A realistic look at ourselves needs a strong dose of comedy.  Views that are totally bogus are given too much credence without humor.–

How does a bill become a law?

–end of tweet——        –The warnings went out but the world partied instead.

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While we lament Climate Change and wring hands in desperation, voices of sanity have gone ignored by too many of us.  Consider a few who express relevant ideas—-       –In case you missed it, earlier this month, we shared a blog post authored by our Executive Director, Ruskin Hartley, estimating the impact of light pollution on climate change. The conclusion — wasted light adds up. Globally we spend at least $50 billion in energy costs each year to produce light that escapes into space. Light pollution reduction should be essential to every city, country, and business’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy.

Are you looking for some inspiration? Well, we have a success story for you! Not long ago, we sat down for a Q&A with the Vice President of IDA Massachusetts, Tim Brothers. Tim is an observatory manager who successfully advocated for and helped organize a recent streetlight retrofit. We discussed how he intervened before bad lighting was installed, how he educated himself on the technical aspects of lighting, tips he has for others, and more.

Finally, we are highlighting the advocacy work of Marcelo de Olivera Souza in Brazil. Marcelo is an astrophysicist and cosmologist who has taught astronomy to university students and the public in Brazil for more than 30 years. He was instrumental in certifying Desengano International Dark Sky Park – the first IDA-certified International Dark Sky Place in Latin America. 

–end of IDA info—–One voice mentioned by IDA is from South America, a region teeming with ideas and ignored by its Northern counterparts, for reasons unknown.

A reason I love NYS is that tucked among the politicians, bureaucrats, law keepers, and oligarchs, are large numbers of responsible citizens.  Oligarchs, law keepers, bureaucrats, and politicians may try to keep a lid on responsible citizens, but truth will out.—–;jsessionid=00000000.app30014b?em_id=30450.0&dlv_id=37674&NONCE_TOKEN=6FECFA1634E6E3040639F66F91E8EE2F        —The latest data – and summary reportsClick any link to find the latest data, or the “report” link for the most recent summary based on long term monitoring. Concentrations of bacteria indicate fecal contamination, an indicator of water quality for safe recreation. Remember that the data show a snapshot in time, and don’t indicate water quality today.

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As one has listened to Establishment types opine about responsibility of stewardship of natural resources, some people short-circuit away from such pretense of action to actually protect water, air, soil, and forests.  Disapproval by Establishment toward those who recognize the hierarchical insinuation between people and nature is obviously an enactment of control.

We are the water, air, soil, and forests.–

Educate your self and others. Bring awareness to these issues. Reach out and see how you can help. Stand as one. I also would like to give a shout out to all the people who educated us on this issue and took the time to show us these affected areas. You opened my eyes today. Now it’s time to take what I learned and to use it to create a better future

If you wanna help with this on going issue, reach out to these organizations and see how you can help.

-International Indigenous Youth Council-Oglala Lakota Chapter (IIYC)

-Sicangu Youth Council

-Black hills clean water Alliance

-Magpie Buffalo–end of facebook post with thanks to Rema Loeb——

From ecowatch       –   —

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
“Climate change is the greatest threat to our existence in our short history on this planet. Nobody’s going to buy their way out of its effects.”
– Mark Ruffalo

–end of ecowatch info–

From MRonline—-          —

UA people’s history of Howard Zinn

U.S. imperialism: Reflections from a Ukrainian mirror

Journalists who challenge NATO narratives are now ‘information terrorists’

Journalists who challenge NATO narratives are now ‘information terrorists’

Cuba’s post-revolution architecture offers a blueprint for how to build more with less

Media once called Azov neo-Nazis. Now they hide that fact

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Some people remember the turmoil of the ’60’s.  Those so endowed remember how much was accomplished along the lines of change of a nation into one open to more ideas and people. That was a time with no cell phones, internet, or in FACT with little to no money.  One does however remember so much fun, among agony-inducing poverty, and boundless humor.  Maybe it was the drugs….who knows?  

But use of comedy toward Establishment was a bygone conclusion.  And by the way, life got better.  What a relief to encounter humor in 2022.  And especially toward one who takes himself so seriously that one can expect, during said Administration, to be viewed suspiciously for cracking a joke.  FACTually, news reports say politicians are calling for violence in the streets unless they get their way.  If one can’t laugh at those types…….          —

Jamie Foxx Stuns With INSANE Trump Impression

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And here’s a blast from the past….Jane Fonda, who was one with a sense of humor and a steel-spine intention, this time from—-

—it’s Jane Fonda with Fire Drill Fridays and Greenpeace USA.

Can you believe it’s almost September? We have so much planned this fall; I can’t wait to get started. 

First up is a special Fire Drill Friday on September 2nd at 11am PT/2pm ET.

I have an important update to share with you – my fellow firefighters – and then I’ll be speaking with Jean Su, director of the Energy Justice Program and senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. Together we will unpack what’s going on in Congress around the climate — the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Senator Manchin’s dirty deal to fast track oil and gas projects across America, and how we can each take action to protect our planet. I hope you’ll tune in to learn more and take action!

——–end of greenpeaceusa and JaneFonda message———

****As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-

 This is a reminder of how much we don’t know.  This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought.  We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate.  Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United.  But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy.  Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–          —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate.  Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary.  This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People.  Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt.       —

Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”

Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly.  It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-

That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM.  In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican.  The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.  

Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic.  Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped.  The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show.  Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored.  (Access to understand the extent of duopoly control).  The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression.  Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable. 
*******************************************************************—-Political Party affiliation of voters.–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”

WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!

Along with Climate Change, many people oppose the imperialism of the USA under control of the Republican/Democratic duopoly.  Use of the wealth of our nation should be to enhance quality of life for We The People rather than for imperialism.  Some people vote accordingly.

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