Monday, August 15, 2022

Truest statement of the week

Racism is the only explanation for treating Xi Jinping and other government officials as if they are dumb.

While Nancy thinks that retelling stupid and racist fables explains away her actions, China is taking real action and Taiwan is suffering. The island has effectively been blockaded by military exercises, the country it depends upon for trade is depriving it of materials like sand, which is needed in its all important microchip production industry. Biden administration amateurs, fresh off their loss in Ukraine, have ignominiously repeated their failure.

Neither Nancy Pelosi nor Joe Biden see the world through other nations’ eyes. Why should they when they live by a belief in U.S. superiority? But they will repeat the process of undermining what they seek to preserve. Every failed attempt to assert U.S. strength leads other countries to form their own alliances in order to protect themselves. China and Russia are closer now than they have ever been thanks to invasions, coups, sanctions, and proxy wars which make the U.S. the enemy of most of the world. Other nations will follow their lead as U.S. desperation creates more crises.

China is the master here, the mature and intelligent country willing to get along with others despite any differences. People who want peace and a just world must follow their lead as every U.S. president presents nothing but new opportunities for world wide mischief making. Nancy Pelosi is not alone in disregarding China. The Biden administration, the rest of congressional leadership, corporate media, and opinion makers all disregard China because it is a non-white country. No matter. Ignorance of international law is no excuse, neither is U.S. willful ignorance of how great power politics is really played.

 -- Margaret Kimberley, "Nancy Pelosi, White Supremacy, and China" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).



Truest statement of the week II

One-hundred and ten years after O’Hare published her racist polemic, another white woman with ties to the political Left in the U.S., Krystal Ball, appeared on the Marxist economist Richard Wolff’s podcast to once again downplay the role that racism plays in the struggle between capital and labor.

“I am of the opinion that there is no war but class war,” she said. “It’s too easy to say that culture war issues . . .like gun rights or abortion or white supremacy, that these are distractions. What I think they are instead is they mask these deeper issues of class and of economics and of distribution.”

While far more nuanced than O’Hare’s, Ball’s viewpoint is nonetheless an attempt to gaslight what is, by virtually any measure, an apartheid state in which jobs, opportunities and advantages accrue to the whitest and not necessarily the best.  If capitalism in its most molecular form is defined as a war between master and slave, then racial capitalism represents a codicil to this arrangement whereby half the slaves believe that they are, in fact, the master, as the late, Marxist historian Noel Ignatiev was fond of saying. Another Marxist historian, Philip Foner, elaborates further in his classic text, Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981:

"When the president of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills in Atlanta, with 1,400 employees, hired 20 Negro women to work in the folding department of one of the mills in 1897, the entire white workforce (went on strike). The company agreed to fire the black workers on one condition: the white workers would have to work overtime for free.”

From cotton to cars to credit, the principal commodity may change but white racism remains, as the assassinated black revolutionary George Jackson once wrote, the biggest barrier to forming a cohesive workers’ movement in the U.S. The result is two nations in one, with whites’ overall living standards rivaling Canada’s or Western Europe, while blacks live a life that is closer in quality to Mexico or Palestine.

--  Jon Jeter, "The White Socialist Left: Seeing a Bleak Future for ‘Black and White Unite and Fight’" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).


A note to our readers

Hey -- 

Monday night.

Let's thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,

Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen, 
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with? 


Margaret Kimberley gets another truest.

Jon Jeter gets a truest.

Climate change is already destroying Iraq.

Ava and C.I. were prepared to cover a movie, a NETFLIX TV show and a home remodel show if they had to do two pieces.  Fortunately, they only had to do one piece this edition.


Under these exact circumstances, yes, we could go for it.

Don't know about you, but so much of my (Jim's) classes and course work really didn't matter and had no real world application.

It is time to end The Espionage Act.

I note the last edition which Ava and C.I. carried by themselves.

Ajamu Baraka.

