Tinker’s Bubble; A Fossil Free Community

"Tinker’s Bubble is located in a beautiful 40 acre hillside woodland park area. While they don’t make much money, they are rich in happiness and fulfilled with living a lifestyle that coincides with their beliefs. These beliefs are rooted in education, sharing and contributing as a community, and living in harmonious ways with nature. The Bubbleites use alternative eco-friendly energy practices such as cooking on wood stoves or open fires, using wind & solar energy for electricity, and using a huge steam powered locomotive engine (which by the way is located inside a barn to reduce sound pollution!). Another inspirational quality of the Bubbleites is their self-sustaining practices. They build their own homes and grow their own organic foods. With their left over foods, they sell them to organic distributers and at local farmer markets"



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Reimagining the Bible Belt

"IF YOU'RE A Christian who cares about social justice, you can’t afford to ignore Texas. In his book Rough Country, Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow puts it bluntly: “Texas is America’s most powerful Bible-Belt state.” Texas has the second largest population in the country, home to more than 26 million people. In 2014, Texans led six out of 21 congressional committees. And more than half of Texans attend church at least twice monthly. No other state has more evangelical Christians than Texas. Many national Christian media companies, parachurch ministries, and influential megachurches are based in Texas. That’s why Texas is called the Buckle of the Bible Belt: It’s the most populous, wealthy, and politically powerful part of the country where evangelical churchgoing is still a dominant force."



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After Charleston, Black Churches Targeted By Arsonists Across The South

 "Since nine people were gunned down in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina allegedly by a 21-year-old white man tied to white supremacist groups, there have been a string of arson attacks on other black churches in the South. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least six predominantly black churches in four Southern states have been damaged or destroyed by fire in the past week. While some may have been accidental, at least three have been determined to be the result of arson. The first arson fire was on Monday at the College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Knoxville fire department has said that the arsonist set multiple fires on the church’s property and the church’s van was also burned. On Tuesday, a fire in the sanctuary of God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia was also blamed on arson, although the investigation is ongoing. And on Wednesday, a fire at the Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina was determined to be caused by arson, destroying an education wing that was meant to house a summer program for children, impacting its sanctuary and gymnasium, and causing an estimated $250,000 in damage."




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White supremacist who inspired Dylann Roof calls Charleston ‘a preview of coming attractions’

"Dylann Roof refers to Harold Covington’s white separatist group, the Northwest Front, in his alleged manifesto. The rightwing sci-fi writer distances himself from the shooting, but his followers speculate if his work influenced Roof’s actions One of the shadowy figures who appears to have influenced alleged Charleston killer Dylann Roof is Harold Covington, the founder of a white separatist movement and, within supremacist circles, an influential sci-fi author. Covington, the latest in a long line of rightwing sci-fi writers, has been linked to racist crimes in the past and this week called the massacre “a preview of coming attractions”."




The Klan’s Vile Post-Charleston Recruiting Spree

 "Days after the massacre at a black church in South Carolina, some Americans woke to a vile surprise: KKK fliers with candy on their lawns. The propaganda—stuffed into plastic baggies with pieces of peppermint and Tootsie Rolls—included a phone number for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Planted under the cover of darkness, the fliers were distributed in California, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. "




‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

 "There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy. Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is? The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”"




Leader of group cited in 'Dylann Roof manifesto' donated to top Republicans

"The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” – were posted online in his name."



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SWAT Yanks 11-yo Girl from Shower, Hold Children at Gunpoint in Search of Non-Existent Plant

"The eleven-year-old girl shrieked in horror as the shower curtain was ripped away, leaving her exposed to the view of a large male stranger. Her sense of  violation was compounded by the threat of immediate, violent death: The marauder was wearing body armor and aiming an assault rifle at the naked, terrified child. Downstairs, the offender’s comrades were ransacking the house and barking profane orders at the traumatized child’s family. Sterling Harrison, her 19-year-old brother, was sitting in front of a game console when three of the invaders burst into his upstairs room, bound him, and shoved him down the stairway. Her terrified siblings – one thirteen years of age, the other seven – were corralled and imprisoned at gunpoint in the living room along with the rest of the family."




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Media’s Hate Peddlers and Conservative White Terrorists

 "There may no longer be “Colored Only” signs, but that sentiment still lurks beneath the surface in the minds of many Americans. Partial blame should be assigned to America’s addictive and backward love affair with guns, but the bulk of the blame goes to the media’s hate peddlers. The Hannitys and Limbaughs, Fox News, the venomous writers at World Net Daily, the Pamela Gellers, the bald and tattooed white supremacism at Stormfront stir the noxious roux every day. Dylann Roof may have pulled the trigger, but he was fueled by hate radio and conservative journalists. When you consistently consume mental garbage day-in-day-out, it’s only a matter of time before you act on it. There are those who chalk up Dylann Roof’s actions to mental illness, but they are merely avoiding the “R” word. As Nietzsche once said: "Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages, it is the rule." And America is definitely mad and sick. The hate media whips up the madness and our conservative politicians finish the job. Conservative media and the GOP presidential candidates have attempted to frame this incident as an assault on Christianity (which they love to do), refusing to acknowledge that it is a hate crime, a crime of racism, as well as a terrorist act. What is the difference between the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers and the actions of Dylann Roof?"




