CORONAVIRUS! Part 42 (Tues-Wed-Thurs)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 42 (Tues-Wed-Thurs)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

THIS JUST IN: (and who said “Hurricane in June?”)
Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.
It becomes the earliest third named Atlantic storm on record.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL! 

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Trump was rebuked by the Episcopalian Church yesterday and the Catholic Church today. He used the Episcopalian Church and “a bible” and the Pope John Paul II Statue for partisan politics and a Photo Op today.

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

THANK YOU JIMMY KIMMEL! 

And ICE-T rebuked him too.

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ICE-T says FUCK YOU TRUMP!

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

 

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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AND FUCK YOU TOO MEGHAN MCCAIN!

WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

We did have to venture out and leave the house today to go to the doctor.
We worked out the telephone appointment problem and talked to a doctor on the phone yesterday. We scheduled an in-person appointment after we spoke. We drove over to the office at 1:00pm today and saw the doctor and had blood drawn at the lab.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN OUR LAST VISIT TO THE DOCTOR (at the beginning of March).
We parked, and we were screened by a ten of nurses as we entered the lobby of the building. They checked our temperature and asked us questions, and then we got a sticker! We rode up the elevator alone. We were in the huge waiting room with only one other person and the administrative person (and there was a plexiglass wall between us). We were greeted by the nurse, blood pressure, temp, weight, Everything Was Great!
We spent 30 minutes with the doctor, and had a visual and then a physical exam. We talked and it was so much better than the last visit with our regular doctor. He was out of the office all week, so they cancelled our phone appointment with him, and it turned out to be a great thing! So we went to the lab and there was only one other person there with us and the nurse/lab tech. She checked us in and then drew 6 vials of blood. We didn’t eat all day, no food, no drink, our fast starting at midnight, and we only drank water until after our lab appointment.

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The Doctor’s Office

NOTE: We really weren’t prepared for how many people were out and driving around at 1:00pm in the afternoon today! We drove on the 405 and the 101 freeways for the first time in a long time. There was actual traffic and businesses were OPEN. Many had nice big new banners to advertise the fact that they were OPEN. And we drove into Van Nuys and saw some of the damage after our appointment. A lot of graffiti, merchants cleaning up and boarding up, and today most merchants with plate glass windows who hadn’t been boarded up, were boarding up their storefronts, and not taking any chances.
The Police can’t protect you or your property when they are busy somewhere else.

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Peaceful Protest at the Mayor’s Home (and Garcetti’s not home)

NO SOCIAL DISTANCING GOING ON HERE! And just think what it’s like inside the Sheriff’s buses taking everyone to jail…. they keep them sitting together for hours.

WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

High Speed Pursuit!
California Highway Patrol chasing down alleged LOOTERS.

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It must suck to know you’re going to jail tonight.
This is in Hollywood, California, right now.

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It must suck to know you’re going to jail tonight…

They blocked off Van Ness (and a lot of other streets after 7pm and trapped the curfew breakers. Some ran onto the roof. Anyone still on the street is being arrested now and the vehicles will be impounded. LAPD is not playing tonight.

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Waiting on the roof to be arrested….

LAPD SWAT on the rooftop and everyone goes to lockup.
They cut away for the actual rooftop raid…
MEDIA is working with LAPD so you don’t see the actual police work, just a big show of force. And the media helicopters either keep losing their signal or they are blackingout their picture. One air reporter called it the “TV Wall” – so there is censorship happening.

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LAPD SWAT on the rooftop

 

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Pit Maneuver! End of Another High Speed Pursuit!

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6:10pm: We have not slept.

We made some food. You’ve heard of “pigs in a blanket”?
Well we made “Hogs in a Comforter” with hot dogs and tube biscuits.
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We took a bath. A REAL BATH. A nice long bath.
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We drank some water, gatorade, and cran-raspberry-orange juice.

7:30am: FUCK THE NETWORK MORNING NEWS!
And then there were happy smiley full of shit jerkoffs.
Everything is not okay. Happy moments from the protest marches.
Nevermind the Police Brutality or lack of Police response to the looting.
ARREST THE LOOTERS NOT THE PROTESTERS!
AND THEN WE WON’T NEED A CURFEW TO CONTROL THE POPULATION!
BUT THAT IS THE ONLY “SOCIAL DISTANCING” ANYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!
HOLY SHIT! THERE IS A CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC,
IT IS SPREADING, IT KILLS PEOPLE, AND THERE IS NO CURE!
So we turned to CNN’s talking heads and “on the scene” reporters,
and they are debating whether the military should be involved.

The dogs were fed breakfast and supper. We got the newspapers and the mail.
We scooped the dog poop and groomed the Little Boy and the Little Girl.
We did laundry.

There was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake near Ridgecrest, California. We laid down to nap and fell asleep, and we didn’t wake up until after it happened. And then we checked Facebook and everyone had posted about it.

Accident! Just before 10pm,
LAPD cruiser T-Boned a Tow Truck at full speed and 8 people were injured, 2 critically. They needed the “jaws of life” to get the officer in the passenger seat out of the car.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 LAS VEGAS RE-OPENS TODAY!

The D Hotel and Casino Las and Golden Gate Casino in Las Vegas opened at midnight! Other hotel and casinos will also open for business this week. “Some casinos will have curbside pickup, where you can just drop off your money without going inside.”

Sometimes you need three spicy beef tacos at one in the morning.
On The Menu: 4 spicy beef soft tacos
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And we eventually finally fell asleep. We have not been sleeping, and when we do, we are not sleeping well with good reasons.

