Optimism Of The Will

“Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.”
Antonio Gramsci

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8/6/20 News & Views Collated From 50+ Sites on the Net

  Arctic warming is becoming reality Sayragul Sauytbay: How China is destroying Kazakh culture Greater Han chauvinism is a thing. Germany charges four ex-Audi executives with fraud over ‘dieselgate’ scandal Mass Gatherings Contributed to Early COVID-19 Mortality: Evidence from US Sports Why Bill Clinton Attacked Kwame Ture How Hotel Chains Got a Slice of Government…

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8/5/20 News & Views Collated From 50+ Sites on the Net

  ‘Has BP Just Woken Up to the #ClimateEmergency?’ Oil Giant Announces 40% Production Cut by 2030 Have WE woken to the fact that this “impressive” step is utterly inadequate?  The Arctic is on fire NOW, not a decade from now.  Truly, “progressive” journalism sometimes seems like just more of the rush of the lemmings……

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8/4/20 News & Views Collated From 50+ Sites on the Net

  Germany already seeing second coronavirus wave, warns doctors union Nicaragua’s jailed activists face a coronavirus death sentence You know what this reminded me of, as soon as I saw it?  Our own prisons, here in the US–many articles are out there (I’ve had a few in my daily compilations) documenting the danger to inmates…

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A Marge Piercy Poem – Offered for Black Lives Matter

    The mouth of empire eats onward through the apple of all. Armies of brown men are roasted into coffee beans, are melted into chocolate, are pounded into copper. Their blood is refined into oil, black river oozing rainbows of affluence.   _________________________________________________________ Reading this poem, I immediately thought of Black Lives Matter, and…

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Glimpses of Freedom

  It was in sixty-eight in France they wrote, “Beneath the cobblestones, the beach.” Across that time, another clime, it comes to us To teach the mystery of history, its reach From yesteryears to what appears today, on streets Where the hardy flower, freedom, breaks through stone.   We are not lone in this, longing…

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It’s Time for a #DemExit

This article from Naked Capitalism is the single best summation and argument I have read to date, about why the “Democratic” Party should be shunned now and for all time by those who have any intention of promoting progressive policies and values for our nation and planet.  I commend it to you as the go-to…

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He Didn’t Even Wait Until The Convention

    The same Senator Bernie Sanders who spoke of the need for “political revolution” has now endorsed the arch-centrist Joe Biden, ensuring the Convention is utterly irrelevant and moot.  He made this endorsement irrespective of the very current and active charge that Biden sexually assaulted Tara Reade; notwithstanding Biden’s repeated misrepresentations of his own…

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  Bye bye, Bernie–it always was a long shot, an uphill struggle, and I for one did not believe the “Democratic” Party would ever allow another progressive to obtain the nomination.  I well recall the McGovern campaign of 1972, and how the mask came completely off the Dem Party.  Democrats for Nixon, labor leaders proclaiming…

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The Spirit of Mario Savio, and the Coming Conflict

    Mario Savio gave his famous speech on the steps of Sproul Hall, located in the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.  This event is often cited as the sparking moment of the Free Speech Movement (FSM), though it had been ongoing through the efforts of UC students and off-campus allies for…

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