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Pay Your Fair Share


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  1. October 7, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Rich people and corporations haven’t paid their fait share for a long time. #BuildBackBetter could and should change that!

  2. October 7, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Releases Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans from Across Federal Government

    “Building a more equitable future.
    Climate change and its impacts may exacerbate existing health and socioeconomic inequities,
    placing certain populations at particular risk. To tackle this challenge, agencies outlined their actions in support of this Administration’s environmental justice objectives. For example, the Department of Transportation will advance climate equity by committing to consider the impacts of heat, poor air quality, vector-borne disease, and other hazards more likely to affect environmental justice communities when siting and designing projects.”

    Full: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/10/07/fact-sheet-biden-administration-releases-agency-climate-adaptation-and-resilience-plans-from-across-federal-government/)

  3. October 7, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Timothy Snyder’s new reportedly beautiful graphic edition of “On Tyranny”.
    –came out this week.

    “The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew,
    the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”
    (timothysnyder.org)

    • October 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      “A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.” (Penguin)

      From the new graphic edition of “On Tyranny”:
      “A nationalist might do all of these things, but a nationalist is not a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst and then tells us that we are the best.”

    • October 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      The new edition brings us up to date.

  4. October 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm

  5. October 7, 2021 at 6:49 pm

  6. October 7, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    i don’t know whether to laugh😁 or cry.😢..Imagine being in the hospital , seriously ill.. begging the nurse not to give them the vaccine…

  7. October 7, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Congressman Raskin,
    House Select Committee/Jan 6, to Joy Reid:

    “Mike Pence was facing a mob that was chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”
    They’d set up a gallows outside of the Capitol. And this was a coup, not against the president, but by the President against Mike Pence. Because for that one day he decided not to follow Donald Trump, but to follow the Constitution of the United States….

    We have got a strong bipartisan committee that is determined to get to the truth
    about the worst violent assault on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812. An attempt to overthrow the counting of Electoral College votes to basically oust Mike Pence, kick him out of the way, and then deny Joe Biden his rightful majority in the Electoral College, which he won, 306 Electoral College votes. In order to force the election into the House of Representatives for a so-called contingent election, where we’d be voting not one member one vote,
    but one state one vote.

    And they knew that they could win that, so they just needed to destroy most of the electoral process. And now Mike Pence, in his desperate effort to curry favor with the right wing in his own party, is trying to cover the whole thing up. It’s just pathetic.”

  8. 14 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    This gon’ be good!

  9. 16 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Listen to FLOTUS, Ladies! Get your mammogram! 💗
    * Dudes, you get your prostrate checked too, mmkay?

  10. 17 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Your Nerdy-Cool Moment of the day:

    Way to go Marvel! Love that they’re doing this!

  11. 18 ggail44
    October 7, 2021 at 8:07 pm

  12. 19 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    This is incredible!
    Translation from Italian:
    “Moses by Michelangelo, 1513
    Carved into the forearm is a small muscle that the human body contracts only when lifting the little finger, otherwise it is hidden. Perfection is made of details.”

  13. 20 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Fantastic news for the kiddos! 💉

  14. 24 ggail44
    October 7, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    When people show you who they are…
    We see you now Barbara Corcoran 😡

  15. 27 ggail44
    October 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  16. 28 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    One year ago: Kamala Harris debates The Fly 😆😂🤣

  17. 30 ggail44
    October 7, 2021 at 9:17 pm

  18. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    October 7, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Only took 84 years!

  19. 34 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    So, another day of zero consequences goes by? Great, juuuus great.

  20. 35 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    This!

  21. 37 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    LOL! I don’t blame Ms. Warwick one bit! 😆

  22. 38 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    The accuracy! 🔥

  23. 39 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    That’s My Vice President! 💙

  24. 42 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 10:53 pm

  25. 43 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 10:53 pm

  26. 45 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 10:55 pm

  27. 46 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Remember all the bellyaching about tester from the loony left for years?

