Back in May of this year, there was the explosive allegation of a Presidential Pardon bribery scheme, involving Guiliani and Trump. The details of the scheme shocked even people who were sure they they were immune to being shocked by anything that came from the MAGA White House.
In case anyone has forgotten:
Where are we now, on this? Is there a fear that adding yet another separate charge, another trial, will make it too cumbersome to conduct the ongoing trials effectively? But if so, why not at least indict Guiliani?
I was asked by a young woman if I would sign a petition to make it easier for an independent party candidate to get on the Tennesse ballot. Interested, I glanced at the petition, and saw 'No Labels Party' on the petition. I was startled. I said " No way!"
She asked why, and i said that I knew who the guy was running for President in that Party, and wanted nothing to do with him.
I'm a little mad at myself that I didn't spend a few minutes trying to talk her out of doing her petition duties.
always in the winter, but I've only seen a small group of a dozen or so.
But yesterday, I saw this:
I live about 25 miles south west of Clarksville TN.
(Sorry about the poor quality of the photo)
Known only to God.
We dedicate this monument
with highest regard.
This monument is erected on behalf of
more than 500 African Americans buried here.
May they find eternal peace.
When the Gallatin City Cemetery was established in 1814, it was segregated, and many Black residents were buried in the back of the property.
"Robert Roberson was convicted of murdering his two-year-old daughter on the basis of the now largely discredited shaken baby syndrome theory"
Slimak feels this comparison can and should be made with Neanderthals. Their tools and weapons are more unique than ours. As creatures, they were far more creative than us. Sapiens are efficient. Collective. We think the same, and dont like divergence. And I dont just mean western culture. Go to any Aboriginal society: there are clear rules and customs, and shared styles of clothing. Expectation to act in a certain manner; to follow regulations. Our ancestors, he says, lived like this instinctively. You dont see that with Neanderthals. By seeing Neanderthals as a reference point against which we can measure ourselves, Slimak reckons humanity is offered a gift: We have an opportunity to look in a mirror and see ourselves for what we truly are. To help us redefine, which we must do urgently.
The way he sees it, this isnt just an interesting philosophical theory. Neanderthals vanished, I think, because of high human efficiency. And this efficiency now threatens to destroy us, too. Thats whats killing the planets biodiversity. For Slimak, The Naked Neanderthal isnt a history book. Its about us in the present. Urging humanity to see itself for what it is by comparing us to something else, in the hope of changing the course of our future. Because by understanding our nature and the risk this efficiency poses we can save ourselves from a similar fate. Over millennia, humankind has also developed an advanced, impressive technology and culture, of a type Neanderthals could never have imagined. So while there is something dangerous in our nature, as a collective we can control and reshape it. Understanding this is the key to humanitys future. Because if we dont think carefully, next time it wont be Neanderthals that our efficiency destroys, itll be humankind itself thats the victim.
Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird:
Until Braxton decided to throw his hat in the ring, people in Newbern did not realize they had the option to run for mayor or council, or that elections were at all possible. Braxton said he never heard anything about elections in Newbern as a child. Nor did LaQuenna Lewis, who has been supporting Braxton in his efforts to be recognized as mayor.
We were just told that this is who your mayor is, Lewis said. Its been that this is like 60 years plus. Weve been told that this is our mayor and this is how things have been. When you look at the town and the history, years of oppression create a certain condition and a certain way of thinking. It has been accepted.
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