10:30am: We fed the dogs and went outside. We got the newspapers and brought in the trashcans. We are doing another load of laundry. And we are drinking an iced espresso.

Brunch at 1:00pm!
On The Menu:
 Scrambled eggs, bacon, a quesadilla, with orange juice and an iced espresso to drink.
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We took a short nap.

Dinner at 10pm.
On The Menu: NY Steak, broccoli, mini-croissants, and a mango nectar drink
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And we ate, surfed the interweb, and fell asleep for a little while, and woke up again after midnight and then we were up all night on the interweb retweeting and blogging….
so it’s actually Friday at 5:45am now.

NOTE: A jet just flew over the house! 5:45am arrival, after almost no air traffic for two months. We also saw a couple private jets departing for parts unknown yesterday. Probably “high-rollers” going to Las Vegas since the hotel owners launched a huge public relations campaign about the re-opening of the casinos.

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Las Vegas is Open!

58000+ Reported Cases and 2500+ Reported Deaths in Los Angeles County!
118000+ Reported Cases and 4360+ Reported Deaths in California!
1900000+ Reported Cases and 109000+ Reported Deaths in the United States!

THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF 109000+ UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!

WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

NOTE:  if you TEXT 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE – teens, adults, etc. – who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.

Read our previous Blog Post “Depression? Questions to Ask – Before Giving Up” > https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/depression-questions-to-ask-before-giving-up/

Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health has a collection of FREE guided meditations to reduce stress, and also FREE sleep and movement exercises at headspace.com/lacounty or contact them at DMH.LACounty.gov
Phone number: 800-854-7771

***GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App

City of Los Angeles “Safer-At-Home”> coronavirus.lacity.org

California Senior Citizen Help Hotline: 1-833-544-2374
Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone*.
❤️

 



 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 41 – #BlackoutTuesday

CORONAVIRUS! Part 41 – #BlackoutTuesday

Tuesday, June 2, 2002

BLACKOUT TUESDAY TODAY!

WARNING: I’m going to talk politics, civil rights, racism, police brutality, abuse of power, abuse of power under color of authority, murder, First Amendment, and personal freedom in this post. If you don’t like it. Don’t read it.

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Police brutality and/or Police Violence is a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a civilian. Including, but not limited to, physical and/or verbal harassment, physical and/or mental injury, property damage, and DEATH.

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All men (and women) are created equal.
The Constitution, the First Amendment and Personal Freedom are under attack!

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – the Preamble of the Constitution

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Trayvon Martin RIP

February 26, 2012: Trayvon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African-American man from Miami Gardens, Florida. He was fatally shot and murdered by George Zimmerman.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

The First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits any law abridging freedom of speech, infringing on freedom of the press, interfering with right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting petitioning for a redress of grievances. (and there’s also something about religion too)

“Article I – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (The First Amendment)

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“I Can’t Breathe” – George Floyd  / “I Can’t Breathe” – Eric Garner

GEORGE FLOYD AND ERIC GARNER WERE MURDERED BY POLICE OFFICERS!

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George Floyd’s Last Words

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FTP! FUDT! FINGERS UP FOR TRUMP! FU TRUMP! FUCK TRUMP!
THE LIAR AND THIEF IS A RACIST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST!

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Secret Service rushed #BunkerBoy Trump to the White House basement on Friday night as protesters gathered outside!

STOP POLICE BRUTALITY! STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM!
STOP KILLING UNARMED BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE!
STOP RIOTING AND LOOTING! STOP BURNING THINGS!

“I just want to say – you know – can we all get along?
Can we, can we get along?”
– Rodney King RIP
on May 1, 1992

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August 9, 2014: Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old unarmed African American man, was fatally shot six times (Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets) and murdered in broad daylight by 28-year-old white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.

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Michael Brown RIP

WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGE!

African-American Teenager Michael Brown Killed by Caucasian Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (Do you think this image should be censored on CNN?)

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Michael Brown RIP August 9, 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri

#BLACKOUTUESDAY

READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOG “CORONAVIRUS! Part 38 – I Can’t Breathe”>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/coronavirus-part-38-i-cant-breathe-hands-up-dont-shoot-continued/

READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOG “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”> https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/hands-up-dont-shoot/

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PEACE AND JUSTICE NOW!

“May the Four Winds blow them safely home.”




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I have privilege as a white person because
I can do most of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding (ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (BothemSean and AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (JonathanFerrell and RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (AltonSterling)
I can sleep (AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (TamirRice)
I can go to church (Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (AmadouDiallo)
I can run (WalterScott)
I can breathe (EricGarner)
I can live (FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED* (GeorgeFloyd)
White privilege is real.
Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today.

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Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration



UPDATED: Did you hear what happened in Boston?
In Boston, during a verbal dispute, an unarmed teenage boy was forcefully hit in the head with the butt of a weapon by local law enforcement.
Word of the incident spread quickly, and a large number of locals gathered in the street where the incident had happened to protest almost immediately.
As the crowd grew, angry protesters shouted slogans; some business owners, fearing property damage, shut their doors. The local authorities called for uniformed backup; backup came, well-armed.
The assembly was deemed “unlawful,” and the crowd was ordered to disperse. The protesters began to throw dirt clods in response.
In response, multiple uniformed law enforcers fired on the crowd. The first protester to die was a black man and the authorities justified the shooting by claiming that they “feared for their lives.”
Scroll down to read the most intense part…





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THE BOSTON MASSACRE 1770

The above events happened in the year 1770, the authorities were British soldiers, the protest would later be called the Boston Massacre, and the first protester killed in that conflict was Crispus Attucks, a black man considered by many to be a heroic American patriot and the first casualty of the American Revolution.
If, while reading this story, you found yourself siding with the authorities and thinking that the protesters should have dispersed when ordered, and/or that the protesters armed with dirt and sticks deserved to be met with deadly force by armed law enforcement, be aware that you chose the side of the tyrant King George III, not the American patriots.
Ponder that.



