Future of humanity?
Stone's response, Who the fuk cares!?  I got mine and fuk you and yours!  Too much is never going to be enough for me and it doesn't matter how much carnage I leave in my wake. 
He had a hell of run.  Roger Stone was tough enough, bullying enough, that Democrats wilted  time after time,  time after time,  and today in many ways our political mess is Roger Stone's legacy as much as anyone’s.

The Republican’s selective acceptance and their normalization of such criminality makes me more fearful for our short term future than ever before.  I think Democrats in general simply have no conception of the 'war footing' going on in their god-fearing minds.  But, I digress, here I wanted to share a selection of articles to introduce the uninitiated to why Roger Stone is a big deal.
Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts | ABC News

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Roger Stone’s New York intrigues

By Zach Williams November 15, 2019

The ‘malevolent Forrest Gump’ has never strayed far from his home state.

1960 – Fake news in school
1972 – Nixon’s reelection campaign
1980 – John Anderson campaign … 
1999 – Trump’s aborted Reform Party campaign
2000 – The Florida Recount
2002 – Billionaire Tom Golisano gubernatorial run
2004 – Al Sharpton campaign
2007 – The New York state Senate
2010 – The Kristin Davis for governor campaign
2015 – Trump campaign