This week has been fairly slow and I am enjoying that because I know it won't always be that way. It has been rather humid and promised thunderstorms did not materialise — well the thunder could be heard but no rain. Today was 31 C (88 F) with significant humidity. Friday afternoon and the weekend are supposed to be hot — Arrggghhhh!!!!! My laptop internet connection died on Tuesday. I had to call Telus support who were able yesterday afternoon to get me up and running again. Turned out that the powerbar into which my modem is plugged went TU. I moved the power source and voilà, Houston we had lift off. Now to buy a new powerbar and switch over my desktop which was also on the same failed powerbar. Wouldn't it be nice to plug ourselves into a powerbar to increase energy! I had a great "girls lunch out" date today and of course we got to talking about Drumpf. No surprise, none of my white, elderly lady friends like Drumpf! I guess we're just so social democratic! I have teaching tomorrow with Lucia, but my other student is busy settling in since moving into a new house, so no teaching. During the day, her husband, my physiotherapist, is busy working so settling in is slow.
CBC — He's been called a kiss-up and a Mexican Uncle Tom, and he has felt anger from many within the Hispanic community, but Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, forges ahead with full-fledged support for the Republican presidential nominee.
In many ways, he's no different from supporters here at the Republican National Convention who admire Trump's business credentials, who see him as a natural leader and who believe that he will, as the campaign slogan boasts: "Make America Great Again." …
C.J. Jordan, deputy director of political and community affairs for the Republican National Convention, said people need to understand that what is said during the heat of political battle does not necessarily represent one's views.
"… people need to understand that what is said during the heat of political battle does not necessarily represent one's views."??? Then what does it represent? A political campaign is an opportunity to get to know a candidate, to get to the issues, to set a direction for the future if the candidate is elected. IMO, clearly the people in this article are delusional, bought and paid for by the Trump campaign and the Republican Party. They don't see the degree of racism and bigotry in the Republican platform. Now THAT is scary!
Montréal Gazette — Everywhere he went, the prime minister solemnly remembered Ukraine’s past. He laid a wreath at the memorial complex recalling the many millions of victims of the genocidal Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine, the Holodomor. He recalled the millions of Ukrainians who fought and died for their country during the Second World War, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And he paid his respects to the victims of the Nazis at Babyn Yar.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son, Xavier pay their respects to the victims of the 1932-1933 great famine at the Holodomor famine memorial in Kyiv, Ukraine, on July 11, 2016
Fittingly, Trudeau also directed attention to today’s Ukraine.
… his first state visit to Ukraine, would not be his last. What I realized at that very moment was that Trudeau gets it, that he knows Ukrainians are today fighting and dying for the very same values that Canadians have always defended.
Countries formerly within the Soviet sphere are feeling the pressure of growing Russian aggression. Of course, Ukraine is especially wary since they have already dealt with Russian aggression in Crimea . . . and it is not over yet. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, on his first state visit to Ukraine, explained to his son Xavier what happened in 1932-33 in Ukraine — the Great Famine. It is another example of genocide from the 20th century . . . "man's inhumanity towards man." This genocide is referred to as Holodomor.
Holodomor "…was a man-made famine in the Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an estimated 2.5–7.5 million Ukrainians, … Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by the independent Ukraine and 14 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet Union. …but believe it was a long-term plan of Joseph Stalin, an attempt to eliminate the Ukrainian independence movement. … arguing that actions such as rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foodstuffs, and restriction of population movement confer intent, defining the famine as genocide; the loss of life has been compared to the Holocaust."
Will humanity ever learn?
Foreign Policy — Seldom does the global public have an opportunity to observe an endangered species in its natural habitat, but this week, wildlife enthusiasts received a rare glimpse into the poignant final days of the American Republican elephant.
Classified as "critically endangered" by international authorities, Elaphantidae republicanus, though native to the United States, has struggled for decades to adapt to its rapidly evolving biome. The enormous pachyderm — once a noble animal that roamed the length and breadth of the nation, as common in America's cities as in it's rural areas — has, in recent years, seen its numbers dwindle and its habitat contract.
Georgetown University law professor, Rosa Brooks, has written this "as a naturalist's guide to the endangered American Republican elephant". Although humourous, it certainly has the ring of truth. If you are unable to read the entire article unless you "sign in", you can sign up and read 5 free articles per month — no cost.
Alternet — The Republican Party platform is a wish list for what Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump would like to impose on America. What’s surprising is that it goes further to the right than what’s even been heard on the campaign trail from Trump as he has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border and embrace the religious right’s long-held tenets opposing abortion, LGBT rights and more.
The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, English the official American language, replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatize almost all areas of federal services, cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry, and impose a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.
Here are 50 excerpts from the 2016 GOP platform.
9. Appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices: "Only a Republican president will appoint judges who respect the rule of law expressed within the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, including the inalienable right to life and the laws of nature and nature’s God, as did the late Justice Antonin Scalia."
10. Appoint anti-LGBT and anti-Obamacare justices: "Only such appointments will enable courts to begin to reverse the long line of activist decisions — including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases — that have usurped Congress’s and states’ lawmaking authority."
11. Legalize anti-LGBT discrimination: "We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman."
12. Make Christianity a national religion: "We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities."
13. Loosen campaign finance loopholes and dark money: "Freedom of speech includes the right to devote resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas, such as requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government."
14. Loosen gun controls nationwide: "We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all 50 states. We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle."
15. Pass an anti-choice constitutional amendment: "We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth."
These are just 7 of the 50 Republican platform planks. Read through the remaining 43. I don't think there is anything that we have not heard of or discussed in some form previously. IMO, these provisions make a mockery of the very foundations of the US and the documents that Americans hold dear — the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Republicans would control every aspect of life. Can you say Fascism? This is not what the Founders fought for.
a. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. Any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism
b. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.
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