The Wisest GOOD THREAD: A Thread from @timjacobwise: "1/ I’m not one for ‘told ya so’s but in 1989 when David Duke won the state House seat in Louisiana, some [...]" LINK TO THE THREAD   **p.s. Giving dogs human names What habits have you formed during the pandemic? Here are three …

Every Mystery Writer Knows, You Can Kill Anyone But The Dog | Teaching about the 2021 Insurrection? | Bernie Memes and more

Some years ago, the small Australian country town, in which I live, held a mystery writers’ festival. The events were to be held in the old Literary Institute Hall which was in something of a state of disrepair. Rather than trying to put lipstick on a pig, we decided, instead, to embrace the pig and …

Transition of Power — I’m reading

We discuss the inauguration celebrity parade, the fallacy of calls for "unity," Melania's caftan, Bernie's mittens (see photos), and "We will be back in some form." LISTENING: Transition of Power — CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND I'm reading "Before we set about trying to restore our nation’s soul, shouldn’t we prove to ourselves, first, that we have …

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Powerful 1960 Letter From Big Rock Jail ‹ Literary Hub

Of all his thousands of notes, letters, memos, telegrams, sermons, speeches, and manuscripts, few are more evocative than a handwritten statement that Martin Luther King drafted in a blue-lined notebook he borrowed from a fellow arrestee. King’s written statement read, “Mayby [sic] it will take this type of self-suffering on the part of numerous Negroes …

Who Was Charles Curtis, the First Vice President of Color?

A member of the Kaw Nation, Curtis served under Herbert Hoover, but he left a troubling legacy on Native American issues... WOW: Who Was Charles Curtis, the First Vice President of Color? | History | Smithsonian Magazine ** CURTIS ACT (1898). (Traitor? Yup) During the 1890s, as white settlers flooded into Oklahoma Territory, demands increased …

George Yancy: Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate ‹ Vox Populi ‹ Reader —

Historian Eric Foner: The day before the attack on the capitol, I was on the phone with a former student of mine who works in Washington, D.C. I mentioned that it would be best to stay indoors tomorrow because all these people are coming in…. I literally said that I wouldn’t be surprised if they …

The Trump show reaches its grand finale: insurrection at the Capitol – Washington Post

It was all nonsense, and it was deadly serious. It was a furious pageant in which people were injured and killed. It was Washington turned into the Roman Empire by way of Atlantic City: corrupted, bankrupted, prostituted by Trump for a self-mythologizing spectacle and a quick buck. Opinion: The Trump show reaches its grand finale: …

China Cures Coronavirus with Vitamin C

We never use the word CURE in the USA… why not?

The Most Revolutionary Act

All across China, not just in Wuhan, but also in other cities that saw pneumonia cases (and note, Chinese medical teams discuss COVID-19 as pneumonia), people are being cured with vitamin C.

I am including the details from a public report written in Chinese and published by a medical team Xibei Hospital, affiliated with Jiao Tong University, in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi province. (To complete the translation I used a combination of programs and resources:  Google Translate, Pleco, and Baidu Fanyi).

Given what the doctors in Xi’an knew of reports from Wuhan (which is 500 miles away from Xi’an, in the neighboring province of Hubei), and from seeing pneumonia patients in early February 2020, a team at the Xibei Hospital, devised a protocol centered on the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin C against the Coronavirus. They first treated patients on February 10th. Critically ill patients received 200 mg…

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Far-Right Violence Is Going to Be a Threat With or Without Trump’s Calls to Action

The far right is focused on “Stop the Steal” nonsense, but violence driven by white supremacy won’t disappear even if Trump does. Even without Trump’s direct incitements, though, the far-right violence emboldened under his presidency is not going away. While the stated aim of die-hard Trump supporters may for the moment be to reverse a …

Tribes sue to stop relocation of rare documents

Gene Johnson Associated Press  SEATTLE — Washington, Oregon, more than two dozen tribes, and cultural groups from the Northwest are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, a plan that would force the relocation of millions of invaluable historical records to California and Missouri. 'If this information …

Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020

According to an alliance of civil society groups called Civicus Monitor, civil rights were found to have deteriorated in nearly every country. “The use of detention as the main tactic to restrict protests only shows the hypocrisy of governments using Covid-19 as a pretence to crack down on protests,” said Civicus Monitor’s research lead Marianna …

Headlines in 2021 #bigisms

In the News  (HAPPY NEW YEAR!) Don’t ‘better explain’ the Emancipation Memorial. Put up monuments to Black people instead. Karen Attiah, December 31, 2020, The Washington Post “What I want to see before I die,” Frederick Douglass wrote, “is a monument representing the negro, not couchant on his knees like a four-footed animal, but erect on his feet like a man.” …

‘How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship, Hate Journalism’ | The Most Revolutionary Act

      By Dr. Joseph Mercola Social media platforms are openly censoring dissenting views about COVID, particularly its origin and treatment, says author Sharyl Attkisson in her new book on media… Source: ‘How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship, Hate Journalism’ | The Most Revolutionary Act

Biographer Michael D’Antonio on the most “subversive and traitorous federal official” in history |

What Trump is doing is disgusting. The media's response to what is happening is puzzling. I suspect that the press is on the fence about when to pull the plug on paying attention to him. I do believe that the mainstream press went through a time period where it eventually decided that it had to …

AME pastor William H. Lamar IV: America must abandon its white supremacist god.