  28. 47 amk for obama
    October 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    april ryan is whining about the veep ‘not taking’ her silly q’s? does she not remember how the traitorous thug’s gang treated her with contempt literally? guess, whpc is pathetic regardless of their color.

  29. 48 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    ❤️💛💜

  30. 49 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    We saw it coming. That’s why no one votes for his sorry carpet-bagging ass.

  31. 52 Dudette
    October 7, 2021 at 11:35 pm

  32. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    October 7, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Can’t wait to read this! Too sleepy tonight, but saving it for tomorrow.

  33. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Goodnight, Nerdy darlin’, and TODville – and all the ships at sea!

  34. 55 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Nope, you ain’t getting out of jail. Yet. Begging face ain’t gonna cut it anymore.

  35. 62 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:39 am

    yup.

  36. 63 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:40 am

  37. 64 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Go Marc. Wish the dem establishment followed his example.

  38. 65 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:41 am

  39. 66 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:42 am

  40. 67 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 1:42 am

  41. 68 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 2:07 am

  42. October 8, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Political hijacking of Justice Department by Trump
    raises cleanup questions for AG Garland

    “Rachel Maddow points out that while the newly released Senate Judiciary Committee interim report on the investigation into Donald Trump’s pressure on the DOJ to help him overturn his 2020 election loss has a clear focus on one particular scheme, it also shows other high ranking officials acquiescing to Trump’s political requests, raising the question of how Attorney General Merrick Garland will hold those officials accountable for abusing their positions. “

  43. October 8, 2021 at 9:10 am

    SUBVERTING JUSTICE:

    How The Former President And His Allies Pressured DOJ To Overturn The 2020 Election

    (https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Interim%20Staff%20Report%20FINAL.pdf)

  44. October 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

    18 U.S. Code § 610 – Coercion of political activity

    “It shall be unlawful
    for any person to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, any employee of the Federal Government as defined in section 7322(1) of title 5, United States Code,
    to engage in, or not to engage in, any political activity, including, but not limited to, voting or refusing to vote for any candidate or measure in any election, making or refusing to make any political contribution, or working or refusing to work on behalf of any candidate. Any person who violates this section shall be fined
    under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

  45. October 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Neal Katyal,
    fmr Principle Deputy Solicitor General for the U.S.

    (In the republican staff report): “Grassley argues that Donald Trump couldn’t have been that bad because he didn’t go through with firing Attorney General Rosen and installing Jeff Clark.
    But the only reason that happened was is because there was a “murder- suicide pact” of everyone at the Justice Department to mass resign if Trump tried to pull that stunt.”

    “The report today isolates a case for a violation of 18 USC 610 which is the Coercion of Political Activity,
    that it’s a crime to coerce government officials to engage in political acts. And I’m not saying that necessarily happened. I am saying that the evidence in the report is a deep cry for an investigation by law enforcement with law enforcement tools behind them.”

  46. 74 amk for obama
    October 8, 2021 at 9:55 am

    If not for the rethugs, the rate would have been 97% for the entire US given the stockpile of vaccines.

  47. October 8, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Federal Judge Pauses Strict Texas Law Banning Most Abortions
    “A sharply worded ruling sided with the Justice Department, which sued to block the measure last month after the Supreme Court declined to intervene.”
    (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/06/us/politics/texas-abortion-law.html)

    Nancy Northrup,
    President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights,
    to Chris Hayes:
    “It is a beautiful decision by Judge Pittman. He makes very clear in those 100-plus pages that it is a blatantly unconstitutional law. It is a devious scheme that Texas set up and that it can`t just deputize other people to do its work and get away with it. So, it`s very carefully reasoned.
    It goes through every argument that the state of Texas makes and rejects it.”