More;----Media’s Hate Peddlers and Conservative White Terrorists | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

'The Violence Comes and Goes but ... the Victory Is Already Won'

"Last night nine Christians were massacred while at Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. The dead include state Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, senior pastor and state senator, and his sister. The suspect, Dylann Roof, is 21 years old. He sat for an hour with the pastor and others gathered for Wednesday night Bible study, then open fired. Reportedly, he reloaded as many as five times while church members tried to talk him down. He said he "had to do it." This was a racialized hate crime. This video below explains the history of this Christian community--a church that has stood for freedom, justice, and a radical living out of the gospel for more than 200 years. It is a spiritual lighthouse and thus a spiritual target. This attack, while it may have been the responsibility of one disturbed young white man, is all of our responsibility. This was one young white man who was absorbing the racist fear instilled him him by extremists who use a false faith as a cover for hatred. It is not the case of "one bad apple" and don't let the media spin it that way."





How Pope Francis just destroyed the GOP’s religious con artists

 "Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard the initial cannon volleys from the parapets of the GOP hurled in the direction of Pope Francis. But as of yesterday, when the Pope delivered a major encyclical on the climate crisis, there was a thermonuclear freakout, from not just Fox News and AM talk radio, but nearly every Republican with internet access. Already, Greg Gutfeld from Fox News Channel’s The Five referred to the Pope as the “most dangerous man in the world.” Pope Francis’s encyclical was specifically intended as a call to action on man-made global warming. And this particular call to action contains, among other things, the following groundbreaking line: We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. This allows us to respond to the charge that Judaeo-Christian thinking, on the basis of the Genesis account which grants man “dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), has encouraged the unbridled exploitation of nature by painting him as domineering and destructive by nature. This is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the Church."





Ted Cruz And The False Narrative Of Christian Persecution

“The impulse to jam that crown of thorns down on your head is a powerful one in politics. It means you’ve achieved the moral superiority of the victim, and the other side must be the victimizer. The problem is that these folks don’t seem to have much of a grasp on what second-class citizenship actually looks like. Last time I checked, nobody was forbidden to vote because they’re a Christian, or not allowed to eat in their choice of restaurants, or forced to use separate water fountains, or even be forbidden by the state to marry the person of their choice. That’s what second-class citizenship is. Having somebody on television call your views retrograde may not be fun, but it doesn’t make you a second-class citizen.”"






After Charleston, the time has come for Republicans to denounce hate peddlers or be stained by them

"We know why he did it. Exactly why. The terrorist Dylann Roof hated and feared African Americans, and that's why he murdered nine people in Charleston, South Carolina. He wanted to "start a civil war" for "the sake of the white race." Let's dispense with the banalities of Nikki Haley, who offered "we’ll never understand what motivates" such actions. How dare a governor of South Carolina make such an ignorant statement? And for God's sake (pun intended), Fox News and Republican elected officials need to stop—right now—pretending that these murders were about persecuting Christians. The time has come for some honest reckoning about why this evil, white supremacist terrorist did what he did, about who, other than Dylann Roof himself, bears responsibility, and about what those people will do going forward."






The GOP’s staggering Charleston cowardice: Why are so many Republicans so scared of admitting the truth?

 "It’s an odd feature of American life today that so many people are frightened to death at the prospect of a Muslim jihadist perpetrating an act of terrorist violence, even as they accept mass killings as if they are routine.  It happens with such regularity that it’s almost as if Americans see them as acts of nature, like hurricanes or earthquakes. And yet the mere possibility that someone inspired by ISIS might do exactly what Americans motivated by political grievance, social isolation, racist hatred, mental illness or some mixture of all of them do — with some frequency — strikes people as a fundamental threat to all we hold dear. Maybe it’s natural. But it’s also irrational. America has a major problem with mass murder, virtually all of it carried out using guns. In fact, our high level of violence generally is one of the defining characteristics of our “exceptionalism.” It’s true that there are Lone Wolf would-be terrorists inspired by Islamic extremism. But that is far from the only terrorism this country faces. It’s not even the worst terrorism this country faces. In a startling coincidence, just two days before the Charleston massacre an op-ed in the New York Times reported on the growing right-wing terrorist threat in America"





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America filled with hate and guns 53 years after MLK speech

: "More than a half-century after Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the church known as Mother Emanuel on Calhoun St. in Charleston, there was a shooting at that church on Wednesday night that was the same as a lynching, just with a gun this time because guns always do the job faster and quicker, even when you have to keep reloading the way Dylann Storm Roof did."





