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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Those 60s and 70s We Had In February?


This article came out today based on a report just released:

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A little from it, some highlights:

More than 11,700 daily temperature records across the U.S. were broken in February, with the average temperature 7.3 degrees warmer than normal for the last full month of winter. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Arctic “witnessed the polar equivalent of a heatwave.” This spurred dangerous sea ice melting.

“Even without a strong El Nino in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system. We are now in truly uncharted territory,” World Climate Research Program Director David Carlson said.

Out of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 occurred since 2000.

Prof Sir Robert Watson, a distinguished climate scientist at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a former head of the UN’s climate science panel.

“Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” Watson said.

“Arctic ice conditions have been tracking at record low conditions since October, persisting for six consecutive months, something not seen before in the [four-decade] satellite data record,” said Prof Julienne Stroeve, at University College London in the UK. “Over in the southern hemisphere, the sea ice also broke new record lows in the seasonal maximum and minimum extents, leading to the least amount of global sea ice ever recorded.”


Food for thought, for sure.

At what point do we humans do something, do more, about this?

Here's hoping we don't have Summers of 100 degrees and more and for long stretches of time.

Additional links:

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Donald Trump, Explained


By, who else?  None other than Tom Tomorrow!

Tom Tomorrow cartoon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Abnormal Weather


87 degrees yesterday.

In Missouri.

Northwest Missouri.

Mid-March.

Summertime temperatures.

Air conditioning. Again, in March.

Broke the day's record high.

And the last official day of Winter, to boot.

Additionally, Peru just got 10 times more rain than normal, creating horrific floods and flooding.



There's also this.


But always remember, kids...















That Trump/GOP Budget?


With this President and the GOP presenting cuts in government programs, I offer this response.

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Again.  We are #Strongertogether


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Entertainment Overnight -- Canon


I've always loved this piece and just discovered this version.




Quote of the Day -- Sunday Edition



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Look again at that dot. 


That’s here. 

That’s home. 

That’s us. 

On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. 

-- Carl Sagan


Some Takeaways On the World's Happiest Nations Report


The world's happiest nations were announced today by the by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.

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World's happiest countries named


Takeaways?

--The US isn't the happiest

--The US isn't in the top 3

--The US isn't in the top 5

--The US isn't even in the top 10

--The US is in the 13th position

Here's what I love.

The top ten "happiest nations"?

Socialist.

All Socialist.

Every one.

Here's another kicker. Another takeaway. Frankly, it's one more slam on us, the US.

Israel ranks higher in happiness than the US.

Israel.

Surrounded by their enemies. Set upon and attacked, not infrequently, by Palestinians yet they have a higher happiness rating than we do here in the United States.


So, America.  Could we learn some things here?

Please?

Soon as possible?

Here's one:  The lady was right.

We are #Strongertogether.

Links:

World Happiness Report Update 2016


Americans are much, much more likely to be killed by guns than  people in other countries




Friday, March 17, 2017

Entertainment Overnight -- The Waters of March, the Promise of Spring


Afloat, adrift, a flight, a wing,
A cock, a quail, the promise of spring.
And the riverbank talks of the Waters of March,
It's the promise of life, it's the joy in your heart.


It's the joy in your heart...


To Trump Voters, Supporters



Here's to all of the people who voted for Trump:

Remember when the so-called President said he was going to donate his salary?

He just accepted his second paycheck. Says he'll pay it back later.

Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall?

He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.

Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses?

He changed his mind.

Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns?

Again, changed his mind.

Remember when he said he wasn't going to go on vacation or play golf?

5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.

And he's going again this weekend.

Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines?

Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.

Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days?

He still has no plan whatever.

Remember when he said he was going to appropriate money to historic Black colleges?

He lied to get a photo-op.

Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders?

His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.

Remember when he said he wasn't going to cut social security and Medicare?

The Republican bill does just that.

Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign has any communications with Russian govt?

7 in his administration--so far--have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.

Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost?

The AHCA that the GOP and he are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.

So here's to you, Trump voters, Trump supporters.

Unless you regret that vote and now, that support, the rest of us out here in America have no idea what you're thinking. You got duped but we have to pay the costs for your mistakes, too. And the poor and elderly have to pay a "higher price" than just about any of us.