The United States does not like to call itself an empire. But it is. Through military and economic force, the United States extends its narrative, politics and culture throughout the globe for good and for ill. The American story to which I refer does not shape our domestic life alone. It shapes the world. Myths, …

I Choose All Sides | Talk with Joe Singh | Vision Maker Media

“What am I?” he’d ask his mother growing up. Filmmaker Joe Singh (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) “You’re Mormon,” his mother would answer, but it was never a good enough answer for him. Joseph Singh (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a standup comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker. Growing up Mormon in the Church of Jesus Christ …

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It …

How We Survive Winter

December 20, 2020 For generations, as the days darkened and the blizzards came, the Anishinaabe people warned of the Windigo. He is the monster of winter, dripping with ice and white with snow, and he is starving, said Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, as she remembered the story of her …

We need more Indigenous doctors, stat. This physician has a plan.

"It's going to require a generation of good policy to make up for generations of bad policy." Mother Jones illustration; Courtesy of the University of North Dakota In this Mother Jones series, we’re asking experts from a wide range of disciplines one question: What are the most important steps we can take to make sure we’re better …

‘Most Important Indian,’ And Treaty Rights Advocate Hank Adams Dies At 77

Native American civil rights advocate Hank Adams died at the age of 77 this week. Once referred to as the "most important Indian" by Native American rights advocate and author Vine Deloria Jr., Adams was central to the fight to uphold tribal treaty rights during the 1960s and 1970s. Source: 'Most Important Indian,' And Treaty …

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Generational trauma, informed by racism, religion and violence, is evident in every note sung in the blues, and white men stand by to monetize and profit from it.
A Must See and excellent review from Jay at Assholes Watching Movies


Chicago, 1927. Welcome to a single recording session of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Ma (Viola Davis) is running late, of course, cause she’s the star. The band is rehearsing in the “studio,” a dank basement room that’s not big enough for the egos it’s asked to contain. Levee the horn player (Chadwick Boseman) in particular is testing everyone’s nerves with his outsized ambitions and his new $11 shoes.

When Ma arrives, tensions mount. Levee is trying to rearrange her music, and she’s got to show him his place. But she’s also battling the (white) management, who are subtly trying to push her in different directions, disrespecting her status as the mother of the blues, trying to control a product they don’t fully understand. The other band members – Cutler (Colman Domingo), Toledo (Glynn Turman), and Slow Drag (Michael Potts) – try to run interference, but they know their place and…

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Oranga Tamariki report: Government must transfer power to Māori – Children’s Commissioner

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft is calling for an urgent and significant transformation of Oranga Tamariki - and is telling the government to commit to a transfer of power to Māori. It's the commission's second part of the report, Te Kuku O Te Manawa, into the care and protection of Māori babies - and has a …

You can pay to push the button to implode Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

One of President Donald Trump’s former Atlantic City casinos will be blown up next month, and for the right amount of money, you could be the one to press the button that brings it down. The demolition of the former Trump Plaza casino will become a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of …

Inuit children taken from home for a social experiment

Human experiments… tragic and common

Lara Trace Hentz

10 June 2015
more photos at BBC

In the 1950s, a group of Inuit children were taken from their families in Greenland to be re-educated as model Danish citizens. More than 60 years later, they want the Danish government to apologise for an experiment that did enormous damage.

“It was a lovely summery day, when two grand Danish gentlemen showed up at our house,” says Helene Thiesen. It was 1951 and she lived with her family in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

“They had an interpreter with them and my older sister and I thought: What are they doing here? We were very curious. We were told to go outside while mum spoke to them.

“They asked my mum if she would be willing to send me to Denmark. I would learn to speak Danish and get a good…

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Wall Street Vultures are Ready to Get Rich from Water Scarcity

“Mni wiconi”—Lakota for “Water is life”—is not just a snappy slogan popularized by the Standing Rock movement. It’s a fact of human existence. The move to sell water futures in California stands as a foreboding indicator of the transformation of water from basic right into a luxury good. It’s a frightening expansion of a reality that already exists for poor, Black, Latinx, and Native communities across the country, from Flint, Michigan, to Navajo Nation. Welcome to the future.

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by Nick Martin
New Republic

The basis of all human life is now officially on the market. Call it the No Future futures index.

Bloomberg reported on Sunday that California water futures are now officially on the Wall Street markets, with the United States–based CME Group heading up the 2021 contracts connected to the state’s billion-dollar water market. The “commodity” was most recently going for $496 per acre-foot with the main purchasers of the futures—which were first announced by CME in September—expected to be large-scale water consumers, chiefly utility companies and the states’ Big Ag corporations. (California is home to the largest agriculture market in the nation.) “Climate change, droughts, population growth, and pollution are likely to make water scarcity issues and pricing a hot topic for years to come,” RBC Capital Markets managing director and analyst Deane Dray told Bloomberg. “We are definitely going to watch…

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What VERSION are you reading?