Updated list.  This is really going to be a long list by the end of the year.

What we listened to while writing.

 Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.


-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.


Editorial: Climate change comes to Iraq

Media: Who practices 'identity politics' more than The Cult of Jimmy Dore

A lot of ugly going down but, as Cher once sang, "Not enough love and understanding."  Amen.


REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT, last week, felt the need to call out African-American Nina Turner not once but twice for stating she found White male Jimmy Dore racist.  Three times if you count the always ineffectual Sabby Sabs who is a member of RB.  RB, for those who don't know, is supposed to offer revolutionary news from a Black point of view -- hence the name and, yes, we are aware, even if they aren't, that Nellie Bailey used to use those words on the weekly intro to BLACK AGENDA RADIO.

So our problem there was that RB, like the White YOUTUBERS, rushed to stick up for Jimmy Dore -- to attack an African-American woman and stick up for Jimmy Dore -- how revolutionary.

As Betty has noted many times (best here), it really is past time for Black YOUTUBE to stop playing Jimmy Dore's security.  Jimmy, despite Kit Cabello claiming otherwise on HARD LENS MEDIA last week, does not present a number of African-American voices.  He presents a lot of White voices and a lot of male voices.  But whether your a woman or a man who is African-American, you're hardly ever a guest on his show.

The same could be said of HARD LENS MEDIA which rushed in to defend Jimmy.  CONVO COUCH also shone in all their Whiteness as they too attacked Nina Turner to defend Jimmy.  It was the usual circle jerk.

The whole thing began with Nina calling out Republicans in Congress who suddenly were opposed to the FBI.  They weren't opposed when the FBI was plotting to force MLK into committing suicide.  They weren't opposed when the FBI was hunting Angela Davis as though she was a rabid animal and not a human being.  They weren't opposed when the FBI was violating civil rights and civil liberties.  

Yet now that the FBI had raided/searched/examined Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago? When that happened, Nina offered, "My prediction of the fallout of the FBI raiding Mar-A-Lago is that we're probably going to see a bunch of MAGA Republicans call to abolish the FBI."

To which Drama Queen Jimmy Dore Tweeted, "When Lefties cheer on the FBI you know they're serious about being a Democrat."

And so Kit and the other Whitests felt the need to attack Nina and prop up Jimmy.

They didn't ever ask why the attack from Jimmy?  They didn't stop to think that Nina's Tweet did not, in fact, "cheer on the FBI."  All it did was note that the MAGA Republicans, in Nina's view, were about to "call to abolish the FBI."  In her other Tweets we're not seeing, "That's a bad idea!" let alone "I love the FBI, I worship the late J. Edgar Hoover."

As Nina noted, "When Jimmy Dore knocks a Black progressive woman for pointing out conservative's hypocrisy when it comes to the FBI, you know he's serious about being anti-Black and protecting conservatives."  Examining Nina's other Tweets, you find, "conservatives were ok with the FBI when it came to the Panthers, MLK, and Malcolm X, now they have a problem with it.  If you have a problem with me pointing that out, you're doing the bidding of these conservatives, which Jimmy is." Later, "And yes, doing the bidding of those conservatives by using a Black woman's words is, in fact, anti-Black."

We agree with her.  Did any of the people -- regardless of color -- rushing to slam Nina Turner think for even one moment before they let the circle jerk impulse automatically kick in?

That they had no reluctance to automatically kick a woman of color also says a great deal about them.

There is no alternative media being built by the constant LIFESTYLES OF THE PLAIN AND SIMPLE approach YOUTUBE channels have taken with regards to defending Jimmy Dore constantly.  He's forever in a flame war, for ever being a drama queen.  And various YOUTUBE shows feel the need to put real issues on hold to all rush to defend Jimmy.  

We can't get coverage of Iraq from these YOUTUBERS but they pretty much weekly do a segment (weakly) on Jimmy Dore and how he's being treated unfairly.