  48. October 8, 2021 at 11:33 am

    July 2020:
    “Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming abortion case”
    https://www.businessinsider.com/mississippi-asks-supreme-court-to-overturn-roe-v-wade-abortion-2021-7

  49. October 8, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Ali Alexander, far-right activist:
    “I was the person who came up with the January 6th idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks, and then Congressman Andy Biggs.”
    (Reidout)

    Ways Congress can enforce subpoenas if the 3 trump stooges ignore them:
    Glenn Kirschner, American attorney and former U.S. Army prosecutor:

    “Well there are 3 vehicles for Congress to enforce its subpoenas.
    Civil enforcement: I would say let’s just throw that one out because that’s what they tried with Don McGahn. And he ran out the clock for more than 2 years and he was never compelled by a court to testify. He ultimately negotiated some very favorable terms behind closed doors testimony.

    That leaves two alternatives:
    One, criminal contempt. What the Congress can do is vote out a contempt against the witness who fails to appear and refer it to the Department of Justice.

    And then the law says that the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia “Has a duty to present the matter to the grand jury for its action”. What does that action look like? A criminal indictment for contempt of Congress.
    And that can be used as a vehicle to force a witness to testify or send him to prison for a year if he declines.

    The 3rd option that I hope Congress will seriously consider is its inherent power of contempt.
    It was last used in the 1920s and ’30s, used successfully by Congress. And the Supreme Court has affirmed that it’s a lawful tool in Congress’ toolbox. When it comes to a guy like Steve Bannon who there can be no claim of executive privilege for, he left the (trump) administration in August of 2017. I hope Congress seriously considers using its power of inherent contempt and force him to testify.
    Because not all contemptuous witnesses are made equal.”

  50. October 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Op-Ed: Words to fight the many faces of tyranny
    (Timothy Snyder)

    Begins:
    “It was one of those uncanny nights when everything blurs and then clarifies. It was July 20, 2017, and my family had just arrived in Warsaw. A protest march was underway in defense of an independent judiciary, so we joined it.

    As the march proceeded down a long boulevard toward the presidential palace, I put my daughter, then 5, on my shoulders. The route was long, and I had just about given up when a bicycle taxi appeared and gave us a ride, for free, to the edge of the woods around the palace. Now in the dark, we walked hand in hand through the trees toward a voice I heard projected by microphone.

    I had a dreamy sense that the words were familiar: a protester, I realized, was reading aloud from a Polish translation of my book “On Tyranny: Lessons From the Twentieth Century,” which had been published a few months earlier. It was lesson No. 2, “defend institutions.”

    Full: (https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-10-03/lessons-on-tyranny-timothy-snyder-op-ed)

  51. October 8, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Pandora Papers:
    Massive Leak Exposes How Elite Shield Their Wealth & Avoid Taxes in Colonial Legacy

    “The Pandora Papers, described as “the world’s largest-ever journalistic collaboration,”
    have revealed the secret financial dealings of the world’s richest and most powerful people.
    “We’ve uncovered a system that benefits a few at the expense of the many,” says Ben Hallman,
    senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who details some of the project’s main revelations so far.

    We also speak with Vanessa Ogle, professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert on tax havens, who says the growth of tax havens like the Bahamas and Switzerland
    is directly linked to wealth extraction from the developing world.

    “The seed money for the expansion of these tax havens comes out of the colonial world,” she explains.
    (https://www.democracynow.org/2021/10/5/pandora_papers_leak_global_elite)

  52. 80 ggail44
    October 8, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Good West Coast Fri-YaY morning Nerdy and TOD family!!!

    And in other good news!

  53. October 8, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    This is the rising star …in full view that hardly anyone notices

  54. 84 Dudette
    October 8, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Yo Yo Ma!




    Btw, his instagram is great!

  55. 86 Dudette
    October 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm

  56. 87 Dudette
    October 8, 2021 at 1:35 pm

  57. 88 jer44
    October 8, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    SOON: President Biden delivers remarks on protections for national monuments.

