Sugarcane Nightmare:

Our Children must not live in a Hazard Zone!

Florida’s Palm Beach County braces for its annual “burn season,” which begins each year in October and runs for six months at least through March to as late as May.  The Florida sugar industry begins its harvest season for 400,000 acres (625 square miles) of sugarcane fields.  Assuming a six-month burn season, this means there were approximately 43 fires per day in 2019.  During the burning, walls of fire rise from 30 to 40 feet in the air, and then create smoke plumes reaching over a half-mile high, stretching as much as 26 miles from the actual burn sites, around four small Black and Latino communities in Palm Beach south of Lake Okeechobee — Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point.  Hendry, Glade and Martin counties are also targets.  This is all designated as part of the “Hazard Zone.”

Roads become impassible.  Children walk to school wearing trash bags to protect themselves from the noxious “Black Snow” which bombards everything in the area.  The greasy, sticky, toxic ash accumulates on parks, schools, roads, hospitals, restaurants, and shopping areas.

Smoke filters into people’s homes, schools and hospitals.  Schools stock up on asthma inhalers.  Air conditioner and water filters become clogged.  Still-lit embers sometimes rain down from the fields.  Flowers die and gardens are poisoned.  Children wheeze and cry, and adults cough when they breathe.  Everything stinks.

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Election 2020: the Tyrant Kings Sally Forth

“A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.”

— opening line of Gravity’s Rainbow

The Democratic Party’s crescendo screams at us but is somehow hollow. MSNBC — the official mouthpiece of the Democratic Party — has dropped all pretense of being a news network. They complain, of course, that Fox News has dropped all pretense of being a news network. Both are right. The Green nominees — Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker — are drowned out. The “independent” progressive media has been eerily silent. Bought or not, their silence on Hawkins/Walker is deafening.

A Black Biden rep on MSNBC is asked what “lock ’em up” Joe will do for the Black community. She repeats over and over that Biden/Harris is a great team for doing something. Not a word about what that something would be.

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Florida under Siege. DeSantis to Florida: “Drop Dead!”

Governor Rick DeSantis.

When I wrote “Florida under Siege“ published May 14, the official Florida Covid-19 death count stood at 1,898 (among 42,402 confirmed cases). Today the death score is 3,546 dead out of 146,341 cases. On May 14th, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had just appointed his Re-Open Florida Task Force. Now we reap the harvest.

In mid-May, an excessively charitable person could have ascribed his action to stupidity. Today, as the body-count spirals out of control, it is nothing less than murder.

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Legacy.

The smoke is beginning to dissipate.  The chants and the echoes of the chants are starting to fade.  Now the real fight begins.  The fight over what all this means.  The horrific murder, the headlines, the jam-packed streets spreading across the country, and the heavily armed troops prowling the streets of America — all will reverberate for years.  And the flames.  Don’t forget the flames.

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Florida Under Siege.

A personal story:

In mid- February 2020, my wife Rose and I were very sick.  We of course had heard of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, but that was on the other side of the world, nothing to do with us.  We just figured it was the flu or a bad cold.  Rose had spells of difficulty breathing.  One night, she couldn’t breathe at all.  While we considered calling an ambulance, a few hits from an inhaler got her breathing again.

One day, I started getting very weak, to the point where I couldn’t even stand up without desperately clinging to walls or furniture.  We called an ambulance, which took us to a hospital.  There, the hallways were packed with beds and patients waiting to be admitted.  Nothing moved.  A doctor told me that admission would take at least 24 hours.  Then he quietly confided that at St. Pete General, the waiting time was 72 hours.  Three days!  I got examined in the hallway, was pronounced not on the verge of death, given a prescription for TamaFlu, and sent home.

Something odd was going on.  But we had no idea.  We may have been very lucky.

Bodycount.

With Florida’s official death toll from Covid-19 standing at 1,898 (among 42,402 confirmed cases), Governor Rick DeSantis has appointed a Re-Open Florida Task Force, chaired by Florida Chamber of Commerce Chairman and CEO Mark Wilson, to get the state back in business in less than a week.

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The Madness of Queen Hillary

Sez Hillary:

“They’re … going to do third party again.  And I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third party candidate.  She’s the favorite of the Russians.  They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up.  Which she might not, ’cause she’s also a Russian asset.

“Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean, totally.  And so, they know they can’t win without a third party candidate and, so, I don’t know who it’s going to be it but I will guarantee you they’ll have a vigorous third party challenge in the key states that they most need it.”

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The Centre cannot hold — European Edition

Notre Dame burns.

As “the Continent” braces itself for a heat wave expected to be worse than the 2003 one which killed 20,000 Europeans, the headlines of last May showed alarm in varying degrees, from the European press to the titans of the New York Times and Washington Post.  The elections for the 751 seats in the European Parliament had just marked disturbing gains for both European Green parties and the anti-immigrant nationalist parties identified with the Far Right.  American Greens were delighted:

European Greens surge … voters abandon old parties over climate!

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The Green New Deal — not just a Plan, but a Vision

“an environmental activist group brought several children to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco office Friday to lobby her to back the Green New Deal, what they got was more of a finger-wagging than a handshake. … ‘Well, you know better than I do,’ Feinstein says. ‘So I think one day you should run for the Senate.  And then you do it your way.  ‘But in the meantime,’ Feinstein adds, ‘I just won a big election.’”

— Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2019

“When I say the ‘Green New Deal’ would require a revolution, however, I don’t mean it in the sense that it would require electing new people with dramatically different ideas who would then work within the current system to pass and implement those ideas.  I mean that it would require a disruption more along the lines of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, or the Chinese Communist Revolution.  That is, it will require dramatic changes to the underlying structure of government.”

— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner
February 12, 2019

“‘The power of water is really quite impressive,’ said Barjenbruch.  ‘When that water moves out of the channel it is normally in, it interacts with roads, bridges in ways it doesn’t normally. When that happens … we have roads fail, bridges fail, we’ve even had dams fail in far northeastern Nebraska.’”

— Mark Berman, Washington Post
March 16, 2019

And when political movements overflow the channels they normally flow through, they interact with entire societies in ways they don’t normally.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that it’s already too late.  It’s actually …

… many days late and a few trillion dollars short.

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“Nothing to see here, people — just move along!”

PARIS, FRANCE, December 8, 2018 — As the December 8 Washington Post calmly explains:

“The movement — whose name is taken from the trademark high-visibility yellow vests that protesters wear — has since come to represent a deeply rooted social anger that has more to do with the personality of Macron than it does with any particular policy.

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In 2016 the Democrats had their chance. Now it’s our turn!

The Two Horsemen of the Duopoly:  riding hard for the Apocalypse.

You may have thought 2016 was bad.  It wasn’t just that the country elected Donald Trump to the Oval Office, though that was pretty bad to be sure.  Rather, it was that American liberalism — always a treacherous force — took a sharp turn to the right, due to a confluence of two factors.

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