I want to take Flake seriously and respect his braveness, but at 51-49 he and one other senator can bring this all to a screeching halt. Why hasn’t he done this yet?
““It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) plans to say in a speech about President Trump classifying the news media as “the enemy of the people.”
But Flake’s warnings about Trump are even more significant than comparing the president to a Soviet dictator. When Flake criticizes the president, he is criticizing his entire party for standing by such a leader.”
“Democrats believe that the Mueller investigation enjoys the relative safety of a bipartisan consensus that formed behind it last year. Trump cannot fire Mueller or purge the Justice Department, many of them think, because it would be an obvious outrage and a tacit confession of guilt. That understanding may describe the world of 2017. But that world is gone.”
How to walk in ice and snow. Pretend your body weighs twice as much, and keep your eyes on the ground as you walk forward, and take half-steps, for too much forward momentum on ice, and down you go! Yesterday, made a trip to get some stuff, and I looked like a padded giant penguin headed down the street. Also, wear clunky shoes, that’s for weight, and you should walk in snow rather than ice. I’ve got bum knees, so if I get wounded, I might have to be destroyed.
“While the Trump administration stalls, America’s power grid remains vulnerable. In the last month alone, there have been several dramatic mass outages, including a blackout at the Atlanta airport due to a fire that crippled both the main system and the backup, and a blackout at Disneyland, due to a problem with a transformer, that left people trapped on rides. That these outages were a result of flawed infrastructure and not purposeful hacks should not reassure anyone, as they showcase weaknesses and highlight how easy it would be for a hostile state actor to cause chaos and panic without ever crossing the border.”
“As in much of the rest of the world, democracy is on the defensive in Latin America, in part because it has few principled defenders. A simple comparison of two ongoing political crises, in Venezuela and Honduras, illustrates the problem. After Venezuela’s populist anti-American government rigged state gubernatorial elections in October, the United States led a campaign of condemnation and stepped up sanctions. But when Honduras’s rightist pro-American president suspiciously reversed what looked like an upset loss in a presidential election a month later, the Trump administration congratulated him.”
Worth a full read. Gets increasingly insane
“Trump has pledged to marshal federal government talent and resources to address the opioid crisis, but nearly a year after his inauguration, the drug policy office, known as ONDCP, lacks a permanent director. At least seven of his administration’s appointees have departed, office spokesman William Eason said. Among them was the general counsel and acting chief of staff, some of whose duties were assumed by Weyeneth, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.”
Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes. You have no idea how much they mean to me. One week ago, the day before leaving for my tour, I was on the receiving end of some pretty sad news. Since then, I’ve been surrounded by nothing but love and awesomeness here in Colorado – from my fantastic tour mates, to my wonderful hostess, to my massage therapist and acupuncturist who, in combination, have helped me almost every day, to the packed & love filled dancefloors at every single show, and to all of YOU who have taken the time to shower me with well wishes and good vibes on my birthday I feel so incredibly lucky to know so many wonderful humans, and to have my work in this world received with so much appreciation, enthusiasm, and gratitude.
I have one more show this week here in Colorado. A big one. It’s tomorrow night in Aspen and I’m direct support for two more of my favorite humans : Desert Dwellers! And then I’m off to spend next weekend in San Diego at Trilogy Sanctuary where I’ll be leading yoga, teaching a 2 hour nutritional therapy workshop, and playing a 2 hour ecstatic dance set! Rumor has it, yours truly might be interviewed live on a webcast while out there, too, so keep your eyes peeled for that
Anyway… all this is to say, follow your passions like you have no choice, go towards the direction of your dreams always, and build yourself up so much that, no matter what curve balls life throws at you, you never lose your footing and always stand tall. And? Always always surround yourself with the most highest quality humans possible. If you do these things every single day, you seriously can’t go wrong.
Massive love and blessings to all of you.
So much gratitude!!!
∞ <3 ∞
She’s MY kind of feminist.
“The #MeToo moment is a symptom of a broken legal system. All too frequently, women and other sexual-abuse complainants couldn’t get a fair hearing through institutions – including corporate structures – so they used a new tool: the internet. Stars fell from the skies. This has been very effective, and has been seen as a massive wake-up call. But what next? The legal system can be fixed, or our society could dispose of it. Institutions, corporations and workplaces can houseclean, or they can expect more stars to fall, and also a lot of asteroids.
If the legal system is bypassed because it is seen as ineffectual, what will take its place? Who will be the new power brokers? It won’t be the Bad Feminists like me. We are acceptable neither to Right nor to Left. In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn’t puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated. Fiction writers are particularly suspect because they write about human beings, and people are morally ambiguous. The aim of ideology is to eliminate ambiguity.”
“This agenda has nothing to do with the economic nationalism and the pledges to defend the welfare state—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid—that Donald Trump campaigned on. It is, instead, the agenda of billionaires far more ideological than Trump, such as the Koch brothers, the Mercer family, and the Ricketts family, who want to limit the government’s role in areas ranging from the environment to labor relations to health care to financial regulation. As the historian Josh Zeitz pointed out in a piece for Politico a couple of months ago, the ultimate aim of this agenda is to roll back not merely the regulatory reforms of Barack Obama but the entire Great Society vision of Lyndon Johnson.”
“No one I know of has foreseen an America like the one we live in today. No one (except perhaps the acidic H. L. Mencken, who famously described American democracy as “the worship of jackals by jackasses”) could have imagined that the 21st-century catastrophe to befall the U.S.A., the most debasing of disasters, would appear not, say, in the terrifying guise of an Orwellian Big Brother but in the ominously ridiculous commedia dell’arte figure of the boastful buffoon. How naïve I was in 1960 to think that I was an American living in preposterous times! How quaint! But then what could I know in 1960 of 1963 or 1968 or 1974 or 2001 or 2016?”