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WTF? June 1. 2020 at the Lincoln Memorial WTF?

This is what we’re up against. This is who they are:
POLICE BRUTALITY AND POLICE VIOLENCE IS AN EVERYDAY REALITY!
Everyone has a camera! Everyone is watching now! 

Austin police have killed a young man by shooting him in the head with bird shot rounds wrapped in cloth, and continued to shoot the medics carrying his body. They shot a known pregnant woman in the stomach, then stormed and abducted her from a medic tent. They maced young children during a peaceful daytime protest.

Detroit police have brutally beaten, tear gassed and arrested my friends peacefully protesting. A curfew is set from 8pm to 5am city wide.

Rockford police dragged people from their cars and beat them last night.

Minneapolis police shot at people filming them on their own balconies.
Los Angeles Sheriffs also shot at people filming them from their homes.

An NYPD officer called a woman a “fucking bitch” and threw her on the ground. She went into a seizure and had to go to the emergency room. Then more New York cops rammed into crowds of protesters with their cars.

An Atlanta couple last night had their tires slashed, windows broken, and were dragged out of their car and tazed.

Chicago police announced a curfew and then raised the bridges out of downtown. Demonstrators were trapped and at the utter mercy of CPD roundups. A police supervisor ordered on the radio, “Gas ’em all.” Over 1,000 people have been arrested.

Everywhere, journalists are being indiscriminately targeted and arrested. A Minneapolis photojournalist is blinded permanently in one eye after being hit by a less lethal round.

They’ve maced children. They’ve torn off a woman’s hijab. They’re turning off their body cameras and hiding their badge numbers.

This is just what’s been documented. Imagine what hasn’t been.

The true nature of American policing has been revealed for the world to see. I have never seen brutality on such a massive scale. They don’t care if you’re peaceful. They don’t care if they’re on camera.

Black and brown youth are the leaders on the ground. They are the leaders of our future. Black and brown youth are the people who are bleeding, getting beaten, and being thrown into jail. This is trauma that will last their whole lives.

To the bail funds. To the phone lines to demand release. We have to protect our people.

If you’re going out there again please, and I beg you, be safe.

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Long Beach, California

NOTE: The camera angle makes it look like he’s pointing at the little girl, he’s actually threatening innocent protesters. We wouldn’t want you to think the Long Beach Police would shoot a small child.



Your black friend is trying to be ok.
Your Black friend in the past 30 days has watched a Black man get shot dead while jogging (Ahmaud Arbery), a Black woman get shot dead while sleeping (Breona Taylor), and the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Your Black friend has also listened to the President of the United States use segregationist words as a veiled threat.
Your Black friend is trying to be ok.
Please don’t ask us about the looting.
Please don’t chastise us about the rioting.
Please don’t tell us that all lives matter.
Please don’t minimize our fear.
Please don’t bring up Black on Black crime.
Please don’t ask “What about Chicago?”
Please don’t say “if you’d just act like (A Wildly Successful Black Person… Usually Oprah, Obama, Colin Powell, Denzel or Will Smith)”. Please don’t judge us
Your Black friend is trying to be ok.
Listen to your Black friend.
Empathize with your Black friend.
Support your Black friend.
Pray for your Black friend.
Just let your Black friend know you really care.
Your Black friend will remember who truly had their back during this difficult time. They will remember who was more concerned about a looted Target. They will remember you posting a thinly veiled and racially offensive meme. They will remember you calling looters “Savages”. They will remember your silence about their Black life and the Black Lives of others.
It’s real easy.

Do whatever you can to help your Black friend out because your Black friend is trying to be ok…..

DO YOU HAVE A BLACK FRIEND? DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE BLACK FRIEND?

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#BlackoutTuesday



Updated June 4, 2020:

One of the men accused of murdering unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in the US state of Georgia used a racial slur after shooting him, a court has heard. A Georgia state investigator said Travis McMichael used the slur and an expletive as Mr Arbery lay on the ground. Mr Arbery was jogging when he was chased down by Mr McMichael and his father in Brunswick in February. The case caused widespread outrage after footage was leaked online. Travis and Gregory McMichael are facing murder charges. Another man, William Bryan, faces charges of murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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VOTE BLUE! VOTE BIDEN 2020! VOTE!
And VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET TOO!

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BOYCOTT! DO NOT BUY! BOYCOTT!

And here’s a new warning, and it’s not just for protesters:

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#BAITBRICKS

 



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UPDATED Friday, June 19, 2020 

It’s no accident that:

You learned about Helen Keller instead of W.E.B. DuBois

You learned about the Watts and L.A. Riots, but not Tulsa or Wilmington.

You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.

You learned about black ghettos, but not about Black Wall Street.

You learned about the New Deal, but not “red lining.”

You learned about Tommie Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the next day and stripped of his medals.

You learned about “black crime,” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.

You learned about “states rights” as the cause of the Civil War, but not that slavery was mentioned 80 times in the articles of secession.

Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.

Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.

You have a choice.

Happy Juneteenth!

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Happy Juneteenth! June 19, 2020!



 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 40 (RED MONDAY)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 40

Monday, June 1, 2020 (RED MONDAY)

Rabbit. Rabbit.
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HAPPY MONDAY! Good Morning! Are the fires out yet?
You’d hardly know this country was burning all weekend.