Kudos.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Republicans: Political Party First, Then Money, THEN People


The Republicans in Congress and in state houses all across America have been putting money and their political party ahead of their constituents, ahead of Americans and for years.
After the horrible, horrific Newtown shooting/slaying of 20 school children and 6 adults at the school, the first thing out of their mouths was that this murder "shouldn't be politicized" in a clear effort to protect the NRA and the gun lobby and weapons manufacturers.

Once again, guns--and money--before people, before us Americans. They put their political party and the money they get from their "sponsors" before Americans and before American lives.

This one they just recently, rather famously did.

House GOP Blocks Measure to 

Keep Guns from Mentally Ill


They ruled that people who are clinically diagnosed as being mentally ill and/or unstable should be able to have weapons, guns. In their terms, they should "be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights."

People be damned.

And now, with Republicans finally, finally creating and releasing a plan of any kind to replace "Obamacare", which is so important to them, they once again did the same thing. They put money and the deficit and the budget ahead of people, ahead of Americans, ahead of American lives.

This headline proves, shows where the Republicans' priorities are and proves my point with their health care plan is right here:



Here's another.

No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Pushes Out Older People


They’ve put guns before American lives for years and now, budgets before American lives. Everything boils down to money with these people. And then they’re doing it so they can get and keep more money in their pockets, from their sponsors and overlords, in the form of “campaign contributions.”


Though it's estimated 24 million Americans would lose their health care insurance completely, these Republicans want and plan to give the already-wealthy yet more tax breaks, with the very same bill.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

That Bloch Impressionist Gift to the Nelson?


Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Pissaro, Boudin, Caillebotte and so, so much more.

Run, don't walk to the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It is nearly, now, an embarrassment of riches.

This piece, by Gauguin, kicks it off. It is a stunning piece.


There are several, in fact, many, many pieces that I found it difficult to believe we have here in town, right here, here at the Nelson and in the permanent collection. This one, of the dancer, by Toulous Lautrec, is one.


This next one must be seen, there, up close, to be believed.


If the new Impressionist exhibit doesn't give you chills, something may be wrong with you.

The Nelson has always been terrific, of course, and it does keep getting better and better. Now, it very much reminded me of the feeling and experience I had when first I went to the Chicago Art Institute. Even more fantastic than it was and always has been. With this improvement, these additions, it has improved and expanded exponentially.

Go.  Go now. Go soon as possible.


On Sunday


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And the New York Times.

Yeah.

Happy Sunday, everyone.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Way to go, America



Check out the latest ranking of all the nations of the world and who does--and who doesn't--come in at the top. This is precisely what Republican and Right Wing policies and legislators and government and governments get us.


Socialist. 

 All Socialist. 

This is what working together gets them. 

A little from the article.

A new ranking of the world's “best countries” is out — and the results don’t look good for America.

Switzerland takes top nation honors, according to the second annual “Best Countries” ranking from U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting. Just behind the Swiss are Canada and Britain, second and third, respectively.

The United States ends up in the seventh spot, just edging out Australia but also lagging Germany, Japan and Sweden.

Get that. Our neighbors to the North, the Canadians, are number two in the world. I expect most Americans would no way expect that.

Not only are we ranked in the 7th spot but we dropped 3 spots from the previous list. We are only seen as the “most powerful.” Given the absolutely foolish and fiscally irresponsible amount we spend on military and what we call defense, we ought to be most powerful.

Bet better, America. You're falling behind. And it's not because you're not spending boodles of money. It's just that you're foolishly spending far too much of it on what we consider "defense" and health care.

Link:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What We Wouldn't Have With That Other President


From Facebook yesterday--

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A reminder of what Hillary Clinton WOULDN'T be doing right now if she were the President she should be, given that she earned 3 million more American votes than the current occupant:

-Taking away your healthcare

-Rolling back your Social Security benefits

-Rolling back your Medicare benefits

- Choosing which religions are okay for you to practice

- Slowing tourism to the United States

- Punishing people for being gay or transgender

- Destroying the EPA and the Dept. of Education

- Rolling back clean water and air protections

- Deregulating Wall Street

- Allowing companies to dump waste in waterways

- Appointing people who hate government agencies to run them

- Attacking the press

- Wasting $22 billion on a useless wall

- Giving racist organizations encouragement

- Giving Russia encouragement

- Appointing Supreme Court justices who oppose gun legislation and Roe V. Wade

- Destroying climate change regulations

- Golfing every weekend

- Taking 

- Defunding Planned Parenthood

- Shamelessly shilling for her family businesses, hotels, clothing lines, jewelry

- Refusing to make public her taxes

- Ending funding of the Arts and Public broadcasting

- Paying to secure three "White Houses" in three states

- Rolling back your democratically chosen option to smoke marijuana.