June 10, 2016 By Lara Trace Hentz (history buff)

Years ago I realized the “version” is what we need to examine as much as the writing itself. It’s very very important to look at WHO wrote it and why. Ellowyn in Pine Ridge, South Dakota shared her tribe’s version of history that differed greatly from American textbooks. That version of my education began in early 1990s in her kitchen.

In Pine Ridge, it’s usually by 4th grade the student turns off and loses interest, Ellowyn told me. (She was a teacher.) The Lakota do not believe what is in the American textbook because their history is left out. She thinks (as do many in her Oglala tribe) that it’s important history is taught at home. It’s oral. It’s not written down. (If you google Oglala Lakota history, it’s generally written by the non-Indian and not accepted by the Oglala.)

My anthropologist sister Dr. Raeschelle Deimel in Vienna Austria and I were also discussing education a few days ago. (She teaches college-level history.) It’s obvious certain “subjects” (like history) are a matter of importance and priority for governments who control our education and what version we get. Not only do they control what we learn but how much, when we learn it, and there is no legal enforcement to measure accuracy or honesty, obviously.

Do parents have a say in what children learn? Yes, kinda. (If you teach at home, choose the version and control the story yourself). I am still a history student on my own.

We in America don’t even recognize the agenda and propaganda in our history textbooks, Rae said.

Sadly too many Americans have turned their backs on history, we decided. Probably too boring. If you went to college you might choose a certain period of history to study in depth. (That would also depend on which professor you get and how good they are.) Now we think it’s a general lack of interest and disgust, as in “what good is history?” to make my life or salary better… or maybe deep down we sixth-sense we’re learning bullshit (?) – perhaps.

It surprised me when I learned from a German journalist Monique in Munich in 2005 that Americans know more about the Nazis than the Germans do. History again is used as a tool, or it’s not used at all. Why would the Germans suppress their own history? She said they don’t have museums to teach any version of their own Nazi history. REALLY! (Of course she told me she and other Germans do learn about it on their own. Many of their parents were sent to the Hitler’s Youth Camps and were indoctrinated with propaganda.) History/story used as mind control? She said yes.

What I learned in my Catholic grade school happened over two straight days watching Germany’s Holocaust films on concentration camps when I was in 4th grade. I now realize how disturbing it was for me to see that as a kid. The nuns warned us but didn’t give us an option to leave the classroom. I choked back tears and nearly threw up. I had nightmares for months.

Much later as an adult I studied WWII and the Nazis on my own, watching documentaries especially. (We called it my scary Nazi phase.) I needed to understand HOW people could be this way and why. It took me many years to see WHO was behind the genocide of American Indians, and Jews, and many other ethnic minority groups and WHAT they ultimately wanted: domination and land, mostly.

Today of course I question everything I read. My two granddaughters deserve better than what their history textbooks will teach them. It’s my job and it’s going to have to come from me. Oral history, at home, in my kitchen.

Lara Trace Hentz

By Lara Trace Hentz  (history buff)

Wounded Knee Media Coverage (New Film: Line in the Sand by Kevin McKiernan


Years ago I realized the “version” is what we need to examine as much as the writing itself.  It’s very very important to look at WHO wrote it and why.  Ellowyn in Pine Ridge, South Dakota shared her tribe’s version of history that differed greatly from American textbooks.  That version of my education began in early 1990s in her kitchen.

In Pine Ridge, it’s usually by 4th grade the student turns off and loses interest, Ellowyn told me.  (She was a teacher.)  The Lakota do not believe what is in the American textbook because their history is left out.  She thinks (as do many in her Oglala tribe) that it’s important history is taught at home. It’s oral.  It’s not written down.  (If you google Oglala Lakota history, it’s…

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How Scientists Use and Abuse Portraiture

Another danger lies in the treatment of algorithms as free of human bias. The recent study of “trustworthiness displays,” for example, analyzed European portraiture using OpenFace, an open-source facial recognition program that was engineered using a dataset of overwhelmingly white subjects, and five sets of avatars modeled on Caucasian physiognomy. Yet the authors failed to …

A68a, World’s Largest Iceberg, Heads Toward Southern Atlantic Island : NPR

The chunk of ice cleaved off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in 2017 at a reported size of roughly 2,300 square miles. Researchers have noted for some weeks now that A68a has been on a collision with the island of South Georgia. The iceberg is roughly 130 miles off the island's coast and …

In The News #BigIsms

The slave trade continued long after it was illegal — with lessons for today Manuel Barcia and John Harris, December 6, 2020, The Washington Post Last weekend, “60 Minutes” featured a special on the recent discovery of the sunken remains of the slave ship Clotilda. On this vessel, traders brought 110 captive Africans to Alabama in 1860 — a full half-century after Congress outlawed such traffic. …