You start to get the feeling that they believe, were MLK still alive, he'd be telling African-Americas, "We need to turn our focus to Jimmy Dore.  He's a podcaster people say nasty things about!"

They may believe that but most of us in the real world know better.  Many of us lived through the previous podcast fever -- blogging -- and we saw the circle jerk then.  In fact, we exposed it here.  How the blogs that CJR promoted were blogs that the people they hot-tubbed with and partied with wrote at.  They didn't disclose that.  We had to do the research via articles and via sources.  

Candy Perfume Boy learned from it -- at least enough to delete his old Tweets.  We did not, as some have insisted, block his advancement.  We even spoke favorably of him when he applied to CBS NEWS..  But, yes, we did point out -- as we did when he later would move to MSNBC -- that he had been part of a circle jerk and that he needed a review of ethics.

Because it is unethical to use your platform to promote your friends over the people who aren't your friends.  It's favoritism and it's unethical.

Looking at Nina's Tweets, it's clear what she was stating.  

And what she was stating wasn't that controversial.

At the heart of it, we have -- as is always the case with the Jimmy Dores -- either/or.

No both/and.  Never that.  Dualism is the path a Jimmy Dore walks.

Jimmy is offended by what he sneeringly calls "special interests" or "identity politics."  

There are a lot of people who sneer at that.

And they've done it for many decades.

In the sixties, the ones sneering felt that Civil Rights and women's rights and the Stonewall uprising were taking the focus off real issues.

Civil rights aren't real issues?  Equality isn't a real issue?

What upset them then -- the men and the token female -- were that others were dictating what the issues were and this included issues that these men and token female (White back then) didn't feel were important.  

Early on, they were stripped of power, these Toad Gitlins, by Bernardine Dohrn and others.

Like Toad did, today's Jimmy Dores try to cast themselves as the real rebels.  But they're not rebels.  They are building their own power so that they can be part of the existing system -- a system that they don't want changed in any form.  

The Toad Gitlins promote themselves and attack others who are advocating for real change.  

It's there today.

What is Jimmy's goal?  To head a political party.

He's not spending his time advocating for change, not even something as simple as ranked choice voting or abolishing the electoral college.  He certainly doesn't want to belong to a political movement (he knows he can't lead one, charisma-free is not a qualification to lead a movement).  

Whenever a Jimmy Dore emerges, we do pay attention.  They always insist that class issues aren't being addressed and they slam "identity politics" and claim it's what has destroyed progress.

No, it's not.  Union corruption, 'activist' sell out and many other issues -- including the media -- are at fault.  So is the basic lazy aspect of human nature.

But 'identity politics' is not the problem.

But we listen to the Jimmy Dores hoping we'll find out that this time they're different.

We listen and we watch.  And as they pretend they're talking class issues -- when they really aren't (and defending Jimmy Dore on your program is not a class issue) -- we notice that they bring on White people and pretty much only White people.  We note that, when it comes to Jimmy Dore, Jackson Hinkle, et al, it's easier for them to bring on a White pedophile (Scott Ritter) than it is a person of color.  

And then we see the attacks on Nina Turner and just shake our heads and say "Uh-huh," because we were right all along.

They rush to form alliances with the right-wingers and they bring them on their shows.  But, and this is where they expose themselves, they're so determined to court the right-wing, that they don't court the left -- not any leftie that isn't White.  

Let's say it again, why isn't Margaret Kimberely invited on these shows?

Margert regularly writes about Ukraine, she regularly calls out the president no matter who is in office (Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden).  If it's about building a left, is there a reason Margaret isn't invited to the table?

We're not supposed to notice that.  But they're insane to think we don't.  We pointed that out long ago, as the YOUTUBERS were rising, in fact.  That viewers were going to register these White guests and that the message was being sent that not everyone was being invited to the party.

We also find it interesting how when members of Congress reach across party lines, these same YOUTUBERS have a fit.  But isn't Congress doing the same thing the YOUTUBERS are?