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Los Angeles County remain under CURFEW from 6:00pm – 6:00am
Other areas have curfews at 1:00pm and 4:00pm today (like Santa Monica)

“Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive
I’m just glad to be here happy to be alive”
– The Traveling Wilburys

BlackLivesMatters cancelled a planned protest in the Hollywood area, but there are protests happening in other locations around town and in Southern California.

We woke up and fed the dogs. And we went outside a few times.
And we got the newspapers, the mail, and the morning deliveries.
And we took a shower. And we cleaned the bathtub…. for a bath later.

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We ate a couple English muffins with peanut butter and raspberry jam
and drank two cups of espresso with MochaMix. It’s around 2:00pm already.

FUCKERY OF THE DAY:
We tried to get a rescheduled phone appointment with our Doctor who cancelled on us yesterday… actually they called us again, and they gave us a phone appointment with a different Doctor, who we have never seen or even met, and he tried to call us from a blocked private number, so it went to voicemail, and we didn’t get a call.
So now we are waiting for the appointment people to call us back so we can reschedule the call we missed because they didn’t tell us the Doctor would be calling from his home.
And we changed the setting on our phone, pretty much guaranteeing we’ll get called from idiots who can’t figure out an area code or keypad.

And the construction continues…. hammering, nail guns, heavy equipment, backup alarms (BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP) and a lot of yelling in Spanish.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED
and FUCKERY OF THE DAY WENT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!

Protesters at the White House were tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and beaten by Park Police and Uniformed Secret Service with help from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police without warning so Trump could make an insane fascist speech and “dominate the streets” for a ridiculous Photo Op holding a bible upside-down at the church across the street.

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TRUMP WILL VIOLATE YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS FOR A PHOTO OP!
(ps. You’re holding the Bible upside down Donny)

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Hitler and Twitler, the Twitter Troll

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To trespass on church property, for a publicity stunt.

TRUMP CREATED AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT WHEN PARK POLICE ATTACKED THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS! A news crew from Australia was attacked without cause like other members of the media and the peaceful protesters they were reporting on so Trump could have a Photo Op! This is a clear violation of United States civil rights and the First Amendment. He also used the Church and the Bible for partisan politics.

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Some Police Departments DID NOT get the message.

We have seen horrible pictures of severe injuries to peaceful protesters caused by rubber bullets, pepper balls, and tear gas canisters, which we don’t want to share here. And  WHY DO ALL THESE POLICE DEPARTMENTS HAVE MILITARY ASSAULT UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT AND ENDLESS ROUNDS OF TEARGAS TO USE ON PEOPLE WHEN SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES OR PPE? 

And there was a protest in Hollywood and one in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley, even though they were supposed to be cancelled…. and so there was LOOTING in Hollywood and Van Nuys too. The Los Angeles Police Department adjusted their tactics and arrested a lot of the looters, along with any protester out after curfew. There was a lot of damage, and a couple fires, but after five days they finally figured out how to close the streets to trap them. But they still caused a lot of damage and loss today.

They’re looting the Gower Gulch Rite Aid in Hollywood on TV!
Cops arrived fast, just the organized gang folks got stuff.
Really funny when the cops show up and there are people coming out the door.

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Looters at the Rite-Aid at Gower Gulch in Hollywood

Don’t be inside when the cops arrive. Looters got arrested at last! The police were able to catch people inside businesses and they were ready to go after them Monday, instead of letting them run wild and destroy with impunity.

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Suspects in Custody after TWO High Speed Pursuits Tonight!

LAPD is tracking and chasing down looters – second pursuit tonight!
They are trapping the looters, stopping them in their cars, searching them for stolen property, making arrests and impounding their vehicles.
They are also arresting anyone on the streets.

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Looters and Their Vehicles in LAPD Custody in Hollywood!

How long can they hold this country under Curfew?
The protests will continue and will increase in size and frequency!
The anger only escalates as Trump incites violence and chaos in our streets.
ATTACKING PROTESTERS WILL NOT DE-ESCALATE THE ANGER!

White Supremacists and Outside Instigators have been identified within the protests, and bad elements are using the events as cover for their criminal behavior. There are also people questioning whether piles of bricks are being placed to provide ammo so the authorities can move in on protesters and label them as violent.

‘Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Illinois, was taken into custody on Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He’s been charged with civil disorder, possession of unregistered explosives, and participating in and organizing riots….The federal complaint against Rupert cites videos that he live-streamed on Facebook in which he brags about renting hotel rooms in Minneapolis and rioting. In one video cited in the complaint, Rupert is allegedly seen handing out explosives and encouraging protesters to throw them at police.” – VICE.COM

AND PEOPLE ARE STILL SICK! AND THEY ARE NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL!

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!
Will there be a SPIKE after the protests? OF COURSE!
No Social Distancing! So many people without masks in close contact!
Police and protesters exposing each other, confined prisoners held for arrest, police lined up next to each other…. THEY ARE ALL GOING TO BE SICK IN 2-14 DAYS!
Cases were already increasing with the premature “re-opening”, and now this.