There's more but already, that's a long, long, even scary list.

How long are you going to tolerate this, America?





Monday, March 6, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Entertainment Overnight -- Walken




As the video description tells, this pieces all of Christoper Walken's movie dance scenes together into one glorious remix set to "Everybody Dance Now" by C+C Music Factory.

Move.

On This President's Latest


Saturday Night Live did a great, timely, even fair and accurate evaluation of this President Trump last evening. Sure, it's easy material, granted but still, they did a great job.



No telling what to expect next from The Orange One.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kansas City On Parade


Some videos I found.




Have a great weekend, y'all.


If This Doesn't Scare You, Kansas City--and America--Nothing Will


From the national news, ABC, this week.


Isn't that marvelous?

This is what the National Rifle Association, the NRA, and the Right Wing and Republican policies all get us. That is, guns. Lots and lots of guns. More than any other otherwise civilized, educated, industrialized nation in the world.

Kudos, America.

Now.

What are we going to do about it?


Note to the Kansas City Star


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Ladies and gentlemen at the Kansas City Star:

You know your readership is falling off. You've known and experienced it, sadly, for years. We all know it. We ache for you. Heck, we ache for our society. The local newspaper is something we used to all share. It was a foundation of information  most of us all checked in on daily and read. We know those days are gone.

But some people still read you, of course, and thank goodness. And some others of us out here read you online. I'm one of them. And I've noticed something about you and what you do daily. My suggestion, if taken, could help you, I believe, if you take and execute it.

The suggestion?

You have to be like the "big boys" out there in newspaper land---like your counterpart across the state, for instance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch---and CHANGE YOUR ONLINE PAGE ONCE A DAY.

You have to update. Daily. It has to change.

Apparently this is a radical idea for you all down there or a lot to ask or expect but--NEWS FLASH:  if your site doesn't change daily, there's no reason for us out here to check in on you daily.

Imagine that.

Now I know the Post-Dispatch comparison is a tough one because they're much bigger and have more money and they're an older paper (I think/believe) and have more power (read:; Pulitzers) behind them but YOU CAN DO THIS. In fact, you really must do this. If you don't change up your paper online, daily, you will lose any reason for people to check in on you. I know. I looked in yesterday, read some articles and then checked today, just now.  WAY too many of the same, leftover articles.

I know this is tough. I know it demands more of you. I know it will likely cost. And it requires some creativity, too, sure. But that's the business you're in today and you more than likely know it.

So that's what needs to happen, Star. I hope you can do it. You need it, we need it. You need it to exist. You need it to stay relevant. You need it so it keeps the clicks happening, online. You need it to keep the revenue coming in.

It's not fun. It's not pretty, Yes, it's demanding but you have to do it or, God forbid, you won't be around.

This is about your survival.

The clock is ticking.


Friday, March 3, 2017

So Far, With This Trump Administration



It's only been 6 weeks today into this new Trump Presidential administration and just to keep you up to date, here's a list of what's happened so far, some of what he's done.

Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote 

in Meeting With Lawmakers











Sean Spicer told at least 

5 untruths in 5 minutes









'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies 

of the Trump Administration



Michael Flynn resigns 
as national security adviser















And this, frankly, is just a partial list of what he's done in these last 6, dizzying weeks since his inauguration. There are more here.  If you can stomach it all.


As I have said and as I keep saying...

God help us all.


That Wall On the Mexico Border?


On that wall President Trump wants to build.

And why it's not likely.


If not actually, totally downright, out and out stupid.

And impossible.

More:

Head Of Border Patrol Union Weighs In On Trump's Wall Plans