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Interesting points. I'm going to chew on those for a while...

as an amateur that loves to study evolution and what we inherit from our genetics. I'm relating what you said to a bunch of folks I've known through the years and it's starting to make sense.

However, applying it to that vast majority of so-called "conservatives" who are not born into privilege, I'm seeing an authoritarian environment originating either in a.) religion, b.) parents with hard-core business-oriented beliefs, or c.) one or both parents being psychopathic to some degree and therefore control freaks. In many cases, it's a combination of those environments.

Next, sprinkle that with a sense of entitlement caused by our culture of rampant consumerism, along with a "what me worry?" attitude toward our planet's resources and environment.

Experts say an ingrained dependency on an authoritarian structure is typical of the conservative mindset. That certainly relates to your idea of "become stuck in a pre-adolescent state" because authoritarian structures can block one from that good transition you describe. Best to toe-the-line or else you'll be rejected from the clan (so typical of Republicans).

Being one raised by parents who went through the Great Depression in extremely hard times and World War II on rationing, it was an easy transition in the 60s to that "hero duty" and it lives in me to this day.

His Twitter minions are doing some heavy drugs tonight....

or someone left the WH liquor closet unlocked......

I'm convinced he has a group of them locked in the WH basement with direct lines to Stephen Miller, InfoWars and Hannity. They write the tweets and he just hits "send".
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jul 7, 2019, 08:23 PM (1 replies)

Good activity for the 4th: Refresher on the Declaration of Independence

Always healthy to read a refresher on any of the foundational documents of our Nation!

United States Declaration of Independence
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

The resolution of independence was adopted with twelve affirmative votes and one abstention, and the colonies officially severed political ties with Great Britain. John Adams wrote to his wife on the following day and predicted that July 2 would become a great American holiday. He thought that the vote for independence would be commemorated; he did not foresee that Americans would instead celebrate Independence Day on the date when the announcement of that act was finalized.

I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Congress next turned its attention to the committee's draft of the declaration. They made a few changes in wording during several days of debate and deleted nearly a fourth of the text. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776 and sent to the printer for publication.

This idealized depiction of (left to right) Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson working on the Declaration was widely reprinted (by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900)

I cleverly noted there are no phones or computers in the room!.... ......

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Jul 4, 2019, 08:13 PM (6 replies)

These atrocities must remain an albatross hung around the neck of...

every single person identifying themselves as Republican for the rest of time.

It's highly symbolic of the right-wing mindset peppered with selfishness, greed, cold-heartedness and xenophobia we've seen in the GOP for all our lives (for me, since Nixon) and they must be shamed at every opportunity, including the "churches" that support them.

The psychopathy that drives these waves of right-wing atrocity will never disappear but we must eventually place them where they belong: in mental health treatment rather than in public office.

Forgiveness in the heart must be an individual decision, but those who have committed crimes against refugees and immigrants must face justice.

We must work hard to see that new laws and regulations are in place to prevent these actions ever happening again.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Jul 4, 2019, 03:49 AM (2 replies)

Symptomatic of a much more widespread problem of human denial and cruelty.

On and off for several years, I worked with men in jails and prisons as part of my early program of addiction recovery. What I learned from those guys through letters, visits and phone calls was appalling, especially for one poor fellow who had Crohn's disease. I would have never learned it otherwise because I'm one of the fortunate few of America's heavy drinkers that never served a day in jail.

What I suddenly came to realize is that America and most nations around the globe simply toss anyone not conforming to society's idea of a perfect money-making morally-conforming human into a place behind walls and fences so they can be forgotten, regardless of society's role in them being there and regardless of the fairness of justice that placed them there. And, rehabilitation in the United States if mostly a complete joke. For most, once imprisoned their lives are thereafter in a trash bin.

Once they are disappeared into a detention system, their entire existence is subject to whims of prison officials and guards that often are mentally ill from that environment themselves and whims of state and federal legislators anxious to cut budgets to bare bones. And, almost 100% of it is out of sight and out of mind of our general public.

Cutting health care and food costs, facilities improvement costs and rehabilitation costs is an easy and non-transparent way to achieve reduced spending, especially in red states that are adverse to any and all taxes. Politicians and prison officials get away with it because almost all of our detainees are poor and neither them or their families have any voice.

It's sort of a warped component of our primitive territorial self where we build fences around anything unpleasant, from an annoying next door neighbor to entire nations. You might say that the wall around your nearest city or county jail or state prison is no different morally from our southern border. At least the southern border is now televised.

Rest in peace, Seth ....

KY Rant Done.......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jul 3, 2019, 04:35 AM (0 replies)

How Lincoln's disdain for demagogues pricks Trump's Fourth of July pomposity

Great article to guide our perspective on the 4th....

How Lincoln's disdain for demagogues pricks Trump's Fourth of July pomposity
If nothing else, the president’s speech on the Mall on Thursday will show how far we have fallen since Lincoln
Sidney Blumenthal
Sun 30 Jun 2019 06.00 BST

Read here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/30/trump-lincoln-sidney-blumenthal

On 4 July, while Trump mugs on the Mall, the marble Lincoln will maintain a dignified silence. Many have wondered what Lincoln might say if confronted by the people and events of their time. In 1914, at the beginning of the first world war, the poet Vachel Lindsay, in Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, portrayed a ghostly Lincoln deploring the conflagration. But we do not have to wonder what Lincoln might say about demagogic exploitation of the Fourth of July or hypocritical displays about the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. His statements on the subject were voluminous, plain and scathing.

