Monday, February 13, 2017

Road Trip!


  1. In case anyone should wonder, the Oroville Dam is way north of here, in another river drainage, albeit in the Central Valley of California. Looking like they will be able to handle things--latest report is the lake level is about three feet below the emergency spillway; at one point it had been two feet above.


    1. Thank-you, Alan! I *was* wondering! I had planned to look up your address today and see how close you live to the dam. I'm glad you're out of harm's way! Your daughter lived north of you at one point. Is that still the case?

    2. Yes, but nowhere even remotely threatened. She lives and works on the San Francisco Peninsula.

      There is a pretty large (concrete) dam upriver from our place, and they have been increasing the downriver flow for some time now; since the storms began, I'd say the river appears to have risen a good ten feet, maybe more. But our house is on a bluff well above the river. The river valley was carved in the millennia before the dam was built, when the spring freshet was evidently something to behold (and hear, and feel). Our piano tuner remembered it, and said the most striking thing was the sound--like a hundred freight trains. Every year.


  2. I just read this on the Occupy Democrats Facebook page, in the Comments...posted 49minutes ago. It is long enough that it will need to be posted in two parts:

    Mike Harnisch: Some people are saying that we should give Donald Trump a chance, that we should "work together" with him because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." This is my response:
    •I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years...
    •I will not "work together" to build a wall.
    •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.
    •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
    •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1%.
    •I will not "work together" to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
    •I will not "work together" to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
    •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
    •I will not "work together" to sell American lands to companies which then despoil those lands.
    •I will not "work together" to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
    •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone.
    •I will not "work together" to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
    •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
    •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.
    •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
    •I will not "work together" to allow torture and "black op" prison sites.
    •I will not "work together" to "take their oil."
    •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
    •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.
    •I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

    1. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
      •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
      •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
      •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.
      •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.
      •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
      •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
      •I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
      •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition."
      •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.
      •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
      •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
      •I will not "work together" with Donald Trump or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
      This is the line, and I am drawing it.
      •I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
      •I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what's really so dangerous about Donald Trump, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:
      That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is anything more than nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence. #RESIST

  3. Life got put into perspective swiftly this week when our youngest and his wife told us their 33 year old friend, an OB/GYN nurse, has died of a recurrence of breast cancer. 😢 She leaves her husband of 4.5 years, and a 2.25 year old son. If you have a minute, please send some prayers for the family of Lauren, especially her husband Peter and toddler Wyatt. 💛💔💛 Thanks.


    Just one example of Cheetolini's extreme carelessness with security issues! The man is a moron!

    1. Remember when emails on a server were a big deal?

  5. Take a deep breath before you read this:

    Trump senior advisor declares Trump's power "will not be questioned."

  6. Flynn has resigned. The fall guy.
    This presidency will go down in history. They are doing a helluva job making American grate again.

    1. What did the President know, and when did he know it?

    2. I didn't think it was a typo.

  7. America has at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less (Yale professor Timothy Snyder)

    Let's all plan to read his book, ON TYRANNY, when it comes out February 28th! I've already pre-ordered mine.

    1. Thinking about that since yesterday, it occurred to me that Trump and his folks lack something equivalent to the Schutzstaffel. That's important.