Self-reflection is sadly lacking in this country.

Which is how Lisa Kudrow emerged making racist comments last week.

Her comments were misconstrued by some defending her.  They used RACIST HELPER -- where you take a racist statement, add some water, some noodles and some lies, stir it in and help the racist out.

Lisa was, they lied, saying that the writers needed to be more diverse on FRIENDS.

No, she wasn't.  She was offended that one creator, Marta Kauffman, had apologized for the show Whiteness and pledged four million dollars to Brandeis University which will be used "to establish an endowed professorship in the school's African and African American studies department."

Last week, Lisa Kudrow -- who played Phoebe on FRIENDS -- declared that she didn't agree with that.

And it was really curious to watch Lisa's defenders avoid that comment.  Lisa does not agree with Marta's choice to donate four million dollars to a college "to establish an endowed professorship in the school's African and African American studies department."

It was also cute to watch them invent the claim that Lisa was talking about adding more writers and diverse ones to the writer's room.  This is from NEWSWEEK (which presented the comments and did not try to defend them):

Some have insisted that apprenticeship is the issue of writers.  Maybe but maybe not.  And excuse us, but if Lisa felt writers of color were needed, she couldn't make that demand?  She is one of six cast members who banded together repeatedly to get huge raises but they can't ask for writers of color?

More to the point, nothing in the two paragraphs above indicate that she's speaking of writers.  She is referring to Marta Kauffman and David Crane who created the show.

She seems to think that if you attend Brandeis, you not only aren't a person of color but you don't know any people of color. (For the record, the current demographics of Brandeis' student population include 5.8% African-Americans.)  

"You write what you know," she lectures.  

Well humanity is a known for most human beings.  And race isn't a sign of a different species.  

More to the point, as noted last week, Lisa produced the 2019 TV film GHOSTING: THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS and despite African-Americans portraying lead characters in that film, Lisa's 'write what you know" wasn't in play since the script was written by a White woman.

Marta and David, Lisa insists, had "no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color."   But her friend Laura Donney, who is White, doesn't have that problem when Lisa's producer.  And this is 2019, after FRIENDS.

It was racist for the show to avoid having Black friends.  Gunther had to be cast White?  Janice had to be cast White?  Monica and Phoebe's old roommate had to be White?  (Jennifer Coolidge played the role in 2003.)  

The race issue was an issue from the start of the show -- from the start of this show that lost each week in the ratings to LIVING SINGLE starring Kim Fields, Queen Latifah, etc.  

It wasn't a whispered conversation.

People were loudly and regularly calling the show out.

Lisa's comments are insensitive and racist.  What she should have done is admit, as Marta has, that the show failed the audience.  Instead, she wants to try to minimize it and justify it.  As Phoebe might say, "Hello, Kettle.  This is Lisa.  You're black." 

She can't get honest.  All these years later.  And these lies that she's serving up not only keep the issue alive, they tie the racism to Phoebe and to Lisa because Lisa's offering excuses when there are none.

Martha and David did not know about being homeless, but they wrote Phoebe that way.  Neither Martha nor David was a lesbian but they wrote Carol and Susan.  Martha and David weren't porn performers but they wrote Ursula as one.  This notion of "write what you know" does not mean that White writers cannot write characters of color.  This is just a cop out used by Lena Dunham and now by Lisa Kudrow.

It needs to be called out.

Anne Heche has died.  She was declared brain dead on Friday.  We knew Anne and thought the world of her.  We praised her acting here many times.  We also praised who she was as a person -- someone who refused the closet and, long after she resumed romantic relationships with men, still stood up for LGBTQ rights.  She was a brave person who broke ground as well as an immensely talented woman.

Last week, she was in a car crash.  She drove her car into a home.  No one was killed at that time (she would die from her injuries later).  Yet when Alec Baldwin rightly supported her on Twitter, he was savaged.