As of Tuesday June 2, 2020:
54900+ Reported Cases and 2350+ Reported Deaths in Los Angeles County
4250+ Reported Deaths in California
107000+ Reported Deaths in the United States
371000+ Reported Death Worldwide

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377000+ Reported DEATHS as of Tuesday, June 2, 202

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PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM “ANTIFA”
IN RESPONSE TO THE THREATS ISSUED BY
UNITED STATES PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

Dear Mr. Trump:
Let us be perfectly clear:
“Antifa” isn’t an organization.
There’s no membership, no meetings, no dues, no rules, no leaders, no structure. It is, literally, an idea and nothing more.
Even the claim of this author to represent “Antifa” is one made unilaterally for the purposes of this communication and nothing more;
there is no governing body nor trademark owner to dispute the author’s right to represent “AntiFa.”
“Antifa” is a neologism constructed from a contraction of the phrase “anti-fascist.”
The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.”
Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
The ostensible president of the United States has, today, openly declared that he is a fascist, and that he intends to turn the military power of the United States into a fascist tool.
Now there is no question,
and we can stop pretending that this man represents anything but the worst in humanity, which his supporters embody. And that is the only effect his words will have.
It will likely be no problem for LEO to identify the author of this document, who also has maintained the “AntiFa” page on Facebook since founding it in 2017.
The author of this document is unconcerned with that inevitability because neither that author, nor this document, has been involved in a crime of any sort in any way.
But, since both the “president” and the media insist on acting as though “AntiFa” is this big, scary organization, the author supposes it’s time for “AntiFa” to make a statement.

Thus:
“AntiFa supports and defends the right of all people to live free from oppressive abuse of power, whether that power is unjustly derived from wealth, status as an employer, or political popularity. Particularly, AntiFa defends and supports the right of oppressed and marginalized people to protest, march, and engage in civil disobedience in pursuit of justice. While it is never our intent to engage in violent or destructive behavior, we cannot and will not take responsibility for telling people how they are allowed to be righteously outraged. We prefer and encourage non-violent action. We also understand that some people just aren’t feeling that nice anymore. Their feelings are entirely justified, and it is neither our role nor our privilege to tell them otherwise.
Mass civil disobedience is what happens when people say they’re hurting and whoever’s hurting them refuses to stop. Stop hurting them. Fix your broken systems.
Get real and meaningful psychological evaluations and background checks – police in some nations have to pass a more stringent test to carry pepper spray than any police department in the US, or the US military, have in place. As a direct and possibly deliberate consequence, our military and paramilitary personnel simply cannot be assumed to be fighting in the interests of the people of this country.
We’ve all seen the photos. This destruction and burning and looting is largely the behavior of outsiders; white people taking advantage of the situation both to enrich themselves by looting under cover of the protests, and to provide excuses for uncontrolled fascist elements within our military and police forces as plausible cover for killing more black, brown, and poor people without fear of sanction.
The so-called “accellerationists” who have committed to ensuring that, any time a marginalized community stands up and demands justice, construct a narrative of criminality and destruction that white bigots and affluent oligarchs who benefit from our broken system to validate their bigotry and injustice retroactively.
They are successful in this for two reasons: because people like you are easily manipulated in your banal, self-serving ignorance, and because people like you are more than happy to passive-aggressively reap the benefits of pretending to believe this destruction is the act of the oppressed.
This game has gone on for decades on an endless loop since the very dawn of the civil rights era, and we the people are saying ‘no more.’”
And that, “President” Trump, is your solution. No more.
Get the dirt out of your law enforcement and your military.
Get the dirt out of your government and administration.
Ideally, resign now and take your VP and cabinet with you; Nancy Pelosi isn’t a great deal of improvement, but she’ll only be president for a few months.
You can’t arrest 100 million of us, sir, and you would be well-advised not to try.
If you think that targeting and “making an example of” the author of this document will get you anywhere, you may rest assured that this author is more than prepared to allow his real name to be used as a rallying cry for justice and civil disobedience from coast to coast.
It is time for you and everyone who thinks like you to understand that whether black, red, brown, white, or any other color, Americans are done living in a nation of empty platitudes and broken promises.
Traditionally, this type of document is accompanied by a list of “demands.”
Here are our demands:
-Universal single payer health care, without regard for citizenship status.
-Universal basic income WITH a federal job guarantee, under which the federal government becomes the “employer of last resort.” Involuntary unemployment is a function of profiteering by fascist capitalist oligarchs who are willing to sacrifice the lives of others for their own enrichment. It must end.
-The abolition of “right to work laws” which do exactly the opposite of ensuring anyone’s right to work.
-Publicly funded higher education.
-Robust and effective social welfare programs to include child care, education, employment training and counseling, parenting skills training, and life skills training including fiscal education.
-A requirement that functional proficiency in media, political, and economic literacy be demonstrated to graduate high school.
-The creation of a publicly funded non-partisan media source to serve as the primary source of government information, to be overseen and managed day to day by a coalition of well-known communicators, political scientists, and other experts in propaganda to strip ALL bias from official information before it is broadcast.
-Federal charges of treason filed against anyone willfully and knowingly attempting to minimize public perception of the impact and risks of the coronavirus.
-Reform of whistleblower laws to ensure they have teeth, and particularly to ensure that a whistleblower, acting in good faith, is not identified to the public, ever.
In the end, Mr. “President,” the simple reality is that “AntiFa” isn’t a thing.
You can’t end it, you can’t arrest it, and you can’t silence it.
Nor, in any decent nation, would the attempt even be made.
“Antifa” means “Anti-Fascism.” The only position that opposes that is fascism. In the end, there is no “organization” that you can “declare terrorists.” You, sir, and yours, are the terrorists, and your victims are done putting up with it. America is not, in spite of having an openly admitted fascist as “president,” a fascist nation.
We’ve had wars about this.
The fascists are 0-2.
Please, Mr. “President” – let’s not try to make it 0-3? Because it will never, ever be 1-2, and none of us wants to see the death toll from your attempt to make it so.
Best Regards, “AntiFa.”