More;-----America filled with hate and guns 53 years after MLK speech - NY Daily News

Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Can’t Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting

"Fox & Friends couldn’t help dumbing down the debate by framing it simply as an “Attack on Faith,” while anchor Steve Doocy wondered aloud how people could “unbelievably” “call it a hate crime.” This is, of course, nonsense. The massacre was not an attack on faith. According to witnesses, Roof stated his goals and motivations as he committed the crime. He told the victims, “You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go.” By Friday morning, CNN was reporting that he confessed he had wanted to start a race war. The reliance on culture-war narratives rings even more hollow. Roof wasn’t some unhinged hippie atheist with contempt for conservative values; a high-school classmate told The Daily Beast that “he had that kind of Southern pride, I guess some would say. Strong conservative beliefs.” Roof joined white-supremacy groups, not the American Civil Liberties Union. He didn’t even ask some Christians to bake a cake for a gay wedding; he opened fire on a bunch of black people after watching them at Bible study."

More;----Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Can’t Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting - The Daily Beast:

Shameless Fox 'News' Uses Charleston TragedyTo Push Their Pro Gun, 'War On Christians' False Narratives (VIDEOS)

"You have to admit, they’re damn good at what they do. Even if what they do is pure, unadulterated evil couched in a pack of lies, presented as gospel to their viewers. In the first half of the day, Fox “News” managed to twist the tragic Mother Emmanuel AME Church domestic terrorism incident into  a “war on Christianity” and “the President is coming for your gun” pile of bullshit. One would expect nothing less from them."


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Reagan, White As Snow

"Ronald Reagan. The man was a saint, a positive saint. Such strength, such warmth, such conviction, such vision. Such claptrap. Reagan was a mean, crazy old man with a withering contempt for most of the world's people, beginning with African Americans and extending most strongly to black Africans. Last week, as we've heard, the Republican presidential candidates praised the name and heritage of Ronald Reagan 40 times during the televised Show and Tell at the Reagan Presidential Library. That none of them mentioned Reagan's legacy of white supremacy and support for apartheid is a little like invoking Jefferson Davis and not mentioning treason or slavery. Actually, a lot like it. Ronald Reagan was a white supremacist to his very core, and left enough traces over his lengthy political career so that it's evident for anyone who cares to look-which apparently few do. Domestically, he opposed every legislative remedy for African Americans, betraying a meanness of spirit and an open racism. As Sidney Blumenthal wrote in The Guardian in 2003: Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (calling it "humiliating to the South"), and ran for governor of California in 1966 promising to wipe the Fair Housing Act off the books. "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house," he said, "he has a right to do so." After the Republican convention in 1980, Reagan traveled to the county fair in Neshoba, Mississippi, where, in 1964, three Freedom Riders had been slain by the Ku Klux Klan. Before an all-white crowd of tens of thousands, Reagan declared: "I believe in states' rights." It's hard to believe now, but in 1965, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans voted for the Voting Rights Act than Democrats. Reagan, then, wasn't following party tradition; he was making a grab for the white racist vote-and it worked. Southern Democrats abandoned the party en masse for one more welcoming to white supremacy. No wonder so many loved, and still love, the man: He validated people's whiteness."



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Knee-deep in blood: We are all being held hostage by Wayne LaPierre’s children

 "Let us state for the record that there is critical mass of Americans in this country whose very existence is based upon ignorance, paranoia, racism, seething hatred, bitterness, and bigotry. They can’t get up in the morning unless they have someone to hate or look down upon, because that is what lifts them up and makes their world seem not so shitty. And occasionally this animating animus bubbles up to the surface and racist all-cap rants on Facebook won’t make the pain go away — and there is the NRA is standing by with, as they say at the hardware stores: “the right tool for the right job.” Because Wayne LaPierre’s terrorist-enabling organization does their damndest to make sure weapons are unregulated, cheap, and plentiful, practically any U.S. citizen can settle any trifling argument with as little as three pounds of pressure on a trigger"





South Carolina's Confederate flag is still flying. It's an insult to Charleston's victims.

"Wednesday night, a white man walked into a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot nine parishioners. Today, a Confederate flag is flying on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia — as it does every day. While the flags on top of the statehouse itself are flying at half-mast, the Confederate flag (displayed at a Civil War memorial) is flying at full mast. This is more than just an awkward juxtaposition. As Cornell historian Edward Baptist explains in a series of chilling tweets, the Confederate flag isn't just a symbol of the pro-slavery rebellion, it's also a symbol of post-Civil War white supremacy — including the KKK and other groups that expressed that supremacy violently, at times by attacking black churches. That it's flying today, after what Charleston police are describing as a hate crime, is profoundly ugly:"




IS RACISM OVER YET?

John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

The Pitch

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Here's a catchy tune that may shed some light on what I'm trying to say.