No one knew Anne's condition at that time.  Even now, no one knows that Anne was under the influence at the time.  An initial analysis appears to indicate cocaine.  That is not a final result.  

But it was time to savage Alec who did a play with Anne and acted in two films with her.  

It was time to also savage Anne.

Strange, as we reflect on all the male celebrities who have been arrested for DUI, we're not remembering them being savaged.  As we long ago noted, America loves its bad boys.

"She could have killed someone!" the mob angrily hissed at Alec.

But she didn't.

Cher sang it, Diane Warren wrote it, and we're going to close with it.

We got enough stars to light the sky at night
Enough sun to make the whole world bright
We got more than enough, but there's one thing
There's just not enough of
Not enough love and understanding
We could use some love
To ease these troubled times
Not enough love and understanding
Why? Oh, why?

For more regarding Lisa Kudrow, see Betty's "Lisa Kudrow needs to apologize," Marcia's "Lisa Kudrow exposes herself as a racist," Ann's "Grand Dragon Lisa Kudrow" and the Friday "Iraq snapshot" -- which also notes the attack on Nina Turner.

Pardon Donald Trump?

Should Donald Trump receive a pardon?  The obvious response is, "For what?"
Thus far, the former president of the United States has not been charged with anything.  Last week's raid/search/square dance may have excited Rachel Maddow but the rest of us feel it's better to wait for facts to emerge before leaping to conclusions.  Thus far, facts haven't emerged.  Just a lot of opinion -- and a lot of that opinion being passed off as fact.

Of the opinions we've read, the only one that's really registered with us is Professor Nicholas Creel's opinion at NEWSWEEK which includes:

Yet, given Trump's penchant for telling his own truth and his past musing of issuing a self-pardon, there is every chance he would accept a pardon when the alternative might well be a long, grueling, expensive, and high stakes criminal trial.

But the pardon is not enough. President Biden must accompany his offer of a pardon with an announcement that he will not seek a second term. President Biden stepping aside after his term ends is already something the vast majority of the public wants, even within the Democratic Party. But doing so would also immediately hollow out any and all accusations that Biden offering Trump a pardon is a calculated political maneuver to benefit himself.

The President should stipulate that while the pardon he's offering Trump is unconditional, he nevertheless hopes that his predecessor will follow suit in ending his pursuit of any political office, instead choosing to make way for new leadership in the country—something majorities in both parties agree is necessary.

This would allow President Biden to truly become the transitional statesman he campaigned as in 2020. It might also make him one of the best presidents of the modern era.

You know what?  If it meant both Donald Trump and Joe Biden wouldn't run in 2024, we'd gladly support a pardon.  Gladly.  Loudly.  Happily.

What we could teach that matters


The school year is starting.  If we were teachers, we'd give an assignment: What, if anything, would you change about the government?

Maybe someone wants a lower drinking age.  Maybe they want a faster speed limit.  Abortion rights, what have you.

They identify the one thing.  

Then they have to research how it could be changed -- such as a law being passed (or an ordinance if the student went local) or a judicial verdict or a constitutional amendment or referendum.  

Then the student could figure out how that could be brought about.  Or even if it couldn't.

In the process, they'd learn something about, well, the process.  They'd be better geared towards knowing what is possible and at least one of doing it (plus they will have learned how to research their own answers).  

If we want a better world, one that includes 'civic duty,' we need to bring students into the process early on.

We can get behind that

A lot of things Senator Rand Paul proposes are things we can't get behind; however, there is one new proposal we can support. Merdie Nzanga (USA TODAY) reports:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Saturday called for the end of the Espionage Act, less than a week after the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

"The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long pastime to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment," he wrote on Twitter.

On Aug. 8, FBI agents took 11 sets of classified documents, according to the search warrant and a property receipt, both of which were released Friday. Some documents were labeled as "secret" or "top secret." The warrant showed the investigation was examining possible violations of the Espionage Act.

