Jul 202019
 

I’m moving into a heat wave, here in the crappy old CatBox for the next several days, but nowhere nearly as bad as what you guys in the East and Midwest will get.  Please take care!  For the next two days, please expect no more than a Personal Update with no links messages on Care2.  Tomorrow is a WWWendy day to destink the rancid TomCat, and we’re going to the shiny new CatBox.  Monday, I have to go to TriMet for lift bus recertification.  I need to prove that I have not grown a new leg and that my power chair has not mutated.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (a blast from the past): Watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon

The only thing they could have done better is to give the honor to be first on the moon to a cat. Ah… the memories. RESIST!!

 

From YouTube (Oregonian Channel):Portland protestors throw fake blood on street in front of ICE headquarters

Kudos to the protestors! Oregon leads the way! Put ICE on ice! RESIST!

From NY Times: Gabriel Weinberg is taking aim at Google from a small building 20 miles west of Philadelphia that looks like a fake castle. An optometrist has an office downstairs.

Mr. Weinberg’s company, DuckDuckGo, has become one of the feistiest adversaries of Google. Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine.

The company’s share of the search engine market is still tiny — about 1 percent compared with Google’s 85 percent, according to StatCounter. But it has tripled over the past two years and is now handling around 40 million searches a day. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Mr. Weinberg, 40, is among the most outspoken critics of the internet giants. DuckDuckGo’s chief executive has repeatedly called for new privacy-focused legislation and has warned at hearings and in newspaper opinion pieces about the problems that big companies can cause by tracking our every move online.

I often use DuckDuckGo for research and recommend it. RESIST!!

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Jun 232019
 

It’s a busy day here in the CatBox.  WWWendy will be here in an hour.  We have lots of chores, so this is my only article today, with no links messages on Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:40 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (A blast from the past): George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

 

Ah… the memories! RESIST!!

From Crooks and Liars: Brave New World creates films intended to drive home a point in a short period of time. “Families Torn Apart: America’s Deadly Immigration Policy” does just that about our Abuser-In-Chief’s masochistic policy targeting migrant children, toddlers, and babies.

 

Every American should see this.  Click through.  RESIST!!

From TPM: Oregon’s state Senate has cancelled its session scheduled for Saturday, citing a “credible threat” from militia groups over the showdown between the state’s Democratic legislators and GOP senators.

The Oregon Capital Bureau obtained an email from the Senate’s Democratic caucus telling its members on Friday to stay away from the Capitol on Saturday.

“The State Police superintendent just informed the Senate president of a credible threat from militia groups coming to the Capitol tomorrow,” the email read. “The superintendent strongly recommends that no one come to the Capitol and President Courtney heeded that advice minutes ago by adjourning until 10 a.m. Sunday. Please make sure your staffs know not to come in tomorrow.”

This latest development is a dramatic escalation of the ongoing conflict roiling in Oregon’s state government.

Oregon Republican Senators have called in Nazi storm troopers to help them evade the just consequences of breaking the law to help polluters pollute. RESIST!!

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Jun 212019
 

Here is the one hundred sixty-first article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s winner is Republican Oregon State Senator and Ammosexual, Brian Boquist. He is so honored for his love of polluters and his threat to murder state police officers for enforcing the law.

0621boquistTensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent to haul him unwillingly back to the Capitol.

After Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said Tuesday that his caucus was “prepared to take actions” to prevent passage of a major climate change bill, Gov. Brown announced on Wednesday that she was ready to answer Republican stonewalling by calling lawmakers back for a special session.

Brown hinted that she would be willing to send state troopers to round up Republicans if they walk out in the final days of the regular legislative session, saying in a statement that she is “in close communication with Oregon State Police.” That’s an option Democratic senators and the governor did not use earlier this year, when Senate Republicans first brought the Senate to a standstill by walking out and preventing the necessary quorum.

The governor’s hint that she would consider sending troopers in the event of a second walkout triggered an aggressive response from Boquist, which was captured by a KGW news team at the Capitol.

“This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said, referring to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”…

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Oregon is a strange place.  Most of the population is progressively left, but Eastern Oregon, with a lot of space, but little population is jam packed with RWNJ Sheeple.  This KGW video shows how Boquist’s constituents reacted to him and his criminal threats.

Barf Bag Alert!

 

Sadly, there remains a part of Oregon that earns parades and does not lead the way.

RESIST!!

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Jun 202019
 

It’s a cool. but muggy day here at the CatBox.  I overslept, and I feel rushed and groggy at the same time.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:52 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Pence NSA Kept Maria Butina Tie Secret At Senate Confirmation: WaPo

 

Pence is not the solution to the Trump problem. He’s an equally evil part of the problem. Therefore…Impeach Pence first! RESIST!!

From NY Times: Several Democratic presidential candidates sharply criticized Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday for invoking two Southern segregationist senators by name as he defended himself over accusations of being “old-fashioned” and fondly recalled the “civility” of the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr. Biden, speaking at a fund-raiser at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, stressed the need to “be able to reach consensus under our system,” and cast his decades in the Senate as a time of relative comity. His remarks come as some in his party say that Mr. Biden, the former vice president, is too focused on overtures to the right as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

At the event, Mr. Biden noted that he served with the late Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both Democrats who were staunch opponents of desegregation. Mr. Eastland was the powerful chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Mr. Biden entered the chamber in 1973

Biden just doesn’t get it. His Democratic rivals aren’t accusing him of racism. That civility existed only because Biden had not challenged the Dixiecrats’ racist policies. When Democrats did so, the Dixiecrats abandoned the party and became the Republican base. The purge of moderate Republicans from the Reich began in the 1980s.  Democrats keep trying to cooperate civilly with today’s Republicans, but Republicans keep refusing to respond in kind. Biden is chasing a pipe dream. RESIST!!

From Willamette Week: City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has successfully championed tenant protections designed to offer people with criminal histories a better chance at securing apartments.

The June 19 vote by Portland City Council to approve those protections represents a significant political victory for Eudaly, who worked toward passing the policy for the last two years. She says the final policy came from working and being pushed to understand how black Portlanders and others continue to face discrimination in the housing market.

“It is no secret that Portland has a long history of overtly racist housing laws—the effects of which still shape our city today,” Eudaly said before casting her vote in support. “What we fail to acknowledge more readily is that many of our current laws continue to uphold discriminatory practices. While the language may be less explicit now, the effect is just as clear: we continue to see communities of color, and especially black residents, pushed to the margins of our city and beyond at an alarming rate.”

She continued: “The heart of the Fair Access in Renting policies is about addressing the criteria that continue to be used in as a proxy for race, which includes criminal records, income requirements, and credit scores which leads to discrimination and disparate outcomes.”

Kudos to Eudaly, for whom I voted. As my guys get out of prison, this should help them. Oregon leads the way. RESIST!!

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