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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3225 on: July 08, 2019, 02:12:30 PM »
I hadn't seen this March 9th Time Magazine cover, but it still applies,
even though there are only 15 candidates peering in the window and
not 25 like there are now! (And two of those in this window ultimately
decided not to run, Bloomberg and Abrams.)



Kind of fun to look at that and put names to the faces.  :)

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3226 on: July 14, 2019, 08:11:33 AM »
Historical aquaculture site receives UN World Heritage protection for its Aboriginal cultural importance

Thousands of years ago a volcano in Victoria’s south-west erupted, forming a lava flow eight kilometres wide and 18 kilometres long.  Over many generations an extraordinary freshwater aquaculture system was engineered in this landscape.

Located within the Country of the Gunditjmara, an Aboriginal nation in the southwest of Victoria, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape includes the Budj Bim Volcano and Tae Rak (Lake Condah), as well as the Kurtonitj component (characterized by wetland swamps), and Tyrendarra (an area of rocky ridges and large marshes) in the south.

The volcanic lava flows, which connect these components, enabled the Gunditjmara to develop one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks in the world. Composed of a complex system of channels, dams and weirs, they are used to contain floodwaters and create basins to trap, store and harvest the kooyang eel (Anguilla australis), which has provided the population with an economic and social base for six millennia.

The significance of that aquaculture system—created 6600 years ago and in continuous use ever since by the Gunditjmara people—has been recognised by the United Nations following a decades-long campaign by the local Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation.



The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape has been recognised for its sophisticated aquaculture system that manipulated water flows and ensured eels could be harvested throughout the year. It also highlighted indigenous peoples’ commitment to agriculture, farming and biodiversity.

Placing the area on the United Nations heritage list will challenge the common perception that Australia’s first people were nomadic hunter-gatherers. Instead, the site shows a far more complex Aboriginal economy and lifestyle where people actively intervened in and managed the productivity of the country.

This is the first Australian World Heritage site to be listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values, and the first time an indigenous-led application has been submitted and succeeded globally, hopefully setting a precedent internationally for other groups to follow.


https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1577
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/budj-bim-aboriginal-site-in-western-victoria-added-to-world-heritage-list-20190706-p524sa.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/07/budj-bim-indigenous-eel-trap-site-added-to-world-heritage-list
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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3227 on: July 15, 2019, 11:10:45 AM »
As much as I hate to say this, I'm afraid the Fake President was correct when he told those Representatives that they came from a country whose government is "a complete and total catastrophe." Three out of the four of them were born right here in the United States.

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3228 on: July 15, 2019, 02:27:18 PM »

Bravo, Jeff!

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3229 on: July 15, 2019, 04:47:49 PM »
As much as I hate to say this, I'm afraid the Fake President was correct when he told those Representatives that they came from a country whose government is "a complete and total catastrophe." Three out of the four of them were born right here in the United States.

Bravo, Jeff!

Thank you, Lyle. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard the quote.  ;D

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3230 on: Yesterday at 11:39:01 AM »
^^^

The nightly talk shows have mostly been off in reruns the last two weeks. Stephen Colbert last night came back and just lambasted the President. At one point he showed a clip of the President when he was talking about the 4 Congresswomen mentioned above, talking about them being unhappy and complaining.

Trump (concluding): "But if you're not happy you can leave."

Colbert: Oh shut up. (audience cheers) I'm sorry, my mom told me not to say that. My mom told me not to say that. But, come on! Nobody complains about America more than you do. You cranky old nut lid. Everything in your life has been handed to you on a silver platter and yet, you, every other word out of your mouth is a tantrum that would get a toddler dragged out of a ball pit. You complain about everything. You don't like Bette Midler. Who doesn't like Bette Midler? The Divine Miss M. The wind beneath our wings. If someone is leaving this country it should be you. (audience cheers) And, if you're looking for a new home, might I suggest that you go to hell. (STANDING OVATION.)

The GOP Reacts (And Doesn't) To Trump's Racist Tweets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEfJvjh_S60

I have noticed lately, not just me, but people around me and people I don't know, are all just feeling, well, just overwhelmed with the news, particularly and obviously about Trump and his administration and the Republican party who is licking his a-hole. People are really beginning to seemingly come to a boiling point. The orange cretin is ratcheting up his idiocy and attacks and I fear we're coming to some kind of boiling point. It's only going to get worse as the election campaign comes more and more into focus.

After I watched Colbert I took a step back and thought about it. Can you imagine at any other time when a network talk show host would come out and show a clip of any president and then say "Oh shut up." And later suggest he "go to hell." And yet it feels so right. Maybe because these shows have been off for the last two weeks, but they do provide a release for what a lot of people are feeling.

That "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," feelings.

The other night as I was watching some news program about the gargoyle in the White House the reporter started by saying, "There are 495 days left in the Trump administration..." and I felt so overwhelmed with futility. Each second of this administration feels like a root canal and 495 days more sounds like a millennium. And even now because of the inattention to other countries meddling in our elections and the flagrant stupidity of so many voters, who can be sure that will be the end of it? A friend of mine who is from Illinois has been telling me about arguing with some relatives of his who are posting this insane right wing trash online and he's been calling them out on it because he says "I'm not putting up with their stupidity any more."

And I was reading something in the L.A. Times and noticed some Letters to the Editor talking about the piece written about Trump's July 4th speech and I noticed a letter from someone in my city, West Hollywood. This woman wrote:

It is true that Trump is not a good speaker. The point is, my talent is feeling the wonder of a good and kind heart — and Trump has a great heart. He may not be a good speaker, but he loves America.
Elaine Vanoff, West Hollywood

How do you have any hope when you read things like that?

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3231 on: Yesterday at 12:27:47 PM »
I am no fan of Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Pat Toomey, but even he said that the citizenship of the Squad is as good as his own.

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #3232 on: Yesterday at 12:34:15 PM »
A friend of mine who is from Illinois has been telling me about arguing with some relatives of his who are posting this insane right wing trash online and he's been calling them out on it because he says "I'm not putting up with their stupidity any more."

And I was reading something in the L.A. Times and noticed some Letters to the Editor talking about the piece written about Trump's July 4th speech and I noticed a letter from someone in my city, West Hollywood. This woman wrote:

It is true that Trump is not a good speaker. The point is, my talent is feeling the wonder of a good and kind heart — and Trump has a great heart. He may not be a good speaker, but he loves America.
Elaine Vanoff, West Hollywood

How do you have any hope when you read things like that?

You know I don't. I hope your friend in Illinois feels better for calling out his ignorant relatives that way, but I'm afraid making him feel better is about all the good it's going to do. Those people have Teflon suits. Nothing he says will have any effect on them, and they'll just go on voting for the Cretin-in-Chief.