That's a move we can support.  It is useless.  The verdict is commonly (and wrongly) referred to as the you-can't-yell-fire-in-a-crowded-theater ruling.  And it is abused.  Julian Assange, for example, an Australian citizen is being accused of breaking the Espionage Act.  It's time to end that act and all the nonsense that came with it.

Jim's World


Last week, we had a plenty solid edition here at THIRD:



 Now all of the above, except for the Curiosity one (a NASA press release) were written by Ava and C.I. (or, in the case of 2022 Deaths, updated by them).  

Reader Ed e-mailed wondering when Ava and C.I. can -- and do -- write four pieces for one edition, the rest of us can't get it together enough to do a full edition?

Good question, maybe this edition will show you the answer.  We're publishing.  At least two pieces are rough and more ideas than pieces -- though Dona points out that she's always championed "Short pieces" and she has.

The only thing I regret about last week was that Ava and C.I. published the Armie Hammer piece two days after the other stuff.  My argument was that it should be held until this week.  I even pointed out that with that piece already done, they could finally take a weekend off.

They took a pass.

They were right to do so.  Armie was being crucified even by the so-called respectable press.  As two who had seen the 'documentary,' they were able to weigh in and to note that it wasn't explosive or new or anything with regards to Armie.  

It's an episode of A CURRENT EDITION.  It's not journalism.  It's cheap and it's tacky and it's people who are rehashing what's already been hashed and rehashed and then some.  There are real stories out there, but this is just scandal mongering and it's really past time that this sort of garbage be seen for what it is: Gossip and, in this case, stale gossip.  Not truth.  Not reporting.  Just a bunch of rumors -- rumors that the LAPD investigated and found wanting.






Tweet of the week

From Ajamu Baraka:

Zelensky has fired more of his internal security personnel, Ukrainian POWs don't want to be returned to Ukraine because they will be returned to front & abandoned. What a sad & pathetic war created by U.S. opportunism & ineptitude.

2022 deaths

Each year, people are born and people die.  Reader Troy Montgomery e-mailed noting that many community sites note passings and thought we could keep a running link page on that.  That's a good idea.  We'll try to include this in future editions this year as sites cover additional deaths.  You'll note a lot of links go to Ruth because she tends to cover passings more than anyone else in the community.  The list may not be complete and the only order for the first twelve is the order of what we remembered while we were doing this -- the order we remembered the deaths in. 



1) Sally Kellerman -- see Ruth's "Sally Kellerman"


 2) Ronnie Spector -- see Betty's "Ronnie Specter," Ruth's "Ronnie Spector" and C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot"

2) Naomi Judd -- see Kat's "Grace Slick, Naomi Judd," "One more time honoring Naomi Judd" and "Naomi Judd"


3) Sidney Poitier -- see Betty's "A great actor passed -- not a great person, not a great lover, not a great activist"

4) Ray Liotta -- see Ruth's "Ray Liotta"

 5) Peter Bogdanovich -- see Stan's "Peter Bogdonavich"

6) Andy Fletcher -- see Kat's "Andy Fletcher"


7)  Bo Hopkins -- see Ruth's "Bo Hopkins"


8) William Hurt -- see Ann's "Not sure if I believe Marlee Matlin now"


9) Meat Loaf -- see Kat's "Meat Loaf"


10) Howard Hessman -- see Ruth's "Howard Hessman"


11) Rosa Lee Hawkins -- see Ruth's "Rosa Lee Hawkins"


12) Dwayne Hickman -- see Ruth's "Dwayne Hickman"


13) William Hart -- see Ruth's "William Hart of The Deflonics has passed away

14) Mark Shields -- see Ruth's "Mark Shields"


15) Nichelle Nichols -- see Ruth's "Nichelle Nichols

16)  Bob Rafelson -- see Ruth's "Bob Rafelson has passed away"


17) Olivia Newton John -- see Kat's "Olivia Newton-John," "Have You Never Been Mellow and a buried treasure," "More on Olivia" and "Olivia Newton-John,"  Marcia's "ONJ" and "Olivia Newton-John"


18)  Lamont Dozier -- see Ruth's "Lamont Dozier grabbed our hearts through our ears"


19) Anne Heche -- see Marcia's "Yes, you belabored the issue long enough (and Anne Heche will be missed)," Rebecca's "anne heche and robin griggs - 2 another world cast members pass away ," and C.I.'s "Walking and Talking (12/12) Movie CLIP - I Love Yo."




