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Final Saturday was Diwali, a pageant of sunshine. “Hindus imagine that mild symbolizes the triumph of goodness (mild) over evil (darkness). The Diya is the image that evil will ultimately be overcome.” As a baby in India, Kkodithala questioned the vacation’s symbolism. “If the evil is overcome, why will we nonetheless see it all over the place?” As an grownup within the U.S., he detects subtleties that result in a larger understanding. “I used to be effective with this symbolism till I realized extra about World Struggle II, the Holocaust … and different atrocities … The one means the ‘dangerous guys’ saved their individuals on their aspect was by conserving them in ignorance. Whereas all of this was apparent, I by no means noticed this in actual time till 2016.”
The writer describes discovering himself the one white younger man in a gaggle of Black younger males in Nineteen Sixties Detroit, a spot Republicans take into account the poster baby for Democratic failure. “Any person mentioned one thing about homosexual individuals he noticed on TV. He mentioned one thing dangerous. I spoke up. I didn’t care. I wasn’t going to take it anymore. And there we had been, confronting one another on a road on the east aspect of Detroit; all of us immediately all absorbing new data.” These males’s response to studying he was homosexual allowed srsjones to really feel “for the primary time in my life there have been individuals who handled me like a human being.”
A record-setting early snowstorm with sub-zero temperatures impressed biologist giddy factor to clarify how wild birds adapt to winter climate and the way we may help them. Utilizing textual content and photographs, she particulars bodily and behavioral diversifications that permit birds to outlive chilly climate. “I’m Not Fats, I’m Fluffy. On these extra-cold days, a chicken will fluff out its feathers to create air pockets that lure warmth between its physique and feathers.”
The writer employs a Disney film about an escaped tiger stalking native residents as a metaphor for the traumas BIPOC have endured in America. “On Oct. 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus unleashed the primary of what would ultimately find yourself being thousands and thousands of metaphorical tigers into America over the subsequent 5 centuries.” However there’s a catch: “(S)hockingly, someplace round a half a century in the past, these metaphorical hungry tigers stopped proscribing their actions to solely nonwhite victims … So lots of the very mechanisms that had been way back designed to make it simpler for these tigers to focus on POC at the moment are enabling them to statistically decide off even larger numbers of white individuals. Which leaves us within the 12 months 2020, between a proverbial rock and a tough place.”
Everybody agrees that Democratic messaging must be strengthened going ahead. Nonetheless, as GrafZeppelin127 factors out, is the issue actually the occasion’s left wing, or is basically how the whole Democratic occasion is portrayed within the media? “Why am I, and so many people, getting a special ‘message’ from Democrats than the one … that everybody else is getting, and the way is that the Democrats’ fault? Possibly the higher query is that this: Is cancel tradition/wokeness a message that persons are getting from Democrats, or about Democrats? I feel that’s a critically necessary distinction.”
Veritas appears to be like at our economic system, what it’s, who it serves, and who serves it. “The true nature of shopper capitalism turns into clearer in instances of disaster. And on this disaster, it’s revealing its true nature as a sacrificial cult. Sacrificing the planet for short-term earnings and reveling in prepared human sacrificial victims. Its political energy has been underestimated by those that, like me, had been following the polls and hopefully anticipating an enormous Blue Wave landslide. I woefully underestimated the willingness of the populace to sacrifice themselves in service to the economic system.”
The writer and his spouse moved from Denver to Estes Park two years in the past, regardless of his considerations about “having a hearth destroy my home whereas I’m away for the day, and having to commute within the snow.” ColoTim relates how they’ve survived each wildfire and snow-packed roads, and found a brand new concern. “One factor we didn’t know to plan for, however which has been very impactful is that Estes Park, within the six months of winter, is a really windy place.” He calls this wind Mariah, after the music “They Name the Wind Mariah” from the musical Paint Your Wagon. “(S)he does give us loads of considered one of my favourite pure sounds on this planet—the sound of wind via the pine boughs, however when she thunders on by, we do generally cringe and hope that we’re not shedding issues being blown away into the forest.”
Reversing Trump’s actions in opposition to these nationwide monuments is among the many motion objects for the brand new administration. DrMarmot lays out why the combat to revive the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nationwide Monuments is a “essential motion for the development of social justice.” It’s greater than returning entry to indigenous peoples and eradicating extractive industrial makes use of. “Public lands, then, imply way more than anyone worth or curiosity group, as necessary as any of these values or teams could also be. They’re a method by which we are able to obtain our greatest, most democratic aspirations.”
Utilizing straightforward to know language, lyleoross explains the function of mRNA, why the brand new vaccines should be saved at such chilly temperatures, and private considerations about these vaccines. “What Moderna claims to have accomplished is to switch that lipid sack. They’ve made it hardier, extra immune to RNases, and different components that may break open the sack previous to supply. (However) Moderna gained’t inform us what that know-how is, it’s proprietary.”
This writer turns a well-recognized theme—“The cruelty is the purpose!”—into a gentle rant that expresses what many people are feeling. “These 30 million-plus individuals don’t flip away from the cruelty. They LOOK for it. They LOVE it, and the extra they see the extra they need to see—and one factor they will depend on Trump (and acolytes like Stephen Miller) for is to supply MORE of it. They don’t hassle with pretense about not seeing. They more and more boast about taking a look at it and asking for extra!”
This new member’s first story is a private account of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine examine. Bradx2 explains how they related with the examine and the steps concerned for examine topics. “I’m a comparatively wholesome 47-year-old man, and a little bit of a science geek, so I assumed it will be fascinating and a enjoyable cocktail occasion story every time we are able to have these once more … Technically I don’t know for positive if I am within the vaccine group or not, however I doubt my physique may produce a placebo-effect that sturdy, so it’s a protected assumption that I used to be given the vaccine.”
The writer begins by acknowledging that the pundits had been appropriate about “how divided the nation is.” Citing Republican and Democratic widespread and Electoral Faculty vote knowledge by state, Frank analyzes the Electoral Faculty’s structural strengths and weaknesses, pointing towards methods for Democrats to handle the built-in Republican benefits. “Democrats complain that they have to carry greater than 50% of the favored vote to succeed in 50% of the electoral vote. Many blame that on the various small (in inhabitants) states that are stable Republican. That’s one trigger, and you may see it within the checklist the place the stable Republican states have 15% of the electoral vote however solely 12% of widespread vote.”
The Daily Bucket– The Creek’s Roaring and Billy’s Watching by 6412093 (AKA Redwoodman)
Billy is a good blue heron who often visited Redwoodman’s yard till he didn’t. “(W)hen Billy didn’t come to my yard for a couple of months, I went trying.” With annotated photographs, Redwoodman describes the vegetation and hydrology of a wetland close to his dwelling the place he noticed Billy perched on a berm. “Laborious rains simply swept throughout NW Oregon and neighborhood. The creeks climbed their banks … Upstream of Bethany Lake, a half-milewide grassy meadow has reworked right into a properly braided creek with a half dozen channels. Elephant-eye-high cattails cover the quite a few backwaters however the geese, herons, nutria, fish, and frogs search each nook.”
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