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Most students in civics classes noticed a paragraph in government-approved textbooks about a scandal in the Warren Harding Administration called the Teapot Dome.  One doesn’t remember anything about this scandal other than it was about kickbacks.  FACTually speaking, that this scandal was included in textbooks seems to assuage any notion that this system continued unabated, but the insinuation was that this scandal was an anomaly.  One’s eyes popped open after reading the following about which one recently commented—–

This book reminds that the past can warn those who have the awakening to notice..

Incidentally reading the following—-https://www.davidgrann.com/book/killers-of-the-flower-moon/—In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. 

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Librarians are said to be under attack from bureaucrats.  No wonder.  

The infamous Teapot Dome Scandal may have reached over decades unabated and hushed into a system known as “running government like a business”.

https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/teapot-dome-scandal      –In 1920, Warren G. Harding, a senator and Ohio newspaper publisher, won a long-shot bid for the White House with the financial backing of oilmen who were promised oil-friendly cabinet picks in return. As Laton McCartney wrote in his book The Teapot Dome Scandal, How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country, the back-slapping Harding was a consummate “go along to get along man.”

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An argument can be made that the bribing of government officials was dealt with after the Teapot Dome Scandal, not by challenging corruption legislatively and judicially, but by legalizing without legitimizing corruption in the government by such determinations as Citizens United.  In other words, laws were passed to legalize “running government like a business”, which may be defined as either fascism or organized crime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAnpvte1l10    —

So THIS Is Why US Wants War In Ukraine——- Jul 17, 2022 This week I spoke with investigative journalist with the Grayzone, Aaron Maté, about efforts by the US proxy war in Ukraine and its efforts to weaken and destabilise Russia. #ukraine #russia #US

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Can these governmental anomalies add to Climate Change?  Perhaps…..https://theintercept.com/2022/07/18/joe-gayle-manchin-condo-climate-canaan-valley/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter    –But while Manchin has sabotaged federal efforts at combating climate change, he has used federal dollars to preserve his own corner of the world. Public records reviewed by The Intercept show that even after Manchin’s decadeslong efforts to upend environmental policy that would undercut the fossil fuel companies funding his political campaigns (and the waste coal industry generating his personal fortune), he and his wife, Gayle Manchin, have directed millions of federal dollars to a small, pristine valley in West Virginia where the couple owns a condo. Hundreds of miles north of the coal communities decimated by the mountaintop removal mining that Manchin fostered in the state, the Manchins’ Canaan Valley residence sits in an unadulterated watershed, surrounded by the Dolly Sods Wilderness, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and Blackwater Falls State Park.

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But don’t blame Joe Manchin for acting true to his character.  He won’t be the first.

https://portside.org/2022-07-20/joe-manchin-symptom-its-senate-thats-sick?utm_source=portside-general&utm_medium=email  –Two-hundred and thirty-five years later and the United States Senate still works to stymie and stifle the “pernicious innovations” that might help ordinary Americans, or preserve the planet for their children and grandchildren.

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As one who is fairly informed and curious, still I was shocked to hear Howie Hawkins inform that the Senate is not a requirement and is not a part of the 3 branches of government.  And so if it feels like the function of the Senate is to maintain supremacy by a certain group of people, it may be a FACT.

If the Senate isn’t a requirement, maybe this should be discussed.

One has watched a concept of American exceptionalism that to some people seem like hubris, pretend to supremacy by being woke, to an extent that has blinded Americans to real-time democratic (small d) actions that predominate just South of the borders of North America.  Could this be a type of racism?  Could Northern chauvinism be another excuse for imperialism inflicted under the excuse of “spreading democracy around the world” that promises privilege to those who support this system?  Could the North learn anything from the South, as pertains to the Americas?—

https://portside.org/2022-07-20/global-left-midweek-focus-latin-america?utm_source=portside-general&utm_medium=email      —

  1. Lessons From Colombia
  2. Internationalism of the Landless
  3. Panama National Strike
  4. The Mapuche: Across Borders
  5. Argentina: Trans Rights
  6. More on Chile’s New Constitution
  7. CARICOM/Venezuela
  8. Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Against Austerity
  9. Antigua: Same-Sex Marriage Victory
  10. Cuba: Referendum on Family Plan

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New ideas and perspectives seem appropriate as we watch the chaos from Establishment—-

https://mailchi.mp/bee6e05f2358/green-party-of-st-louis-meeting-wed-april-19-2017-recent-and-future-elections-6155137?e=d624642c9f     —

Wood Pellet Manufacturing in a Rainforest

The true scale of the global North’s economic   read more


Dictatorship is easier when perception is taken as reality. read more


Have we as yet embraced the reality that we are at risk of harming our environment to the extent of no return, as the price for maintaining capitalism?  We seem not to have embraced the FACT that capitalism is not democracy.  We haven’t accepted that we are not “a 2-Party system”, even with the specific warning from a founder President George Washington to beware of political Parties due to conflict of interest.  So unsurprising parallel path of deteriorating environment due to exploitation with the path of capitalism, that will eventually intersect.   read more