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 38 “I Can’t Breathe!” – “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” continued….

CORONAVIRUS! Part 38
Special Emergency Blog Post!
“I Can’t Breathe!”
“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” continued….

WARNING: I’m going to talk politics, civil rights, racism, police brutality, abuse of power, abuse of power under color of authority, murder, First Amendment, and personal freedom in this post. If you don’t like it. Don’t read it. Just Keep Scrolling.

“I take no responsibility.” ~ Donald Trump on March 13, 2020 

Friday, May 29, 2020

RODNEY KING! RODNEY KING!
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
HANDS UP! DON’T SHOOT! (read our previous Blog Post)
BLACKLIVESMATTER!
“I CAN’T BREATHE!” – George Floyd

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George Floyd is dead. He was murdered on video.
Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin killed him.
Chauvin was aided in this killing by three other Police Officers.

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All four were fired as soon as the footage aired. After three days of protests and three nights of rioting in Minneapolis, Chauvin was finally arrested and charged with 3rd degree Murder and Manslaughter. The other officers have not been arrested yet.

A black CNN reporter and his crew were arrested by Minneapolis Police today.
This was a TARGETED ARREST In a clear violation of the FIRST AMENDMENT!

There are reports that an “Agent Provocateur” may have been involved in smashing windows at the AutoZone and starting the vandalism. And he may have been a Minneapolis Police Office! There are pictures and posts and tweets, so go find the truth.

And Trump Tweeted. Rage tweeting on drugs. He has nothing positive to contribute, just more lies, slander, and self-serving propaganda (while 101000+ US Citizens have died).
Only today, he quoted another WHITE SUPREMACIST RACIST and threatened violence.

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Today’s Disgraceful Trump Tweet:
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” tweeted Trump early Friday morning. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” 

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And Taylor Swift tweeted! And so did a lot of other angry people.

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NOTE: Well, we started watching the protest at about 4:00pm PST and didn’t eat dinner until after midnight because there was so much anger exploding all over the USA to see.

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“The Pinch” in Downtown Los Angeles 5-29-2020

There was a protest in DTLA last night that turned into a six hour riot and looting party. You might not know it, because most of the network TV stations didn’t cover it live on TV, instead to get the real news you had to go online and search. And there were “protests” in many cities besides Minneapolis last night.

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Escaping the LAPD containment through a Construction Site 5-29-2020

Okay kids, the event started before the sunset and went on until long after midnight…. yes there was some reporting and live coverage on network but really? There were 500 LAPD officers in DTLA and it was a tactical clusterf*ck. Six hours after the looting began, there were still cars and Metro buses driving through the chaos. People were running into buildings and through buildings to avoid the police. By the time the cops reponded to a location being looted, the crowd had already moved on. And they left their cop cars unguarded on the streets, so there was massive vandalism to numerous police units! The longer it went on the more people showed up to join in the anarchy, and there was no sense of urgency or coordinated response when the protesters moved onto the freeway early on… after two nights of rioting, why weren’t they prepared for this?
(THIS IS EXACTLY HOW THE 1992 L.A. RIOT STARTED!)

And then SATURDAY HAPPENED. (See our next Blog Post)

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TRUMP’S RACIST AND DIVISIVE TWEET from April 17, 2020

A message from Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey:
“What started as largely peaceful protests for George Floyd have turned to outright looting and domestic terrorism in our region. We need you to stay home tonight….Governor Walz, at our request and in partnership with our city and Mayor Carter, has just fully mobilized the Minnesota National Guard. MPD and our fire department will be assisting tonight as part of this operation.” 

AND THIS TOO! READ THIS! YOU NEED TO READ THIS!
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Can you Trust Trump?
NO. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!  NO.

Trump was briefed about the Coronavirus Threat in January!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, and then ignored and lied about it!
TOTAL FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!

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Trump-Simpsons

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“The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days
is going to be down to close to zero….
We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
~ Donald Trump on February 26, 2020

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Why did the United States refuse the World Heath Organization test kits?
Why did the Trump Administration wait to act?
Why did the Trump Administration tell the Washington state doctors not to test?
Why did the GOP Republicans call it a “Democratic Hoax?”
Why didn’t the CDC test kits work?
Why did they wait to get new test kits from Roche? (~400000 available soon)
Why did he put Mike Pence in charge?

Trump and the Republicans in Congress are a Clear and Present Danger
to Public Health and Safety! TRUMP’S LIES ARE KILLING U.S. CITIZENS!

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THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF SEVENTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!

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KILL HIS TWITTER! 

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!



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Police Brutality Protest in San Francisco in 1968! (photo by Jim Marshall)

“Let the photograph be one you remember-not for it’s technique but for it’s soul. Let it become part of your life-a part of your past to help you shape your future.” – Jim Marshall

IT IS THE YEAR 2020!
IT IS TIME FOR POLICE AND PRISON REFORM!
IT IS TIME FOR POLICE TO STOP KILLING UNARMED BLACK CITIZENS!
Every Police Officer who has been accused of brutality, racism, or a civil rights violation should be FEDERALLY INVESTIGATED WITH PUBLIC OVERSIGHT and when found guilty, terminated immediately and prosecuted as necessary.
THE ENTIRE JUDICIAL SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE REFORMED TOO!
One system of justice for all.
There can’t be one for rich white people
and another for people of color and the poor.

STOP POLICE BRUTALITY! STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM!
STOP KILLING UNARMED BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE!
STOP RIOTING AND LOOTING! STOP BURNING THINGS!