This edition's playlist


 1) Harry Styles' HARRY'S HOUSE.


2)  Diana Ross' THANK YOU.


3) Ashford & Simpson's STREET OPERA.


4) George Ezra's GOLD RUSH KID.


5) Chrissie Hynde's STOCKHOLM.   


6) Adele's 30


7) Chase Rice's THE ALBUM.




9)  Janet Jackson's UNBREAKABLE






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This piece is written by Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Kat of Kat's Korner, Betty of Thomas Friedman is a Great Man, Mike of Mikey Likes It!, Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz, Ruth of Ruth's Report, Marcia of SICKOFITRADLZ, Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends, Ann of Ann's Mega Dub, Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts and Wally of The Daily Jot. Unless otherwise noted, we picked all highlights.


"Now it's climate that destroys Iraq" and "Iraq sees the effects of climate change early and ..." -- most requested highlights by readers of this site -- climate change's impact on Iraq.


"Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," "Monkeypox continues to spread and Joe's on vacation," "A really bad landlord and monkeypox," "Whitney Webb talks about Jeffrey Epstein," "Grand Dragon Lisa Kudrow," "EPSTEIN CONNECTION? Mar-a-Lago Raid Green Lit By J...," "Liar Joe," "Did the CIA Orchestrate the Kennedy Assassination? JFK Conspiracy Theories Forum (2013)," "A great cost-cutting measure for the U.S. government," "Oh, Chris Murphy, you are just so sad," "Lamont Dozier grabbed our hearts through our ears," "Barbara Eden and Lucille Ball," "Rick Springfield remembers Olivia Newton-John," "Have You Never Been Mellow and a buried treasure," "More on Olivia," "Olivia Newton-John," "Weekend thought," "Lisa Kudrow needs to apologize," "No way to breathe easy, no time to be young," "Stop hitting the snooze government," "Seaweed -- now a threatened species,"  "Turley on the show trial, Ava and C.I. on the smear job posing as a documentary," "Now?,"  "I can't believe who I'm agreeing with!," "Lindsay Graham," "Tulsi pretends to be brave again in her desperate search for press attention," "Idiot of the weekend . . .," "Lisa Kudrow exposes herself as a racist," "Ellen is a hateful person," "ONJ," "Olivia Newton-John," "we take our global idiots and put them on the world stage" and "More racial pronouncements from Lisa Kudrow" and "From kooky FRIEND to full on racist" and "Lisa Kudrow now wants to weigh in on Native Americans" and "THIS JUST IN! LISA KUDROW HAS MORE TO SHARE!" -- news coverage in the community.

 "Brown Rice Jambalaya in the Kitchen," "Cornbread Casserole in the Kitchen" and "Low Carb Chocolate Cheesecake in the Kitchen" -- Trina serves up recipes.


"shaun cassidy or david cassidy?,"  "MARVEL and DC,"  "More racism from Warner Brothers," "diane keaton," "henry cavill, 'motherhood: fort salem'," "'dynasty' and 'animal kingdom'," "MACK AND RITA," "The trash that is WARNER BROS DISCOVERY," "Chris Pratt is getting on my nerves,"  "Will Packer is trash that should be apologizing himself," "Weekend box office" and "Crazy ass Debra Messing" -- TV and movie coverage in the community.


"Chase Rice, Pink," "Chase," "Eve Ottenberg, Chase Rice" and "Chase Rice's "Key West & Colorado""-- music coverage in the community.

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