Jonathan Franzen — alarmist or prophet?

Scary smart? “Making New York City a green utopia will not avail if Texans keep pumping oil and driving pickup trucks.” Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker I just read Jonathan Franzen’s fascinating essay on climate change in the New Yorker. For the first time, I’m actually scared. Franzen argues compellingly and mercilessly that climate change is INEVITABLE and what we need to do is not pretend we can avert it, but only prepare for it. Read this now https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-if-we-stopped-pretending?source=EDT_NYR_EDIT_NEWSLETTER_0_imagenewsletter_Daily_ZZ&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_090819&utm_medium=email&bxid=5d4d7d14639ec8690b14704d&cndid=&esrc=&mbid=&utm_term=TNY_Daily I think Franzen is both clever and cautious. Clever in his tone and cautious in his pessimism. Of course this is…

#Toys for Big Boys

There is only one way I can see the refusal to regulate gun sales in America. You see, guns are toys. For Big Boys.Now, really would you take toys away from babies? They might cry!!! They might go to the NRA and say, “Daddy, Daddy, someone took my gun away!” #Toys #Boys #Guns

Right not to be shot fatally in public

Give Life a Chance? The other day a well-meaning person told me not to go to #Walmart. It was a day after another mindless, ghastly shooting in #ElPaso. Here’s where I would say we can’t go. We can’t go to schools. We can’t go to colleges. We can’t go to church or mosque or temple or synagogue. We can’t go to airports. We can’t go to bus stations. We can’t go to grocery stores. We can’t go to government offices. In truth, we can’t go anywhere. We might get shot anywhere we go. Because the #NRA will not let #guncontrol…

Hey #Americans, go home if you don’t like #DonaldTrump.

Next in the Immortal Saga of #Dudewhatareyoudoing? on the inimitable, deathless, headless, shameless, ruthless and TRUTHLESS  #DonaldTrump who proclaims!! Go Home, Americans, if you don’t like #DonaldTrump, Aka “#TheDude Anyone remember the classic Leonard Cohen song below? Anyone remember what #TheDude #DonaldTrump said to the “Squad” a few days ago? https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trump-pelosi-and-the-squad-are-fighting-over-who-belongs-in-government?utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_071619&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9e2773f92a40469f757fe&cndid=38347331&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_Daily Anyone knows what tomorrow will bring? What pointless debate will be held about whether #DonaldTrump is a #racist, a #rapist, a #liar, and a #psychopath? Anyone knows how long we have to live like this? Anyone knows how someone can tell Americans to “go home” if they don’t like…

#AOC

Can you watch this through the entire way? If you can, kudos to you. #AOC is, as usual, calling the #BorderPatrol on its lies, #inhumanity, and #misogyny. Here’s what you get out of this: if you think the very worst of your fears cannot be true, be sure that they are. If you can’t imagine something happening because it is so bad, be sure its’s happening. #BorderPatrol agents are posting on facebook about violently raping and killing #AOC. #DonaldTrump, the #Dude is the #POTUS.   ‘You don’t think that having 10,000 officers in a violent, racist group sharing rape memes…

Moon Over Vermont

  Moon over Vermont. The other night. Mist on the fields and fireflies in the air. The dark sky suddenly burst into an unearthly luminescence and the dark earth winked back with a hearthfire. I saw, as if  for the first time, the beauty of dark nature. I saw the silver sea of light flooding sky and putting land to rest. I saw the sublime.      

To #Walt Disney

Out of school you dropped like genius apple on California soil deciding to bring to the land of gold and oil adam and eve, prop after prop. Paradise to you, though — palm trees, whitecaps at santa monica, and whatever made hollywood glow at night like dragonscales — was about stealing the world where real people lived and giving it to a den of thieves no less. How else explain burgling every other culture, all other peoples, of the scant coverings of their poetry and making them slaves of what America wanted to see and sing when it still thought…

One Planet, Only One

#WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, NOT A DROP TO DRINK

#BLUE GOLD? Yes, I think so. Many people think water will be the oil of the future. Has anyone heard of a company called #Paramount Farms? Have you ever eaten pistachios, almonds, #POM juice? Well, Stuart Resnick’s Paramount Farms produces them all. And, do you know who he is? Well, he is the 4.2 billionaire (according to #Forbes) who owns most of California’s water because he made sure to buy up farmland to grow crops just as a cover for owning the water under and on the land. This while his workers don’t drink the water in their “workers’ paradise”…

#Presidential debates #1 and my superficial nature

I really want to know what other people thought because sometimes I’m so focused on eyes, smiles and tics that I forget to be truly focused on the verbiage. 1. #Beto O’Rourke: dead ringer for #Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”? 2. #Cory Booker: #The Lion King? 3. #Julian Castro: Okay, long one here, but I really want to know. Does anyone think that this is a postcolonial moment for the South Americas? As in, as once Europe invaded and dominated South America — and I have never read anything about why they spared the indigenes up north…

Women hold up the wounded earth

#AOC in America, #MohuaMoitra in India — all hope is not over. This is a maiden filibuster by a member of the Indian Parliament but these issues are not unique to India. She is referring to India’s recent blockbuster win for #NarendraModi, aka #ButcherofGujarat, and his party, the #BharatiyaJanataParty. They represent neither Bharat (India), nor the Janata (public), only Party (Fascism). This is no rant. This is dissent. Sometimes we forget that no one in power gives it up without dissent. https://youtu.be/dnh-mpg_oF4 ;

I was once a #mother

No tears please. My son is alive and well. Put your handkerchiefs (or if the west, tissue) away. It’s just that when they grow up, they act like they’re “#grownups.” It’s so unreasonable. When I was in my thirties, if I went out with his Dad he bawled like I’d just killed his mother and was running away with the family jewels (pun). Now? If I stay home it’s to keep the light on for young Lord Lochinvar. What happens to us when our children grow up? Partly, it sets me free that I don’t constantly worry about his well-being….

Agent Orange

Opinion: Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line – The Wall Street Journal. @nytimes why can’t we settle this once and for all. @realDonaldTrump is an unhinged #sociopath. What use is it to train logic against him?

DUDE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

TODAY I OFFICIALLY BEGIN THE “DUDE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??” SERIES. WHO IS “DUDE?” I’M COMING TO IT. I once heard a mother ask her son who’d stumbled into her book club session: “Dude, what are you doing?” The boy was five, maybe. He gravely answered, “Come to get my ball, of course.” Our Dude in DC wouldn’t have the manners or the mind to do what that kid did. But I still have to ask: “Dude, what’re you doing”? ??????? So our Dude in DC, Donald Trump, said today that “We’re doing well.” He’s got Mexico sucking up to…