“I just want to say – you know – can we all get along?
Can we, can we get along?”
– Rodney King RIP on May 1, 1992



 

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017!

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017! 

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May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!

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May Day is a holiday of traditional festivities celebrating springtime fertility. May Day celebrations usually include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the Feast of Beltane.

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Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo!

The Dude:
It’s all a goddamn fake, man!
It’s like Lenin said: You look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh, you know…

Donny:
“I am the walrus”?

The Dude:
You know what I’m trying to say?

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That’s ex– SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!
V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

Donny:
(to The Dude)
What the f*ck is he talking about?

May Day is an international public holiday celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day” around the world.

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In 1904 the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The date was chosen for “International Workers’ Day” to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on May 4, 1886. May Day has always been a day for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International.

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May Day is one of the most important holidays in the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and Russia. May Day celebrations usually include large parades with displays of military strength.

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From GoHawaii.com:
It’s also Lei Day in Hawaii today!
Hawaiian floral leis are made by braiding seasonal flowers and ferns together.

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Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei

 



 

PARTY AT GROUND ZERO!

PARTY AT GROUND ZERO!
written by Angelo Moore, Kendall Jones and John Norwood Fisher of Fishbone in 1985

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FISHBONE!

Fishbone! “Party At Ground Zero” music video directed by Henry Selick in 1985:

And Fishbone “Party At Ground Zero” LIVE at Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, CA in 1987:

The song is about “Dancing around Armageddon” and having a good time without worry or concern….

Party at ground zero – A “B” movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing – Pink vapor stew!
Johnny, go get your gun, for the commies are in our hemisphere today
Ivan, go fly your MIG, for the Yankee imperialists have come to play
Johnny goes to Sally’s house to kiss her goodbye
But Daddy says to spend the night
They make love ’till the early morning light
For tomorrow Johnny goes to fight
Johnny, Ivan, Ian, everybody come along for our nations need new heroes
Time to sing a new war song
[CHORUS]
Please do not fear ’cause Fishbone is here to say (say what?)
Just have a good time the stop sign is far away
The toilet has flushed and green lights are a ghost
And drop drills will be extinct
Speedracer cloud has come
They know not what they’ve done
Sin has just won
The planet is a crumb…
[CHORUS]

The term “Ground Zero” is generally used to mean the point directly above or below the earth’s surface closest to the detonation when a nuclear explosion takes place. The term is also used to mark the point of the most severe damage or destruction.

Inauguration Day has taken place on January 20 every year following a presidential election since 1937. Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017 around noon on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. The president-elect and vice president-elect will both take the Oath of Office, followed by the inaugural address and the presidential procession and inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

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The United States Capitol in Washington D.C.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
– The Oath of Office of the President of the United States (as mandated by the United States Constitution in Article II, Section One, Clause 8)

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More than 50 House Democrats are planning to boycott the inauguration in Washington D.C. after Trump’s divisive campaign, and most recently his twitter attack this week on civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis (after he called Trump’s victory illegitimate due to Russian interference in the election). And 200,000+ people are also expected in the city the day after for the Women’s March on Washington to protest Trump’s election.

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Trump is scheduled to be sworn in on January 20, 2017

Our Thoughts on Trump’s Inauguration:

The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government elected by the citizens (well, actually the Electoral College) of the United States of America to a four year term of office. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces the most expensive military (with the second largest nuclear arsenal) in the world.

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NOTE: During the Cold War, a snack bar that used to be located in the open space in the center of the Pentagon was nicknamed “Cafe Ground Zero, the deadliest hot dog stand in the world.” Soviet satellites saw groups of military officers entering and exiting the hot dog stand at about the same time every day. They concluded that the stand was the entrance to an underground bunker.

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The Pentagon – Arlington, Virginia

“Rumor has it that during the Cold War the Russians never had any less than two missiles aimed at this hot dog stand. They thought this was the Pentagon’s most top secret meeting room, and the entire Pentagon was a large fortress built around this hot dog stand. They thought the officers were going to get their top secret briefings in a protected area, but really they were just going to get lunch” – Brett Eaton, an information and communications officer for Washington Headquarters Services

Cafe Ground Zero was torn down in 2006 and a new building was built in its place. The Pentagon was declared a national historic landmark in 1992 and the courtyard is one of five historically protected features of the building. The hot dog stand was replaced by a modern building of roughly the same size and exactly the same shape.

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Cafe Ground Zero at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (torn down in 2006)

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The New Building: The Center Courtyard Cafe at the Pentagon (opened in 2008)

Construction of the Pentagon was completed in approximately 16 months at a total cost of $83 million. Ground was broken September 11, 1941 and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

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Designed by American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), the building is 77 ft tall, and each of the five sides of the building is 921 ft long  with a five-acre central plaza. It has five floors above ground and two basement levels. One of the world’s largest office buildings, the total square footage is about 6,500,000 square feet. More than half, 3,700,000 square feet is office space. The concentric rings are designated “A” through “E” from the center out with additional “F” and “G” rings in the basement. “E” Ring offices have the outside view and are generally occupied by senior officials. Supposedly, it’s possible for a person to walk between any two points in the Pentagon in less than seven minutes.

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The Pentagon After 9/11

On September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after the building’s construction began, American Airlines Flight Flight 77 (from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport) was hijacked and deliberately flown into the west side of the Pentagon at 9:37am, killing 189 people according to the official report. 59 civilians and 5 terrorists on the airplane were killed, as were 70 civilians and 55 military personnel in the building. The damaged sections of the Pentagon were rebuilt in 2002 and the occupants moved back in August. The Americas Heroes Memorial and a chapel opened in 2002 and is located where Flight 77 crashed into the building. The Memorial is open seven days a week, year-round and is the only place at the Pentagon where photography is permitted.