Here is a small sample:

To a friend, 15 August 1855:

On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that ‘all men are created equal,’ a self-evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim ‘a self-evident lie.’ The Fourth of July has not quite dwindled away; it is still a great day – for burning fire-crackers!!!


More than the expropriation of Independence Day to justify slavery agitated Lincoln. A week later, on 24 August, he wrote his close friend Joshua Speed to complain about the rising anti-immigrant, nativist and super-patriotic Know Nothing party as a duplicitous mockery of the Declaration of Independence:

As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.


This is exactly what Republicans want to happen - divide and conquer, but...

it's not your doing at all. So-called conservatives did it to us and they must own the eventual blowback.

Their intention since Nixon has been to build a tightly closed bubble of right-wing thinkers and supporters, all thoroughly brainwashed by Rush and Rupert. No speaking or exchanging thoughts outside the bubble and everyone outside is the enemy. That's exactly how those I know treat me, as if I'm an alien. Most are articulate and well-versed in the dogma, but they are also aloof and arrogant although quite ignorant of the world around them.

After observing that process for around 50 years, it's my firm conviction that their bubble will eventually collapse from the shear weight of their bullshit, lies, and propensity for criminality. We're seeing cracks in it already.

But alas, it has quite a ways to go yet - mainly because they have access to insane amounts of money....

Thanks for sharing!.......

Regarding that horrific photo showing refugee deaths near Brownsville...

News reports said they had tried to gain legal entry at a border crossing but the waiting time was unbearable, particularly carrying a child. I recall a claim that border authorities are only allowing three applications per day, with hundreds in-waiting.

The photo is going viral around the world and it has Trump's name all over it. Caring citizens are screaming for change but offer few long-term solutions. This is not by any means a new problem and it's one that is killing people, damaging families and thousands of people's health and costing both the U.S. and Mexican governments billions of dollars each year.

One would think that two civilized nations could design a system with several safe UN- or EU-type neutral buffer zones somewhere in Mexico with facilities of sufficient means so that no one starves or dies and families would not be separated, and that cases could be quickly prioritized owing to need and health. Perhaps we need Canada or others to intervene as a moderator. Something like this could also be cost effective compared to the mess we have now and fewer people would suffer.

One huge fundamental problem I'm seeing is that once an individual crosses that thin red border line, their entire life, legal status and rights instantly change. It's a move that's difficult to reverse because they are then on U.S. soil and totally at the mercy of U.S. laws and our DHS. They may already be in trouble with Mexican authorities as illegals. It is horrifying that these folks risk traversing the entire length of Mexico with all the associated dangers and then be treated like animals at our border.

Most of these travelers have no means to take a safe break and seek legal consultation prior to making a potentially dangerous move. By having a properly operated international neutral zone, none of that should occur. I'm probably also a dreamer and very naive but it's OK because that's how workable ideas evolve.

I do realize any such scheme would be fraught with complexities and risks but might work with proper planning, financial support and international assistance. I also realize the Trump administration does not have that sort of moral fiber, and that progressive ideas of this nature are contrary to their archaic political philosophy.

The shear volume of refugee and immigrant inflow obviously has practical limits but in concert with Mexico we should provide humane temporary safety and shelter so that healthy and less needy excess people can be humanely turned back and returned home. This bad situation will only get worse with increasing effects of climate change and the proliferation of barbaric right-wing and despotic regimes to the south.

The entire world must quickly become better prepared for mass movement of refugees and desperate immigrants. Unfortunately, most governments seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

Just wanted to throw some thoughts out for discussion because we need less rage and more ideas that might lead to practical solutions.

Blast away!......

Try watching a few of these very creative humorous animations from France...

I suffer from depression every day, and little things like this break through the gloom on many a day - along with music, our local birds and some hobbies.

Especially if you prefer a quiet escape from the brashness of humanity from time to time, go to:

Minuscule Animations

Link to YouTube home page: https://www.youtube.com/user/Minuscule/videos

Cute example:

Minuscule - Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind


Caution: You may find yourself addicted and falling in love with ladybugs!


We're littering space just like we've littered the oceans.

What could possibly go wrong when space is beginning to look like a junkyard and Walmart parking lot combined with a demolition derby on Saturday night?

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_debris

As of 5 July 2016, the United States Strategic Command tracked a total of 17,852 artificial objects in orbit above the Earth, including 1,419 operational satellites. However, these are just objects large enough to be tracked. As of January 2019, more than 128 million bits of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10 cm, and around 34,000 of pieces larger than 10 cm were estimated to be in orbit around the Earth. Collisions with debris have become a hazard to spacecraft; they cause damage akin to sandblasting, especially to solar panels and optics like telescopes or star trackers that cannot be covered with a ballistic Whipple shield (unless it is transparent).

Below 2,000 km (1,200 mi) Earth-altitude, pieces of debris are denser than meteoroids; most are dust from solid rocket motors, surface erosion debris like paint flakes, and frozen coolant from RORSAT (nuclear-powered satellites). For comparison, the International Space Station orbits in the 300–400 kilometres (190–250 mi) range, and the 2009 satellite collision and 2007 antisat test occurred at 800 to 900 kilometres (500 to 560 mi) altitude. The ISS has Whipple shielding; however, known debris with a collision chance over 1/10,000 are avoided by maneuvering the station.

The Kessler syndrome, a runaway chain reaction of collisions exponentially increasing the amount of debris, has been hypothesized to ensue beyond a critical density. This could affect useful polar-orbiting bands, increases the cost of protection for spacecraft missions and could destroy live satellites.

Eventually, many of these recent satellites will become just debris.

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