    • October 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      Glenn Kirschner, legal analysit:

      That leaves two alternatives:
      One, criminal contempt. What the Congress can do is vote out a contempt against the witness who fails to appear and refer it to the Department of Justice.

      And then the law says that the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia “Has a duty to present the matter to the grand jury for its action”. What does that action look like? A criminal indictment for contempt of Congress.

      And that can be used as a vehicle to force a witness to testify or send him to prison for a year if he declines.

      The 3rd option that I hope Congress will seriously consider is its inherent power of contempt.

      It was last used in the 1920s and ’30s, used successfully by Congress. And the Supreme Court has affirmed that it’s a lawful tool in Congress’ toolbox. When it comes to a guy like Steve Bannon who there can be no claim of executive privilege for, he left the (trump) administration in August of 2017. I hope Congress seriously considers using its power of inherent contempt and force him to testify.
      Because not all contemptuous witnesses are made equal.”

      —-Dems act in this narrow window to save our future.
      —-Donald Trump only cares about winning by any possible means. Cut him off this time!

  58. October 8, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Biden to restore protections for three national monuments
    (see video from today above!):

    “Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments on Friday, the Biden administration announced Thursday. The three monuments’ protections had been scaled back during the Trump administration.
    “The President’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the Administration has taken to restore protections to some of America’s most cherished lands and waters, many of which are sacred to Tribal Nations,” the White House said in a memo announcing the decision.

    The statement cited national monument conservation as a key component of improving climate change, public health, the economy and wildlife preservation.”

    (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-restore-three-national-monuments/)

    • October 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      —–Wow trump had diminished the size of Bears Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by 50%.
      President Biden is restoring these monuments to the original. Bears Ears and Esclante, highly significant paleonotological and culture resources, will again be fully protected, as established by the Obama administration in 2016. Fab T-Rex skull shown in this article was found north of the Rainbows and Unicorns Quarry on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah in 2019.

  59. October 8, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
    “Deep in the oceans exist some of the world’s oldest and most mysterious sea canyons and mountains, or seamounts.”
    (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/new-england-mid-atlantic/habitat-conservation/northeast-canyons-and-seamounts-marine-national)

  60. October 8, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Summary of the Inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa

    “Summary of some of the events for the Inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa, including at Parliament Hill featuring “Little Bones” by Moose Cree First Nation’s Shibastik and Doug George-Kanentiio,
    a journalist and author from Akwesasne who survived the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont. The University of Ottawa held space for people to write in light of Orange Shirt Day where a Rwandese mother and daughter reflect.

    At Beechwood Cemetary, ‘Project of Heart’ showcased 57,000 pieces created by students across Canada in commemoration of those who survived and lost in Residential Schools. This was supported by a tour by the Indigenous youth group Assembly of Seven Generations which included the grave of Dr. Peter Bryce, an early whistleblower to the injustices in the Indian Residential Schools where in 1922 wrote “The National Crime.”

    Speaking of 4 calls to action Doug George-Kanentiio adds:
    “Every residential school site — all 130 of them — has to be declared a criminal site, a place were the most grievous crimes were brought to bear upon those children. Every site has to be protected,” George-Kanentiio said as the crowd cheered in agreement.

    “Anyone who took part in the abuse of those children has to be held liable under the criminal laws of Canada,” he continued. “Age is not an excuse. Age is not a defense. Age is not a cover.”

  61. October 8, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Aki no yo wo/ Uchikuzushitaru/ Hanashi kana

    秋の夜を 打ち崩したる 咄かな

    In the autumn night,

    breaking into

    a pleasant chat.

    (Basho)

    —-We’re here. Happy friday to all !!

  62. 96 Dudette
    October 8, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Monday is Indigenous People’s Day

  63. 97 Dudette
    October 8, 2021 at 5:09 pm

  64. 98 jer44
    October 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

  65. 99 Nerdy Wonka
    October 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    New post.

    Ada Twist


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