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The American Flag on the Pentagon for the 6th Anniversary of 9/11

After the attack on 9-11, the destroyed World Trade Center’s 15 acre site in New York City became known as “Ground Zero” and is now the new The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

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“Ground Zero” after 9-11 at the World Trade Center in New York City

 

Views from the WTC in 1994:

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Manhattan from the World Trade Center – New York City 1994

New York City - View from the top of the World Trade Center (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

New York City – View from the top of the World Trade Center 

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – New York and New Jersey

 

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September 11, 2001 – NEVER FORGET!

 

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One World Trade Center (aka “Freedom Tower”) – New York City

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National September 11th Memorial – New York City

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September 11, 2001

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Armageddon as it is written in the Book of Revelation (the last book of the Bible’s New Testament) is the prophesied location of the gathering of armies for a final battle during the end times. According to the Book of Revelation, the purpose of this gathering of kings in the “place called Armageddon” is “for the war of the great day of G-d, the Almighty.” Also called the “Revelation to John” or the “Apocalypse” it is interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location. The term is also used to refer to any “end of the world” scenario and the climax of the ongoing struggle between good and evil.

NOTE: In religion and theology, a revelation is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity.

Tell me who’s that writin’? John the Revelator
Tell me who’s that writin’? John the Revelator
Who’s that writin’? John the Revelator…wrote the book of the seven seals!
– ” John The Revelator” by Son House

Sam Moore as Reverend Morris at the Revival Meeting in the film “Blues Brothers 2000”:

 

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Saturday Farmer’s Market & Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday morning in Ashland! Farmer’s market downtown on Oak Street between Lithia and Main. Unfortunately, I got there late and the market was closing. I did get some good pics, but didn’t get to shop at all…

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Beeswax candles

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Beeswax candles and fresh honey

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Fruit Preserves and Jams!

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Flowers and Floral Bouquets

Saturday Farmer's Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Plants and Flowers

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Fry Family Farm Certified Organic!

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Organic Spoons.

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Fresh Organic Honey

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Rising Moon Farm Organic

Saturday Farmer's Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Rising Moon Farm Organic

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Herbs, nuts and spices

Saturday Farmer's Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Herb, nuts and spices

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Herb, nuts and spices

Saturday Farmer's Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Plants

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Meat and farm fresh eggs

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Meat

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Salt

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Pickled Planet

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Plants and Flowers

Saturday Farmer's Market in Ashland, Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon – Flowers

Anti-GMO Protest on the Plaza

I love Ashland! Around the corner from the Farmer’s Market on the Plaza, there was an Anti-GMO protest in progress. I definitely had to check it out.

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Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

There was an angry Hippie in overalls with a guitar yelling into the “open” microphone:

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Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon – Angry Hippie!

There were 15 groups represented and information tables with sign up sheets, petitions, and stuff for sale (donations). Lots of people were gathered both as participants and spectators. It was very reminiscent of Santa Cruz in the 1980’s.

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Anti-GMO Protest on the Plaza in Ashland, Oregon

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Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon – Love this shot.

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Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

The Tiananmen Square protests in spring of 1989 by the “89 Democracy Movement” were student demonstrations against the government with popular support from city residents in Beijing, China.

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The Forbidden City – Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

When they want to sell you a tour to China, they’ll show you pictures of the Great Wall, the Yangtze River, Panda Bears, The Three Gorges Dam and of course, the Forbidden City.

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Imperial Lion Statue in Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

They want you to remember the Beijing Olympics in 2008:

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The Bird’s Nest – 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2008 Beijing Games were the most watched Olympics in history, attracting 4.7 billion viewers worldwide and earning entry into the Guinness World Records.

I remember:

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Thousands of Drummers in The Bird’s Nest – Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

If you visit Tiananmen Square today, you would never know what happened there twenty five years ago……

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Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

In spring of 1989, student demonstrators occupied Tiananmen Square for seven weeks. The protest was ended when hardline leaders declared martial law on May 20 and ordered the military to enforce martial law and mobilize as many as 300,000 troops in the capital. The crackdown that occurred on June 3 & 4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and is commonly known as the June Fourth Incident in China.

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“Tank  Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

Chinese troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance. The image of one unidentified unarmed man standing immobile in the square facing down a column of tanks speaks a thousand words. Moments later the tanks would crush and kill him.

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“Tank Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

The Chinese government condemned the protest as a “counter-revolutionary riot”, and has prohibited all forms of discussion of the protest or remembrance of the Massacre. Any and all references to the events have been censored from state media, the internet, schools, universities and modern history.

Tiananmen Square censorship mocked by "The Simpsons"

Tiananmen Square Massacre censorship mocked by “The Simpsons”

To date, many aspects of the events remain unknown or unconfirmed because of Chinese censorship. Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to thousands of people.

NOTE: THE NEXT IMAGE IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. (and it’s the hard truth)

Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 4, 1989

Tanks and Dead Protesters – Tiananmen Square Massacre – Beijing, China – June 4, 1989

Something to consider before you book your next trip to the People’s Republic of China, or decide to buy or promote your company with cheap SWAG that’s “Made in China”.

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Tiananmen Square Memorial in Dominikanski Square in Wroclaw, Poland

p.s. Remember that incredible Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium from the opening ceremonies in 2008? Here it is, present day, a 40 billion dollar ruin. The workers are picking trash out of the water in this picture from 2013:

Bird's Nest Stadium - Beijing, China

Abandoned Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium – Beijing, China – 2013

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